Robson Arms

Season 2 Episode 8

Misery, Inc.

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Aired Friday 10:30 PM Mar 17, 2007 on CTV
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Misery, Inc.
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Sault is looking for a job, and takes some temp work to help make ends meet; she meets Perry, her perfect soulmate... or maybe just her perfect sarcasm-mate. Perry tries to get Sault to stay on at his company full time, and things turn nasty when she wants him to leave with her instead.moreless

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • (dinner at Sault's place)
        Stanley: What, is this a joke too?
        Perry: No, it's spinach.
        Stanley: Sault knows it's my specialty.
        Perry: So, what, you have a copyright on all things spinach?
        Stanley: I have never once shared my recipe, though some have tried to steal it.

        In the first season episode The Recipe, Sault enlists Nick's help in stealing Stanley's spinach dish recipe after he refused to give it to her when she asked for it. Neither Stanley nor Geoff were aware that Nick found the recipe in a magazine in their apartment.

    • QUOTES (9)

      • Geoff: Looks like freelancing is treating you well.
        Sault: Yeah, I've got a bid in to write copy for Harvey Softwood Products. They cut down the trees, and they use them to print brochures. Symbiosis at its best.

      • (at Strategic Consolidated; Sault is on her cell phone, checking on the status of her freelance proposal)
        Sault: Just so you know, I'm excited to jump on board whenever you're ready, just any time, just say the word, and I'll... (she turns and sees Perry standing in the doorway) Anyway, you have my number, gotta go! (to Perry) It's my friend, Nick. He's high all the time, and lately he's been hallucinating about some crazy business deal...

      • (Perry offers Sault half of his sandwich)
        Sault: This tastes like ass!
        Perry: Exactly. It took me a while to perfect this; but a combination of tuna and coffee creates the ultimate bad breath. Keeps the co-workers from talking to me all afternoon. I call it 'Eau de Bureau.'
        Sault: More like, 'Afternoon in Saskatoon'!

      • Sault: I tell you, the place is a wealth of human atrocity. Not 'has beens'; we're talking 'never weres'.
        Perry: Yes, bring us your flabby...
        Sault: Your aimless...
        Perry: Your under-achieving sad-sacks...
        Stanley: Right. And you're there collating documents.
        Sault: Temporarily.
        Stanley: Don't they have a machine for that?

      • Perry: You're like one of those alien babes on Star Trek.
        Sault: Alien babe... is that a compliment?
        Perry: Would you prefer if I hauled out some cheesy line like 'you complete me'?
        Sault: Maybe. Unless you've got something better.
        Perry: You are one hell of a sexy beast.

      • Sault: You turn that frown upside-down. With Perry's help, I may be able to slide from temp to perm.
        Geoff: Oh, in that corporate hell you guys were slamming last night?
        Sault: It's an option... if all else fails.
        Geoff: Nothing else could fail that badly. You know you can do better.

      • Sault: Perry and I get to see each other 24 hours a day. Like they say, you can never get too much of a good thing.
        Stanley: You and Perry are a good thing?
        Sault: Just 'cause you're washing socks instead of sheets...

      • Stanley: Oh, right. I'm sure the two of you talk about deep things like... how ridiculous Gandhi looked in that diaper get-up.
        Sault: Like you and Geoff haven't dissed Gandhi.
        Stanley: We haven't. Just as we've never kicked a crippled dog, or told a new mother her baby's ugly, or compromised our life plans for the sake of an easy out.
        Sault: I've never kicked a crippled dog.

      • Sault: I don't want to be miserable. I want to be happy.
        Perry: Sault, you're old enough to know; happy endings only come from massage parlours.

    • NOTES (2)

    • ALLUSIONS (6)

      • (Perry comes out of the men's room; he introduces himself to Sault and holds out his hand to shake)
        Perry: Ah, I know what you're thinking; he just came out of the can. What are the chances that he washed his hands?
        Sault: Most people don't.
        Perry: Well, you have to ask yourself, do you feel lucky? Well, do you?

        Perry's speech mirrors the speech that Clint Eastwood makes in Dirty Harry (1971); after a gun battle, Harry has his gun pointed at the bad guy, and says, "I know what you're thinking. "Did he fire six shots or only five?" Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself a question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?"

      • (in the stock room at Strategic Consolidated)
        Perry: Well, go on; take whatever you want, and stick it to the man!
        Sault: I could use this. (she picks up a stapler)

        The stapler that Sault picks up is a red Swingline stapler. This was brand and colour stapler was featured in the movie Office Space (1999). The character Milton Waddams, played by Stephen Root, had an unnatural attachment to his red Swingline stapler, and would become very upset if anyone took it.

      • (about the spinach dish, to Stanley)
        Perry: Come on, dude, it's a low-rent vegetable, and you're trying to attach ego to it. I mean, who are you, Popeye?

        Popeye is a comic book character created by Elzie Crisler Segar, who first appeared in the King Features comic strip Thimble Theater in January, 1929. Popeye was a sailor who was very strong, but gained super-human strength after eating spinach; this allowed him to defeat the bad guys.

      • Perry: You can't quit. You complete me. You had me at...
        Sault: ...Don't say 'hello.'
        Perry: You see? You knew what I was going to say.

        Both the lines "You complete me" and "You had me at 'hello'" are from the 1996 movie Jerry Maguire; Tom Cruise tells Renee Zellweger that she completes him, and near the end of the movie, after a lenghty emotional speech, Renee tells Tom that he had her at 'hello'.

      • (as Sault leaves)
        Perry: So she gets up and walks out with her dignity. (he begins to clap) And the Gemini goes to...

        Gemini Awards are Canadian awards celebrating excellence in English-language television, similar to the American Emmy Awards.

      • The final scene in which Sault pulls off her wig and throws it in the air is an allusion to the opening sequence of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, in which Mary, who had just moved to a new town, and was scared but filled with hope, pulls off her hat and throws it into the air.

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