Strangers Episode Guide
25 - Snow Way to Treat a Lady, Part Two
First Air Date:
February 25, 1987
Nielsen Rating: 17.2 HH
TV Guide Description: Conclusion.
Trapped in a ski lodge by an avalanche, Larry decides it's time he told Jennifer
Created by: Dale McRaven
Written by: Robert Griffard & Howard Adler
Directed by: Joel Zwick
Bronson Pinchot: Balki Bartokomous
Mark Linn-Baker: Larry Appleton
Rebeca Arthur: Mary Anne
Melanie Wilson: Jennifer Lyons
Appearances: Dimitri is still sitting on the kitchen table in the ski
outfit he was wearing in the first part.
"Cousin, weíve been through fat and thin together."
"Every rolling stone has a silver lining."
"If George Washington had given up at Valley Forge weíd all be speaking
ridiculous: Said twice.
used in this episode:
Balki and Larry say "Hi!" in stereo
"That is correct."
"Thatís a very good point."
Other running jokes
used in this episode:
Balki shrugs off compliments
Larryís breathy pronunciation of Wís
Larryís breathy laugh
Larry asking "how many times" Balki has done something, Balki finally
answering with a number until Larry adds a specific and Balki has to admit
never, to which Larry says, "None, as in zero, as in never ever . . . .
Jennifer has contradictory feelings in one sentence
Mary Ann says something profound then offers a ridiculous explanation for it
Balki laughs at his own joke
"The Theme to the Andy Griffith Show (The Fishiní Hole)" - Balki and
Larry both whistle this tune as they dig a tunnel through the snow.
- The episode begins with a montage of scenes from the first half shown
the week before which runs before an abbreviated version of the theme song.
- When Balki says "we have the sun in the
morning and the moon at night" heís referring to a classic Irving Berlin
song "I Got the Sun in the Morning" from the musical Annie Get Your
- Balki then quotes another classic song, "Get
Happy," when he says "forget your troubles, címon get happy . . .
youíve got to chase all your cares away."
- Balki again mentions his father while digging
through the snow. Balkiís references to his father were few and when we
finally visit Mypos his father is not shown or mentioned at all.
- As Cousin Monika points out, when Balki is trying
to rally the others into not giving up, he uses two famous quotes from American
history ("I have not yet begun to fight" was said by naval hero John
Paul Jones and "Don't give up the ship" was the dying command of
Captain James Lawrence during the War of 1812) then follows it up with
"Have it your way," which was the popular advertising slogan for
- Larry finds he has been sleeping on a hardcover
copy of the book Ice Station Zebra by Alistair MacLean when he wakes up
in the cabin. The novel is a thriller, suspense saga regarding the Cold
War and the rescue by submarine of a team of stranded people in a British
meteorological station in the Arctic.
- A notable blooper from this episode in which Mark accidentally steps on
Bronson's foot (when he's only wearing socks and Mark is wearing ski boots!) can
be seen on our YouTube
Channel, along with other bloopers from the series! This clip was also
used in the Friendship
commercial for the series, which also featured bloopers from the show.
The episode picks up exactly where the last part left off, with Balki and Larry
hanging on to one another and Jennifer and Mary Anne sitting on the
couch. "Weíre trapped!" Jennifer exclaims. Mary Anne
asks what exactly she means by "trapped." Balki explains that
she means the cabin is buried under tons of snow and they canít get out unless
they have an out of body experience. "I was afraid thatís what she
meant," Mary Anne says woefully. Larry urges everyone not to panic.
"What are we going to do?" Jennifer asks. "Weíre gonna
die!" Larry states. Jennifer says she doesnít want to die . . . she
wants to leave now. She gets up but Mary Anne stops her, saying she
canít go anywhere. "Out of my way, Blondie!" Jennifer says
threateningly. Balki urges Jennifer not to talk to her friend like that.
"If weíre going to meet our maker, we got to make nice!" Larry
says Balki is right and that they should accept their fate with dignity.
They all sit down on the couch together, looking as dignified as possible.
a moment Jennifer declares she doesnít want to go out with dignity . . .
"I donít want to go out at all!" She asks Larry if the ski
patrol wonít find them. "Jennifer, a mountain just fell on
us," Larry points out. "They wonít find our bodies until after
the Spring thaw." At this point Mary Anne starts touching up her
makeup with a compact. Jennifer asks what sheís doing. "Well,
just because Iím going to die doesnít mean I have to look bad!" Mary
"Larry, can you think of a way to get
us out of here?" Jennifer asks hopefully. Seeing the look on her face
Larry promises he will, becoming stoic, stating he will find a way out of there.
"Larry, there is no way out of here," Mary Anne comments. Larry
dissolves immediately into panic, grabbing Balki and repeating thereís no way
out of there and theyíre going to die. "Now
Cousin, youíre being a little negative," Balki says. He encourages
them to look at the good side. "Weíre still alive, we have blankets
to keep us warm, we have the sun in the morning and the moon at night, we have a
nice roof to keep us dry . . . . " At these words the roof creaks and
some snow falls through the into the cabin. "The roof is going to
collapse!" Jennifer says in fear. "So much for staying
dry," Mary Anne adds.
Jennifer and Mary Anne turn to each other
for solace and Larry turns to Balki but Balki doesnít buy this melodrama.
Instead he encourages everyone to "forget your troubles, come on get happy!
Youíve got to chase all your cares away! Balki has a plan!"
Balki leads Larry to one side and Larry dotes over Balki, saying he knew Balki
would come up with something and that heís very good
under pressure. "Now whatís the plan?" "I donít
have a plan," Balki admits. Larry insists they have got to have a
plan and Balki assures him heíll think of one. "When?
When?" Larry asks, blowing out heavy breath with each W. "Stop
blowing on me!" Balki cries, "Iím not a dandelion!"
They turn to find the girls staring at
them and say "Hi!" simultaneously. Jennifer asks if anythingís
wrong and Larry laughs, assuring her that they are working out the very fine
details of Balkiís plan. When he turns back to Balki he says,
"Theyíre going to be very disappointed, arenít they?" Balki
smiles, saying, "No, I donít think so!" "Why not?"
Larry asks. "Because I
just thought of a plan!" Balki announces. He tells Larry that they
are going to dig a tunnel out through the snow. Larry seems less than
certain. "Balki, if we dig a tunnel it will collapse and we will be
crushed to death." The roof creaks again and more snow falls from
above. "All right, hereís the plan . . . " Larry announces,
turning to the girls.
The next scene shows the progress already
made on the plan with Jennifer and Mary Anne inside the cabin shoveling snow
that has been dug out from the tunnel extending from the open front door.
Mary Anne drops a shovelful of snow onto the floor, missing the paper which
Jennifer has laid out. Jennifer is upset, saying, "Watch it! I asked
you to keep it on the paper; we donít want to make a mess!"
"Youíre expecting guests?" Mary Anne asks.
Larry and Balki are inside the tunnel
laying on their sides. Balki is in front and asks Larry for a hammer,
which Larry hands to him. Balki starts
chipping away at the snow with the claw of the hammer while whistling the theme
song to "The Andy Griffith Show." Larry asks Balki how he can
whistle at a time like this. "I enjoy my work," Balki answers.
"Arenít you afraid?" Larry asks incredulously. "Oh
Cousin, of course Iím afraid," Balki admits, "but a wise man once
said ĎWe have nothing to fear but fear itself.í" "That was
President Roosevelt," Larry explains. "He said it too?"
Balki asks. "He must have heard it from my father!" Balki
goes on to say that his father taught him how to deal with fear. "He
said ĎYou take that fear and you mush it into a ball and you put it in your
pocket and then you know where it is and it canít hurt you.í"
"Put your fear in your pocket?" Larry asks. Balki demonstrates
by taking a ball of snow and putting it into his pocket, reacting then to the
cold against his chest. "Well, itís right where I want it!"
Balki says, shivering.
starts to dig again when there is a rumbling sound and snow starts falling from
the tunnelís ceiling. "Cave in! Crawl for your life!"
Balki cries. The cousins both start scooting backwards out of the tunnel,
Balki mumbling, "Fear in the pocket, fear in the pocket, fear in the
pocket." Balki finally stops and encourages Larry to come back, that
it wasnít a cave in, just a little snow falling from the ceiling. "Balki,
a little bit of snow falling from the ceiling is a cave in!" Larry
insists. Balki points out that the tunnel didnít collapse and suggests
they go back to work. Larry agrees and they move like theyíre going to
go back but stay put instead. Balki points out the girls are depending on
them and Larry once again agrees and they lean forward again but still donít
go anywhere. "Yes sir, weíre moving now!" Balki says
The Cousins finally sit down to talk
instead. Larry says heís sorry for getting Balki into this mess.
"You tried to warn me but I wouldnít listen. Can you forgive
me?" "Oh Cousin, of course I can. I always forgive you.
Youíre my family. You took me in . . . you taught me American ways and
culture. If it wasnít for you, I wouldnít be where I am today."
Larry says he feels bad enough as it is. Balki says they can lick this and
Larry agrees theyíve made a pretty good team. "You got that
right," Balki concurs. "Except for this ski trip, itís been
great!" They return to work at the end of the tunnel.
they reach the spot where theyíd been working Balki comments on how far
theyíve gone as Larry sighs that heís exhausted. As Balki starts to
dig again, whistling as he works, Larry says that they are going to want to
start bearing a little bit to the right. Balki insists that they have to
go to the left and they start to argue about it. "Okay, Balki, how
many times have you dug a tunnel?" Larry asks. Balki hesitates on the
answer until Larry pushes the point and Balki answers, "Three."
Larry thinks about this then adds, "Through the snow?"
"None," Balki admits. "None, as in zero, as in never ever
dug a tunnel through the snow?" Larry asks. Larry points out that he
is from Wisconsin and has been digging tunnels in the snow since he was five and
that they are going to start heading right. He makes Balki change places
with him so he lead.
inside the cabin Mary Anne tells Jennifer that she knows theyíre going to get
out of the situation. "But just in case we donít, Iím glad
youíre my best friend and thereís no one else Iíd rather die with."
"Thank you," Jennifer says skeptically. Back in the tunnel Larry
is now in the front position with the hammer and tells Balki to be ready to
catch some snow. "Cousin, youíre a lean, mean digging
machine," Balki encourages. Larry winks and starts chipping at the
snow, whistling "The Andy Griffith Theme" as well. He strikes
the snow and starts shouting, "Balki! I found it, I found it!"
"You found the way out?" Balki asks excitedly. "No, I found
my Chapstick, I lost it in the avalanche!" Larry explains, using the balm
on his lips as Balki lowers his head in disappointment.
second act begins with Larry feebly still chipping away at the snow. Balki
says they have been digging for hours and gotten nowhere. "I still
think we should have turned left." "Well, youíre wrong,"
Larry insists. "No, Iím not!" Balki states. Larry hits
the snow a couple more time then grows excited. "Balki! Balki!
Thereís a light at the end of the tunnel!" Balki thinks Larry is
simply quoting a metaphor and sighs, "Yes, and every rolling stone has a
silver lining . . . . " Larry explains that he meant thereís a
light at the end of their tunnel. And Balki can see heís right.
Larry uses a spoon and they start digging even more frantically, thrilled that
theyíve found the way out.
the cabin, Jennifer and Mary Anne are sitting at a small table underneath one of
the windows when they start to hear a knocking and scratching sound. They
look at the window and we can see Larry scratching and sweeping away snow from
the other side. "Itís Larry! Weíre saved!" Mary Anne
yells excitedly as the girls get up and Mary Anne opens the window.
"Hi Larry!" Mary Anne greets happily. Larry sees the girls and
immediately breaks down into tears. Balki pokes his head through the
window as well and starts crying, too.
did you guys get over here?" Jennifer asks. "Iíll let you
field that one, Cousin," Balki says to Larry. "Itís all my
fault," Larry cries, "I tunneled in a circle. I canít do
anything right. Iím an albatross . . . a Jonah . . . a bad luck charm.
Iíd tell you to cast me outside if we could just get outside!"
Jennifer says Larry shouldnít be so hard on himself but Larryís guilt has
finally gotten the better of him. "If it wasnít for my snowball of
lies we wouldnít be stuck in this pit." He wants to confess to
Jennifer but Balki is lying between himself and her, so Larry maneuvers his way
beneath Balki to get closer to her, causing Balki to flip over awkwardly in the
small space and land and the other side.
"Jennifer, I lied to you about skiing
at Insbrook. Iíve never raced a giant slalom, the truth is I canít ski
at all. I just wanted
you to like me as much as I like you." Jennifer is taken aback,
replying, "Larry, I donít know what to say . . . Iím flattered that you
would go to so much trouble to impress me yet repulsed at the thought that it
might cost us our lives." "Donít be too angry with him,
Jennifer," Mary Anne offers, "Think of him as one who loved not wisely
but too well." They all stare at Mary Anne in surprise. "I
think thatís Shakespeare," she explains, then thinks, "or
Moonlighting." Jennifer says she forgives Larry and he thanks her and
says that he thinks theyíre a fine group of people and that itís an honor to
die with them. "Ditto!" Mary Anne says happily.
"Wait a minute! I canít
believe the babbasticki that Iím hearing!" Balki cries.
"Youíre giving up! And you call yourselves
Americans? Whatever happened to ĎI have not yet begun to fight?í
ĎDonít give up the ship?í ĎHave it your way?í Americans
arenít quitters. If George Washington had given up at Valley Forge
weíd all be speaking English today!" Balki says heís going back
into the tunnel and making a sharp left. He asks if Larry will join him.
Larry agrees with Balki, speaking bravely that they must not give up, until he
sighs "Itís just that I am so tired!" Balki pats Larry (on the
face!) and says itís okay, that even George Washington got tired.
"Thatís why he slept everywhere."
Balki says heís going back in the tunnel
to do some digging and Larry can take a nap and when itís time to be relieved
Balki will wake him up. Jennifer wishes Balki good luck and Mary Anne
offers Balki a kiss, although Balki has to lean way forward and squash Larry to
receive it. Mary Anne pushes Balki back into the tunnel (by his face!) as
she and Jennifer pull Larry into the cabin through
In the next scene, Larry, Jennifer and
Mary Anne are huddled close to one another, sleeping on the floor. Larry
wakes up and groans in pain, reaching beneath him to pull out a book heís been
sleeping on. "Ice Station Zebra?" Larry reads on the cover
before tossing the book aside. The girls wake up as Larry checks his watch
and realizes it is morning. Jennifer asks where Balki is and Mary Anne
notes that he must still be in the tunnel. Larry comments on what a guy
Balki is to not have even woken him up to relieve him.
walk to the front door and open it, only to find the tunnel is completely filled
with snow. In a frenzy, the three start digging frantically, Larry
especially, calling Balkiís name but there is no answer. Jennifer pulls
Larry away, pointing out that thereís too much snow and that the tunnelís
collapsed. Larry dives back in to dig some more, saying he has to save
Balki and still calling frantically. Jennifer pulls Larry back again,
holding on to him and saying the tunnel must have collapsed hours ago and
thatís why Balki didnít wake him up.
Larry walks away from the tunnel in a
daze, moaning that this canít be happening. "I belong in the pit,
not him! Oh, why didnít I listen to him instead of to my own
hormones?" He and Jennifer sit down on the couch with its back to the
fireplace. He looks at Jennifer in frustration. "Why do you
have to be so damned attractive?" "Iím sorry, Larry,"
Jennifer offers. "Listen to me . . . I have just killed the sweetest,
bravest man Iíve ever known and now Iím trying to blame it on you. He
came to America looking for a new life . . . he moved in
with a cousin he didnít even know . . . I thought I was doing him
a favor and now . . . I was the lucky one. If I know anything about
the goodness and purity in life itís because Balki Bartokomous taught
Mary Anne walks over to join them on the
bench, tearfully saying theyíre going to miss him, too. Larry says
heíll never forgive himself for this and Jennifer says she thinks Balki would
forgive him. "Of course he would!" Larry sobs, "Even dead
heís a better man than me!" Larry wishes he could hear Balkiís
voice one more time. Just then Balkiís voice rings out from somewhere,
calling "Cousin Larry!" This makes Larry cry even harder.
He wishes he could just see Balki again and tell him how much he meant to him.
Mary Anne is looking up at the ceiling and says plainly, "I think heís up
there." "Of course he is!" Larry states. "He was
Anne indicates upward again as the roof creaks. "No, no, no . . . I
mean I think heís on the roof!" This time Balkiís voice rings
clearer as he calls, "Cousin Larry, can you hear me?" Larry
excitedly climbs over the back of the couch exclaiming, "Heís
alive!" He leans back into the fireplace looking up the flue.
"Balki! Youíre alive!" Larry cries happily. We see Balki
standing on the roof looking down the chimney. "Well of course I am,
donít be ridiculous! What am I gonna be . . . dead?" Balki
laughs at his own joke. Balki tells them he can see the search party and
that theyíre coming soon. He looks around and smiles, "Itís a
wonderful day!" Larry agrees it is and yells, "Weíre
saved!" as he tries to climb out of the fireplace, first hitting his head
on the stones and then hitting his head on the mantel. He checks before
standing up completely then hugs the girls as he cries again "Weíre
Back at the apartment the cousins enter
carrying their ski equipment and saying goodbye to the girls in the hallway.
As soon as Balki closes the door Larry breaks down into tears, sobbing and
mumbling into Balkiís shoulder. Balki answers his unintelligible
babbling with words of comfort until finally he realizes, "Oh Cousin, I
know what it is. Youíre still feeling like a big slimeball."
"Youíre too kind," Larry sobs. Balki leads Larry to the couch,
saying he knows how to cheer Larry up. "No, no . . . I donít think
thatís poooosssible," Larry whines.
they sit on the couch, Balki tells Larry that Jennifer told him that she thinks
Larry is brave. Larry looks hopefully, then breaks down again, saying,
"No, youíre the one that saved us." Balki tries again, saying
Jennifer said she thinks Larry is clever. Again Larry looks hopefully
before breaking down, crying, "No, youíre the one who came up with all
the ideas." Not giving up, Balki says Jennifer told him she thought
Larry was cute. Larry looks more hopeful this time, smiling sheepishly.
"Did she really say she thinks Iím cute?" he asks hopefully.
"Well of course she did! I donít lie!" Balki assures him.
"No, Iím the one who lies," Larry sobs, then continues, "but
Iím basically an honest man . . . I never lied to my parents, I never cheated
in school. Itís just when Iím around Jennifer . . . . "
"You lose your mind," Balki finishes. "Yeah," Larry
Balki gets up to start fixing some hot
cocoa and assures Larry that heís getting better because he told Jennifer the
truth. "And do you know why?" Balki asks. "No,"
Larry admits. "Because if you know anything about the goodness and
purity in life, Balki Bartokomous taught you!" Balki laughs to
himself as Larry puts two and two together. "Wait a minute,"
Larry hums, "How long were you up on that roof?" "Saint
Balki," Balki muses, " . . . I like that!" Balki throws a
knowing smile at a stunned Larry.
on to the next episode . . .