Miss Guided

Season 1 Episode 6

High School Musical

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 03, 2008 on ABC
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High School Musical
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When Becky hears that the high school musical needs a director, she begs Principal Huffy for the job. She uses her new position to help a less talented actress who reminds her of herself as a teen, with comical results. Bruce uses pointers from a book to try and land a date with Lisa.moreless

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  • This show has been coming along very nicely in its first few episodes, so of course I was ready for the 'big letdown'. But, that didn't happen.

    9.1
    The creative powers that be on this series seem to have made the right choice as to its direction. It seems as though they are using more (and funnier) cutaways whereby the main characters take a moment to tell us viewers 'what they really mean'.



    I counted at least eight cutaways in this episode (I guess I could go back and FF through it and tell you exactly - but let's leave it at that), and they were either funny, contradictory to what the character had actually just said, revealing or a combination of all of the above.



    Becky (Judy Greer) as the star, has the most. She is so nice to people that she just can't bring herself to tell them anything bad, so she is forced to turn to the camera, aside, and tell us what she really thinks. And even then she has trouble being mean. VP Bruce (Chris Parnell) is the 'bad' guy who let's us in on all of his sinister plots in these cutaways, and, while short and sweet, Principal Huffy's (Earl Billings) little asides are always a hoot.



    Becky mis-casting the school musical in order to help a student with low self-esteem is the main theme of this episode. But, of course, plot lines are just a backdrop to the real issue of Becky trying to compete against her more ruthless, self-absorbed rival, Lisa (Brooke Burns) for the affection of Tim, the Spanish teacher. The crazy/normal things that high school kids do is always lurking just in the background, and Vice Principal Terry (the high-school aged viewers must hate him) is always trying to put the kabosh on everything.



    This episode was well-paced (as always), and this show is a great little half-hour respite from all of the drama, reality and forced-funny shows that are clogging up the network schedules.moreless

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  • QUOTES (5)

    • Becky: I have to admit, it felt pretty good when they all started clapping. Principal Huffy even stood up.
      Principal Huffy: (to the camera, in a cutaway) The doctor said if I sit too long, the blood in my legs could clot.

    • Becky: Lauren, all actresses get a case of the 'doubts'... even Dame Judi Dench - maybe... well probably not - she's so good - but you get the point.

    • Bruce: (to the camera, in a cutaway) Lisa Germain is out of my league. Or at least she used to be before I read a little book called The Game. In a nutshell, it says that the best way to land a beautiful woman is to exploit her insecurities. If you do it right, they'll think the best they can do is you. And in this case, that you is me.

    • Lauren: Every year I try out for the school play, and every year I get some one-line part. It's humiliating. I can't do it again.
      Becky: Lauren, can't is a four-letter word... just as bad as the words they use on the street and cable television. I'd rather hear you say one of those - not really - but in theory.

    • (School announcements heard on the overhead speaker)
      Announcer: Good morning, Jack Rabbits! Today is Steroid Awareness Day. Please leave urine samples in the nurse's office. It's for athletes only. All other urines will be returned.

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  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Silence of the Lambs

      Bruce makes reference to Silence of the Lambs after saying he wants to eat Lisa for dinner. This is an allusion to the novel by Tom Harris, which was released as a movie in 1991, starring Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a serial killer who eats his victims.

    • Miss Saigon

      The school musical, Miss Saigon, is a modern adaptation of Giacomo Puccini's opera, Madame Butterfly, and tells the story of a doomed romance involving an Asian woman abandoned by her American lover.

    • The Game

      Bruce refers to reading this book by Neil Strauss so that he can land a date with a woman out of his league, namely Lisa. The full title of the book is The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists. It's a non-fiction book in which the author shares how he went from being a geek to bedding hot babes.

    • Title: High School Musical
      High School Musical was a 2006 musical TV movie that premiered on Disney.

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