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Brandon and Brenda are watching from the back of the room as a man stands before a crowd of seated parents, carefully observing his watch. It has been 90 seconds, he says -- "enough time for a criminal to rob your house and rob you bat blind." Hmmm, I WONDER WHERE THIS IS GOING TO GO? There is a quick pan across lots of concerned homeowners who look like they've just watched a snuff film. After the meeting, the man tutors Mr. Walsh on how to work the new security system they've installed in their home. At the same time, Mrs. Walsh volunteers to be block captain for the neighborhood watch. The Nancy Reagan rip-off she is speaking with lays in the neighborhood gossip, including the latest news that "new people have moved into the old Walker house" just a few doors down from the Walsh family. Mrs. Walsh innocently asks her what they're like. "You'll see." How ominous. We all will.

The students arrive at school and we are treated to a rundown of the whole gang. The first of them we see is Ian Ziering in his Corvette. I always think of that asshole Caine from Menace II Society when I see a 1990s penis-substitute car, but now I realize there are worse memory responses to have. After we greet each member of the cast, their images are freeze-framed onscreen and turned black-and-white, implying that a photographer is behind the lens. Brandon is the last picture taken as he walks into the office of the school newspaper. Andrea sits over a table of developed photos. She's excited because the paper has finally found a staff photographer. The catch is Andrea hasn't met him yet, so she asks Brandon to pay him a visit in class and convince him to take the job. Brandon reluctantly agrees, but doesn't quite like the pompous-sounding name, Robinson Ashe III. That smell is red herring.

Brandon strolls into his classroom like he's Matthew McConaughey crashing a prom. He eyes a blond dude wearing a ridiculous sweater. This must be him. "Robinson Ashe, I presume?" It's already the third time Brandon has put on a British affectation when he uses that name. But it's not the guy in the sweater who looks over. It's the skinny black kid with a flattop standing behind him who does. "Yo, what can I do for you?" Brandon flips instantly from being a slightly sarcastic charm boy into a thoroughly earnest and well-intentioned charm boy. I actually see his back straighten. Robinson would love to be staff photographer.

Outside, as the band practices, Robinson takes pictures wearing a vest he stole from Big Daddy Kane in 1988. They use that snazzy photo effect again when he clicks his camera. Robinson asks Brandon for a lift home from school. Of course he'll give you a ride, man. What is he, a racist? Brandon asks a gathering storm of a question: "Where do you live?"

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Mondo Extra
Black & White Television

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Times Change

Brandon and Brenda are watching from the back of the room as a man stands before a crowd of seated parents, carefully observing his watch. It has been 90 seconds, he says -- "enough time for a criminal to rob your house and rob you bat blind." Hmmm, I WONDER WHERE THIS IS GOING TO GO? There is a quick pan across lots of concerned homeowners who look like they've just watched a snuff film. After the meeting, the man tutors Mr. Walsh on how to work the new security system they've installed in their home. At the same time, Mrs. Walsh volunteers to be block captain for the neighborhood watch. The Nancy Reagan rip-off she is speaking with lays in the neighborhood gossip, including the latest news that "new people have moved into the old Walker house" just a few doors down from the Walsh family. Mrs. Walsh innocently asks her what they're like. "You'll see." How ominous. We all will.

The students arrive at school and we are treated to a rundown of the whole gang. The first of them we see is Ian Ziering in his Corvette. I always think of that asshole Caine from Menace II Society when I see a 1990s penis-substitute car, but now I realize there are worse memory responses to have. After we greet each member of the cast, their images are freeze-framed onscreen and turned black-and-white, implying that a photographer is behind the lens. Brandon is the last picture taken as he walks into the office of the school newspaper. Andrea sits over a table of developed photos. She's excited because the paper has finally found a staff photographer. The catch is Andrea hasn't met him yet, so she asks Brandon to pay him a visit in class and convince him to take the job. Brandon reluctantly agrees, but doesn't quite like the pompous-sounding name, Robinson Ashe III. That smell is red herring.

Brandon strolls into his classroom like he's Matthew McConaughey crashing a prom. He eyes a blond dude wearing a ridiculous sweater. This must be him. "Robinson Ashe, I presume?" It's already the third time Brandon has put on a British affectation when he uses that name. But it's not the guy in the sweater who looks over. It's the skinny black kid with a flattop standing behind him who does. "Yo, what can I do for you?" Brandon flips instantly from being a slightly sarcastic charm boy into a thoroughly earnest and well-intentioned charm boy. I actually see his back straighten. Robinson would love to be staff photographer.

Outside, as the band practices, Robinson takes pictures wearing a vest he stole from Big Daddy Kane in 1988. They use that snazzy photo effect again when he clicks his camera. Robinson asks Brandon for a lift home from school. Of course he'll give you a ride, man. What is he, a racist? Brandon asks a gathering storm of a question: "Where do you live?"

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