Dr. Katz

Season 4 Episode 2

Memoirs

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jun 22, 1997 on Comedy Central
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Memoirs
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Ben decides to write his memoirs, dedicated to the "loving memory" of his father.

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  • Ben writes his memoirs while Katz helps out two patients Fred and Ron.

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    The memoirs Ben writes seem to be more subtle hints directed at this Dad and himself. The "slowly my Dad is killing me" line is both a joke and real.



    A couple of the jokes here are Ben's writing abilities and not really having motivation to finish the memoirs unless he has a publisher. A couple of moments before this Ben forgets that the purpose behind this memoirs is also for him to accomplish something.



    Katz is initially intrigued by the idea but slowly seems to be annoyed it but as Ben writes of his personal opinions of his Dad of which Katz doesn't agree with (even though what he writes is true).



    It's a funny episode. If you take the memoirs from Ben both ways they are meant to be both imaginiative but subtle shots of what he actually thinks about himself, his Dad and his dream girl Laura.moreless
Ron Lynch

Ron Lynch

Himself

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Louis C.K.

Louis C.K.

Himself

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Fred Stoller

Fred Stoller

Himself

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Julianne Shapiro

Julianne Shapiro

Julie

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Will Lebow

Will Lebow

Stanley

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    • Ben's proposed book titles:
      "What Did We Do to Make Mommy Go So Far Away"
      "The Sound of My Father's Voice Is Slowly Killing Me"
      "An Introspective Retrospective of a Perspective Genius"
      "Thoughts from a Bloated Boy"
      "Big Ben: American Style"
      "Daddy Abandoned Me"

    • (about completing his memoirs)
      Ben: I don't think I'm gonna be able to do it. I'll still give it a try though. Because you know what? I love the lifestyle.
      Dr. Katz: Oh, the lifestyle is the best.
      Ben: Yeah, it's the writing that sucks.

    • Ben: What does it take to get a book published in this country?
      Laura: I think you have to write one.
      Ben: Well yeah, but I'm doing that. I just don't wanna keep going unless I get some sort of deal, you know. Which is the way it goes, in publishing, as far as I know.

    • (about his memoirs)
      Ben: The third part, I'm calling the pensive years. It's the last six years of my life, I call the pensive years. You know why?
      Dr. Katz: Why's that?
      Ben: I don't know.
      Dr. Katz: I don't think of them as 'pensive years'. They used to be pensive years, now they're your ex-pensive years.

    • Ben: You wanna hear the first sentence? It might blow you away.
      Dr. Katz: Okay.
      Ben: Here we go, ready? 'The Russian river raged, ripping a serpentine path through the ragged ridge.'
      Dr. Katz: I love it.
      Ben: I'm not done yet, 'Hi, I'm Ben Katz.'

    • Dr. Katz: You have an older brother.
      Louis: Right.
      Dr. Katz: Was his name ... I wanna say Allen.
      Louis: No, his name was Allen.

    • Ben: You know, there might be some things you read in the book that you'll be disturbed with, like the part about our lives and relationship. The break-up in Paris: remember that? When we lived in Paris, lived in the park, remember? In the jardin.
      Laura: In the what?
      Ben: The Jardin De Luxembourg in Paris, remember. Remember I turned to you on the park bench and I said, 'life is not sweet.' We were poor, but we were happy. Why'd you leave me?

    • Ben: (on his writing process) It's not ad-libbing here; I'm a writer. I need to think first. It doesn't pop into my head. I need to sit down, fall asleep, and get back up, and then ... you know, snack, then write.

    • Ben: I know you're gonna start asking me like, 'Hey, Ben, what's going on? Why you so down? Why you so depressed?'
      Laura: No, I wasn't going to.

    • Ben: I have to start committing things to permanence, or else when I'm gone, who will be able to know what I was like.
      Dr. Katz: Oh, I could tell 'em.
      Ben: When am I going?
      Dr. Katz: I packed your bags, Ben.

    • Dr. Katz: But Ben, don't you think that before you write your memoirs, you should go out and have a couple more of those things that are ... live a little.

    • Julie: I have noticed that sometimes, even with me, you guys speak in code. Maybe you get a little uncomfortable?
      Dr. Katz: No, just to protect you, in a certain way, also from the ...
      Julie: From what?
      Dr. Katz: Because you're a more genteel creature than we are.
      Julie: How do you know that?
      Dr. Katz: The way you throw.

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