Criminal Minds: "Amplification"

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Watching the classic Thanksgiving episode of WKRP in Cincinnati, "Turkeys Away!" Alhtough everyone rightly gets much joy from that classic closing line -- "As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly" -- there are many other great lines in the episode:

  • "Don't touch that."
  • "I don't get coffee, Mr. Carlson. We agreed."
  • "How does she get away with that?" "Are you kidding?"
  • "Don't touch that."
  • "Look. I took this job originally because I figured Carlson was like me: a guy who doesn't quite know what's going on around him and he likes it that way."
  • "Andy, I gotta talk to you about Carlson." "Well, get in line." "Okay."
  • "I have this picture of quake victims stumbling through the rubble, all looking like Dolly Parton."
  • "What a sight, ladies and gentlemen, what a sight. The copter seems to be circling the parking area now; I guess it's looking for a place to land. No, something just came out of the back of the helicopter! It's a ... a dark object, perhaps a skydiver, plummeting to the Earth from only 2,000 feet up in the air! A second, a third ..."
  • "I see no parachutes yet ...!"
  • "If you've just tuned in, the Pinedale Shopping Mall has just been bombed with live turkeys! Film at 11."
  • "After the turkeys hit the pavement, the crowd kind of scattered, but some of them tried to attack me. I had to jam myself into a phone booth."
  • "Then Mr. Carlson had the helicopter land in the middle of the parking lot. I guess he thought he could save the day by turning the rest of the turkeys loose. It gets pretty strange after that."

And, for me, the showstopping, bust-a-gut funniest line in the whole episode: "The turkeys are hitting the ground like sacks of wet cement!"

And...

"Happy Thaaaaaank... giving! From W..... K..... R..... P!"

And...

"Oh, no, can't go in there."

ARCHIE BUNKER’S PLACE (SEASON THREE): I’m up to the two-parter in which Gloria returns. The first part reveals that Gloria and Mike have separated, the second part leads directly into the short-lived spin-off Gloria. I didn’t hate this story as much as I remembered. I remembered that Mike joined a commune with one of his female students, which I thought at the time was very cliché. It’s actually a bit more nuanced than that. Gloria was upset, naturally, but I didn’t get the idea that their differences were irreconcilable. Reagan’s politics led Mike to a crisis, and he invited Gloria to join the commune with him. She refused, but the commune accepted only couples, so he asked one of his students. It is possible that their relationship was platonic.

Joining the cast this season is Denise Miller as Archie’s niece, Billie. Billie is a young adult and provides additional story opportunities than the younger Stephanie. Some of these episodes I remember quite well, others not at all.

Denise Miller had been in Fish. I've started re-watching it recently.

ARCHIE BUNKER'S PLACE: Still watching season three. I remembered Archie dating to an extent, but I didn't remember that his main romantic interest was Puerto Rican.

ClarkKent_DC said:

I've never seen Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, although I am aware it is the basis for the TV show Alice. Not only did Vic Tayback reprise his role from the movie in the TV series, so did Alfred Lutter as Alice's son Tommy, at least in the pilot episode. Lutter was replaced after the pilot because he was taller than Linda Lavin, but it didn't take long for the kid who replaced him, Phillip McKeon, to grow taller than Lavin as well.

Sad news: Philip McKeon passed away at age 55. From People"Alice Star Linda Lavin Mourns Death of TV Son Philip McKeon: 'He Taught Me How to Be a Good Mom'"

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore is well worth seeing, but tonally very different from the sitcom it birthed. If you've watched the series but not the movie, the movie won't seem connected at all, until it suddenly takes a left turn into some alt-reality version of the sitcom's world.

I also recommend the movie Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. When Alice gets to the diner the same characters are there, Vic Tayback playing the same role as the TV show. The characters are not sitcom-funny, however. Ellen Burstyn plays Alice, and won the Best Actress Oscar that year. I think I was drawn to the movie because I liked her performance in The Exorcist. Martin Scorsese directed Alice....

JD DeLuzio said:

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore is well worth seeing, but tonally very different from the sitcom it birthed. If you've watched the series but not the movie, the movie won't seem connected at all, until it suddenly takes a left turn into some alt-reality version of the sitcom's world.

I've never seen Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore but I have seen Kotter.

The Expanse Season 4. Still good!

Singing in the Rain (and signing along)

I went to a sing-a-long showing of that at an Alamo Drafthouse 2 or 3 months ago.

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