It's been so long since I've spent any time with these characters that I keep expecting them to seem different since the last episode I watched. Hmm, Dad Weir sure hasn't changed any. In the opening scene, he's putting Lindsay down for wanting to attend a Who concert. After sarcastically suggesting that she also see the Stones at Altamont, he asks, rhetorically, "What's not fun about sitting around in a cloud of marijuana smoke watching some maniac wag his bloody tongue?" Right, like Joe Flaherty never did that himself, back in the day? Lindsay's stretching pretty hard as she tries to promote the concert as a cultural event, informing her mom that The Who wrote a rock opera. She wisely leaves out the fact that the rock opera in question sucks. Hard. Look, I might as well mention right up front that I really can't stand The Who. Just about the only song of theirs that doesn't make me long to plunge red-hot knitting needles into my eardrums is "Eminence Front," and that's only because it sounds like it's played by a band that is totally not The Who. So if you really, really want to know the names of any Who songs that may crop up in this episode, I'm afraid you're on your own. Dad Weir agrees with me about Tommy. Joe Flaherty's superb comic timing perfectly conveys Mr. Weir's derision as he says, "I'm sure it's terrific." Mom Weir helps out by noting that Lindsay's been to concerts before. She cites the Rich Little "concert" the whole family attended last summer. Mrs. Weir is as cute as ever. I guess Sam hasn't changed much either. He's still hovering on the brink of violently working my nerves, and he's still making jokes that aren't very funny. Here he does an impression of Rich Little doing an impression of Johnny Carson that majorly cracks up all the Weirs except Lindsay, who points out that "Rich Little isn't a concert." That is so true, Lindsay. Mom Weir wants to know whether the band is loud. Lindsay claims that they're not, but Sam pipes up with the utterly unhelpful info that the Guinness Book of World Records called The Who "the loudest band on Earth." Let's all share in my shame, shall we, as I confess that I used to like to read the Guinness Book of World Records, too. I was a little younger than Sam at the time, but still. Sam is delighting in trying to mess things up for Lindsay because the parents have told him he's not allowed to see The Kentucky Fried Movie. Ah, what a charming fellow, no? Dad Weir agrees to listen to a Who record. He will let Lindsay go to the concert if there's nothing objectionable on the album. I take it he means "objectionable" as in vulgar, rather than just the general offensiveness of all the crappy music one would find on a Who album. Lindsay is confident that Dad will let her go to the concert, though he warns her, "Don't get ahead of yourself -- I'll be listening to it backwards, too." Heh.
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