Dr. Katz

Season 5 Episode 12

Alderman

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Sep 21, 1998 on Comedy Central
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Alderman
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Katz is disturbed to learn that the city alderman he voted for is corrupt. He talks about what HE would do if he were alderman. Ben immediately begins being his dad's campaign manager, despite Katz's insistence that he is not running. (Ben's platform: handicap parking for everyone.) He makes signs and harasses Laura, inviting her over to help with the "campaign".moreless

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • When Ben tells Laura that he and Dr. Katz "worked out some platforms," he probably meant to say that they "worked out some planks." A candidates platform is the entirety of what he is forwarding; whereas, planks are the individual points that make up the platform.

    • QUOTES (4)

      • Dr. Katz: You really shouldn't use a knife to get toast out of the toaster; that's very dangerous.
        Ben: No, I'm not trying to get the toast out; I'm trying to get the fork out.

      • Ben: We worked out some platforms this morning over breakfast, and uh, my idea was: handicap parking for everyone.

      • Ben: Dad, are you now or have you ever been a member of the communist party?
        Dr. Katz: ... it didn't seem like a party at the time.

      • Dr. Katz: Even the greatest politicians of our time lied. Even Lincoln, what was his nickname?
        Ben: Honest Abe.
        Dr. Katz: Well maybe that's not a good example.

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      • Ben: "Dad, are you now or have you ever been a member of the communist party?"
        During the 1950's, Senator Joseph McCarthy conducted what is now known as a witch hunt. He attempted to root out communists from the American government and Hollywood. He asked those testifying: "Are you now or have you ever been a member of the communist party?"

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