Brothers (1984)

Season 4 Episode 5

Leave It to Cleavage

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jun 12, 1987 on Showtime
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Leave It to Cleavage
Penny feels she cannot get noticed by men because she is flat chested.

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  • This episode has marvelous physical comedy that calls to mind classic "I Love Lucy" skits.

    One of the great things about "Brothers" being on cable is that it was able to use jokes and storylines that were beyond the reach of network television. Nowhere is that more evident than in this fabulously funny episode about breast size -- or the lack thereof.

    In this episode, Penny is upset because of a guy she likes in her geology class. The problem is, as she puts it, he only notices a girl with big breasts (while proceeding to rattle off a list of nicknames for breasts). A few days later, after consulting with Sam (who admits her chest is courtesy of "minor surgery"), Penny walks into the Point After with a suddenly larger chest.

    Her plan works, and the guy she's interested in asks her out to dinner. When he comes by the Point After to pick her up, however, Penny's chest (to borrow a Patsy Cline song title) falls to pieces. It's obvious that her "implants" are just temporary. They move out of position, leaving Penny embarrassed -- and the audience howling.

    Hallie Todd pulls off the physical comedy necessary in this episode to perfection (even if it is quite obvious that she is pulling the string to make her right temporary enlargement device droop). It's a nod to "I Love Lucy," with Penny even asking her date who confesses to "love madcap women" if he's a big fan of Lucille Ball.

    This episode is also significant for being the directorial debut of Philip Charles MacKenzie (Donald). After his failed post-"Brothers" acting role in "Open House" (a short-lived sitcom on Fox), MacKenzie turned his attention full-time to directing (he directed a number of episodes of "Frazier"). It is a fine debut, and one he should still be proud of after nearly 20 years. This episode is riotous without being offensive -- an amazing feat considering the subject matter.moreless

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