Fired Up (1998)

Season 1 Episode 8

Under Pressure

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Aired Thursday 9:30 PM Jun 23, 1997 on NBC
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Gwen is laid up with illness for a few days and she has nothing to do but lay around watching infomercials and eating Terry's delicious soup made in a pressure cooker. She gets a brainstorm and decides that she and Terry could market pressure cookers as a way to make this delicacy. They find a dealer with a warehouse full of the cookers and make arrangements with him. Gwen recruits Guy to be in their infomercial and Danny to write it, though much of his strident working-class rhetoric is red-penciled. Gwen uses the soup to bribe Mrs. Francis into providing them the name of an out-of-work celebrity to endorse the product. June Lockhart is contacted. She's suitably impressed and agrees to endorse the cookers. The first broadcast of the infomercial is a ringing success with orders pouring in. But then the women find out that their supplier Mr. Tolafa has reneged on the deal and is selling them himself, touting them "as seen on TV!" June comes by in a fury and tells the girls in terms she never used on Lassie how upset she is wth the deal, as angry customers are blaming her for the product's unavailability. The whole gang goes to visit the shady Mr. Talofa to try and get him to resume supplying them with the cookers.moreless

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    • QUOTES (2)

      • Terry: I am really sorry about this!
        June Lockhart: (mocking) 'I am really sorry about this!' You sound like Timmy!

      • Gwen: Hello, Mrs. Francis. What's new in the exciting world of unemployment?
        Mrs. Francis: I'm just trying to build that bridge to the 21st century.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Gwen sings a bit of the Henry Mancini tune "Baby Elephany Walk" as she is on the phone imitating "hold" music, trying to convince a caller she and Terry have a proper business office.

    • ALLUSIONS (3)

      • Gwen: I hear the Buns of Steel people are talking to her.
        Buns of Steel was an exercise program that was extensively telemarketed by infomercials in the 1990's.

      • June Lockhart: On Petticoat Junction our writers were always trying to sneak in subversive messages.
        Petticoat Junction was a CBS television series that ran from 1963 to 1969. The show about a widow who ran a inn with her three daughters in a small southern town was one several rural-themed shows on CBS during the 1960's. It was suggested by characters who had appeared on The Beverly Hillbillies and it spawned its own spinoff, Green Acres. June Lockhart played Dr. Janet Craig on the show's last two seasons.

      • June Lockhart: Hi, I'm June Lockhart. Many of you may remember me as Lassie's mom.
        Lassie is a fictional dog (a collie) who first appeared in a story in The Saturday Evening Post in 1938. Soon she appeared in many films like 1943's Lassie Come Home and in several television series, most notably Lassie, which first aired in 1954. The dog has been beloved by generation after generation of children. June correctly points out that she was not Lassie's mother on the TV show, but rather the mother of Timmy, played by Jon Provost. Terry also notes that there were five Lassies who portrayed the title animal on the series. Male dogs have frequently been used to play the female canine, also.

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