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The 70s, Part Two

by Manimal April 30, 2000
The 70s, Part Two

Phone rings in Dexter's hospital room. Dexter wakes up muttering, "The meeting." Yolanda explains that the meeting will never happen, that the cops rounded everyone up and Quincy's disappeared. As the phone rings and rings, she says that Byron's been calling to check on him. Dexter says to unplug the phone.

Stock footage of Nixon/Watergate trial. Crowds watch the TV in workplaces, bars, riveted. Ehrlichman, Haldeman, Carver, Dean, et cetera, lying, lying, lying. Lots and LOTS of stock footage of the trial. So much stock footage the mind boggles.

In Eileen's apartment, Wendy switches to the channel showing the Billie Jean King/Bobby Riggs "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match. Eileen calls for Christie, and runs into her bedroom. Christie is sleepy and depressed, and yanks on her headphones and tells Eileen to go away. Phone rings. It's Byron, asking Eileen to meet him at the museum. He's acting weird and secretive.

At the museum, Byron walks up to Eileen and tells her to keep walking and to pretend she doesn't know him. She says she doesn't know him. He yaps about his phones being bugged, and confesses about Watergate and being subpoenaed. Eileen tells him to tell the truth, and that he's always been an honest person. Right. Except for that time he was having sex with a ton of Maybelline lipgloss while you were still in NYC, Eileen. Byron stops and Method-actor mutters, "I think you had me confused with someone you used to know."

Dexter getting wheeled out of the hospital. Christie and Eileen in their apartment. Both scenes are connected by the relevant parties watching Byron on TV during his Watergate testimony. Byron's dad is watching from his Cleveland suburban palace. Byron confesses to drawing the map of Democratic National Headquarters. Dexter is heartbroken, as is Byron's dad, but for different reasons. More stock footage of Nixon's downfall. I'm getting the feeling NBC was just looking for a way to make all that extra footage profitable, so they made this piece of schlock. Footage of Nixon's resignation speech.

Byron packs up his files as he prepares to leave Da White House. He is a disillusioned man and refuses to watch as Nixon leaves. Cut to stock footage of Nixon leaving the White House. More of his resignation speech. More stock footage, this time of Gerald Ford.

"Mercy Mercy Me" plays as Dexter and Yolanda roll up to the Atlas theater. A big welcome party greets them as they enter. Dexter stops and gives a big speech about how he's not the man he thought he was, and how he failed them all, and he's no longer Dexter Johnson. Various fresh-faced ethnic children stand up and declare "I'm Dexter Johnson!" like some weird Benetton ad. These scenes are stolen verbatim from a famous film, I think a Frank Capra or Preston Sturges one, maybe Meet John Doe. ["And In & Out." -- Sars]

Eileen in the office. Mr. Conover, her boss, complains about the latest ad campaign they're supposed to create for women's shampoo. Eileen explains how Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, and how Shivo Shampoo can't have a utilitarian slogan, it needs to be "Simply For You." Then she does a line drawing of the "new" ad campaign that looks suspiciously like stick figures. But then again, I don't have a degree in art. "Taking Care of Business" plays in the background. Mr. Conover looks pleased. It's all so much 9 to 5 for me.

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The 70s, Part Two

by Manimal April 30, 2000
The 70s, Part Two Phone rings in Dexter's hospital room. Dexter wakes up muttering, "The meeting." Yolanda explains that the meeting will never happen, that the cops rounded everyone up and Quincy's disappeared. As the phone rings and rings, she says that Byron's been calling to check on him. Dexter says to unplug the phone. Stock footage of Nixon/Watergate trial. Crowds watch the TV in workplaces, bars, riveted. Ehrlichman, Haldeman, Carver, Dean, et cetera, lying, lying, lying. Lots and LOTS of stock footage of the trial. So much stock footage the mind boggles. In Eileen's apartment, Wendy switches to the channel showing the Billie Jean King/Bobby Riggs "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match. Eileen calls for Christie, and runs into her bedroom. Christie is sleepy and depressed, and yanks on her headphones and tells Eileen to go away. Phone rings. It's Byron, asking Eileen to meet him at the museum. He's acting weird and secretive. At the museum, Byron walks up to Eileen and tells her to keep walking and to pretend she doesn't know him. She says she doesn't know him. He yaps about his phones being bugged, and confesses about Watergate and being subpoenaed. Eileen tells him to tell the truth, and that he's always been an honest person. Right. Except for that time he was having sex with a ton of Maybelline lipgloss while you were still in NYC, Eileen. Byron stops and Method-actor mutters, "I think you had me confused with someone you used to know." Dexter getting wheeled out of the hospital. Christie and Eileen in their apartment. Both scenes are connected by the relevant parties watching Byron on TV during his Watergate testimony. Byron's dad is watching from his Cleveland suburban palace. Byron confesses to drawing the map of Democratic National Headquarters. Dexter is heartbroken, as is Byron's dad, but for different reasons. More stock footage of Nixon's downfall. I'm getting the feeling NBC was just looking for a way to make all that extra footage profitable, so they made this piece of schlock. Footage of Nixon's resignation speech. Byron packs up his files as he prepares to leave Da White House. He is a disillusioned man and refuses to watch as Nixon leaves. Cut to stock footage of Nixon leaving the White House. More of his resignation speech. More stock footage, this time of Gerald Ford. "Mercy Mercy Me" plays as Dexter and Yolanda roll up to the Atlas theater. A big welcome party greets them as they enter. Dexter stops and gives a big speech about how he's not the man he thought he was, and how he failed them all, and he's no longer Dexter Johnson. Various fresh-faced ethnic children stand up and declare "I'm Dexter Johnson!" like some weird Benetton ad. These scenes are stolen verbatim from a famous film, I think a Frank Capra or Preston Sturges one, maybe Meet John Doe. ["And In & Out." -- Sars]

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