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Season 1 Episode 7

Every Doris Has Her Day

Aired Sunday 12:00 AM Jun 01, 1994 on FOX
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Every Doris Has Her Day
Jay is given two tickets to a new play based on The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He tries to find a date but no woman will go with him so he goes with Doris instead. Surprisingly, Jay and Doris have a good time and their relationship eventually blossoms. One day, Doris recalls she has a son she put up for adoption. Jay mentions he is adopted and both start to think they are biological mother and son and must find more evidence.moreless

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    • TRIVIA (4)

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Hunchback: This performance was sponsored by Toyota: the hatchback fit for a hunchback!

      • Jay: (singing while riding a bike) It won't be a stylish marriage.
        Doris: (singing while riding a bike) Watch out for that carriage.
        Jay: That's not the lyric. (crashes into the horse carriage) AAAAAAHH! (lands on the ground and moaning in pain) Ooohhhh...

      • Doris: I guess the test results say I'm not your mother.
        Jay: Yeah, but it also says that I have a virus only found in pigs, and I mustn't reproduce, and blah blah blah blah, you know these tests, they're always wrong.

      • Duke: (about his new movie) Do you know how much it costs to get Saddam Hussein to play himself?

      • (Duke wants Jay to give his bad movie a good review)
        Duke: Remember that time I let you use my condo? Well, the showerhead was really a camera.
        Jay: Oh, big deal. So I was naked. I was singing.
        Duke: And eating a pie!
        (Cut to Jay singing in the shower)
        Jay: (to "That's Amore") When the moon hits your eye like a big apple pie, that's amore!
        (Jay gobbles the pie)

    • NOTES (2)

      • This episode was inspired by the movie Harold and Maude.

      • Opening & Closing Gags
        Phone Call: "Hi, Jay! I'm the winner of the Jay Sherman look-a-like contest--well, one of my heads is."
        Movie Parody: Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers (Jurassic Park)
        Response to Usher: "But I have nowhere to go."

    • ALLUSIONS (6)

      • When Jay says he's having a "heart attack-ack-ack-ack-ack-ack", he's echoing a line from Billy Joel's song, "Moving Out (Anthony's Song)".

      • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
        Jay and Doris see a play titled The Hunchback. This is a clear reference to the 1831 French novel written by Victor Hugo titled The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

      • Deliverance
        Jay makes a reference to "my ill-conceived canoe trip through hillbilly country". This is an allusion to the 1972 movie, Deliverance.

      • Little Shop of Horrors
        In the flashback to the orphanage, Jay is shown reaching toward Franklin and Eleanor and saying (in a deep voice) "Feed me!" This is an allusion to AudreyII, the man-eating plant, in the 1986 film Little Shop of Horrors, which constantly demands "Feed me!" in a guttural voice.

      • The Phantom of the Opera
        The play that Jay and Doris go to see, The Hunchback, is in the style of Andrew Lloyd Weber's The Phantom of the Opera. In fact, when the bell is lowered into the audience, this is a direct reference to the lowering of the chandelier into the audience in POTO.

      • The Birds
        After Jay and Doris rose up from the parkbench because of the condors, they walk past a climbing frame . The scene is a homage to Hitchcock's 1963 film, The Birds.