Saturday, June 12
Big and Small Inspirations
They are a more tolerant Odd Couple for a wee generation who probably will never know the names Felix Ungar or Oscar Madison. Wow. That's sad that these kids probably won't know that classic show that peppered my childhood tv diet. A diet that also included liberal doses of Gilligan's Island, Three's Company, and Alf. Syndication: it's a good thing. Oh great. Now I have the Odd Couple theme song stuck in my head.
Anyway. We bought the first five episodes of Big and Small on DVD recently (the first season if you will) and sat down to watch it together. Obviously I discovered something jarring while watching the very first episode of the show otherwise I wouldn't be writing this post (or would I? Perhaps my intention is to bore you all to death. Mwhahahahahahahaha.)
During the very first episode of the show I couldn't help but find it totally freaky that Small, who did not even know Big, just turned up on Big's doorstep one day with suitcase, stuffed giraffe, and a u-haul full of other stuff in hand, and just the moved the f*** in under the guise 'didn't you get my postcard?' -- a postcard he admittedly NEVER SENT.
Holy crow. Small is by all appearances a grifting con man of epic proportions. WHO KNEW? Wow. I cannot wait to see how the writers and producers end this season. Will Big be taken for everything he's worked so hard to get? Will Small's dark side be revealed? I wanna know.
Now in addition to this totally weird story line that is reminiscent of Pacific Heights (not really but if it was Small would be Michael Keaton and Big would be Melanie Griffith), there is an episode where Big builds Small his own door so he can have more independence around a house that was obviously built for bigger creatures.
So while Big is testing the new small door out, he gets his head stuck in the frame. While watching this (and trying to figure out if Small would use this opportunity to rob Big blind and kill him for the insurance while Big was totally incapacitated) I blurted out to my daughter that I once got my head stuck in a fence.
She was totally fascinated. I hadn't really meant to tell her that story but it just came out so I decided to stop right there. Of course she asked me questions.
How did you get your head out mom?
I stayed calm, held down my ears by putting my arms through other parts of the fence, and slowly removed my head without a scratch or hurting myself.
Where did this happen mom?
Um. In London. At Buckhingham Palace.
I stopped the story there in hopes that she would go back to watching her show. Which she did. After a few minutes, Small helped Big out of his bind with some butter (I think Small was making himself a hero so Big would feel his loyalty and trust - DON'T BELIEVE IT BIG, DON'T BELIEVE IT FOR A MINUTE) and the episode ended.
This is when my daughter turned around and said 'Momma, were you big or small when you got your head stuck in that fence?'
I paused, coughed, and quickly said 'Big' and left the room.
She doesn't need to know I was thirty when that happened does she? For the record, the fences around that place really look a lot bigger than they really are. Liz should really put up a sign or something.