Watch . . . and
#1, Summer 1989
heavens for VCRs! Because of the advent of the home video industry, P.S.
fans are able to tape their favorite episodes and watch them over and
over. Perfect Strangers is a great show for videotaping because
they hold up so well! Time after time they're still as fresh and funny as
the first time we watched them. But with all that viewing you may have
noticed some odd inconsistencies that part-time viewers probably wouldn't
what the "watch . . . and learn" section is all about! We're
going to point out some of the interesting things to look for when you rewatch
your P.S. tapes. After looking at some of these things a little closer,
you may find yourself saying "Let me get this straight . . . "
to start us off, we'll be taking a look at:
MYSTERY OF THE THIRD SEASON DOORS!
if the hundreds of subtle clues in the theme song weren't enough, it should be
apparent by now that Balki and Larry live in Chicago. (Every week they
dress up and then take the train to see The Odd Couple. Is this a
Rocky Horror kind of thing with them? You big kidder!)
be taking a closer look at some of the addresses and places they've lived in
future issues. But for now, let's focus our attention on the third season.
third season started off with Balki and Larry getting jobs at the Chicago
Chronicle. In the first scene, Larry excitedly runs through the door to
announce he's just had coffee (well, taken coffee to) the mayor of
Chicago. Looking closely you will see that he enters through a door on the
left side of the fireplace. He then proceeds to a door on the right
side of the fireplace and opens it, revealing a closet. That's all well
and good in itself. But in the very next show which aired, Weigh to Go,
Buddy, in which Larry is trying to lose weight, the front door is very
obviously on the right side of the fireplace. What goes on here?
are only three episodes the third season in which the front door was on the left
side of the fireplace. I'll save you the trouble of looking for them; they
are the first episode of the season mentioned above titled All the News
That Fits, Taking Stock in which Balki buys one share of stock in
the UniCorn corporation, and The Break In, in which Balki and Larry end
up on a ledge of the Chronicle building after trying to retrieve Larry's joke
version of a dog show story.
three episodes did not air very close to each other, so how did this change in
sets happen? We can only speculate, but if you'll notice in each of these
episodes Balki's hair is about the same length and the shows have a similar
"look." At the end of the second season a director's strike was
anticipated, and so it's very likely they filmed these three shows at the end of
the second season instead of the beginning of the third. (Number one: the
shows are not necessarily shown in the order they are filmed. Number two:
the first show filmed for the third season was not the newspaper episode but the
grocery store spree show, Better Shop Around.)
number of the apartment on the door on the right is 207, while on the left door
there is a letter C. When they started the fourth season, they hadn't
moved at all, right? Yet the number on the front door changed to
209. (Well, I'll be snookered!)
well, we can always find their apartment Friday nights on ABC so it doesn't
really matter much, does it?
on to the next Watch . . . and Learn!