The Bedford Diaries

Season 1 Episode 4

Zen and the Art of Manipulation

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Apr 19, 2006 on The WB
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Zen and the Art of Manipulation
Richard has no idea that the older woman in his new relationship is none other than Professor Macklin's ex wife, Katrina. Owen and Natalie volunteer at a psychiatric center and Natalie begins to think differently of him. Meanwhile, all the students are learning about sexual manipulation, both in and out of the seminar.moreless

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  • The class discusses sexual manipulation.

    All in all a pretty good episode. One thing did really irk me though.

    Zoe\'s reference to \"Cro-Magnon showing a little leg for some mastodon stew\" kicks off a debate in class. However, oddly every bit of anthropological detail is wrong. They should have just lucked into something being correct. First \"Cro-Magnon\" refers to European early humans; mastodons were from the Americas. It is likely that meat was given in exchange for sex, but this doesn\'t fit the definition of manipulation. Richard chimes in with cro-magnon being the \"cock of the walk\" until a \"new model\" -- a Neadertal came along. However, Neadertal existed long before Cro-Magnon man. Cro-Magnon would be the \"newer model\". Professor Macklan corrects him in with a matter-of-fact tone declaring that \"Cro-Magnon man and Neadertal man never met.\" -- However, this isn\'t the case; the two species coexisted for many thousands of years. It\'s also worth noting that they mispronounced Neadertal in every usage. As the \'h\' in Neaderthal isn\'t pronounced, and the word has since been changed to Neadertal.moreless
Dagmara Dominczyk

Dagmara Dominczyk


Guest Star

Emma Bell

Emma Bell

Rachel Fein

Guest Star

Tom Mardirosian

Tom Mardirosian

Professor Call

Guest Star

Aasif Mandvi

Aasif Mandvi

Kamil Sharif

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (5)

    • Jake: Hey there, Dean. Mind if I look at your sports section?
      Dean Harold Harper: Be my guest. I haven't touched the New York sports section since they slandered Reggie Miller in '95.
      Jake: Sometimes I think the Knicks are trying to kill me—me, specifically—the way they're playing.

    • Dean Harper: What are you doing here? Aren't you supposed to be on a date?
      Professor Carla Bonatelle: Date's over. Never go out with a man that voted for Ralph Nader. Twice.

    • (At the art gallery):
      Natalie: Funny how Donald Rumsfeld looks a lot more cuddly made of pasta.
      Zoe Lopez: There's something less threatening about him.
      Owen: Let's face it. You put cheese on this guy, he looks downright yummy.

    • Richard: Everything alright?
      Katrina: Jake just text-messaged me. "Sock Monkey."
      Richard: "Sock Monkey"?
      Katrina: It's code.
      Richard: Code for he's sending an army of flying sock monkeys to kill me.

    • (talking about Katrina and Richard)
      Prof. Bonatelle: What if they just like each other?
      Prof. Macklin: Like each other? (pause) I can see him liking her, but her liking him?
      Prof. Bonatelle: She liked you too - once upon a time.

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