Fired Up (1998)

Season 1 Episode 6

The Rules

Aired Thursday 9:30 PM May 15, 1997 on NBC
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The Rules
Gwen's monopolizing of the bathroom and other personal habits are beginning to rub some nerves, so Terry proposes some house rules. Gwen is against them until Danny keeps her up at night playing around with his new girlfriend, a model named Lana. Some rules are hashed out: Gwen is limited to thirty minutes in the bathroom and restrictions are put on Danny's frolics with females. Gwen goes to the unemployment office see Mrs. Francis, who is about to leave for home, and is surprised to learn that since she's no longer unemployed, she will no longer receive benefits. Gwen convinces Mrs. Francis to let her come home with her and use her bathtub. Gwen luxuriates in the tub listening to a relaxation tape and doesn't notice the water is overflowing, causing the downstairs ceiling to collapse. Meanwhile Danny has to find a new place to make out with Lana. He takes her to a dark storage room where he accidentally gets poked in the eye. At Clockworks, Terry takes over for the injured Danny behind the bar, ignoring other customers to flirt with a cute guy, John. Terry goes upstairs to take a shower after making a date with John and walks in on a madhouse scene: Mr. and Mrs. Francis and their neighbors the Kims are there to use the bathroom, while Danny and Lana are trying to find a place for a tryst. When Terry's date John comes to pick her up, he turns out to be Lana's old boyfriend. The model has had enough of the scene at the apartment and leaves with him. Gwen caps things off by blowing out the power with her hair dryer.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Guy: Guys see a pretty girl behind the bar, they drink more, try to impress her.
      Terry: Yeah, we find that very alluring.

    • Mrs. Francis: (to Gwen) Well, my husband is always saying I must be making you up...

    • Terry: (to Gwen OK, you may not want rules for this apartment but there's gonna be some rules for this bed. And since you've already broken rule number one, which is you're not allowed in it, we'll go to rule number two.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Mrs. Kim: Mr. Kim always wanted to be a Pip.
      A reference to the R&B/soul vocal group Gladys Knight and the Pips. The Pips were a trio of male backup singers for Ms. Knight. The group, which lasted from 1957 to 1989, had numerous hits including "Midnight Train to Georgia" (#1 on the charts in 1973), "Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)" (#2 in 1973) and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine (#2 in 1967, later a hit for Marvin Gaye). The Pips consisted of Ms. Knight's brother Merald "Bubba" Knight and her cousins William Guest and Edward Patten.

    • Mrs. Francis: They both love their Motown.
      Motown Records was formed by Berry Gordy Jr. in 1959 in Detroit, Michigan (the "Motor City," hence the name.) By the mid-1960's it had become the most successful record company ever headed by an African-American. Among their roster of enormously popular artists were The Supremes, The Jackson Five, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Four Tops, and Smokey Robinson and The Miracles. Many people today use the word "Motown" as a generic term for 1960's-era soul music, but in actuality there were many other recording stars and record labels responsible for much of the music of that era. Mr. Francis (J.D. Hall) is heard singing a bit of the Supremes' #1 hit from 1965, "Stop! In the Name of Love," written by Motown's ace songwriting team of Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland.

    • Customer: Hey, I'm still waiting for my margarita!
      A margarita is a popular alcoholic mixed drink containing tequila and triple sec plus lemon juice served with ice, often in a glass with a salted rim and a lime slice.

    • Terry: What's with the 'Buster,' who are you, a Bowery Boy?
      The Bowery Boys, also known as the Dead End Kids, were the subject of a series of low-budget comedies in the 1940's and '50's about a group of youths growing up in a poor section of New York. Actors who starred in the films iclude Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall.

    • Terry: I guess in your religion this would be your Exodus.
      Exodus is the second book of the Old Testament of the Bible. It recounts the story of Moses, who led the Jews out of Egypt to the Promised Land. The word exodus has become a synonym for an exit.