written by Paula Wilshe
Being married to
a Keebler Elf has many advantages (Paula's husband worked for Keebler).
The first is that there is never a shortage of cookies in our house. The
second is that I have occasionally been able to take advantage of my husband's
Frequent Flyer Miles and visit Los Angeles. And between the shopping and
sightseeing, one of the highlights of each trip had been attending a Perfect
Strangers filming . . .
excited as we were about attending the filming, there was a certain sadness in
the air, knowing that this was the last Perfect Strangers filming we
would ever attend. We arrived at the studio right on time, and found Linda
almost immediately. We waited in line for quite some time -- while we were
there we saw Bob Saget, who came out of the Full House building next door
and waved to all of us. Finally moving inside, we were escorted through
the security check, and taken to our seats -- which were fantastic, third row
show got underway shortly after seven with the cast introductions -- first F.J.
O'Neil, who was introduced but did not run out, then the girls, then Bronson and
Mark, who were twirling around and leaning on each other, until Bronson finally
dragged a laughing Mark off.
retake was needed of the scene where Balki gives Mitch, his ant, artificial
respiration and CPR. Since the retake was primarly to redo the girls'
reactions, Bronson hammed it up, pretending to blow the ant out of his nose and
wiping it on Mark, who laughingly played right along and flicked it away -- the
girls had a terrible time keeping straight faces, and they their their napkins
at the guys, who were still chuckling. As soon as the scene ended, they
went hysterical. Bronson and Mark spent virtually the whole filming
together -- making each other laugh, and chatting continuously, often right
until "Action!" was called -- and picking up their conversation
without missing a beat as soon as Judy said, "Cut!"
dinner scene in the kitchen took quite a long time to film, as the crew kept
having to replace the salad exactly as it was each time. Despite the
arduous task of getting the scene on film, the cast kept the mood light.
At one point Bronson threw the pot roast, then Judy Pioli Askins ran in and
messed up the salad, and he chastised her, "Don't put your fingers in the
whole scene was cut from the middle of the show, where Balki and Larry went to
work -- Balki angering everyone in the elevator by inadvertently pushing all the
buttons with his mitts, and incurring Mr. Wainwright's wrath because the
drawings of Dimitri are not up to par. Larry tells him, "You can't
kill a pencil," and urges him to take off the mitts to draw, but Balki says
that if he did a good drawing the cousins would automatically do the Dance of
Joy, and "by the last 'di di di' you'd be 'dead, dead, dead!'' Larry
tries to convince him that if he doesn't take off the mitts that his fingers
might fall off. When he takes off the mitts to assess the damages, Larry
tells him "that food poisoning thing is coming back," and says he's
going to faint, urging Balki to catch him. Balki refuses, and puts the
mitts back on. After watching the episode on television, I think the last
scene would have made more sense had this scene been shown.
missing from the end was the last scene which took place in the living
room. Balki, still suited up, but without the mitts, is overjoyed because
he can now touch people, and sing the "eensy weensy scorpion" song --
he does, the last line of which was adorable: "I love crunchy insects with
pinchers on, don't you?" [Editor's note - this song would again
turn up in the last episode of the series as Balki sings it to their infant
sons]. He tells everyone that now it's only necessary to wear a
decompression suit for a few days -- a tasteful Armani with a delicate pinstripe
and seven foot wings.
in all, it was a really fun filming. The cast obviously enjoyed
themselves, and their enthusiasm was infectious -- the audience had a wonderful
time as well. Despite the fact that Bronson looked like he was about to
suffer heatstroke, the cast came out for questions and answers, during which
they did the obligatory Dance of Joy. Then, suddenly, it as over, and we
were walking out slowly into the warm summer evening knowing we'd never have
another evening quite like it -- but it sure was fun while it lasted!
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