Dimitri's Page, dedicated to America's favorite stuffed sheep!
#6, August 1990
Some actors live for
scene stealing. Some of them just can't help themselves . . . their very
presence demands attention. And yet, the very best actor knows when to
remain in the background, pushing himself forward ever so slightly so as not to
interrupt the action, yet making himself seen. Such a subtle actor is
Dimitri, who has provided some wonderful "background" entertainment as
his co-stars (Bronson and Mark) steal the show.
When Balki took it
upon himself to invite ex-con, Vince Lucas, to stay in the apartment, both
Bronson and Mark stole the show with their positively manic behavior, but
Dimitri commanded an excellent, quiet performance as he stood on a box in the
corner of the bookcase, personifying the point of the show with a halo over his
head and a black mask over his eyes.
In Since I Lost
My Baby, Balki invited Mr. Twinkacetti to come live in their apartment after
his wife left him, much to Larry's disgust. The cousins discussed this
problem as they prepared dinner. Dimitri sat patiently in front of them on
the counter, wearing a bib and awaiting his dinner (although it's safe to assume
he wouldn't eat the hamburger they were fixing). Later in the same episode
as Larry and Balki broke the good news to Twinkie that his wife had agreed to
give him five minutes, Dimitri was taking a nap on the far right counter,
wearing a sleep mask, his head resting on a tiny pillow.
Larry was extremely
nervous about taking Balki to the black tie opening of Roger Morgan's photo
exhibit but he really would have objected to taking Dimitri had he taken the
time to notice what the stuffed sheep sitting on the table by the couch was
wearing! We can't make out exactly what kind of shirt he has on, only that
it's sort of gray / white / brown multi-colored, but he is wearing his little
bullet hat and looks very much like he wants to be invited to go along!
If you ever find a Perfect
Strangers' plot getting a bit too complicated and you just can't keep up
with what's going on, you might be able to figure out the point of the show by
watching Dimitri. For instance, throughout the episode That Old Gang of
Mine, Dimitri paralleled was was happening in the show. In the
beginning, when Balki says goodbye to Mary Anne as she leaves for London,
Dimitri is sitting on the bookshelf, nose to nose with a female sheep.
When Balki is completely depressed about losing her, Dimitri is likewise
crushed. He is lying upside down on the bookshelf, alone, listening to the
refrigerator turn on and off. At the end, when Balki is dressed as a Motor
Psycho, Dimitri is sitting on the bookcase, upright, wearing a similar leather
outfit (although he also has a biker's cap on). It's a good thing Dimitri
decided against joining the Motor Psychos, too. During initiation they
might have turned him into a seat cover!
We'll take a look at
more of Dimitri's exciting appearances in future issues!
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