Season 2 Episode 14

The Song Remains the Same

Aired Tuesday 8:30 PM Feb 18, 1996 on NBC
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Lisa becomes upset when Dave gives Matthew one of her assignments. Bill tries to make sure that Mr. James' early April Fool's pranks won't get in the way of his interview with a Wall Street reporter. Beth falls in love with a man that she's never met after going through his desk.moreless

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • At approx:1:05 of the episode, Beth blows a large bubble that covers her nose and her chin. We then cut to Bill, then back to Beth. She says a line about puke. Then a cut to another camera, and the gum is now gone from her chin. In the same shot, Bill says his line, Then a cut back to Beth, and the gum is now covering her face and chin again.

    • QUOTES (4)

      • Beth: Okay Mr. James, did you put this (hold rose stem) in that guy's desk to make me think he had a crush on me?
        Mr. James: No, I did not put an old stick or anything else in your desk to make you think anything.
        Beth: Do you swear?
        Mr. James: I swear.
        Beth: Do you swear on your tax returns?
        Mr. James: Pick something else.
        Beth: Do you swear on your list of 21 potential wife candidates?
        Mr. James: I swear.

      • Lisa: I thought we agreed I was going to New Hampshire.
        Dave: I know you were kind of expecting that assignment.
        Lisa: I was expecting it? You bought me mittens.

      • Lisa: If everyone thought you should jump off a bridge, would you do that?
        Dave: If everyone around here thought I should jump off a bridge, they'd just get together and push me.

      • Jimmy: Boy, I love April fools.
        Dave: Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't it February 19-th?
        Jimmy: I know, but if I wait till April I lose the element of surprise.

    • NOTES (2)

    • ALLUSIONS (4)

      • Lisa: I don't know. Why don't you just ask Herb Stemple here?

        Forced into a quiz show style competition about the New Hampshire primary with Matthew, Lisa compares him to the luckless Herb Stemple who was a champion player on the old TV game show Twenty-One. Book smart Stemple was a consistently overpowering player, but he was coerced into throwing the game to the more telegenic contestant Charles Van Doren. Stemple was one of the people who blew the whistle on the fixing of TV game shows in the 50's. In the 1994 movie Quiz Show Herb Stemple was portrayed by John Turturro.

      • Jimmy: That sweet girl from Saved By the Bell? She did a dirty movie!

        Saved by the Bell was a situation comedy set at a high school. Debuting as part of NBC's Saturday morning line-up, it proved popular enough to be moved into prime time. The "sweet girl" Jimmy is talking about is Elizabeth Berkley who played Jessie Spano from 1989-1992. In 1995 she played the lead in the infamous 1995 movie Showgirls, a role in which she spent much of the time either half or wholly naked.

      • Matthew: It was just like that kid show on Nickelodeon.

        The show Matthew is remembering is You Can't Do That on Television. Jimmy James steals two of the running gags from the series for his April Fool's gags, namely: dropping water on any one who says the word "water" and dropping green slime on anyone who says "I don't know".

      • The episode title is named after Led Zeppelin´s album The Song Remains the Same, released in 1976. This album was the soundtrack for a film by the same name that documented the performace of the band at Madison Square Garden in July 1973.

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