FOX (ended 2010)
|Debbie is still an idiot. Man, what a psychopath. This was the first I've ever heard of "Flash Mob". Does that actually happen? And so we see another chapter of Dale's obsession with truffles. When Ladybird licked that huge truffle chunk in the restaurant, that made me laugh.|
Flash Mobs were all the rage about four years ago. Basically, you would send a mass e-mail to (minimum) twenty of your friends to meet at a certain place at a certain time and do something random, like buy a "Happy Birthday Uncle" greeting card or square-dance in the park. Yeah, it was pretty stupid.
I think the intention was to make Debbie look like she didn't have a life outside of Strickland. The fact that she was obsessing over a social networking site that is already considered passe made her look even more pathetic. The truffle subplot was pretty good in spite of the abrupt ending.
Wow, Flash Mobs are 4 years old??? Then this episode really felt dated! And how LAME. I'm wondering if they're digging up old scripts written years ago that were put in the "maybe pile", or they're just that back-logged.
I was saying earlier that it's a little surprising that there would still be shows doing episodes in 2008 where people are just getting acquainted with computer technology. And from what I've heard, most of the momentum in social networking has shifted to Facebook in the past three years.
Also, was there not enough in Strickland Propane's budget to get a domain name for their own website? Never mind that there actually IS a Strickland MySpace page, but Strickland doesn't seem like the type of professional affiliate that would really appeal to a MySpace crowd, outside perhaps early middle-agers trying to be "hip".
This was the first real episode that focused on Donna (Debbie died in 2000, remember?), and like most new ideas, the writers tackled it half-heartedly. Somebody does something new, Hank no likey, liberal madness, same procedue. It seems with all the years she's been around, they could've given us earlier clues that Donna was more interested in designs than accounting.
But yeah, she IS a pyschopath. Any public diatribes against her employment like THAT should've gotten her permanently fired.