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- Production Date:
- Mar 91
- Broadcast Date:
- ?? ??? 91
- Running Time:
- 11:01 + 14:26 = 25:27
- ``Life without Television''
- ``No TV for the Weak''
- Plot Synopsis:
- Things get a little tense around the Darling household
when Janet declares no TV for a week;
while the rest of the family spends quality time together,
Clarissa is hard at work trying to figure out a way to get television
back into her life.
- Marshall designs a pickle-shaped building for ``Gherkins a Go-Go''
and then moves on to fixing things around the house;
Ferguson pretends to read while actually
going for the highest score ever on his ``Megaman XII'' video game;
Janet creates a home library complete with card catalog,
whips up some culinary questionables,
and shows some particularly nasty TV withdrawal symptoms;
Sam is learning to surf.
- Opening Scene:
- ``Ssh!! I think we're safe!''
/ Mom has declared no TV for a week.
- Closing Line:
- ``Hey, we gotta do something till the TV gets fixed.''
[Then Ferguson (in a chorus of `Uh-uh-uh...'s) guesses Sam's charade:
``Endless Summer! Yes!'']
- ``Remote Control Wars'' (Star Wars)
- untitled scene in which Janet and Marshall do the final scene
- Other Cut-away Segments:
- Computer Stuff:
- Sam's Entrances:
- ``Hi, Sam.'' ``What's up?''
- ``Hey, watch out! Whoa, Elvis -- tsunami alert!
(giggles at Sam) What's with the outfit?'' ``It's my new look.''
- Names for Ferguson:
- mud-breath (or wad-breath ?!?)
- Marshall's Designs:
- pickle-shaped building for new ``Gherkins a Go-Go''
- Janet's Work:
- Mitchell Kriegman
- Maureen Thorpe
- Guest Players:
- Opening Credits:
- Closing Credits:
Created By Mitchell Kriegman
Written And Produced By Mitchell Kriegman
Director Maureen Thorp
Line Producer Sarah Condon
Associate Producer Chris Gifford
Theme Song Performed By Rachel Sweet
Theme Music Composed By Rachel Sweet
Production Design Byron Taylor
Lighting Director Dick Weiss
Costume Designer Lisa Lederer
Creative Consultant Alexa Junge
Production Manager Jim Moroney
Unit Manager Jacqueline Davies
Art Director David Ellis
Associate Director Jim Scurti
Casting Rich Ross
Talent Coordinator Todd Denkin
Stage Manager Joshua Berger
Technical Director John M. Lutz
Technical Manager Tim Rounds
Audio Mark Schultz
Jim Van Winkle
Video Pete McIntyre
Cameras Rudy Carames
Boom Operators Mark Deadman
Bob Van Dorn
Lighting Board Operator Sean Mallon
Lighting Director Assistant Chris English
Video Tape Lonnie Blackburn
Utility Steve Bunnell
Paintbox Artist St. Mars
Editor Rick "At Nite" Fernandes
Offline Editor Keith Bozarth
Post Production Sound Mixer Grant Maxwell
Post Production Supervisor Donick Cary
Post Production Coordinator Cynthia Albanese
Chyron Francie Elikan
Electricians John Boyd
Make Up Liz Spang
Hair Tish Simpson
Wardrobe Supervisor Jackie Lafler
Wardrobe Assistants John Cox
Property Master Deborah Witt
Props Steve Clark
Stagehands Ed McMillan
Production Coordinators Randy Koshinskie
Continuity Margo Kent
Video Game Created By Tim Burns
Additional Music By Dan Vitco
Children's Education Provided By On Location Education
They Might Be Giants Poster
Courtesy Of Elektra Entertainment
Special Thanks To Jen Mac Industries
Executive Producers Geoffrey Darby
(C) 1991 MTV Networks
- Character Names:
- Jack, Marshall's phone buddy
- Real-World References:
- The Pink Panther (very similar music),
Dewey decimal system,
The Cosby Show,
Kennedy Space Center,
A. C. Nielsen (TV ratings company),
(music when Clarissa is staring into empty space in her room),
Back to the Future, Part III,
This Old House,
Full House (specifically, the character D.J.),
Attila the Hun,
Bugs and Friends,
Los Angeles Lakers,
New York Knicks,
(and Bogart's character, Rick),
Night of the Living Dead,
- ``Religion is the opiate of the people.'' - Karl Marx?
``Religion... is the opium of the people.''
- Karl Marx (1818-1883),
Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right, 1843-4.
- ``The family that plays charades together stays together.''
- Marcel Marceau?
``The family that prays together stays together.''
- Al Scalpone, slogan for Roman Catholic Family Rosary Crusade, 1947.
- Lyrics and Poetry:
- (thanks to Eric Last)
1. Blue Sweatshirt, Black & White Baggy Trousers, Green Brasses.
2. Red on White Flowery Top, Blue Denim Shorts, Black legins with white dots.
3. Pool Ball Pyjamas, Blue with white dot dressing gown.
4. White T-shirt with colored pattern of people, Black Waistcoat with purply
pattern, Blue Jeans with holed knees, Black Headband.
5. Pink Jumper, Flowery Shorts, Black Legins, Colored Headband.
- lima beans, mayonnaise, pickled tomatoes, baking soda, cake mix,
lentil surprise, alfalfa parfait, tofu meringue pie, potato.
- Favorite Lines:
- ``Doesn't this look like fun?'' - Clarissa
- ``Are we having fun yet?'' - Clarissa
- Ferguson: ``Currently I'm reading
the annotated exegesis of the quest for space travel
in the popular media.''
Janet: ``That sounds fascinating!''
Clarissa: ``Mom, that's
The Complete Episodes of `Star Trek'.''
- ``Why can't we be a family apart like normal people?'' - Clarissa
- Ferguson: ``Night of the Living Dead!''
Clarissa: ``I haven't started yet, pinhead.''
Ferguson: ``I guess it was just the way you looked.''
- Clarissa: ``You have to admit that most stuff on TV
would insult a five-year-old.''
Sam: ``I guess it's lucky that we're both old enough --
otherwise, we'd never enjoy it.
- ``These games are really realistic!'' - Ferguson
- Favorite Scenes:
- Other good stuff:
- Weak Points and Mistakes:
- In the scene where Ferguson comes in
and starts the ``Remote Control Wars'',
Clarissa is watching Ren & Stimpy
(specifically, the barf scene in ``Big House Blues'');
Ferguson is watching the very same thing in
at the beginning of the scene where Clarissa lures him into the closet.
- Clarissa mentions Star Trek in this episode.
DYN: Various lists
for other references to Star Trek in CEIA.
- Skate-rap and surfer-speak in this episode:
DYN: Other connections between episodes
for other instances of skate-rap.
- stale-fish mctwist
- lip grind
- totally tubular
- waxed and ready to ride
- shootin' the curls
- totally gnarly
- catch ya later, dude (does this really belong?)
- Marshall also talks on the phone with his buddy Jack in
``Bake a Cake'' (#110).
- Marshall's ``Gherkins a Go-Go'' model appears in a few other episodes.
DYN: Various lists.
- In this episode,
Janet starts smoking again under the pressure of not watching T.V.
DYN: Various lists
for other instances of
Janet losing it.
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