Season 5 Episode 5

Flowers for Matthew

Aired Tuesday 8:30 PM Oct 28, 1998 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Joe creates a "smart drink", with extreme results; Lisa becomes Max's confidante.

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  • Matthew takes a "smart drink", while Max has a crush on Beth.

    This is one of the best episodes this season. I think the Matthew storyline with the smart drink is really hilarious. I can never imagine Matthew being that smart. I thought the funniest part was when he was reading four books at the same time. "Smatthew" is awesome. In the other storyline, Max has a crush on Beth, but when she finds out, Max lies to her and says that Lisa has a crush on him. I thought this storyline was okay, but not that memorable. Jon Lovitz was funny in it, though. Anyways, I recommend this episode solely for Matthew's storyline, and not for Max's storyline.moreless
  • Matthew becomes a genius.

    This is one of the most ridiculous and unrealistic Newsradio episodes, and it's also one of the funniest.

    In this episode, Joe makes an experimental "smart drink" in the break room and gives it to Matthew. Matthew becomes smarter and smarter until he becomes "Smatthew". He reads four books at a time and talks to Dave about the Nixon administration through Star Wars metaphors. Eventually, Smatthew becomes so smart that he realizes Joe's smart drink is just a placebo, and he becomes regular Matthew again.moreless
  • Mathew turns into a genius when Joe devolopes a "smart drink". Max includes a reluctant Lisa in his scams to win Beth's heart.

    This is one of the funniest episodes after Bill McNeal dies.

    Mathew turning into smart-Mathew or \\\"Smathew\\\" is just great to watch. The side story of Lisa not wanting to be involved with Max and Beth\\\'s love issues is ok, but the best is watching Mathew turn into a genius.

    This one and the Johnny Johnson episodes are the best of this final season.

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Matthew: I finally understand National Public Radio.
      Dave: You understand everything they say?
      Matthew: No. I understand it's boring crap masquerading as bourgoise intellectual discourse and therefore not worth my time.

    • Lisa: First of all, don't ever kiss me again. Second of all, don't ever kiss me again. And third of all, don't ever kiss me again.
      Max: I'm sorry, I panicked.
      Lisa: It doesn't matter. That was beyond inapporpriate.
      Max: What? The kissing itself or the involvement of tongue?
      Lisa: Ugh! Both, both. And I think you owe it to me to go in there and tell Beth the truth.
      Max: About the involvement of tongue?

    • Dave: Who was Nixon?
      Matthew: Yoda.
      Dave: Naw. See here it falls apart because Yoda was a wise old pacifist.
      Matthew: No he was a muppet.

    • Jimmy: Son, you really readin' all these books at the same time?
      Matthew: Yep.
      Jimmy: What about this one? It's upside down.
      Matthew: Mr. James, no offence, but have you ever read four books at a time?
      Jimmy: No.
      Matthew: Then don't tell me how to do it.

    • Jimmy: What exactly is in that smart drink, Joe?
      Joe: What's it worth to you?
      Jimmy: You got scientific documentation?
      Joe: I just updated my data as a matter of fact.
      Jimmy: Let's see.
      Dave: "11:35 AM: Test subject now wicked smart."

    • Matthew: I was looking at this story assignment that you gave me. You know, "donuts vs. bagels, which one is rounder".
      Dave: Yeah.
      Matthew: And it kind of occurred to me that this is the sort of thing we'd never ever put on the air.
      Dave: Ooh, I don't know about "never ever".

    • Max: What if she just wants to be friends?
      Lisa: Well, so she likes you as a friend.
      Max: Lisa, I have friends. What I need is sex.
      Lisa: You have friends?
      Max: No. But what I need is sex.
      Lisa: Last week you told me you wanted a soul mate.
      Max: Yes, a soul mate to have sex with.
      Lisa: Max, I don't want to be your confidante.
      Max: I know but. (Beth walks by) Does that car come with a V8?
      Lisa: You know this is a news station not a car dealership. You could at least try to make your lies plausible.
      Max: I'm sorry, I panicked. (Jimmy walks by) How much is the driver's side airbag, sir?

    • Dave: Joe, what have I told you about experimenting on Matthew?
      Joe: Relax dude. It's not like I'm testing cosmetics on him.
      Dave: Sure, not anymore.
      Joe: Man, even I admitted that was wrong.

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    • Lisa: Who is Wile E. Coyote?
      Matthew: A latter day Sisyphus.

      Wile E. Coyote is the obsessive nemesis of the Roadrunner in the Loonie Tune cartoons directed by Chuck Jones. Although determined in his pursuit of the bird, Wile E. is doomed to failure within inches of acheiving his goal, despite his own genius. Sisyphus is a character from classical Greek mythology. The crafty king incurred the anger of the gods and was tormented in the afterlife. Given of the task of rolling a huge boulder to a mountain's summit, Sisyphus would labour mightily only to eternally see the boulder roll back down the slope before reaching the top. He has ever after stood as figure representing someone trapped in a punishing task with no end.

    • Jimmy: What you did was good, Matthew. Real good.

      Freaked out by Matthew's apparent superhuman powers, Jimmy adopts a defensive strategy from the episode "It's a Good Life" from The Twilight Zone (11/3/61). Faced with the prospect of a small boy with godlike powers, the citizens of a terrorized small town try to keep on his good side by pronouncing his every horrific whim "a good thing".

    • Joe: You read our lips like a computer?
      Matthew: No. Like a deaf person.

      Joe is remembering one of the most memorable moments from Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Oddysey (1968) where the mad computer HAL reads the lips of the humans plotting his destruction through the window of the space pod they secreted themselves in.

    • Lisa: Just when I think I'm out, they drag me back in.

      Frustrated over the way people keep involving her in their personal lives, Lisa channels Michael Corleone from The Godfather Part II (1974).

    • Title: Flowers for Matthew

      The title is taken from Daniel Keyes' novella Flowers for Algernon (1959) where a mentally challenged adult is temporarily raised to a genius level intellect before tragically reverting to his former state. It won a Hugo Award for science fiction short story in 1960 and was expanded to a longer form which won a Nebula Award in 1966. In 1968 it was adapted into an Oscar winning film called Charly.

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