Fired Up (1998)

Season 1 Episode 7

Are We Not Friends?

Aired Thursday 9:30 PM May 15, 1997 on NBC
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Are We Not Friends?
Gwen is depressed: she's been invited by the Mayor to present the Humanitarian of the Year Award, but she's mortified by the prospect of seeing her old acquaintances again and having to explain her poverty and unemployment. Ashley is upset too, worried that his dress won't be ready for the "tri-state 'Hello Dolly' competition." Gwen realizes for the first time that Ashley is Guy's son. Terry encourages Gwen to go to the gala anyway and reluctantly agrees to make a new dress for her. Gwen unsuccessfully tries to recruit Danny as her date for the evening, but has to settle for Guy. When Guy arrives to pick her up, Gwen promptly rips her gown in the loft's heavy door. The resourceful Guy helps do a quick remodeling job on another dress--Ashley's--and Gwen is able to arrive at the gala looking good. At the gala, Gwen's pretentious friends ask about her dress and her date. Gwen says she's wearing a Terry Reynolds original and that Guy is a Spanish count. Guy surprises her by speaking fluent Spanish. Meanwhile Ashley is apoplectic when he finds that Gwen has his dress and threatens to storm the gala and get it back. Terry goes instead to retrieve the dress. While there, Terry is recognized by one of Gwen's former friends, who realizes rumors about Gwen working and living with her former assistant must be true. Terry manages to blackmail her into silence. When Gwen makes her speech, she admits she lost her job, but owes a tremendous debt of gratitiude to Terry, her "dress designer." Later Terry wonders why she didn't refer to her as "friend." Gwen promises that she will be a better friend in the future.moreless

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      • Ashley: I'm supposed to be Barbra Streisand in Hello, Dolly!
        Singer/actress Barbra Streisand played the role of Dolly Levi in the 1969 film Hello, Dolly! In the earlier Broadway version of Dolly, Carol Channing played the role for many years, winning a Tony award for her performance in 1964 and repising it in a revival of the play in 1994. Both Streisand and Channing are icons among peforming drag queens and are often imitated by them.

      • Ashley: I'm wearing your Wonderbra.
        The Wonderbra was developed in England and was first marketed in the USA by Playtex in 1994. It claims to naturally enhance the size and appearance of a woman's bust, and judging from sales, it has many satisfied customers. Wonderbra is a registered trademark, but the name "Wonder Bra" has become a more-or-less generic term, like Aspirin or Kleenex, describing any type of push-up brassiere.

      • Danny: Yeah, but I didn't think you were a Yankee fan; I thought you liked the Mets.
        The New York Yankees and the New York Mets are that city's two Major League baseball teams in the American and national Leagues, respectively. The local rivalry between fans of the teams is fierce.

      • Guy: You wore silver when you were Courtney Love.
        Courtney Love is a musician who has led the punk/alternative band Hole since 1989. Onsatge and off, her style is brash and often controversial. She was married to musician Kurt Cobain of Nirvana for the last two years of his life. As an actress, she has appeared in several films, most notably The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), for which she received a Golden Globe nomination..

      • Gwen: I feel like Scarlett O'Hara when she ripped down those green curtains for that dress...
        Gwen is referring to a scene in the classic film Gone with the Wind (1939) in which Scarlett (Vivian Leigh), impoverished by the ravages of the Civil War, takes down the plush green velvet curtains in her mansion home Tara and makes a dress out of them so that she can appear presentable in town. Terry replies that, "Of course what the movie doesn't show is Mammy hunched over that dress," referring to Hattie McDaniel's role as the house servant (slave) in the film. Both Leigh and McDaniel won Academy Awards for the film, as Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, respectively.

      • Terry: " mother cut my bangs too short and I was afraid everyone would say I looked like Mr. Spock."
        Mr. Spock was the character played by Leonard Nimoy in the classic television series Star Trek (1966-69) and several Star Trek movies. He did indeed have his hair cut into short bangs.