Fired Up (1998)

Season 1 Episode 4

They Sell Horses, Don't They?

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Aired Thursday 9:30 PM May 01, 1997 on NBC
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They Sell Horses, Don't They?
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The women are searching through the pockets of Gwen's clothes looking that she'd forgotten about in her more prosperous days when Terry finds a receipt for part ownership in a race horse calle Living Large, a purchase that also slipped Gwen's mind. Terry of course wants to sell the horse and put the money into the business. The impractical Gwen wants to hang onto the mare, which hasn't won a race in three years. Finally she agrees to sell the horse if it doesn't win its next race. Also among Gwen's things, Danny finds the number of basketball pro Karl Malone. He calls the number and finds out that, amazingly, Malone is familiar with his play "A Stork in Winter." What's more, Malone writes himself, and promises to send Danny a screenplay for him to read. Terry, Gwen, Guy and Danny all head to the track to watch Living Large run. Terry is adamant that she won't bet on any races, but her resistance wears down and she does. She ends up winning several races in a row, making a substantial amount of money. A track denizen tells Gwen that not only is Living Large a lousy bet, but that the horse will be sold for dog food if she loses again. After the horse comes in a distant last in its race, Gwen goes to the paddock with the idea of freeing the animal, but the horse isn't buying it. It turns out, though, that Terry has a soft place in her heart and has bought the old mare for Gwen with her winnings, intending to board it at an upstate farm. Back home, Danny is avioding Karl Malone's calls, since his screenplay turned out to be not so good. But the "Mailman" tracks down Danny and has him listen to him sing a song from his new musical.moreless

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      • The characters Kenny (Joseph V. Perry) and Jenna (Lizette Carlton) aren't identified by name in the dialogue. Kenny is the man at the track and Jenna is the girl who asks Gwen about a sweater she bought at her tag sale.

      • Karl Malone has been one of the National Basketball Asscociation's greatest players of the 1980's and '90's. He has played for the Utah Jazz since 1985 and is still active as of 2002. He has been a two-time League Most Valuable Player and has been picked for the All-Star Team thirteen times. His nickname is "the Mailman" because he always delivers. Malone is highly-thought of off the court as well and he's one of the last of the great superstars of the NBA during its revival in the 1980's to remain playing.

    • ALLUSIONS (4)

      • Gwen: I'm going to take her for dinner at the Rainbow Room...
        A New York landmark, opened in 1928, so named because of the colors below its glass dance floor.

      • Danny: No, Karl, I liked Sense and Sensibility
        Jane Austen's classic novel Sense and Sensibility was first published in 1811. It concerns the life and loves of the two Dashwood sisters, who have contrasting personalities. An outstanding film version was released in 1995, directed by Ang Lee and starring Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman. There have been at least three television productions adopted from the book as well.

      • Terry: ...let's see, I'll take the gum, the Mentos and, oh yeah, the thoroughbread.
        Mentos is a candy mint that was promoted in the 1990's with a series of commercials featuring young people in various predicaments, which they found ingenious ways out of after having a Mentos. The commercials were sometimes a target of comedians and cultural critics. In this quote, Terry is reacting to Gwen's claim the the race horse was an "impulse" purchase.

      • Danny: The Village Voice didn't think the second act was slow.
        The Village Voice is an alternative weekly newspaper that has been published since 1955 in Greenwich Village, the Manhattan community known for artists and free-thinkers.

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