Radio Free Roscoe

Season 2 Episode 25

Dance Around the Truth

Aired Friday 12:00 AM May 27, 2005 on Black Family Channel

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  • Another typical atypical day at RFR. Travis (alter ego, Smog) atempts to make Parker & the RFR gang believe he is still in love with old girlfreind instead of telling them the truth-- he is returning to hong Kong at the end of the school year.

    As is with most RFR epesodes almost any review becomes a spoiler.

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    Travis' (alter ego Smog) acting surrounding the infomous telephone call from his parents was weak and unbeleivable. This may have been deliberate in order to give the audiance foresight into what was to come.
  • Another typical atypical episode.

    Dance Around The Truth is another excellent episode that goes against the rules of typical television.

    In any other series, an episode won’t have several themes and storylines interwoven so harmoniously that they become one solid plot. Perhaps it’s considered too difficult to do.

    Still, the writers of this episode address first loves, break-ups, moving on, Travis possibly leaving, consequences of his departure, looking for new love, and what makes a good relationship in 21 minutes and it works.

    When a TV relationship involving a main character is heralded as perfect and pure, it’s usually crushed with little or no hope remaining by the end of the episode. R.F.R. dares to be different. Travis and Parker are perhaps closer because he's leaving. He lies to protect her and she- doing precisely what a secondary character in a conflict situation never does- actually gives him a chance to come clean and listens to him. Parker even forgives him instead of drawing out his torture for two episodes, as would be done on other series.

    Fortunately, that’s not the only way this episode is unique. Usually the possible departure of a main character is saved for the beginning of the season finale to build up tension and threaten a cliffhanger. Just look at NCIS, CSI or Friends. These are shows that would never have the guts to go against tradition. Their writers wouldn’t show R.F.R. functioning so well without Travis. Lily would be frantically pushing buttons. Viewers would hear wild static like in All Or Nothing. Instead, Robbie says the show sucked and Travis corrects the equipment in the booth after the broadcast.

    Another refreshing change is Robbie’s storyline. When a main character finally decides to move on from his first love, he generally dates someone else for at least one whole episode and then, at the most inopportune time, his first love returns. Robbie, however, decides to move on, remarks about wanting someone different from his first love and then, unknowingly, hits on Kim. Robbie was shown to be a great guy by trying to help Grace and Parker, and it’s nice Kim’s back. On a lesser series, she would be in Paris until Robbie had dated Megan for awhile.

    That's just the way television is.

    The Lily and River situation is a welcome surprise too. There is a riff between the "cool hot and sexy" secondary character and the suddenly cool main character who may still carry a torch for another main character. This is classic television, just look at Paulo, Rachel and Ross from Friends. But R.F.R. follows the beat of its own drum. River shows he truly cares for Lily by composing and performing a dorky ditty for her. Their relationship remains solid and they seem like a great pair again.

    Perhaps the greatest shock is the fight between Grace and Lily. It never happens despite many television shows suggesting snippy quips, finger-waggling and/or hurt feelings during the confrontation are obligatory. Rather, viewers are treated to compliments and assurances that Lily doesn't return Ray's affection. Heck, they're still on good terms when she dumps Ray.

    And there are no cliché major blow-ups. Neither of the two break-ups in the episode involves objects being thrown at people, uncontrollable bawling or lots of yelling. These are tired television staples. It seems the writers and actors want these characters to be real people.

    Inside-jokes make the episode even better. Ray jokes about tuba players when Nathan Carter can play the tuba. River doesn't like even temporary tattoos but in real life Steve Belford has a tattoo on his right upper bicep.

    With outstanding writing and acting and a wonderful blend of humour and drama like this, it's a wonder this show can be cancelled.

    Dance Around The Truth furthers Radio Free Roscoe's rise above predictable television.