Watch . . . and
#9, February 1991
It's that time again . . .
time to point out some more inconsistencies which the writers have let slip over
the years! Thanks to some of our incredibly observant members, we have
quite a few more to share with you and inspire you to grab your VCR remotes,
zoom back and say, "Oh yeah! That is weird!"
So come with us now to
those days of yesteryear, when for instance Balki and Larry made their
unforgettable journey to Las Vegas and Larry caught the gambling bug (as did his
Uncle Pete before him). It took Balki (and a hand mirror) to bring Larry
back to his senses, and when he came around he started bombarding himself with
guilt for falling victim to the family disease. Balki was quick to point
out that Larry was not a compulsive gambler and that when Balki wanted to
buy a lottery ticket Larry had told him not to waste his money. But then
some two seasons later Balki was standing in the newspaper office when Lydia
entered, raving about how she'd just won the lottery . . . and Balki didn't know
what the lottery was! How quickly he forgets!
There is one aspect of the
boys' apartment that could drive you insane if you think about it too much, and
that is the question of windows. Just how many windows do they
have??? Check it out! We are all familiar with the living room and
kitchen windows (and the fire escape which keeps jumping from one to the other)
but in the one scene filmed in Larry's bedroom . . . there was a window.
And the bathroom window can clearly be seen from the living room. And
Balki's bedroom, clear on the opposite side, also had a window in
it! That's windows on three sides, and the apartment from the outside is
in the middle of the building! Just to drive you even crazier, we have
never seen the imaginary "fourth wall' . . . but remember when Larry and
Balki shared the sofabed that night and Balki pointed out that the light coming
through the curtains had a tiny hole in them and the beam of light would burn a
hole in someone's forehead in the morning? He's pointing to the fourth
wall! (Granted this was in the second season when they were in a different
building but they were still in the middle of the building then). Okay,
folks, yes . . . it appears to be true . . . they are completely surrounded by
It was established in the
episode Almost Live in Chicago that Miss Lydia has a terrible fear of
cameras . . that if she even sees a video camera she will go into
hysterics! It was even mentioned in the following episode, Home Movies.
The fear was instilled in her as a child (after a bad experience dancing on a TV
show). So then why was she trying so hard to win a part in the Chronicle's
television commercial the season before?
This season has already
had its share of inconsistencies. One of the largest, and most recent,
ones involved Myposian ways of curing colds. When most of Chicago came
down with colds (except Balki, who bulked up on pig spleen), Balki once again
became determined to cure Larry's as he did in the second season episode Ladies
and Germs. However, no mention was made of that earlier episode at
all! Larry even ran around saying there was no known cure for the common
cold, even though he'd tried and been cured with fish parts and herbs before!
One of the show's most
touching moments was sort of tarnished by a small inconsistency. It
happened when Larry proposed to Jennifer and mentioned how he knew he loved her
from the first moment he saw her in the health club. We applaud the
writers for trying to be sweet with this memory, however it wasn't exactly
correct. The first time Larry even saw Jennifer was in the Ritz Discount
Store when she came to have Balki sign his health club membership form, ad it
was obvious to see in that scene that Larry was in love to stay. It seems
he would have remembered this more accurately.
When Balki offered to
babysit his neighbor's little girl, Tess, in one of the first episodes from the
sixth season, Tess turned out to be a little terror who continually pulled
pranks and got into trouble. At the end of the episode, she sets Larry up
to dump water on his face from upstairs. Larry leans out the window to say
hello to her but is soon drenched. The question is, where was Tess?
Don't Jennifer and Mary Anne live upstairs? And there's no more floors
above the girls! Maybe Tess was on the roof. Hmmmmmm.
inconsistencies are in the future!
on to the next Watch . . . and Learn!