Sunday, March 14, 2004

Wonderfalls - Wax Lion 

I really enjoyed this show. The Girl found that it required her to suspend disbelief a little too much, but she enjoyed the family interaction scenes.

Of note:

-Everyone, including Jaye's family, refers to Asst. Mgr. Guy as The Mouthbreather.

-Jaye's friend berates her for underachieving, as demonstrated by her new boss being a mouthbreathing high school student. The friend then gets back to work serving drinks.

-Monkey statue peeks around bag. "I love you."

-"That sound you hear? That's stunned silence."

-Mom attempts to be hip by using the words snarky and 'sode. She also tries to get Dad to randomly prescribe antidepressants.

-Mom doesn't want Jaye to see her therapist, as "it will give him ideas."

-"Hello my baby, hello my honey, hello my ragtime gal." This technique was used quite successfully by Patrick Swayze against Whoopi Goldberg in Ghost. I was hoping the lion would break into "Henry the Eighth I Am," but perhaps they would have had to pay royalties to the creators of Ghost. I had that album, by the way.

-Sharon is able spontaneously to rattle off a list of the reasons she has to be bitter toward Jaye.

-Cat box and a space heater in the closet. Twisted, but brilliant! It's all in the details.

-Why did her friend freak out when told about the talking lion? She didn't seem freaked when told about the talking monkey statue. Maybe she thought Jaye was speaking metaphorically about the lion.

-"I converted for love." "So you don't really believe in it?" "Oh, please."

-The pen of choice for emergency tracheotomies.

-The ex-wife seemed totally not the type for either EPS guy or Sharon. But as long as they're happy, whatever.

The inevitable comparison to Joan of Arcadia. Joan has it hands down for subtlety, but Wonderfalls brings out the snark and the laughs. They're two different genres, and both do it well. I'm looking forward to the rest of the season.

Posted by Beth Henderson at 4:15 PM