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- Production Date:
- May 91
- Broadcast Date:
- ?? ??? 91
- Running Time:
- 13:53 + 11:40 = 25:33
- ``Annual Ritual''
- ``Annual Rituals''
- ``Clarissa Makes A Cake''
- ``Darling Family Rituals''
- ``Family Rituals''
- Plot Synopsis:
- Darling anniversaries have mostly been disasters in the past,
but Clarissa has high hopes that this year will be different --
until Janet and Marshall disagree on how to celebrate;
then it looks like there won't even be an anniversary this year!
- Marshall is working on a building in the shape of a tooth
for a new dentist's office;
Janet is sorting bark for a new Children's Museum exhibit,
``Trees Are Your Friends'';
Clarissa is trying to bake a cake for them;
Ferguson is hording family photo albums for his own top-secret gift.
- Opening Scene:
- ``Okay. First thing I do when I get home from school
is head for the fridge.''
/ The after-school ritual.
- Closing Line:
- ``As another anniversary ritual comes to an end,
the never-ending ritual of Ferguson's love for Ferguson continues.''
[Then Ferguson says, ``I never realized how photogenic I am.'']
- Other Cut-away Segments:
- We see some of Clarissa's ideas
about how Janet and Marshall got together
- Computer Stuff:
- Sam's Entrances:
- ``Yo, Sam! [To us:] That's my friendship greeting ritual.''
``Hiyah. I got those cookbooks you wanted.''
- ``Hi, Sam.'' ``Once the batter is set,
I think we should put in some marshmallows.''
- Names for Ferguson:
- weasel-faced monster
- wicked wild-child
- little crud-cake
- fish-face (twice)
- Marshall's Designs:
- tooth-shaped building for a dentist's office
- Janet's Work:
- ``Trees Are Your Friends'' exhibit
- Alexa Junge, Mitchell Kriegman
- Maureen Thorp
- Guest Players:
- Opening Credits:
- Closing Credits:
- Character Names:
- Jack, Marshall's friend
- Mrs. Spackle, Janet's third-grade art teacher
- Mollie Fluters, Janet's friend from Milwaukee
- (?), next-door neighbor of the Hatchers (see next entry)
- Doolie Hatcher, Janet's old boss at the Children's Museum
- Real-World References:
- ``A ritual is a sacred ceremonial event.'' - Margaret Mead?
- Lyrics and Poetry:
- Favorite Lines:
- ``Oh-be kay-be... Abyssinia... Bye... So long... Bye...'' - Clarissa
[to Jody on the phone]
- ``Isn't it wonderful how oral hygiene brings people back together?''
- ``Are you wrapping the package or trying to choke it to death?''
- Favorite Scenes:
- Other good stuff:
- Weak Points and Mistakes:
- This is one of the many episodes in which Clarissa uses the expression
``oh-be kay-be'' for ``okay''.
DYN: Recurrent phrases
for other episodes containing this phrase.
- Clarissa wears pink pajamas with ants on them in this episode.
``Alter Ego'' (#157),
she wears the same pajamas, except they're green.
- Ferguson gives us a ``thumbs-up'' sign
when he successfully delays having to go to sleep.
DYN: Various lists
for other instances of characters talking to or acknowledging the camera
in some way.
- The ``Rathskeller'' restaurant or tavern referred to in this episode
is also mentioned in
``Piper Comes to Visit'' (#156).
- Marshall talks on the phone with Jack in this episode and
``No T.V.'' (#103).
- In the ``surprise party'' scene,
after Elizabeth Hess plops down in the chair,
it looks like she's repeatedly glancing at cue cards.
- In Clarissa's final line,
when she says ``comes to an end,''
you can hear a faint ``na'' (as in ``Na na na-na na'', from the theme song).
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