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Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Three’s Company

At the offices of NBC, Fred Silverman relaxes behind his big desk, watching Suzanne on Donahue. "Not my problem anymore," he says happily. Heh. Farewell, Brian Dennehy. I'll see you next time angry bluster is called for.

Suzanne's next adventure in Setberia begins when the Hat Lackey brings her her wardrobe and she asks where Director Dave is. Rather stupidly, though, she says, "Where's the director?" where it's pretty obvious that she would know the director well enough at this point just to ask, "Where's Dave?" But anyway. The Hat Lackey breaks it to her that Director Dave won't be working with her -- he himself, the Hat Lackey, will be getting a crack at directing. In fact, he has changed from his usual fedora to a beret for the occasion. Oh, the indignity of being turned over to the Hat Lackey! It makes Suzanne want to cry. We also see that she is wearing a t-shirt with a big "FREE SUZANNE" logo on it. Nice. That'll help.

What appears to be a rehearsal in the lounge car breaks up, and Joyce, John, and Don totter off to do whatever it is they do. The director, however, holds up the other woman, who he calls "Jennilee." He tells her that the next thing he wants to try is to have her overexaggerate everything: "Even your head nods." Man, TV directors really do say that shit to people, don't they? "More head nodding!" "Bigger arm gestures!" No wonder some of these shows are so painful sometimes. Jennilee perkily agrees to try to nod harder next time. Ted walks up and asks Director Dave how Jennilee is doing. Director Dave tries not to say that Jennilee sucks ass, so he just says that she's inexperienced. "She was a Rams cheerleader, for God's sake," he says in exasperation for anyone who didn't know that piece of Jennilee Harrison trivia. (Did you know she hawks those buckwheat pillows on TV now, though? Sobakawa!) Anyway, Ted says that he's hoping the audience doesn't notice how bad she is.

Don is standing around with John and Joyce, telling them a not-at-all funny story. Boy, if Joyce DeWitt has it in for anyone more than Alan and Suzanne, it's poor Don Knotts. As he finishes the story, they all hear Suzanne wailing over her unfair treatment. (Apparently, while Setberia isn't on the regular set, it's near enough to hear wailing.) They look at each other uncomfortably.

In Setberia, Suzanne is weeping and crying and can't get through the scene. The Hat Lackey is trying not to take it personally. He suggests some breathing exercises to make her feel better. Hee.

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Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Three’s Company At the offices of NBC, Fred Silverman relaxes behind his big desk, watching Suzanne on Donahue. "Not my problem anymore," he says happily. Heh. Farewell, Brian Dennehy. I'll see you next time angry bluster is called for. Suzanne's next adventure in Setberia begins when the Hat Lackey brings her her wardrobe and she asks where Director Dave is. Rather stupidly, though, she says, "Where's the director?" where it's pretty obvious that she would know the director well enough at this point just to ask, "Where's Dave?" But anyway. The Hat Lackey breaks it to her that Director Dave won't be working with her -- he himself, the Hat Lackey, will be getting a crack at directing. In fact, he has changed from his usual fedora to a beret for the occasion. Oh, the indignity of being turned over to the Hat Lackey! It makes Suzanne want to cry. We also see that she is wearing a t-shirt with a big "FREE SUZANNE" logo on it. Nice. That'll help. What appears to be a rehearsal in the lounge car breaks up, and Joyce, John, and Don totter off to do whatever it is they do. The director, however, holds up the other woman, who he calls "Jennilee." He tells her that the next thing he wants to try is to have her overexaggerate everything: "Even your head nods." Man, TV directors really do say that shit to people, don't they? "More head nodding!" "Bigger arm gestures!" No wonder some of these shows are so painful sometimes. Jennilee perkily agrees to try to nod harder next time. Ted walks up and asks Director Dave how Jennilee is doing. Director Dave tries not to say that Jennilee sucks ass, so he just says that she's inexperienced. "She was a Rams cheerleader, for God's sake," he says in exasperation for anyone who didn't know that piece of Jennilee Harrison trivia. (Did you know she hawks those buckwheat pillows on TV now, though? Sobakawa!) Anyway, Ted says that he's hoping the audience doesn't notice how bad she is. Don is standing around with John and Joyce, telling them a not-at-all funny story. Boy, if Joyce DeWitt has it in for anyone more than Alan and Suzanne, it's poor Don Knotts. As he finishes the story, they all hear Suzanne wailing over her unfair treatment. (Apparently, while Setberia isn't on the regular set, it's near enough to hear wailing.) They look at each other uncomfortably. In Setberia, Suzanne is weeping and crying and can't get through the scene. The Hat Lackey is trying not to take it personally. He suggests some breathing exercises to make her feel better. Hee.

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