The New Adventures of Old Christine

Season 1 Episode 12

Some of my Best Friends Are Portuguese

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM May 22, 2006 on CBS
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Christine thinks she's finally met another mother just like her at Ritchie's school. When she finds out what she actually does for a living, it leads to yet another humiliation for Christine in front of the 'meanie moms.'

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  • This is just sad.

    This is the perfect illustration of the Moronic Imbecils Americans generally are. They havent got a clue of anything further than their nose tips,

    This episode would make sense if the people portrayed were the American people.

    Portugal has toilet seats with more History than that mediocre, selfish, indecent country of yours.

    Go read some books, and maybe you will be able to find that the american continent was discovered by the Portuguese, and that later on the first great american acomplishment was the decimation of the original and true Americans, a rich people with a real culture.

    Like the other guy said, America is like a virus. Its a desease...

  • Christine's son must do a project about Portugal. Neither she nor her friends know anything about that country,so they improvise. She dresses the child in a serape gives him a box of raisin bran )main export) aand tells him to look Portuguese. She meetsmoreless

    Being of Portuguese descent I find this episode offensive. My grandparents did not wear serapes,knew they were not Spanish,and knew they were Lusos and proud of it. They did not live on farms where bran cereal with raisins,was raised. They were fishermen,carpenters,and my grandmothers were midwives and talented cooks for the wealthy,and were not whores. Looks like we are the new fair game for bigots,Italians cannot be portrayed only as Mafioso,Irish as drunkards,Poles as stupid,French as immoral,British as snobs with bad teeth and so on. I am sure Meredith Vieira Nellie Furtado and othe Portuguese women were insulted by Ms Louie-Dryfuss and her writers. I know I was. Portugal is not "the suckiest country". Portugal's people are talented hard workers devout to their faith and we made the maps for Columbus,circumnavigated the globe before the others rounded the Cape of Good Hope,and gave Japan Tempura and our Obrigardo was the root for the Japanese word for thanks.moreless
  • Very good and funny episode, but really offensive to the Portuguese.

    I'm starting to love this show. I missed wathcing a sitcom that was funny and simple, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus is an exceptional actress, really well-deserved Emmy she got this year for 'Old Christine'. This episode shows the usual witty humor as Christine has more problems with the mean moms of Ritchie's school. When she finally meets a 'normal' mom, she finds out she's actually Marly's maid. The whole storyline was really funny, and Christine helping Belinda out being a maid to the other moms was hilarious. But the fact that they explored the fact of Belinda being Portuguese as one of the reasons why Christine wouldn't want to be her friend was ridiculous. The remark about how even Portuguese people think they're Spanish was painful to watch. I'm Brazilian and I've been to Portugal twice, it's a country with a wonderful country and amazing history. It's because of things like this that nowadays there are so many people criticizing americans worldwide.

    Great show, just let go of these kind of remarks.moreless
  • Good episode!

    The New Adventures Of Old Christine brings the return of Seinfeld's Elaine! The episode had some very funny moments and overall entertaning. However the show has some kinks to work out and is still having trouble finding its footing but overall I was pleased with my half hour of comedy and I just love a laugh so it was enjoyable!
  • I am Portuguese and I resent the quote that we do not know we are not Spanish. This reveals a total lack of knowledge about my country and is very offensive. My country has got the oldest defined frontiers in the world and a very ancient history.moreless

    Portugal's frontiers have been defined since the south of the country was conquered to the Moorish people by Christians, in the XIII century. Portugal is beautiful; not only for its landscape, its architecture, but also the beautiful sea that surrounds most of the country. We have great weather, great food and great beaches.

    Portuguese women are beautiful (just think of Nelly F., who has got Portuguese nationality, apart from Canadian - her parents are both Portuguese). Portuguese man are hot (just think of the quote in a "Friends" episode, when Chandler tells Monica he knows she would like to swing with a Portuguese couple).

    Our country has got the best of past times and the best of present times. Portuguese people found out the maritime way to India and Brazil, just to name some of our accomplishments. Nowadays, we are a XXI century country, where democracy and freedom are respected values, and we have lived in peace for many years.

    We are friendly neighbors to the Spanish, yes, but we were never Spanish, and in no possible way we think we are. America is a baby country - ours was crated in 1143. We know what we are. We are not confused.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (8)

    • Christine: She's a very nice person. A nice, Portuguese person.
      Richard: That is a weird coincidence.
      Christine: Right? It's like you don't hear about Portugal for thirty years and then suddenly, you can't get away from it.

    • Christine: Why are you here?
      Richard: I took Ritchie and Matthew to the batting cages. I think he's been feeling a little neglected since the divorce.
      Christine: Ritchie has?
      Richard: No. Surprisingly, Matthew. But he almost hit the ball today.
      Christine: Matthew?
      Richard: No. Surprisingly, Ritchie.

    • Christine: I like her, she's a good person.
      Richard: Good for you. You could use a friend, especially one who cleans.
      Matthew: Do you think you could find one who cooks? I haven't had a homemade meal in, like, a year and a half.

    • Christine: Do you ever let your armpit hair grow, just to see how long it can get?
      Belinda: Ew, no. Do you?
      Christine: Nooo...

    • Christine: Belinda is not feeling well. She's lying down. Probably. By now.

    • Christine: Nobody knows what Portugal looks like. Even the Portuguese think they live in Spain.

    • Christine: Well, I'm leaving. I want to thank you for a particularly humiliating afternoon.
      Belinda: Are you mad at me?
      Christine: Mad at you? Oh no, that was great. I don't know which part was my favorite: serving drinks to the "Meanie Moms" or watching Marly's husband massage your gums with his tongue.
      Belinda: I know. I'm sorry. I should have locked the door.
      Christine: Yeah, that's pretty much the only thing that was wrong with it. You know, I'm not Marly's biggest fan but she really doesn't deserve this.
      Belinda: I know. It's wrong, but I hope that you and I can still be friends.
      Christine: Yeah, I don't think so.
      Belinda: Why, because I'm Portuguese? Because I'm a maid?
      Christine: Ah, no, it's because, well, you're kind of a whore.

    • Beth: Would you see if there's any bubble water in the fridge?
      Christine: Yes, for you, a thousand times yes.
      Beth:...Thank you.
      Christine: No, that's a line... umm... from the book. It's a -- it's the -- the famous line from the book? I'll be right back with your water.

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