Alice, I Think

Season 1 Episode 3

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Aired Sunday 7:00 PM Jul 01, 2006 on CTV
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Alice scores a part-time job at Bookworm Books working with Diane, but when she pulls a prank on their overbearing boss Corrine, as payback for Corrine’s mistreatment of her mom, Diane is forced to fire Alice. John decides to contribute financially to the family by installing solar panels for the home. When his efforts prove unsuccessful, Mac has to make the panels work without letting John know.moreless

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  • Alice gets a job!

    9.4
    This is one of the earlier episodes of "Alice, I Think" but I didn't see it until it was in reruns and it was almost half-way through the series. But that doesn't really seem to matter, as the episodes seem to be able to be viewed in any order; each one is its own story, and while there may be some plot points that follow through the series, the ones I've seen so far don't require sequential viewing.



    So in this episode, Alice gets a job working with her mother in order to buy a funky jacket that costs $50. Of course, everything that could go wrong, does go wrong, and Alice ends up jobless, and jacketless as well. The minor story line was that John was going to install a solar panel to help the family save money. Of course, he did it wrong and Mac had to save the day. That story was very short, and very much in the back ground. The bookstore was the main story and was quite well done; all of Alice's neuroses came out, and Bob the Therapist's did too.



    My favourite part was where the customer tries to buy a book. The customer is Susan Juby, who wrote the Alice, I Think books, and the book she's trying to buy from Alice is "Miss Smithers" by... Susan Juby! I thought that was funny, and a nice nod to the author. Overall, this was a funny episode in a funny series.moreless
Peter New

Peter New

Thrift Store Clerk

Guest Star

Rondel Reynoldson

Rondel Reynoldson

Rosie

Guest Star

Bronwen Smith

Bronwen Smith

Student Salesgirl

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Customer #2, played by Susan Juby, the author of the Alice, I Think book series, tries to purchase a book, only to be told by Alice that they don't take credit cards; the book she's trying to purchase is Miss Smithers, one of the Alice, I Think books.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Bob: You're not ignoring customers, are you?
      Alice: Yes.
      Bob: Where's your boss?
      Alice: Oh, Mom's not here.
      Bob: (panicking) We're alone?
      Alice: Yes.
      Bob: I don't know how to run a book store! We need to regroup!

    • Alice: He's a shop-lifter! And he's getting away!
      Diane: You saw him steal a book?
      Alice: No. But he has a purse and he smells like patchouli.
      Diane: You just described all of our customers!

    • Diane: Okay, what button do you push if you want to clear a sale? (Alice pushes a random series of buttons) No... no... no... no... no... Alice, have you been listening to a word I've said?
      Alice: Why do we even need to use this stupid thing? You're the one that's always saying, "Technology is our enemy!"
      Diane: I was talking about bombs, Alice, not cash registers.

    • Alice: ...and I got this new job in my mom's bookstore. I start tomorrow.
      Bob: Wow! That's great! This is good for us!
      Alice: Yeah! I can buy this really incredible jacket I've wanted.
      Bob: No, Alice, this isn't just about the money, this is about responsibility! We're going to do a terrific job!
      Alice: You keep saying "we" and "us" like we're going to split my pay cheque.
      Bob: No, ethically that wouldn't be right. I'm talking mentally, Alice... we're a team!

    • (on her video diary, about her mother's protesting activities)
      Alice: This week, I wouldn't have minded seeing some of that old bra-burning spirit... without an actual bra burning, 'cause then I'd have to change my name and go live in a cave... but I regress.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • (upset that she's been left alone in the Bookworm)
      Alice: It was a tormentious situation, being abandoned by my own mother my first day on the job, like Moses in the bullrushes, or that little boy in that movie with Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep... the one where she doesn't have an accent.

      While Alice's mother ~did~ leave her alone, it wasn't quite like Moses, who was put in a basket and hidden in some bullrushes in order to save his life.
      The movie that Alice refers to is Kramer vs. Kramer (1979); the story is about a mother who leaves her husband and son, then returns and fights for custody of him. Meryl Streep is famous for assuming accents in her many roles; however, in this movie, she was playing an American and so had no accent.

    • Diane: I don't care if you're an intellectual and you attend our community college. If a customer wants to buy a thousand Danielle Steele books, you shut your mouth and you wrap them up!
      John: Danielle Steele's written a thousand books?

      Danielle Steele is a prolific romance author who has written over 60 books, which have sold over 500 million copies.

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