Saturday, October 04, 2008

HE SHOT CYRUS'S BEST POST BLOG-A-THON : SILVER SPOONS - SEASON 1

Hello.

Scott (aka El Gringo) is hosting a unique blog-a-thon this weekend. It's unique in that he is not requiring us to write anything new in order to contribute! It's the "Best Post" Blog-A-Thon: each blogger picks their best work for a kind of Anthology of American Blogging 2008.

I also like to think of this as the "Hey Scott, thanks for giving me an excuse to not have to think of original material to post for one day!"-Blog-A-Thon.

Below is my contribution. Last year, I decided to live blog the first season of Silver Spoons (I only made it through 8 episodes...) because I thought it would be an opportunity to explore the dichotomy of pop culture trends in the Reagan-era versus the .... PFFFT!! Nah, it's cuz I used to love Silver Spoons, and I have a blog, and I'm anti-social, and I'm just retarded enough do something like that.

Please leave comments too. The more accurate your recollections of Silver Spoons are, the better I will be at being able to gauge your age. After that, go over to He Shot Cyrus and enjoy the other great entries.

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LIVE BLOGGING the First Season of Silver Spoons
(Episodes 1-8)


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EPISODE 1 - pilot episode

10:46 - Uh oh...only 1:38 in an there is already a questionable "indian" joke!!! But a black man (the lawyer) made the joke so that takes some pressure off.

10:48 - Whoa! Mr. Stratton (the dad) just called the black lawyer a "pimp". I think the audience was a little unsure. Man, the 80's ruled!

10:51 - Mr. Stratton is out of money, but we don't know why yet...

10:52 - Hey Ooooh! Some racial and political humor as Ricky shows up cold at the dad's house.

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Black Lawyer (answering the door)
Ricky : "Dad??"
(laughter)
Black Lawyer : "Not unless your from Philadelphia."
(BIG laughter)
Ricky: "Well, I thought it was a shot...mom's a liberal!"
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HEY!

10:57 - The mom put Ricky in a military school? But she's a liberal?!? Maybe she was a limousine liberal...

10:58 - Oh my god....there is Kate. I thought she was so hot when I was uh...about to hot puberty.

11:03 - Ricky is sad b/c Mr. Stratton says he can't stay there.

11:08 - Ricky figured out that Mr. Stratton's assistant was stealing money from him.

11:13 - Back at military school. Jason Bateman (Derrick) is Ricky's roommate.

11:15 - Mr. Stratton takes Ricky in.

MORAL - If you have sex with a liberal, wear a condom...or at least pull out.



EPISODE 2 - Boys Will Be Boys

11:19 - Ahh...no more pilot awkwardness. Ricky is older, Kate is hotter!

11:21 - Black Lawyer has a facial tick. Whenever he delivers a joke he clinches his jaw...

11:23 - Ricky is in trouble for being late and the dad ponders "punishment" for the first time!

11:25 - Whoa, an Idi Amin reference by Ricky?!?!?

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Ricky (on Derrick - Jason Bateman) : "Dad, Derrick's a creep! He used to write fan mail to Idi Amin!"
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11:30 - Derrick is manipulating Ricky...telling him his dad doesn't really love him if he never punishes him.

11:36 - Ricky goes buck wild and finally gets punished! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

11:39 - TOTALLY FAKE tears on Ricky's freckled face!

MORAL - Kids want to be punished. Kids want boundaries.

EPISODE 3 - Grandfather Stratton

11:44 - Rick Shroeder's Boston accent just eked out..."Grandfahthuhr".

11:49 - Ricky wants to meet his grandfather against his dad's wishes. He's manipulating Kate with his puppy dog eyes to get the address...

11:53 - John Houseman (Grandfather) and Rick Shroeder actually have some rapport with each other.

11:55 - This episode totally sucks!!!....I feel bad for John Houseman having to read this dialogue.

***NOTE*** Sit-coms were longer back then. This show runs 24 minutes compared to today's running time of 20 minutes. More ads today, I presume...

11:59 Is this where the "kids are wiser than the adults" sit-com trend began? My dad hated that about Family Ties.

12:01 - do do do...dum de dum...yawn.... (I wonder if that White Stripes album is good? I can't wait to listen to it tomorrow. That Rihanna cd sounded pretty good on the way home tonight...)

MORAL - It's never too late for father and son to bury old hatchets.



EPISODE 4 - Me and Mr. T

12:06 - Hell yeah!! They make up for that dreadful last episode by following it up with a Mr. T storyline!

12:07 - It's Ricky's first day of school, and dad gives him a $100 bill for lunch money b/c he's new at this "dad stuff". That is so funny.

12:10 - Uh oh...Ricky has a black eye b/c he's the "rich kid"!

12:12 - Kate gives Ricky a rape whistle in case he gets picked on again.

12:13 - SWEEEET! Dad hires Mr. T to be Ricky's bodyguard!

12:18 - Mr. T explains "no taxation without representation" in Ricky's class.

12:26 - Uh oh...Mr. T comes out of the kitchen eating a bucket of chicken! uh??

12:29 - The multi-ethnic class stands up to the bully and teach him a lesson.
MORAL - Sometimes kids need to stand up for themselves.






EPISODE 5 - Takin' A Chance on Love

"Here I am/A tot-al loser/Watching the 5th episooOODE/of Silver Spoons..."

12:34 - The 80's sex term of "whoopie" just made it's first appearance.

12:35 - Kate is going on a Singles Cruise. Dad is jealous but won't let on...

12:37 - Ricky thinks something is wrong with his dad b/c he doesn't date. He tells his dad he understands a man "has needs", and that he does too "but he's too young to do anything about it" (he just made the "hourglass body" hand gesture). Kinda perverse...

12:38 - Holy crap!! It's the girl from Can't Buy Me Love!! She was so hot! I don't mean on this show!! Geez...I meant later in life when she was in that movie....gawd!

12:40 - Jason Bateman is back! ... and Ricky has it bad for the CBML girl.

12:44 - Dad is dressed up as Cyrano DeBergerac for a ball he's going too. How appropriate.

12:46 - I just laughed, earnestly, for the *first time*!!!...

12:48 - Uh Oh...Bateman is up to his manipulatin' again ("Sally is every guy's pal-y"). Whoa he pretty much just called CBML girl a whore!!

12:53 - Ricky is wearing a pink belt.

12:55 - This milkshake at Hilarious Hal's is called a "Slurp and Suck". hmmmm....

12:56 - FAKE TEARS ON RICKY!!

MORAL - Heartache is part of growing up.



EPISODE 6 - Evelyn Returns

1:28 - Ricky's mom shows up...

1:28 - She's wearing gloves w/ sleeves. I mean, really.

1:29 - Kate is kinda jealous...

1:32 - Uh oh. Evelyn wants Ricky back (remember, she's a liberal...wishy-washy on responsibility).

1:36 - Ricky's Dad and Mom were only married for 6 days, and Evelyn returns on the 6th episode. Cute.

1:37 - Pffft. Typical women...thinking they can rear and go as they please!!!

1:40 - Leonard (the lawyer) thinks the Mom has the better custody case.

1:41 - FAKE RICKY TEARS!!

1:44 - Evelyn: "If we're lucky, we can make the midnight flight to London"

1:45 - Dad just charmed Evelyn with a purple sock puppet....I think things could be turning!!!

1:48 - Evelyn changes her mind.

MORAL - Men make better single parents.



EPISODE 7 - The Great Computer Caper

1:52 - Ricky and Dad ride on in on the train, straight from a fishing trip.

1:53 - New video game addition to the arcade : SWAMP WARS.

1:54 - WHOA!! Gary Coleman guest star! And he's playing Arnold. He's at Ricky's to do a school newspaper story on Ricky's computer skills.

1:56 - Arnold's paper is called "The Pecker" (Short for Woodpecker). Seriously, this show is perverted.

1:57 - Ricky's computer looks like a retarded ColecoVision. Uh oh...he just hacked into a classified military database.

2:00 - FBI show up at Ricky's.

2:02 - Ricky has to squat down to hide ... Arnold can hide while standing up.

2:04 - Uh...something awkward just happened. Arnold held up his arms as a way of saying "EUREKA!" and Rick Shoreder thought he was trying to hug him, so he went in for a hug, but then stopped. Poor little Gary has to deal with that situation a lot, I bet. :(

2:08 - Arnold and Ricky take cover as cabin boys on a cheese ship.

2:11 - The Captain cleverly tells Arnold and Ricky a little anecdote that makes them homesick.

MORAL - Honesty is the best policy.


EPISODE 8 - I'm Just Wild About Harry

2:19 - This episode is about Bigfoot...

2:21 - Ricky is sneaking out at night to do some discovering. He ends up in a graveyard. Jason Bateman is there to surprise him.

2:24 - Whoa. An orangutan is playing an harmonica on a gravestone. Dude, orangutans are so ugly.

2:30 - Anything that the orangutan does the audience laughs at. He's like the Olsen twins on Full House. I wonder if there are two of him on set too??

2:34 - It kinda looks like Ruth Gordon...but younger, and more vibrant.

2:36 - UGHH!! What a disgusting creature!!

2:38 - The monkey's owner shows up. Oh no...here comes FAKE RICKY TEARS!!!

2:41 - Ricky gives the monkey his Yankee cap as a parting gift. Sweet! A monkey in a Yankee cap! Just like the dorks that wear them in real life!

MORAL - Monkeys don't make sensible house pets.
HIDDEN MORAL - Yankees SUCK!

2 comments:

hobbes said...

"12:18 - Mr. T explains "no taxation without representation" in Ricky's class."

Yeah! I love this.

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