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Strangers with Candy: To be Young Gifted and Blank

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 28th 2006 1:05PM

strangers with candy(S01E09) This episode begins with Jerri in band practice playing the timpani. Well, she doesn't really play the drums so much as she beats them ferociously. Fed up, Mr. Jelineck kicks her out of band permanently, telling her he'd like to see her "at a quarter after never."

While alone in the bandroom she picks up a violin, and much to her and Mr. Noblet's surprise, she has a natural talent for the instrument. Mr. Noblet takes her under his wing so she can train and win an upcoming music competition, even though she can already play the instrument perfectly. As Noblet explains, "I am the only one who can help you realize my dreams of yours." Strangers with Candy is always packed with that kind of superfluous phrasing, double and triple negatives piled on top of one another, but this episode uses that "trick" quite a bit. That's not a slam against this episode. Quite the contrary, it works perfectly because Noblet is trying to confuse Jerri into thinking he's doing it for her, when in reality he wants to live vicariously through her because he never learned to play violin.

I've seen this episode no less than fifty million times, but I completely missed a very funny gag involving a young Mr. Noblet who comes in from playing baseball ... in a cowboy outfit. That cracked me the heck up. I also loved the violin "duet" between Jerri and Mr. Noblet that played over the end credits.

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Tony Lagarto

I tried to leave a comment at your June 27, 2005 entry, which was about Amy Sedaris, but I couldn't, so I figured I'd leave it here, since this entry is related. You had a link to amysedaris.com at the end of that entry, but not one for jerriblank.com, which is the website from which you got the picture of Amy that you used. I'm sad... So I figured I'd just have to "plug" my little old website myself. But I also have a comment to make that is relevant to this post. In Noblet's flashback scene, little Chuck's mother is played by Stephen Colbert's real-life wife, Evelyn McGee, who happens to play Noblet's wife in the new "Strangers With Candy" movie.

August 02 2006 at 4:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rhea

I'm an enormous fan of "Strangers with Candy." You mentioned the stuff that plays behind the ending credits. Many of the episodes include amazing stuff, especially those wild dance numbers. It is one of my favorite things about the series.

July 28 2006 at 10:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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