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Can't...get...clean!

by Wendola April 1, 2001
South Pacific

All the shower ladies join in with the singing and dancing and waving of scrub brushes. I have to say, this number was a lot more interesting when it was done in the production at my high school. The singing wasn't as good and the orchestra wasn't always so hot either, but they had this garbage can filled with water for the shower part, and so the girl playing Nellie would at some point in the song go over and pull this rope so that water would pour down on her. And all week long before the performance, the guys in stage crew would use that garbage can filled with water as an actual garbage can, and also, uh, as a urinal. Disgusting, but then again, I suspect that into every ambitious high-school production of South Pacific a little pee must fall. And it was great theatre.

Anyway, Glenn Close finishes her decidedly-not-golden shower and grabs a towel and dances out of the shower area. She's on the beach dancing around like a dork with a towel over her head when de Becque rides up on a horse. He asks her to come over to dinner on Friday, but she declines. Then he says it's a party for her to meet all his Frenchy plantation friends. "I want you to know more about me," he says. She hems and haws and asks him why he killed a man. It turns out he bet everything he owned in a card game and lost to a guy who cheated, who then turned a gun on him, so de Becque stabbed him with a knife. It sound really cool the way he says it: "I keeled heem…weeth a knaff." Then he thinks this is a swell time to propose marriage to Glenn Close, who is too stunned to answer. Just when it seems like things couldn't get any weirder, they start singing "Some Enchanted Evening" again. Then they kiss. Because it's kind of about time that they kiss, you know?

He rides off, and then the nurses start snickering at her, because of course Glenn Close's shirt isn't even dry from the whole washing-that-man-right-outta-her-hair thingy. So she goes up to the nurses and tells them that she's as corny as Kansas as August and as normal as blueberry pie. And everyone's like "huh?" Except they aren't, because it's a song. Glenn Close informs everyone that she's bromidic and bright as a moon-happy night pouring light on the dew, and that she's in love, she's in love, she's in love, she's in love, she's in love with a wonderful guy. She's what? Oh, she's in love, I think.

Back to this plot stuff: they're still building the airstrip; the captain and Commander Guy and Harry Connick Jr. bring in de Becque and ask him to come on the radio mission with Harry. He says no, because he's so totally into Glenn Close. Harry Connick Jr. gets pissed.

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Can't...get...clean!

by Wendola April 1, 2001
South Pacific At the officer's club, Glenn Close and the head nurse lady are having a beer when they overhear some guys talking about how, for the last twenty years, de Becque has always been "quite a charmer with the ladies," and "has never hurt any for female companionship" and "is one hell of a studly man-ho." Some of that is not verbatim. "I really don't know anything about him, do I?" says Glenn Close to Head Nurse Lady. So she goes to the showers and decides to wash him right outta her hair, because that way she can sing about it. We haven't seen any of the other women since the beginning of the movie, so apparently the entire nurse corps spends most of their time in the showers, which is like this big Sapphic lounge area where everyone prances around in bathing suits and washes their bras and does each other's hair. Anyway, Glenn Close goes in and tells everyone she's going to wash that man right outta her hair, she's going to wash that man right outta her hair, she's going to wash that man right outta her hair, and send him on his way. I see her point and all, but she only has like, two inches of hair. How much man could she have to wash out of there, anyway? All the shower ladies join in with the singing and dancing and waving of scrub brushes. I have to say, this number was a lot more interesting when it was done in the production at my high school. The singing wasn't as good and the orchestra wasn't always so hot either, but they had this garbage can filled with water for the shower part, and so the girl playing Nellie would at some point in the song go over and pull this rope so that water would pour down on her. And all week long before the performance, the guys in stage crew would use that garbage can filled with water as an actual garbage can, and also, uh, as a urinal. Disgusting, but then again, I suspect that into every ambitious high-school production of South Pacific a little pee must fall. And it was great theatre. Anyway, Glenn Close finishes her decidedly-not-golden shower and grabs a towel and dances out of the shower area. She's on the beach dancing around like a dork with a towel over her head when de Becque rides up on a horse. He asks her to come over to dinner on Friday, but she declines. Then he says it's a party for her to meet all his Frenchy plantation friends. "I want you to know more about me," he says. She hems and haws and asks him why he killed a man. It turns out he bet everything he owned in a card game and lost to a guy who cheated, who then turned a gun on him, so de Becque stabbed him with a knife. It sound really cool the way he says it: "I keeled heem…weeth a knaff." Then he thinks this is a swell time to propose marriage to Glenn Close, who is too stunned to answer. Just when it seems like things couldn't get any weirder, they start singing "Some Enchanted Evening" again. Then they kiss. Because it's kind of about time that they kiss, you know?

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