• The Writers – Brent Butt
  • Director – David Storey
  • A brief synopsis – Hank comes up with an idea to draw tourists into Dog River, and he persuades Brent to help him present it.  Then the rest of the town tries to help flesh out the idea.  Oscar believes that Lacey has a crush on him, and goes out of his way to dissuade her.  Davis is trying to fight the feeling that he is getting long in the tooth.
  • The best line – Lacey(Busy): HeyOscar.  Oscar (nervous): Hello Lacey.  (chuckles)  The other day, Emma and I…you know my wife Emma?  Lacey: Yeah, of course (still working). Oscar: Well, the other day I was watching the news there…watching it with my wife, Emma…And they said that Bill Clinton, he was fooling around.  Fooling around on his wife.  Lacey:  That was on the news?  I thought that happened, like, last Millennium…  Oscar: And I says to my wife, Emma: Wife, I don’t approve of that Bill Clinton fooling around like that and I DON’T approve of that young woman fooling around with him., if you understand what I’m saying.   Lacey: (smiles) Oh, I don’t know, Oscar, it happens, you know?  A lot of young women are attracted to powerful older men.  (walks off).  Oscar (to himself): Damn!
  • The best moment – The discussion about the “world’s largest hoe” is one of the finest moments in recorded history.  Period.
  • The best storyline – Gotta go with the hoe.
  • Notable guest appearance – Fitzy’s Grandma, played by Jean Freeman.
  • Em’s Favorite Character – Fitzy the Mayor’s Grandma.  I loved when she hit Davis on the head.
  • Grade – A

A good script, that, in the hands of this cast, is made excellent.  This is one of my wife’s very favorite shows.  The way they work nuance into almost every line…I’m talking about the likes of the 2nd greatest show, Quincy…and still manage to get a cohesive community life with an economy of characters of different levels of intelligence is astounding.  This episode, more than most, is a portent of things to come for those interested in the doings of the town of Dog River.

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