Johnny Bago

Season 1 Episode 7

Big Top Bago

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Big Top Bago
On the run from Beverly, Johnny pulls into a lot he mistakes in the dark for a trailer park. In the morning it turns out the trailers parked there are with a travelling circus, Bosco's Big Top. As he's about to leave, Bosco's chimp, Kimo, pretends to get hit by the 'bago, and Bosco claims the chimp has whiplash, and will need therapy. He insists Johnny stay to work off the debt, which Johnny does to avoid the police who are looking for him. While working there, Marilee, the fat lady, gets a crush on Johnny, and befriends him. Eventually Johnny learns that everyone there is Bosco's prisoner, because he has dirt on all of them. Then he finds out Johnny's wanted for murder, and forces him to stay on at the circus. He chains Johnny and Kimo together, and gives the keys to the 'bago to the chimp for safekeeping. Everyone decides to run away and take Johnny with them, but Bosco overhears their plans and calls Beverly, telling her to come to the show that night. He also plans to take care of his other prisoners. Meanwhile, Johnny gets Kimo drunk and talks him into uncuffing him. Bosco fails to feed the lion so it would eat the lion tamer, and when Beverly shows up, she and Johnny get locked in the cage with the lion. Beverly manages to get the lion to retreat to a back cage, outside the big top, where Kimo had locked Bosco in. Beverly has a little fun forcing Johnny to clown around, but Marilee helps him escape. The audience greatly enjoys the show. Later, when the circus performers find that the lion has taken care of Bosco, they decide to start their own circus. They invite Johnny to be their new ringmaster, but he declines, as he has to stay on the run.moreless

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      • When everyone is freed at the end, it reminded me of when the witch died at the end of The Wizard of Oz, so I started trying to think of other comparisons between this episode and that movie. The best I could come up with was the cowardly lion tamer, but I expect if one was really trying, they could find more things... The clowns might serve as munchkins, for example. The chimp might well represent a flying monkey. Of course, more likely is that any similarity between stories is purely in my own mind....

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