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    I was wondering, were there any other cast members the writers tried to romantically link at any point? There was Rodney x Lisa, apparently (I'm certain Lisa did an interview talking about her first kiss or something on the show but can't recall where so if you know, feel free to share) and of course Doug x Vanessa. Maybe Marc x Moose sorta counts, despite the fact she wasn't into him.

    Any idea how the writers decided which characters to do that with?

    Also, for the heck of it, I was wondering why Rodney and Kevin Schenk left after the 1981 season. Rodney mentioned they were getting too old. So were they literally "booted" or was it their choice? With Kevin I could maybe see his leaving as he, apparently, didn't take working on the show very seriously. I could see him being booted for this reason too, but with Rodney I'm more surprised. He wasn't that old. They could've probably gotten another year or two out of both. It's not like Jono, Kevin S, Kevin K, Brodie, or Allisdair, for example who seemed to age over night.

  • #2
    To me at least it seems like there was some intended (on-screen) "chemistry" between Kevin Kubusheskie and Lisa. In a lot of the locker jokes segments from 1983, Lisa would kind of bat her eyes and twirl her hair and smile up at Kevin when he summoned her for one of his jokes.

    Can't forget the Adam Reid-Alasdair-Alanis love triangle in 1986, most notably in Parties and Pop Music. Adam in particular was great in these scenes; he was so over the top. And Alanis was wonderful: frosty, but just receptive enough to keep them guessing. I wish she had been in more episodes; she was hilarious and her line delivery was always letter-perfect.

    My personal favorite would-be romance is in 1984's Malls episode (one of my top ten, for sure), where Adam Kalbfleisch falls, suddenly and quite helplessly, in love with Christine. (I can't say I blame him.) This leads to one of the funniest and most risque lines in the show's history, when Ross asks Adam what he's doing hanging around the girls' dressing room, and he tells him he's waiting for Christine, "in case she needed any help...you know, taking off her clothes or something." I still marvel that they got away with that one.
    "Now me, I play for fortune
    And those velvet curtain calls
    I've got a black limousine and two gentlemen
    Escorting me to the halls
    And I'll play if you have the money
    Or if you're a friend to me
    But the one-man band
    By the quick-lunch stand
    He was playing real good
    For free..."
    -Joni Mitchell

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    • #3
      Oh man I totally forgot about Adam/Alanis/Alisdair. I know what I'll be watching after work. lol. Here's hoping none of my students show so that I can leave early. lol

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      • #4
        Send 'em home! Don't let 'em spoil your evening! What did Lance say in that one opposite sketch? "How can you be standing here washing the dishes when there's television to be watched?"
        "Now me, I play for fortune
        And those velvet curtain calls
        I've got a black limousine and two gentlemen
        Escorting me to the halls
        And I'll play if you have the money
        Or if you're a friend to me
        But the one-man band
        By the quick-lunch stand
        He was playing real good
        For free..."
        -Joni Mitchell

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        • #5
          That's the attitude you've got to take with your students. Release your inner Schidtler.
          "Now me, I play for fortune
          And those velvet curtain calls
          I've got a black limousine and two gentlemen
          Escorting me to the halls
          And I'll play if you have the money
          Or if you're a friend to me
          But the one-man band
          By the quick-lunch stand
          He was playing real good
          For free..."
          -Joni Mitchell

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          • #6
            It's about 5 now. Business English lesson. I have two classes here back to back. 4:40 -5:40 and 5:40 - 6:40.

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            • #7
              Well, I guess there's no room for "Schidtler-onics" ("Schidtler-technics"?) in Business English. But at least you've got something to look forward to.
              "Now me, I play for fortune
              And those velvet curtain calls
              I've got a black limousine and two gentlemen
              Escorting me to the halls
              And I'll play if you have the money
              Or if you're a friend to me
              But the one-man band
              By the quick-lunch stand
              He was playing real good
              For free..."
              -Joni Mitchell

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              • #8
                Time I made the last post two students showed up. lol Maybe none of the 5:40 group will show. ^^

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                • #9
                  I was told quite explicitly NOT to link Alasdair romantically to anyone onscreen, that Alasdair's romantic interest should always be unnamed and unseen, so that girls in the audience could imagine themselves in the role. Of course, Roger then went and broke his own rule with Alanis, and in a rewrite of my own "Music" episode to boot. It's nice to be in charge.

                  And while we're talking about Christine, don't forget the dungeon sketch in "Outer Space," where Nasti gives Adam Reid a telescope, which he uses to peer into Christine's dressing room. Nasti then says, "You call that exciting? You have been in here too long."
                  Robert A. Black, YCDTOTV writer 1985-86
                  http://www.rablack.com

                  Ah yes... very tricky, those Argentinians...

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ssjup81 View Post

                    Also, for the heck of it, I was wondering why Rodney and Kevin Schenk left after the 1981 season. Rodney mentioned they were getting too old. So were they literally "booted" or was it their choice? With Kevin I could maybe see his leaving as he, apparently, didn't take working on the show very seriously. I could see him being booted for this reason too, but with Rodney I'm more surprised. He wasn't that old. They could've probably gotten another year or two out of both. It's not like Jono, Kevin S, Kevin K, Brodie, or Allisdair, for example who seemed to age over night.
                    I agree about Rodney could had stayed one or 2 more years. He also starred in UFO Kidnapped.

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                    • #11
                      Another inquiry. Did Roger Price like Jono for the dungeon scenes? Seems he was always there (and I'm not referring to just the 1981 season of YCDTOTV as both he and Kevin Somers were stuck doing those roles given their ages, but for WTYO). Of course I can't say for the 1979 season of YCDTOTV as all the episodes have yet to surface (*crosses fingers for them to all be available in some form someday along with unedited 1981 season eps*). Seems for the 1979 season, from the bit I've seen Jim and Tim were used for the dungeon scenes a lot (too bad Jim wasn't around past then, I liked him).
                      Originally posted by BBOvenGuy View Post
                      I was told quite explicitly NOT to link Alasdair romantically to anyone onscreen, that Alasdair's romantic interest should always be unnamed and unseen, so that girls in the audience could imagine themselves in the role. Of course, Roger then went and broke his own rule with Alanis, and in a rewrite of my own "Music" episode to boot. It's nice to be in charge.

                      And while we're talking about Christine, don't forget the dungeon sketch in "Outer Space," where Nasti gives Adam Reid a telescope, which he uses to peer into Christine's dressing room. Nasti then says, "You call that exciting? You have been in here too long."
                      lol See, this is what I mean and I'm so glad you replied. How is it decided who gets written into those situations and which ones aren't? As pointed out (which I forgot), seems there was a bit of Lisa x Kevin K implications. Who knows. I'm just curious how it was decided.
                      Originally posted by dumas View Post
                      I agree about Rodney could had stayed one or 2 more years. He also starred in UFO Kidnapped.
                      I take back what I said about Alisdair. He didn't really "grow over night", but my goodness, Kevin K surely did! Rodney hadn't, so I was surprised when he said they were getting too old. I know of UFO Kidnapped. I'm going to look it up later to see if it's on YT or something.
                      Last edited by ssjup81; April 17, 2013, 05:14 AM.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ssjup81 View Post
                        As pointed out (which I forgot), seems there was a bit of Lisa x Kevin K implications. Who knows. I'm just curious how it was decided.
                        Roger would get ideas for stuff like that from watching the way the kids interacted in their drama classes and off the set. Some of it was probably rooted in reality, but I suspect a lot existed only in his imagination.
                        Robert A. Black, YCDTOTV writer 1985-86
                        http://www.rablack.com

                        Ah yes... very tricky, those Argentinians...

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                        • #13
                          lol. Did little Dougie and Vanessa bicker like an old married couple during drama classes since they were romantically linked? lol

                          That aside thanks. I'm really curious now about the whole Marc liking Moose thing and the whole Rodney and Lisa think but I know that's before your time there.
                          Last edited by ssjup81; April 17, 2013, 09:10 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Check out Rodney's interview on this site. They ask him about Christine and he says: "My first crush." You can almost hear the soft sigh beforehand.
                            "Now me, I play for fortune
                            And those velvet curtain calls
                            I've got a black limousine and two gentlemen
                            Escorting me to the halls
                            And I'll play if you have the money
                            Or if you're a friend to me
                            But the one-man band
                            By the quick-lunch stand
                            He was playing real good
                            For free..."
                            -Joni Mitchell

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                            • #15
                              Peeking at Moose's dressing room from the dungeon? Wasn't there an episode where they say that Moose's dressing room WAS the dungeon?
                              Sadly it was rare that she was shown in those scenes-but what really surprised me was how after they did that iconic dungeon scene with Vanessa-with the blue and green squares and the audience deciding her (inevitable) fate, that they never used her in another of those scenes. That might be the best Nasti scene ever-something about how truly sadistic he seems when he finds out he gets to slime her. She brought the devil out of him!

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