Robson Arms

Dancing the Horizontal Mambo

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 6/17/05
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  • Episode Description
  • When the building super tells 10 year old Henry that his mother needs is "a good poke", Henry sets out to find potential 'pokers' in the building, narrowing it down to shy widower Tom. His plan goes badly, but it forces his mom Janice to reassess her behaviour and current depressed lot in life.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Megan Follows

    Janice Keneally

  • Tobias Mehler

    Bobby 'Bob' Briggs

  • John Cassini

    Yuri Kukoc

  • Mark McKinney

    Tom Goldblum

  • Gabrielle Miller

    Bobbi Briggs

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • (looking around the new apartment) Janice: It's nice. It's charming. Henry: Why couldn't Dad have moved out? Janice: Henry! (she tries to close a drawer in the kitchen and can't) Janice: It's a fixer-upper. (the drawer slams shut, causing the window to slam down, and plaster to fall) Janice: It's a shit-hole.

    • Janice: Okay, you're making yourself a sandwich for lunch, and you cut yourself. What do you do? Henry: Put the fingertip in the sandwich. Added protein.

    • Ruby: I like your shirt. Henry: It's a jersey. It was my dad's. Ruby: Is he dead? Henry: Nah, he's just in Burnaby, shacked up with jailbait.

    • (explaining 'poking' to Henry and Ruby) Ricky: Dancing the horizontal mambo, uh... doing the beast with two backs. (Henry and Ruby look confused) Ricky: Screwing, getting laid. (making hand motions) Sex. Henry: Ewww... that's definitely not what my mom needs. Ricky: It's what everyone needs.

    • (checking out Tom's apartment, from down the hall) Henry: No way! He lives right above us! Ruby: So? Henry: So, he's the sex maniac! Ruby: What? Henry: We hear noise from up there all the time... sex noises! Ruby: So you know he knows how it's done. Henry: Yeah, but he won't be interested if he has a girlfriend or a wife. Ruby: It didn't stop your dad. Henry: If he's poking someone else, he's not poking my mom.

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    Notes (1)

    • Susin Nielsen won a 2006 Canadian Screenwriters Award for "Best Half-Hour Drama" for this episode.

    Trivia (1)

    • Mark McKinney was offered a different role first, but expressed interest in playing Tom instead, where he plays opposite Megan Follows. It tickled Robson Arms producers to hear the former star of Anne of Green Gables swear like a trucker in one of the scenes.

    Allusions (1)

    • (Henry tells Tom that he broke into the apartment on behalf of his mom) Tom: Your mom? Who is she, the neighbourhood Fagan? When Tom calls Henry's mom "Fagan", this is a reference to the character of that name in Oliver Twist, a novel by Charles Dickens. Fagan was the head thief who got children to do his dirty work for him.

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