According to Jim

Season 5 Episode 17

The Grumpy Guy

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Feb 28, 2006 on ABC
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Jim gets mad when he finds out that his neighbor Julie has been writing children books and basing them about him.

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  • Jim clashes with yet another neighbor played wickedly by Julie Newmar having a fun time over-acting and reliving her old Catwoman role.

    I'm a big fan of According to Jim, and while this episode isn't up there in my favorites, it does rank as one of the most fun and surreal of the series. Jim is feuding with the dog of a neighbor unaware she's been instigating him to fuel her children's books. Where she's been during the episode run and why we never heard of her until now is never answered. I kind of feel sorry for Jim when he tells the truth for once and no one believes him, but what Julie Newmar brings down in being annoying, she makes up for by hamming it up. The whole episode was made up for her as part of a settlement between their real-life court battles. Andy and Cheryl are top notch as always and Dana shines with her lines. I'll truly miss them all when they are forced out of work.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Julie's pen name on the Grumpy Guy books was C.W. Semple. The name has two references to the original "Batman" series. One obvious,"C.W." referencing Catwoman. The other, a little more subtle, Lorenzo Semple, Jr, was a credited writer on 16 of the series episodes. Also, the cover art used for the books is reminiscent of Bob Kane's (Batman's creator) artistic style.

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    • This episode poked fun at the real-life feud that erupted between Belushi and his neighbor, actress Julie Newmar. Newmar even guest-starred in the episode.

    • There are numerous Batman 1966 references sprinkled throught the plot: Julie is referred to as a "cat woman", perhaps Newmar's most well-known role. Jim imitates Adam West's show, pause-filled cadence, and Andy utters Burt Ward's patented "Holy ___!" twice. The fight scene SFX bubbles, tilted camera wall-walking, improbable peril cliffhanger, and cheesy narrator voice-over, all staples of the show, are used. And Newmar even vamps a little, purring and pretending to groom herself with her tongue, as she once did as Catwoman.