Season 1 Episode 6

Pole-Dancing Toddler

Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Mar 30, 2008 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Pole-Dancing Toddler
Gator goes out with a neighbor and animal-rights activist. Meanwhile Kate goes out with an exterminator. Tommy gives Freddy some driving lessons.

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  • OK... they're back. After a rather disappointing double episode on Easter Sunday, the show has returned to its former, if somewhat abbreviated, glory.

    Last week's Nielsen numbers were abyssmal... however, a closer check shows that all shows including the lead-in Simpsons and the FamGuy episode in between the two Unhitched offerings (as well as every other network's) numbers were way down. Guess it was movie night.

    In this one, we start off with Freddy's seemingly innocent opera date servicing the police officers that stop her for speeding at the drop of a hat. The background sirens were used superbly. Tommy and Freddy diagnose Gator and Kate's dating woes in a very funny little exchange.

    The loose rat getting accidentally trapped in the microwave (this created quite a controversy with the Humane Society) and the ensuing quandry was 'cooked' to perfection (this is a must see scene - before and after the oven bell goes off).

    That Gator is interested in the animal-activist owner and tries to take her to a Lobster dinner during an animal-rights protest, is just the kind of 'absence-of-malice' type of humor we used to get with the hard-hearted, Seinfeld clan - just more up to date.

    Tommy is teaching Freddy how to drive as a back-story comes full circle, and Gator and Kate's dating problems escalate when their two new hook-ups have much more in common with each other than our erstwhile stars. Tommy seals the deal with his usual 'quasi-sociopathic' aplomb.

    This episode has most of the qualities that we were looking for in our never-ending search for a Seinfeld/Friends replacement - and with some snappy writing and dialogue to boot. Hope it's not too late for this show to re-group from it's lack-luster numbers. There's an audience out there if they would stop rejecting everything that remotely reminds them of some of their all-time favorites.

    If you want to wait for another ratings comedy bombshell in complete darkness, be my guest. I'd rather watch some funny TV sitcoms in the interim.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396
      When Tommy gives Freddy his first driving lesson, he takes him out in his 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 metallic blue convertible with a double white racing stripe on the hood.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Freddy: (taking his first driving lesson) I just want to get safely from point A to point B.
      Tommy: Remember... you're doing this for the ladies. I'm getting you from point A to (gestures downward) point "V".

    • Gator: (shocked, staring, after microwaving a rat trapped in the oven) That was the longest nine minutes of my life.
      Tommy: Gotta hand it to him... the little guy was a fighter.

    • Debra: (after sex with a police officer to avoid a speeding ticket): Whew, they let me off with a warning.
      Freddy: Well, the important thing is, you got 'off'.

    • Tommy: Seriously, Gator. It's like you're fishing in this tiny little pond... and, Kate, you're dating inside this tiny little box... and there's this whole big world out there.
      Freddy: (naively) So, you're saying... 'Gator, you have to watch where you dip your rod... and, Kate, you have to have your box widened'.
      Kate: Anyone want some tea?

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Airdates:
      - Denmark: July 17, 2008 on TV3

    • Humane Society
      The controversy that started at the premiere screening of this episode, and was referenced in the disclaimer at the start of the show, is cleared up by the American Humane Society with a review of this episode at their web site.

    • Animal Cruelty Disclaimer
      At the beginning of this episode, there is a disclaimer that reads: 'No Rats were hurt during the making of this episode. In fact, several were invited to the wrap party. For more information go to www.AmericanHumane.org'.