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Season 1 Episode 4

Fashion of the Christ

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Aug 29, 2005 on Showtime
8.6
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Nancy gets a rude awakening when her brother-in-law Andy comes for a surprise visit. Doug has an idea for a location for the faux bakery, which Nancy may need more than ever with Andy in the way. While Andy wrecks havoc in the Botwin's lives, Nancy is introduced to "The Candy Man" in order to help meet her customer's needs, and Celia drops a bomb.moreless

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  • Fashion of the Christ

    8.0
    The Good:

    -Uncle Andy presents yet another obstacle for Nancy, but he might also help her with her business too!

    -"...Plus, when she grabbed my dick with her little hand, it looked gigantic."

    -Heylia calls Nancy 'Betty Cracker.'

    The Bad:

    -Celia having cancer seems rather abrupt, and might darken the show too much if the writers cannot balance it. Perhaps she too will become less of an antagonist, and more of an immoral protagonist.moreless
  • The Candy Man Can If You Promise to Exercise

    8.5
    As the Botwins get a visit from their favorite uncle Andy who just came from Alaska and Nancy faces trouble getting her kitchen to herself with his arrival to make more much ordered product. Andy begins selling his new business venture of "Chris died for our sins" shirts even though it was a misprint and Shane gets blamed for it. Andy meanwhile does something online with Shane's girlfriend that shouldn't be spoken of. Apparently we learn how Nancy got into the business as Conrad and him had worked together on at Circuit City. Andy gets more involved in the business and Nancy gets more product from "The Candy Man"moreless
  • One of the Worst of this show...

    6.6
    So here we are once more, This episode was about how the main characters brother comes into town, and this guy was hard to watch. He was not funny, some of the things he did was just wrong. He had Cyper-Sex with a 14 year old girl, that was Nancys son's Girlfriend. Then he finds out that Nancy is a Drug Dealer but before that he almost gets her other boy suspended for selling "Chris Died for my Sins" Shirts with a Stick figure on a cross. Now don't get me wrong I love Christian satire, but the show is going down hill...and it started pretty low.



    "Quote Nevermore"

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  • The whole house is awoken early in the morning by a high pitched alarm, they discover the source in the kitchen, and we are introduced to a new character into the series, that of Uncle Andy to both Silas and Shane, brother in law to Nancy.moreless

    9.7
    Andy is trying to make a surprise breakfast for them all, but he dishes out some small prezzies and then returns to do the cooking.



    I personally think that Andy's introduction is an absolute marvellous idea, his character is family orientated, kind, but at the same time street wise and slightly miscievious. There will be an older male role in the household, and he doubles up as proof of what not to turn out like - LOL.



    One of Andy's downfalls is that he's always after a quick buck, one of them being cashing in on a religious theme with some t-shirts, but the cheap printer used mis-spelt a word. Shane thinks the shirts are cool and wears them to school, later to inform his uncle that everyone wants one.



    Their little operation is nearly busted by the principle, but the matter is handed over to the PTA to deal with, for which Nancy attends, which after seeing her hard work flushed away in the pilot episode, didnt think we would be seeing them again. Celia appears in the last scene, when she dropped a her own personal bombshell to her hubby....moreless
  • Nancy gets a new house guest.

    9.4
    I thought that this was a good episode depite the fact that the new charcter in the episode i found to be a little annoying. I think that if I was Nancy I would have kicked him out the minute he woke everyone up but I can understand that she probably wants to have some type of male role model in her kids life but he just seems wrong to me. I thought that it was really funny that ndy was iming Megan while Silas was at school and got caught by Silas. I still can not believe that Conrad was friends with Andy.moreless
David Doty

David Doty

Principal Dodge

Guest Star

Jane Lynch

Jane Lynch

The Candyman

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Shawn Schepps

Shawn Schepps

Alison

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Tressa DiFiglia

Tressa DiFiglia

Maggie

Recurring Role

Becky Thyre

Becky Thyre

Pam

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Shoshannah Stern

Shoshannah Stern

Megan

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Andy is sitting at Silas' computer, he is smoking weed in a bong. A bong, or water pipe is a device used to smoke pot. The bong allows for the smoke to cool and for a larger amount of smoke to be inhaled quickly, thus providing a stronger, faster high. The word is derived from the Thai word "baung", which translated means a cut off piece of bamboo.

    • Silas' AIM name is silbot.

    • Megan's AIM name is Megan89.

    • The name of the airline that accidentically dropped the Coca-cola on the Hodes home is South Bay Air Freight.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Andy: How about some baked ziti, pot roast and some hash browns?

    • Shane: Fire! Fire! Mom, what are you doing, there's a fire!
      Nancy: If there's a fire, I'll run. OK? Otherwise, I'm going to bash in the smoke alarm with a broom handle.

    • Silas: So how was Alaska?
      Andy: Alaska was so beautiful. In the summer you could party all night, then it got dark and I met this psycho girl that tried to bring me up on charges.

    • Nancy: Guest room!? Guest Room?
      Andy: I guess I could sleep with Lupita... I do like the fiery Latinas.
      Lupita: (in disgust) Urgh.
      Andy: Know this Lupita, until you learn to love me, I've got enough love for both of us.

    • Silas: (referring to the HipTop Andy just gave him) Does it really work?
      Andy: Yeah, for about another three weeks, then you'll want to scratch off the serial number and get a new service plan.

    • Silas: (reading a t-shirt) "Chris died for your sins". Is that a joke?
      Andy: Yeah, on me. That's what happens when you outsource to fucking Malaysia. 8 year olds in a sweat shop can't spell for shit. See, I was trying to jump on board the whole "Red State Jesus" thing - the fashion of the Christ and I end up with 3,000 of these (pointing to the t-shirt). Cause if there's one thing I've learned with the Christ crowd - totally no sense of humor. Should have gone after the Jew market. At least we can take a joke.

    • Heylia: Baby, it's the early bird gets the worm, not the weed. You need to read up on your Bartlett's.

    • Heylia: Want some oatmeal?
      Nancy: No, Andy made eggs Florentine
      Heylia: Andy? When that fancy cookin' trouble get back into town?
      Nancy: This morning. I woke up... and there he was.
      Heylia: Hmmm. Sorta like crotch crabs, but not as treatable huh?

    • Doug: I tried to spread the word. I eat here every day - invited people. Oh, it's too ethnic. Oh, it's it's it's too spicy. Oh, those people don't wash their hands. What the fuck is wrong with these morons who'll go to... wait an hour to in line for some fuckin' crappy Olive Garden and let a treasure like this go out of business? I can't take it.
      Nancy: Doug, why are we here?
      Doug: Did you taste the Saag Aloo? It's to die for and then be re-incarnated and then die again. Why aren't you eating?
      Nancy: I told you I ate already.
      Doug: Where?
      Nancy: The Olive Garden
      Doug: I wouldn't take a dump in the Olive Garden.
      Nancy: I like the hot artichoke spinach dip.
      Doug: I can't even look at you.
      Nancy: OK, enough, enough. I'm sure the Saag Aloo is is is delicious. (takes a taste of it with her finger) Wow, that's incredible.
      Doug: Tell me that doesn't kick your artichoke dips ass!

    • Andy: (suggesting new t-shirt ideas) Hey! Hey, what do you like better? "Jesus Say Relax", or "I'm Too Sexy For My lord"?
      Nancy: How 'bout "Asshole Ditched My 10-year Old"?
      Andy: I admit it, I panicked. That guy had a whistle.

    • Nancy: (referring to Shane)They wanted to suspend him
      Andy For what? If Shane wants to belive in "Chris" and they try and suspend him for it... woah, that's freedom of religion. That's like the first commandment, we could nail them on that.

    • Nancy: Religious bullshit aside, you don't want to know how far I had to crawl up the principle's ass, just to keep you two out of trouble. Not to mention the unbelievable amount of shit I'm gonna get from those hypo-Christian bitch mom's tomorrow.

    • Candy Man: You getting any exercise?
      Nancy: Excuse me?
      Candy Man: If you're not committed to personal fitness, I can't in good conscious sell to you.
      Nancy: I wouldn't say that Heylia is in the best shape.
      Candy Man: Heylia is a lazy fat-fat and I'm hoping to put her into a diabetic coma, so I have no problems selling to her.

    • Nancy: You know, I'm not buying for personal use.
      Candy Man: Are your customers just a bunch of fatty-mc-fat-fats?
      Nancy: Well, they're smokers... but it stands to reason that if they eat, rather than smoke, they should be able to breathe easier should they decide to exercise.
      Candy Man: That's a reasonable assumption.

    • Andy: Oh man, you smell really good.
      Conrad: You better get the fuck off me dude, what's wrong with you?
      Andy: What? Can't a straight man admire the stink of another handsome straight man?
      Conrad: Not unless you're in prison. Is that where you've been?
      Andy: Close. Alaska.

    • Andy: What about you, what you been up to?
      Conrad: Same old, same old dude. Just dealin', growin', doin' a little Pilates.
      Andy: No!
      Conrad: I love that shit man. Stretch you out dude, it give you power, make you feel good as hell.
      Andy: Hot instructor.
      Conrad: Ass like a peach. You just want to bite that shit.
      Andy: Nice... nice.

    • Andy: You're surrounded by the enemy. The enemy inches closer... closer... then when they are just inches away you invoke the "Dong High" defense.
      Shane: What's that?
      Andy: (grabbing his crotch) You protect your dong and you (swinging a pair of nunchaku over his head) swing it like your life depended on it.

    • Andy: She doesn't look deaf. She can't hear anything?
      Silas: That's what deaf means.
      Andy: Man, how did you get so smart, at what, 16? It took me years to learn that slightly defective chicks are the way to go. I once went out with this girl with a baby arm. Insane in the sack. Plus when she grabbed my dick with her little hand it looked gigantic.

    • Nancy: I've got 17 food orders to fill.
      Heylia: Ooooh. Listen to Betty Cracker.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Germany: April 25, 2007 on ProSieben

    • Credited but not exactly right:
      Gregory Bubb (A Camera Operator)
      Ron Egozi (B Camera Operator)
      Susan Lehane (Key Make-Up Artist)
      Jill Crosby (Key Hairstylist)
      Linda Huse (Costume Supervisor)
      Wayne Rose (Special Effects Coordinator)
      Amine Ramer (Music Supervisor)

    • Crew for this episode with a missing name or unavailable credit:
      Lisa I. Vinnecour (Associate Producer)
      Julie Bolder (Set Decorator)
      Mark Powell (Construction Coordinator)
      Paul Boydston (Location Manager)
      David Lee Chief (Lighting Technician)
      Ryan Sheridan (Digital Imaging Technician)
      Ladonna Conard (Production Accountant)
      Joel Renfro (Transporation Coordinator)
      Karen Castaneda (Assistant Editor)
      Christopher Noxon (Music Consultant)
      John Kincade (Sound Supervisor)
      Ted Brady (Final Colorist)

    • This is the first appearance of Justin Kirk (Andy Botwin) on the show. Justin Kirk and Mary-Louise Parker both acted together previously in the HBO hit mini-series Angels in America.

    • Music Featured In The Episode:
      "When We Were Young" by Calahan(Andy enters Silas' room)
      "Blood" by Sons and Daughters (Silas and Megan till Coke bomb)
      "Coffee's Cold" by Abigail Washburn(End credits)

  • ALLUSIONS (22)

    • Andy: (Referring to Silas' relationship with Megan) You know why? Because you're afraid to make all the big moves because she's all handicapped and **** But that's what you've got to learn buddy, you've got to treat them like everybody else and then they pop right open like a can of Pringles. Pringles is the brand name for a potato chip which comes in a can, instead of a bag. The chips, or "crips" are made to a uniform shape, so they stack easily in the can. Made by Procter & Gamble, the chips were first introduced in 1968 and they use the advertising slogan, "Once you pop, you can't stop".

    • Heylia: You got my money, boy genius?

      When Heylia says this she is reffering to Nickelodeon's Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius an animated series about a boy genius.

    • Andy: Come on Nancy Pantsie, I'm making eggs Florentine.

      Eggs Florentine is a classic breakfast dish. It's made with a layer of spinach and poached eggs and then topped with a cheese sauce.

    • When Andy gives everyone gifts, he gives Silas a Danger HipTop. A HipTop is a brand name for the PDA/Smartphone created by Danger, Inc, which was founded by Steve Wozniak who co-founded Apple Computers in the 1970s. The Danger HipTop is a mobile phone, but with a data centric focus. You can send and receive Email, SMS, Instant Messaging as well as surf the web. It also allows you to manage your personal information (Calendar, Address Book, Notes, etc.) and play games. T-Mobile markets the device as the "SideKick".

    • When Andy is passing out gifts, he gives Shane the martial arts weapon known as nunchaku. After the 1970's Bruce Lee movies, nunchaku, or nunchucks as they are known in the US, became very popular as a martial arts weapon, despite the fact that martial arts experts consider it a limited weapon prone to inflicting damage on the wielder. Nunchaku consist of two sticks connected at one end by a rope or a chain.

    • Andy: Hey buddy, what cha doing?
      Silas: Just IM-ing my girlfriend.

      Silas is referring to Instant Messaging, which is when you use a computer program to have a text-based conversation. Since Megan is deaf, she and Silas use instant messaging for a lot of their conversations. Instant messaging requires that each use use a "client program" to connect to an IM service in order to chat and it differs from e-mail in that the conversation is happening in real-time. Popular IM services include: MSN Messenger, AOL Instant Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, Google Talk, Jabber and ICQ.

    • Andy: See, I was trying to jump on board the whole "Red State Jesus" thing - the fashion of the Christ and I end up with 3,000 of these (pointing to the t-shirt).

      Andy is referring to a popular term coined during the 2000 and 2004 U.S. Presidential elections, which referred to those U.S. States whose residents predominately voted for a particular part. The Red States are those that voted Republican. Andy is also referring to the Christian Right, which is a conservative Christian political and social movement and organization. He's basically saying that this was his target demographic for his t-shirts.

    • Heylia: Baby, it's the early bird gets the worm, not the weed. You need to read up on your Bartlett's.

      Heylia is referring to Bartlett's Familiar Quotations. Originally published in 1855, Bartlett's (as it is commonly called) is a collection of familiar quotations. The book sorts entries by author and enters them chronologically, not alphabetically. It is considered to be one of the premier book of quotations. The specific quotation that Heylia uses is not attributed to anyone in particular, it is considered an American Proverb.

    • Nancy: How did Conrad and Andy meet? You know I never got a straight answer from either one of them.
      Vaneeta: They worked at Circuit City together. Got caught stealing together. Got fired together. (snickers) They go way back.

      Circuit City was founded in 1949 as Wards, in Richmond, Virginia. Back then they were one of the first retail television stores. In 2008 they closed about 1/3 of their stores and in 2009 they announced they were out of business.

    • Nancy: Who am I calling?
      Heylia: The Candy Man (giggles).

      This is a reference to the song made famous by the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Candy Man. Written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, the song gained and even wider popularity when it was performed by Sammy Davis Jr. The song quickly became one of Mr. Davis' signature songs.

    • Nancy: I told you I ate already.
      Doug: Where?
      Nancy: The Olive Garden

      The Olive Garden is a popular chain of Italian restaurants owned by "the world's largest casual dining restaurant company" Darden Restaurants, Inc. Darden owns approximately 1,400 Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Bahama Breeze, Smokey Bones Barbeque & Grill and Seasons 52 restaurants in North America.

    • Doug: Did you taste the Saag Aloo? It's to die for and then be re-incarnated and then die again. Why aren't you eating?

      Saag Aloo is an Indian dish made with spinach, potatoes, onions and Indian spices which include ground asafetida, black mustard seeds and cayenne pepper.

    • Andy: Hey! Hey, what do you like better? "Jesus Say Relax", or "I"m Too Sexy For My lord"?

      Andy is referring to t-shirt slogans used in by two dance pop bands that most consider one-hit wonders. The pop group Frankie Goes To Hollywood had t-shirts that read "Frankie Says... Relax", which was part of their huge marketing campaign for their first single "Relax". The second slogan is based on the popular phrase coined by the group Right Said Fred for their massive single, "Too Sexy". The t-shirt slogan they used came from a line in the song, which was "I'm Too Sexy For This Shirt".

    • Andy For what? If Shane wants to believe in "Chris" and they try and suspend him for it... woah, that's freedom of religion. That's like the first commandment, we could nail them on that.

      Although Andy calls it the "First Commandment", what he's trying to refer to is the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. As part of the Bill Of Rights, the document prevents Congress from infringing on a total of six rights. The document was proposed by Congress in 1789 and ratified by the States in 1791.

      Specifically, the First Amendment states "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

    • Heylia Great, Dumb and Dumber reunited.

      Heylia is referring to the 1994 film Dumb and Dumber, staring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. The movie is about two dolts who take a cross-country adventures to return a suitcase full of money. This movie also established Carey as a box-office staple.

    • Conrad: Same old, same old dude. Just dealin', growin', doin' a little pilates.

      Pilates is a method of physical fitness that was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. Pilates consists of over 500 exercises that focus on strengthening your "powerhouse", which is your abdomen, lower back, and buttocks. More recently, Pilates has become a popular fitness craze and many stars have attributed their successful weight loss and sculpted muscle tone to this form of exercise.

    • Andy: (referring to Silas' relationship with Megan) You know why? Because you're afraid to make all the big moves because she's all handicapped and shit. But that's what you've got to learn buddy, you've got to treat them like everybody else and then they pop right open like a can of Pringles.

      Pringles is the brand name for a pototo chip which comes in a can, instead of a bag. The chips, or "crips" are made to a uniform shape, so they stack easily in the can. Made by Procter & Gamble, the chips were first introduced in 1968 and they use the advertising slogan, "Once you pop, you can't stop".

    • Andy: Don't want to hear my menu? Cause I got some really great recipes over at my friend Conrad's joint... earlier... today. Pot roast, um Corned Beef hash. Tonight though, I'm going to go Italian with a little Baked Ziti and a big plate of spaghetti marijuana, I mean marinara.

      Andy is using slang and changing the names of the dishes to refer to marijuana. Joint, pot and Hash are all slang terms for Marijuana. Baked is a term for someone that is very stoned on Marijuana.

    • The name of the Indian restaurant that Doug suggests Nancy buy as a location for her pot bakery is Love Me Tandoor. This is an obvious homage to the song "Love Me Tender", made famous by Elvis Presley in the film by the same name.

    • Episode Title: The Passion of the Christ is a 2004 Mel Gibson film about the last twelve hours of the life of Jesus Christ. The film's dialouge was in Latin, Hebrew, and Aramaic. It was considered to be a very graphic and gory film.

    • Heylia: Ooooh. Listen to Betty Cracker.

      This is a reference to Betty Crocker and although Betty Crocker is an invented character created by General Mills, she represents the quintessential suburban cook that many suburban wives strive to be. This ideal was more popular in previous generations.

    • Pilates: "A physical fitness system that was developed in the early 20th century by German American Joseph Pilates. Well it entails performing precise movements requiring proper control and form. It's kinda like yoga. The human body itself is kinda used like a weight, you know you train, but the goal is building up strength and flexibility without focus on high power cardiovascular exercise. Core strength baby, core strength." By Tonye Patano from the Sho.com website.

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