Brothers (1984)

Season 1 Episode 10

Standards and Practices

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 11, 1984 on Showtime
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Standards and Practices
Following his "disaster" with the Russian wrestler, Cliff rebounds with a paralegal, but the paralegal's work schedule causes Cliff to become suspicious.

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  • Cliff is acting irrationally because his date had to work late. No wonder -- the script is irrational.

    Cliff has a new date on the rebound from Ivan (from last episode "Fools Russian"). When the guy says he has to work late Cliff goes into a frenzy. So goes the "plot" -- if one can call it that -- of this, the worst episode of the first season of "Brothers" as well as one of the worst episodes of the entire series.

    Cliff's actions make no sense whatsoever. As Donald tells him, the two were only dating for a week, but Cliff thinks that "I'm working late" is a lie. "I work late, you work late, all God's children work late," Donald reminds him (in one of the best lines of this episode), but Cliff doesn't see it that way. He wants this new date, whom he has only known for a week, to be "Mr. Perfect", as Joe later chides him.

    Therein lies the problem with this episode. The rationale that makes Cliff act irrationally is pointless. It is hard to believe that someone who has only known someone for a week could be so blind -- or to be so nieve as to think that their second date will be the perfect person. The writers (who thankfully didn't turn anything else in) did nothing to explain why Cliff acted the way he did.

    Furthermore, the sub-plot -- Joe, desperate for a date, deciding to pose nude for a calendar -- is weak. Jokes that COULD be used were NOT, relying instead on a few obvious remarks. The two plots are tied together by the fact that Cliff's date moonlights as a photographer, and it is his job to shoot the nude poses of Joe.

    Fortunately for this series, it took over 100 episodes before another episode this bad surfaced. Every long-running series will present a "clunker" or two eventually, and this episode is certainly in that category.moreless

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