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#16 Mme. Hermine

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Posted 13 September 2002 - 12:08 PM

here is the synopsis for the "Magnum PI" episode:
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The Sixth Position
Ballerina Kendall Chase and Madame Lucia Prince of the Giroux Ballet Company are guests at Robin's Nest during their stay in Hawaii and Magnum's services are 'donated' by Higgins. A number of people seem overly-interested in the beautiful dancer and an equal number of people would prefer to distract Magnum from his duties, particularly wealthy Elaine Sellmeyer who offers Magnum an exorbitant sum to help her. Events culminate in terror and Kendall's Achilles' hell becomes literally her heel.

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Posted 13 September 2002 - 12:13 PM

Pmeja, these are actually good, so you won't have to feel guilty :) They were written by Caryl Brahms and the ones I know are "A Bullet at the Ballet," "Six Curtains for Stroganova" and (I think) just plain "Murder a la Stroganoff."

There may be more. I got them at the late, lamented Ballet Shop in New York when I first discovered ballet. Unlike Arlene Croce's "Ballet Alert" piece in the New Yorker, even then I could tell these were satire :)

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Posted 13 September 2002 - 01:36 PM

Strangely, there's a ballet episode of Happy Days on right now on TV Land:

Happy Days
Do You Want to Dance?
30 min.
Fonzie gets involved with a ballerina (Leslie Browne). Henry Winkler, Ron Howard. Lori Beth: Lynda Goodfriend. Potsie: Anson Williams. Ralph: Donny Most. Al: Al Molinaro.

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Posted 13 September 2002 - 01:39 PM

Get Smart is on TV Land Wednesday the 18th at 8am edt.
Our Man in Leotards
30 min.
Max mingles with a ballet troupe, trying to nab the thief of CONTROL's paralyzing drug. Don Adams, Barbara Feldon. Naharana: Michael Pate. Julio: Robert Carricart. Chief: Edward Platt.

Also:
Full House
Daddy's Home
30 min.
Danny flies off to work minutes before Stephanie's ballet debut as a dying swan, and Joey decides to trade wings with Jesse. Stephanie: Jodie Sweetin. D.J.: Candace Cameron.

Monday 4 pm EDT TBS

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Diagnosis Murder
The Red's Shoes
60 min.
Amanda goes undercover as a dancer when a Chinese ballet star, who was about to defect to the U.S., is murdered by someone who poisoned his acupuncture needles. Amanda: Victoria Rowell. Steve: Barry Van Dyke. Mark: Dick Van Dyke.

is on Tuesday, 24 10:00 PM WPXN

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Posted 13 September 2002 - 02:56 PM

The Munsters

34-Munster the Magnificent
Eddie volunteers Herman as a performer for his school's talent night. Since Herman has no discernible talent, Grandpa conjures up a pair of magic ballet shoes that will make him a gifted dancer, but Eddie already has him billed as a magic act.
Guest Star: Dave Ketchum

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Posted 13 September 2002 - 03:01 PM

and The Love Boat:
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Going My Way / Dance with Me / Doc, Be Patient
SYNOPSIS: Flirtatious Doc has the flu and must follow the instructions of a beautiful female doctor; Marcy see's her old partner and tries to get him to join her dance school; a wacky woman has been given the heave-ho by her boyfriend and asks her cab driver to travel with her.
STARS: Gavin Macleod, Bernie Kopell, Fred Grandy, Ted Lange, Lauren Tewes, Jill Whelan.
GUEST STARS: Bernie Kopell, Susan Sullivan, Carol Lawrence, John Meehan , Arlene Golonka, Buddy Hackett

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Posted 13 September 2002 - 03:21 PM

I remember an episode of Happy Days in which Leslie Browne guest starred as Fonzie's latest love interest. I remember Ralph and Potsie taking her class.

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Posted 13 September 2002 - 09:33 PM

I'm afraid this is becoming a very depressing thread for me. It was bad enough seeing all this junk television the first time around. I have absolutely no intention of returning to TV Land or Nickolodeon to relive the experience.....

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Posted 14 September 2002 - 03:16 AM

dirac, i understand and i wouldn't either. for me it's just amusing to talk about, to see how the subject was worked into the strangest places, to see how sometimes ballet dancers played themselves or people like themselves.

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Posted 14 September 2002 - 04:46 AM

"In The Heat of the Night" had a ballet episode as well. It was filmed at our studio using some of our students (who didn't make it on camera). Ballet teacher with a former shady past was the topic.



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Posted 14 September 2002 - 03:29 PM

this is very funny; it's an expanded synopsis for the monkees episode:
(i LOVE the name "Nyetovich"!)
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David, Micky and Peter are engaged to play really weird native instruments for the Druvanian National Ballet. Ivan slips microfilm in the toe of the slipper of his dancing partner, Natasha Pavlova. Natasha can’t bear dancing and rehearsing twenty-four hours a day, and hides in The Monkees’ instrument trunk, unbeknownst to the boys, who are kicked out of the theater by Nicolai, the ballet master, and Ivan, who can’t bear the sound of their weird music. The Monkees grab their trunk—Natasha hidden inside—and carry it with them. Ivan declares Natasha and the microfilm gone, but Nicolai insists Druvania will get it back at all costs, even at the expense of human life. Back at the pad, Natasha pops out and threatens David and Micky at gunpoint, while she falls in love with Peter. Micky gets hold of the pistol and threatens Natasha and Peter. Crying and sobbing, Natasha declares that this was her final chance to stay in America. Micky and David report to Nyetovich, the Ambassador, who denies of hearing of Natasha and has them thrown out. Nyetovich alerts Ivan by phone, who, along with Nicolai, comes to the pad, where Peter frantically avoids Natasha’s maniacal infatuations. Natasha hides in the trunk, while Peter opens the door and the spies, bent on breaking the door down, rush in and knock him down. He slumps unconscious, and they take him to the theater to be questioned.

Natasha warns to David and Micky that Peter will be tortured and forced to talk. Micky replies, “Talk?! Never. They can torture him, beat him, drug him; he’ll never talk! There’s only one torture he can’t withstand, oh, I pray they don’t use that…The Direct Question!” The boys overcome the risks of going on home territory and go to Peter’s rescue. In the guise of detectives, they declare to Nyetovich that they are from The BVD and investigating the disappearance of Natasha Pavlova, only to find that Nyetovich’s assignment coincides with theirs. Meanwhile, Ivan and Nicolai proceed to brainwash Peter, who advises that they use a good detergent (“New Reebersober’s Brain Detergent doesn’t fade, bleach, or shrink your brains!”); later, disguised as Cossacks, Micky and David are involved in a wild Russian dancing rehearsal, barely eluding Ivan. Recognizing who they really are, he send an ultimatum saying Peter Tork will die unless Natasha is returned for the night’s premiere, sending Natasha, Micky and David to the rescue.

There at the theater, Micky puts a glass to the wall and the three discover that Nyetovich has recovered the film and is preparing to do away with Peter at the end of Natasha’s solo. Ivan will leap into the air and a cymbal crash will be heard as soon as he lands, at which time Peter will be shot! Natasha prepares to don her chicken costume and mask for her “Dance of The Chicken” when she suddenly sprains her ankle, forcing Micky to take her place. Soon, three different romps commence: David jumps into the orchestra pit and does all he can to prevent the cymbalist from crashing his cymbals; Peter escapes Nicolai and takes on all comers, including Nyetovich, and a girl wrapped in a bathtowel, with swords, chalk, and a butterfly net; and Micky gives a hilarious performance onstage with Ivan, whom he prevents from taking that final leap into the air. The romps end with Nyetovich tied up and Ivan and Nicolai knocked unconscious. At the pad, David tells Natasha that the government has decided she can stay in America. Peter is happy to resume their romance, but Natasha, deciding that they are too different, presents her new love, Alexi—a Russian who looks just like Peter!

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Posted 14 September 2002 - 03:30 PM

alexandra, do you mind this? i just thought it was fun looking at these things, is it too OT? let me know.

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Posted 18 September 2002 - 09:54 AM

Mme. Hermine, I just meant my remark in fun. It's just when I think back on all those hours watching some of those shows, I wonder that I have any brain cells left. :)

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Posted 23 September 2002 - 11:44 AM

oh oh ohh I have one...its an episode of Angel, usually shown on WB, a spin off from BUffy TVS. There is the episode from season 3 where Angel (a vampie with a soul) takes his friends to see Giselle , but becomes suspicious when the prima ballerina is one he saw dance more than a century ago. They sneak backstage to investigate and find themselves consumed with an overwhelming passion for one another as the spirits of unrequited lovers take over.
The girl who plays the prima ballerina is Summer Glau, who danced with San Antonio ballet in Texas.
When Angel is talking about the ballet company he says .. "Oh yeah, yeah. I saw their production of Giselle in 1890 -- cried like a baby. And I was evil!".
Jeanette

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Posted 23 September 2002 - 02:30 PM

Excuse this off-topic tangent. Inspired by last night's Emmy Awards, a friend and I came up with a brilliant idea over lunch today: a sitcom of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot.
Plot summary for Episode One: Didi and Gogo wait for Godot.
Plot summary for Episode Two: Didi and Gogo wait for Godot.
And so on, until cancellation.


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