Monday, March 27, 2017

Take Him, He's Mine (S2E3)

Synopsis: Dorothy asks Blanche to go out with Stan as a favor and then gets pissed when she doesn't have a terrible time with him; Sophia and Rose go into the bacon, lettuce, and potato sandwich business (potata??).

80s Flashback
Dorothy: “You're going out with Stan tonight?”
Blanche: “He has tickets to the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre.”
Dorothy: “And you're going??”
Blanche: “Well of course I am. I'd be out of my mind to pass up the chance to see Mr. Jamie Farr in the Caine Mutiny Court Martial!”

Crazy Continuity
Dorothy says here that she uses Chanel No. 5, but in Season Three she doesn't recognize the “love potion” Marguerite gives her as Chanel No. 5.

Let’s Get Political
Dorothy: “I thought you were Blanche.”
Sophia: “Once I thought I was Bess Truman, but then they switched me to twenty milligrams a day.”

Picture It
Sophia tells a cockamamie story about how she sailed to America, where the fog was so dense she couldn't see her mother for months. Then the captain sailed right by the Statue of Liberty leading to an unusually large Italian population in Spilsbury, Massachusetts.

Zbornak Zingers
Stan: “I lost it Dorothy!”
Dorothy: “You never had it Stanley.”

Insult Watch
Dorothy: “Stan you truly are one chromosome away from being a potato.”

Product Placement
Dorothy: “I thought you were my friend.”
Blanche: “I am your friend.”
Dorothy: “THEN WHY ARE YOU SLEEPIN WITH MY HUSBAND!?”
Blanche, to the supermarket customers: “What are y'all looking at? Get on back to your Le Sueur Peas.”

Back in St. Olaf
Rose says when she was little she used to sell Belgian waffles on the side of the road, but they were actually English muffins that she carved little ridges in.

Reel References
Rose: “I had a cousin who thought he was Jiminy Cricket, course that was at the height of the Pinocchio craze and everyone at the bank went along with it.”

Golden Quotes
Rose: “I'm really no good at listening to people's problems.”
Dorothy: “Rose, you're a grief counselor, it's what you do for a living.”
Rose: “I know but I have he highest suicide rate in the office!”

and

Rose: “Where are you going?”
Dorothy: “To either get ice cream or commit a felony. I'll decide in the car.”


Critique: Am I the only one who's disappointed that we never get to meet Johnny No-Thumbs? But I digress. “Take Him, He's Mine” is a completely fine episode but isn't nearly as fantastic as the previous two. The episode has some great moments including the fan favorite baconlettuceandpotato sandwiches made by Sophia and Rose and Blanche's magenta monologue. My favorite scene is definitely the one set at the disturbingly tiny supermarket (it appears to be the same one with the obnoxious pepperoni). The reaction after Dorothy's dramatic WHY ARE YOU SLEEPING WITH MY HUSBAND line is hilarious. Though, let's all be honest, would Dorothy really be all that jealous of Blanche going out with Stan? This time Rose sort of gets suckered into Sophia's less than thrilling B-plot but they have their moments as well. For those paying attention, this is really the first official “picture it” story from Sophia, though she uses the phrase “picture this.” One final note, did anyone else notice the foreshadowing when Dorothy tells Stan he's one chromosome away from being a potato? GRADE: B

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