Even Stevens

Season 1 Episode 19

Strictly Ballroom

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Aired Weekdays 10:30 PM Feb 02, 2001 on Disney Channel
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Strictly Ballroom
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Ren and Louis are both looking forward to Zack Estrada's party with anticipation and nervousness. Ren has told Ruby that she's planning to make her move on Bobby Deaver at the party. Louis decides to go when Tawny and Twitty say they're going, but he's afraid because he can't dance. Ren is mortified when she hears Louis will be at the same party as her and Bobby so she stipulates all sorts of no-contact rules for Louis to follow. At the party, Louis is too shy to ask Tawny to dance. Ren's attempts to hook up with Bobby meet with disaster. First her hair gets caught in a houseplant, then her foot gets stuck in the toilet.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    De'ja Autman

    De'ja Autman

    Girl at Lost and Found

    Guest Star

    Brandon Baker

    Brandon Baker

    Zack Estrada

    Guest Star

    Marta DuBois

    Marta DuBois

    Mrs. Estrada

    Guest Star

    Lauren Frost

    Lauren Frost

    Ruby

    Recurring Role

    Brandon Davis

    Brandon Davis

    Bobby Deaver

    Recurring Role

    Kenya Williams

    Kenya Williams

    Monique

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (5)

      • When Ren disconnects Louis' phone call to Twitty, Louis calls for him by his first name, Alan, over the dead line, which is a rarity for the series.

      • Eileen Stevens confirms that Ren and Louis are a year apart in age.

      • When Louis looks up Betty London's Dance Cabana in the yellow pages, the ad there reads "The Lastest Dances..." instead of "Latest."

      • Betty London tells Louis that the tango, rhumba and cha-cha were the latest dances when she opened up her studios in 1957, but those are all older dances which were well-established by then.

      • Ren slips when she's standing on the toliet and gets her foot wedged in the bowl, all without an audible splash. Also, the shot of her foot in the toilet appears to have been taken at a different time than the rest of the scene.

    • QUOTES (8)

      • Twitty: (about Louis' dancing) Louis, as a friend and as a concerned citizen, I cannot let you do that in public. You're going to hurt somebody.

      • Ruby: Monique! Look, there's a bathroom downstairs. We're having some plumbing issues in here.
        Monique: (in discomfort) We're having plumbing issues out here too!

      • Louis: I hear the drummer died in a tragic shaving accident.

      • Eileen Stevens: Honey! What happened -- you're all wet?!
        Ren: Oh ... Well, I got my foot stuck in a toilet and it exploded in my face.
        Eileen: Oh, that must have been awful!
        Ren: The best night of my life.

      • Ruby: (about Ren) She looks like a soggy rodent ... which fortunately is in this year?

      • Ruby: We're gonna get you cleaned up, and you're gonna march back out there and give it another shot!
        Ren: No, we're not.
        Ruby: Yes, you are.
        Ren: No, we're not!
        Ruby: Yes, you are!
        Ren: NO, WE'RE NOT!!
        Ruby: WHY NOT??
        Ren: MY FOOT IS STUCK IN THE TOILET!!!

      • Ren: (to Louis) Now imagine if I devoted all my time and energy not to schoolwork or the betterment of society, but to making your life as miserable, pathetic, and inconsequential as I possibly could.

      • Twitty: (watching Louis dance) Are you even listening to the music?

    • NOTES (3)

      • Ren's friend Monique is also the name of Kim's friend in Kim Possible, a show Christy Carlson Romano also stars in.

      • Ren's "love theme," the music that's often heard when she sees or thinks about Bobby, is heard once again here.

      • Unseen characters: Ren mentions Ms. Mason, who has been referred to in several episodes (including as Vice-Principal Mason) but who has never been seen; Marty Tuttle, who Ruby mentions is at the party; Anita Snyder and Jordan Bath, two students Ruby gossips about.

    • ALLUSIONS (3)

      • The reference to the "loser wall" at the party might have been inspired by the teen movie Sixteen Candles (1984), directed by John Hughes and starring Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall.

      • The title of this episode is taken from the 1992 film Strictly Ballroon, directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Paul Mercurio and Tara Morice. It's a romantic comedy about an Australian couple trying to win a national ballroom dancing competition. The film is part of director Luhrmann's "Red Curtain Trilogy," which includes the films Romeo + Juliet (1996) and Moulin Rouge! (2001).

      • Louis: I hear the drummer died in a tragic shaving accident.

        This line is no doubt inspired by the 1984 movie This Is Spinal Tap directed by Rob Reiner and starring Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer. This "mockumentary" followed a fictional British heavy metal band on a tour of the United States. Spinal Tap supposedly had several of its drummers die under strange circumstances, like in a "bizzare gardening accident" and by spontaneous combustion.

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