?

Log in

Previous Entry | Next Entry

5.5: "A River Doesn't Run Through It"

Summary: Maggie is Homecoming Queen; Maurice reluctantly admits a business defeat; Ruth-Anne is audited.

Moosechick's episode guide page.

Comments

( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
icepixie
Apr. 27th, 2014 07:39 pm (UTC)
So...the point of the A plot of this episode was "Maggie doesn't need a man. Haha, psych! Even high schoolers feel sorry for her because she's lonely, so she has to contort herself into being interested in medical stuff because it's the only way she'll snag Joel!"?

I would like that not to be the point.

I also didn't see much purpose to the Ruth-Anne vs. the IRS lady story. It was...there. If we'd learned about Ruth-Anne's infidelity for the first time here, maybe I could see a point, but we heard about that way back in season three. Sooo...guest star has issues. Ruth-Anne faces the prospect of going to jail, but really not, because even correcting the mistake on the taxes didn't make a difference. I'm supposed to care...why, exactly?

You know it's a bad episode when Maurice's story is the one I'm most invested in, because at least it made sense and had some kind of dramatic arc to it. Poor Maurice, having to choose between his money and his ego. I guess it's hopeful that his ego wins?

It started out so promisingly with Maggie working on her plane, too. The humor of the guys asking her to be homecoming queen while she was covered in oil and hidden in a jumpsuit fell a little flat because it was impossible to make Janine Turner look bad at the time, but oh well.

Watching Jack Black play a polite high school kid is very weird.

I would have liked to see the revenge plan the junior girls passed over for the homecoming queenship devised to execute on the senior boys and on Maggie. Just sayin'.

I love that the Cicely School mascot is the marmots. And their Homecoming Sport is fly fishing!

Man, look at all the wood in Maurice's woodpile.

Aw, fighting even over the phone.

Of course Maurice can't tell the difference between an Indian and a Filipino. They're all just brown.

Haha, Lester is far too busy and important to talk to Maurice! Which ticks him off to no end.

I buy Maggie as homecoming queen at her high school, but I'm not sure about the cheerleading part.

Shelly: You gonna do him?
Maggie: Shelly, he's 17 years old, they have laws against things like that.
Me: AND THANK GOD. Please stop being creepy, both of you.

Awww, the Jolly Green Giant may be rich, but is he happy?

Ed: Well, I was talking to Maurice—
Ruth-Anne: That's your problem.

Heh.

Oooh, burn, Lester and Myra know Provence better than Maurice!

Maggie: "Don't mind me, just have to take a phone call from my not-boyfriend in front of my not-date! This isn't awkard at all!"

How does Jack Black not know every little nuance of Joel and Maggie's relationship? Did he just move to town?

Ahahaha, I did kind of enjoy that JB turned out to have a girlfriend already.

Ohhh, so close to enlightenment! If Maggie doesn't have a boyfriend, it must mean she enjoys her independence, and there's nothing wrong with that! But only because she's attractive; if she weren't, no one would believe it.

"You and Lester Haines been shootin' up some capitalism together?"

I'm of two minds about the conversation in the Brick re: IRS lady making the mistake and Ruth-Anne not telling her. On the one hand, Holling in particular has always been kind of apolitical-shading-toward-libertarian. And Chris's analogy to accepting a miscalled foul in your favor because next time it could go the other way rings true. But something tells me the group wouldn't have been so one-sided about not revealing the mistake in earlier seasons.

Maggie smiling as she listens to Joel's disgusting recorded notes would be sort of cute if it weren't for the context of the rest of the episode.

I liked the Indian dance at the bonfire.

I feel like the ending would work ever so much better if it came after an episode where Maggie and Joel were continually trying to one-up each other, and her writing down terms like vancomycin to throw into the conversation were some sort of effort to win whatever competition they were having (and also she learns something about what he cares about and takes an interest despite herself). As it is, it's just kind of bizarre. I do like that Joel's reaction is immediate suspicion of why she cares about public health, though. And that she never actually tells him she found the recorder he was sure was lost in her plane, because that would mean he wins. Hehehe.
rowdycamels
Jun. 28th, 2014 04:10 am (UTC)
So...the point of the A plot of this episode was "Maggie doesn't need a man. Haha, psych! Even high schoolers feel sorry for her because she's lonely, so she has to contort herself into being interested in medical stuff because it's the only way she'll snag Joel!"?

Ehhhhhh.

I also didn't see much purpose to the Ruth-Anne vs. the IRS lady story.

Well... it made us feel bad for the IRS, which was an interesting dramatic goal. And sympathy for bureaucrats in general, also not a common feat. I think it was notable that an exercise in gray morality took so long, and ended so ambivalently. Not many shows would've done it that way.

The humor of the guys asking her to be homecoming queen while she was covered in oil and hidden in a jumpsuit fell a little flat because it was impossible to make Janine Turner look bad at the time, but oh well.

Proof that Cicelian teen boys have better taste than expected?

Watching Jack Black play a polite high school kid is very weird.

Eerie.

I would have liked to see the revenge plan the junior girls passed over for the homecoming queenship devised to execute on the senior boys and on Maggie. Just sayin'.

Ugh, unless they were in on the Get Poor Old Lady A Man ploy.

And their Homecoming Sport is fly fishing!

And their letter jackets have fish on them!

Haha, Lester is far too busy and important to talk to Maurice! Which ticks him off to no end.

I love how Lester is constantly out-Big-Man-ing Maurice! "LOOK, I'D LOVE TO CHAT WITH YOU, SON, BUT I'M JUST SO BUSY WITH ALL MY BUSINESS AND ALSO MASCULINE POWER."

I buy Maggie as homecoming queen at her high school, but I'm not sure about the cheerleading part.

Maybe she was cheerleading the fly fishers?

Awww, the Jolly Green Giant may be rich, but is he happy?

Is it perhaps NOT easy being green??

How does Jack Black not know every little nuance of Joel and Maggie's relationship? Did he just move to town?

I was a little shocked to suddenly see teenagers everywhere in this episode. Perhaps the youth social circle is WAY detached from the grown-ups?

"You and Lester Haines been shootin' up some capitalism together?"

Maurice lost a whole decade that way in the 80s!

But something tells me the group wouldn't have been so one-sided about not revealing the mistake in earlier seasons.

Yeah, the whole town has darkened a bit. And I don't think Ruth-Ann's decision would've gotten the same result, either: a blank "...okay, so you owe some more." No reward from the universe for telling the truth, no fanfare, no satisfaction, just paying a chunk of money she'd rather have kept, because the moral guilt would've been the worse option.

I liked the Indian dance at the bonfire.

I like how non-chalantly they bust that out.

As it is, it's just kind of bizarre

Moral of the story: anything is better than teen boys?
icepixie
Jun. 29th, 2014 03:34 pm (UTC)
Well... it made us feel bad for the IRS, which was an interesting dramatic goal.

I suppose there is that.

And sympathy for bureaucrats in general, also not a common feat.

Have you ever watched Corner Gas? They have an episode, I think the second or third one of the first season, where Mark McKinney, aka Richard Smith-Jones, complains about being referred to as "the tax man" when he's really just "a tax man." He doesn't want to be dehumanized for what he does for a living!

I think it was notable that an exercise in gray morality took so long, and ended so ambivalently. Not many shows would've done it that way.

Perhaps...

Ugh, unless they were in on the Get Poor Old Lady A Man ploy.

Oooh. Disturbing possibility.

I love how Lester is constantly out-Big-Man-ing Maurice! "LOOK, I'D LOVE TO CHAT WITH YOU, SON, BUT I'M JUST SO BUSY WITH ALL MY BUSINESS AND ALSO MASCULINE POWER."

Ha! I bet he goes home and high-fives his wife over it that night, too.

Maybe she was cheerleading the fly fishers?

"Two, four, six eight, who do we a-fish-iate?"

Is it perhaps NOT easy being green??

You'll never know the troubles he's seen!

I was a little shocked to suddenly see teenagers everywhere in this episode. Perhaps the youth social circle is WAY detached from the grown-ups?

They live underground. Like Morlocks.

Yeah, the whole town has darkened a bit.

:(

And I don't think Ruth-Ann's decision would've gotten the same result, either: a blank "...okay, so you owe some more." No reward from the universe for telling the truth, no fanfare, no satisfaction, just paying a chunk of money she'd rather have kept, because the moral guilt would've been the worse option.

Yeah, I think so. There just wasn't quite the same level of zany creativity here.

I like how non-chalantly they bust that out.

Yes!

Moral of the story: anything is better than teen boys?

There are worse morals.
rowdycamels
Jul. 5th, 2014 05:51 pm (UTC)
Richard Smith-Jones, complains about being referred to as "the tax man" when he's really just "a tax man." He doesn't want to be dehumanized for what he does for a living!

Aww, like the dentist a few episodes ago!

Ha! I bet he goes home and high-fives his wife over it that night, too.


Lol, I hope so.

"Two, four, six eight, who do we a-fish-iate?"

:::GROAN:::

They live underground. Like Morlocks.

Even the bears at the dump are more visible!

Yeah, I think so. There just wasn't quite the same level of zany creativity here.

Taxes: not zany, even in Cicely. :(

There are worse morals.

Truth.
( 4 comments — Leave a comment )

Profile

Chris on Christmas Eve
nx_rewatch
Northern Exposure Rewatch

Latest Month

August 2014
S M T W T F S
     12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31      
Powered by LiveJournal.com
Designed by Teresa Jones