Bill does not have any lines in this episode.
Tagline: "Aaagh! She pulled her thumb off! Call a doctor!" -Jimmy
Outwardly, Peggy runs a scam called Past posting in which the mark thinks he will be told the winner of a race early enough to sneak in a Late bet on a known winner. The terminology comes from horse racing and was portrayed much like this episode in The Sting with Paul Newman and Robert Redford. Such scams relied on beating the speed of publishing results and make little sense in the modern age of instant news. Further, Jimmy is allegedly feeding results of drag races which last for a shorter time than his phone calls. Drag racing tracks also make use of electronic lights and timing clocks which display result instantly.
Jimmy: I'm Jimmy. I work at the racetrack, where the cars race. If I was Doctor Jimmy, nobody would call me stupid.
Peggy: "Doctor Jimmy" does have a ring to it.
Jimmy: Hey, I thought of it first!
Peggy: Well, I know, but --
Jimmy: Give it back! Give it back to me!
Peggy: I must admit I'm surprised to see Jimmy Witchard here. I'm quite familiar with the man, and his... work, and I --
Dr. Vayzosa: Peggy, if you dropped a bunch of toothpicks in front of him, you'd understand why we at the Institute expect great things from Jimmy Witchard.
Hank: They could have rigged that test so anyone would look like a genius.
Peggy: Anyone, Hank...?
(Cut to Luanne finishing up the test)
Luanne: I'm a genius!
Peggy: Things are not always as they appear to be. This looks like I pulled my thumb off, but --
Jimmy: Aaagh! She pulled her thumb off! Call a doctor!
Peggy: I should have listened to you, but I didn't. While you were talking, I was humming a song inside my head just waiting for you to stop.
Jimmy: We gonna con him! Con him good!
The Spanish Prisoner is a con in which the mark is convinced that a wealthy prisoner is being held captive without access to his riches, and that if he or she helps bribe the captors, they'll get a reward. It has become generic slang for any confidence game.
Originally supposed to air December 2, 2001, but it was pre-empted on the East Coast because of a long-running football game.
This episode's title is a reference to the 1997 movie The Spanish Prisoner. The term Spanish Prisoner is also a con in which the mark is convinced that a wealthy prisoner is being held captive without access to his riches, and that if he or she helps bribe the captors, they'll get a reward. It has become generic slang for any confidence game.
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