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The 70s, Part Two

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

Eileen, unfortunately, loses her court case. I guess this was NBC's concession to realism, since they didn't talk at all about how ERA wasn't ratified even though it was a huge grassroots movement. Eileen is justifiably bummed.

Stock footage of the Three Mile Island nuclear accident; shots of dead fish, environmental disasters, voiceovers about how oil is one hundred times more toxic than previously discovered. Another seventies movement gets boiled down to its most simplistic components when Byron discovers oil waste being dumped into a lake. Byron talks to the oil foreman, who looks a little like Burl Ives and has a bass voice, sort of like a white Barry White. Byron whines, "Clean it up!" and, not surprisingly, Burl Ives refuses. Byron then threatens him by telling the foreman that he and "Bob Woodward go way back." The foreman reaches for the phone. So I guess we're supposed to deduce that Byron is responsible for cleaning up the Alaskan wilderness? Somehow, I think it more probable that Byron and others like him are responsible for Exxon's PR campaign of "People Do."

Eileen interviews for jobs, and gets offered only secretarial positions. Next scene: Eileen, in Adidas-striped jogging shorts that I remember both my sisters wearing, runs to get the phone. It's Byron. They talk. The screen splits to show both of 'em. Byron says he's reapplying to Columbia law, and that he's not sure if he's a Republican anymore, that he's "just Byron." They get gooey. Then Eileen starts as the entire city of New York blacks out. Cheesily, the split screen on Eileen's side goes dark. Funnily enough, she's still able to talk on the phone. ["Even funnily-er, you don't hear any sounds of looting on her end." -- Sars]

Eileen interviews at an agency. Assuming she's going to be offered a secretarial position, she gets ready to walk out. The guy offers her an actual job. "Respect Yourself" by the Staple Singers starts playing as Eileen grins and walks out, tossing her cap in the air.

Christie, wearing some Navajo-inspired garb, wanders up to Independence House, a halfway-house that Dexter runs. The receptionist tells Christie to fill out the form, and dumbly, Christie does, checking off every drug on the list. Coming to her senses, she crumples it up and says that she's not an addict, just an old friend of Dexter's. She spies on him leading some seminar type things with some young brothas, but sneaks out without saying anything.

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The 70s, Part Two

by Manimal April 30, 2000
The 70s, Part Two Eileen's lawsuit. Her boss testifies in smarmy, male-chauvinist-pig fashion. Another, older secretary from the firm gets up and testifies about the situation at the firm, and how she herself wanted advancement, but how she's watched for years as less-qualified, less-educated, Y-chromosome-bearing weasels get promoted over her while she never got a shot, and how Eileen and all the women like her deserve a chance, since it's too late for herself. Eileen, unfortunately, loses her court case. I guess this was NBC's concession to realism, since they didn't talk at all about how ERA wasn't ratified even though it was a huge grassroots movement. Eileen is justifiably bummed. Stock footage of the Three Mile Island nuclear accident; shots of dead fish, environmental disasters, voiceovers about how oil is one hundred times more toxic than previously discovered. Another seventies movement gets boiled down to its most simplistic components when Byron discovers oil waste being dumped into a lake. Byron talks to the oil foreman, who looks a little like Burl Ives and has a bass voice, sort of like a white Barry White. Byron whines, "Clean it up!" and, not surprisingly, Burl Ives refuses. Byron then threatens him by telling the foreman that he and "Bob Woodward go way back." The foreman reaches for the phone. So I guess we're supposed to deduce that Byron is responsible for cleaning up the Alaskan wilderness? Somehow, I think it more probable that Byron and others like him are responsible for Exxon's PR campaign of "People Do." Eileen interviews for jobs, and gets offered only secretarial positions. Next scene: Eileen, in Adidas-striped jogging shorts that I remember both my sisters wearing, runs to get the phone. It's Byron. They talk. The screen splits to show both of 'em. Byron says he's reapplying to Columbia law, and that he's not sure if he's a Republican anymore, that he's "just Byron." They get gooey. Then Eileen starts as the entire city of New York blacks out. Cheesily, the split screen on Eileen's side goes dark. Funnily enough, she's still able to talk on the phone. ["Even funnily-er, you don't hear any sounds of looting on her end." -- Sars] Eileen interviews at an agency. Assuming she's going to be offered a secretarial position, she gets ready to walk out. The guy offers her an actual job. "Respect Yourself" by the Staple Singers starts playing as Eileen grins and walks out, tossing her cap in the air. Christie, wearing some Navajo-inspired garb, wanders up to Independence House, a halfway-house that Dexter runs. The receptionist tells Christie to fill out the form, and dumbly, Christie does, checking off every drug on the list. Coming to her senses, she crumples it up and says that she's not an addict, just an old friend of Dexter's. She spies on him leading some seminar type things with some young brothas, but sneaks out without saying anything.

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