Later that night, Mickey is trying to explain the Stooge-job story to Donna, but she totally fails to understand why Shemp's presence would be funny. Or, for that matter, non-conducive to climax. The argument morphs to the bedroom, with Mickey getting all snotty, and also offering some meta-comedic commentary. "You can't explain a joke, Donna," he says. "It's like dissecting a frog. You can examine it all you want, but at the end of the day, you've learned very little, and the frog is still dead." "Now that I don't get," remarks Donna, and while I wholeheartedly concur, I can't help but point out once again that the image of a dead frog is, in fact, an excellent meta-commentary on the show itself. There's a great deal of whiny bickering about whether or not they get the same jokes, and then Mickey introduces some anti-meta-commentary by claiming to have been "humoring" us all this time. Yeah. I don't think so, buddy. Donna, on the other hand, actually did make me giggle a bit with, "It's because Shemp's a funny name, right? Ssssssssshhhhhhhemp 'Hello, I'm Shemp.' It's funny."
Incidentally, this week's Repetitive Word Of The Week is obviously going to be "Shemp." As you know, previous winners of this prestigious award include "cold," "balls," and "jerking off." So here's what we're going to do: Since it's clear that no one in their right mind would ever actually watch this crap, I have to find a way to bring you kids into the recaps. So we're gonna have ourselves a little contest. I'll designate an RWoW each week, and at the end of the season (or after, praise be unto God, cancellation) you'll have to come up with a sentence or paragraph using as many of them as possible. The winner will receive the item of their choice from MBTV's Mind of The Married Man store, autographed by me (because it's not like you'd actually be caught dead wearing the thing in public). If you don't want my autograph, I can probably arrange for any other recapper to sign it, and don't worry, my feelings would only be hurt a little. Ooh! Actually, that reminds me of a second contest. Let's play "Who Want To Pick The T-Shirt Tagline?" I'll post a thread in the forums, and we'll take submissions for a week or so. As always, I reserve the right to ignore you people completely, and to impose my own arbitrary will upon the masses.