Season 1 Episode 11

Cocktail Bunny

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jul 25, 2004 on FOX
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  • Episode Summary

    Cocktail Bunny

    As Eric and Heidi's marriage tries to get back on track, Jaye spirals wildly out of control as the muses convince her that she must "Save Him From Her", save him from the fact that someone is going to murder him. To deal with things, she visits the family's therapist.


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    • When the animals command Jaye to \"save him from her,\" Jaye may need saving herself.

      Jaye\'s life is crashing down all around her: Eric married the Heidi-Ho (again), her mother is forcing her back into therapy with Dr. Ron, and now the animals have done what appears to be an about-face by telling Jaye to \"save her from him.\" Jaye naturally assumes that they want her to save Eric from Heidi, but this seems a cruel and unusual punishment. After all, didn\'t she just get the two of them back together, at the cost of significant heartache?

      Of course, it turns out that the animals aren\'t really referring to Eric and Heidi, but that doesn\'t stop Jaye from tumbling over the edge in one of the series\' darkest episodes yet. Convinced that Heidi is out to kill Eric, Jaye digs up some old headlines from Heidi\'s college days that Jaye misconstrues so that she can transform Heidi from a spoiled brat into a murderer. And when Jaye sees (and photographs) Heidi purchasing small white pills in the alley behind The Barrel, Jaye\'s suspicions all too easily become her reality.

      There\'s quite a bit of drama in this episode, drama that kept me on the edge of my seat for the entire 45 minutes. \"Cocktail Bunny\" has more of the feel of \"Wound-up Penguin\" or \"Karma Chameleon\"; it\'s far more dark drama than quirky comedy. Don\'t get me wrong, there\'s some humor here, too--particularly in Aaron\'s continued attempts to get the animals to talk to him--but it\'s less of the gleeful, laugh-out-loud variety found in episodes like \"Barrel Bear\" and \"Lovesick Ass.\"

      Caroline Dhavernas is at her absolute best in this episode. It\'s refreshing to see an actress who can make portray a character as so light-hearted, charming, and witty in one episode and so distrustful, self-pitying, and insanely jealous in the next. Jaye is clearly on the verge of a nervous breakdown here, and at the end of episode we\'re not convinced that she\'s going to get better anytime soon. Oh sure, she averted this episode\'s crisis and saved Dr. Ron\'s life, but the larger issue of Jaye\'s mental health remains. She turned a corner in this episode, and in doing so she went from a misanthropic but ultimately kind-hearted Gen Y-er to an unstable and unpredictable (to outsiders, anyway) young woman. It\'s clear that the animals\' commands are taking their toll on Jaye\'s psyche, and it doesn\'t help that Dr. Ron\'s brass monkey doesn\'t really answer her \"why me?\" pleas. (Then again, when do higher powers ever answer such questions?) The animals have driven Jaye right to the edge of her sanity; can they pull her back?

      As Jaye says to Eric at the end of the episode, \"Everything is weird now, isn\'t it?\"moreless
    • Get on the right track

      Poor Jaye. She’s a shadow of her former wise-crackin’ beer-drinkin’ cynical self. Her heart has been well and truly smashed by Stubbly Eric and Hussey Heidi and worse, she is forced to go to therapy by her mother. No wonder she jumps at the chance to “save him from her”, little guessing at the identity of the *real* him and her, so wrapped up is she in her problems (although it was pretty obvious to the discerning viewer, wise to the animals’ peculiar messages).

      I do like Dr Ron the therapist; he has the same calm, down-to-earth demeanour of Shepherd Book in Firefly, although he’s obviously not very good at dealing with his patients’ transference issues. Maybe he should stick to only seeing older clientele, like Jaye’s mum, rather than disturbed young women. Although why Karen needs to see a shrink twice a week is unclear - hasn’t she got the perfect life, marriage, family? Her worrying about Jaye is touching – real maternal concern rather than the usual interference. All of the Tylers pull together for Jaye’s semi-collapse; Aaron is still interrogating the toys (“Are you guys ambulatory?”), much to Mahandra’s shock, and Sharon runs up 14 flights of stairs (only stopping for a fag break) to warn her mother of Jaye’s borstal breakout. She may believe Jaye capable of crime, but she’s quick to demand the removal of the cuffs when the truth comes out at the thundery climax, which of course is nothing to do with the attempted murder of Dr Ron, but is all about Jaye’s breakdown in front of the brass monkey as he bargains with her (the first conversation one of the animals has ever had with Jaye, rather than merely commanding her) in the (frankly erotic) light-switch licking scene and finally reveals that they talk to her BECAUSE SHE LISTENS. I wonder if the revelation that the monkey was telling the truth, as well as almost being murdered, may send Dr Ron over the edge. If schizophrenics are actually sane, then his whole belief system is up the swanny. He might even start praying, like Aaron.

      I don’t pretend to have an understanding of American TV networks, but to cancel this fantastic show after only showing 4 episodes is disgraceful. The first half of the series was amusing, clever and entertaining self-enclosed episodes; the 2nd half has been The Story. We accepted in the first few episodes that the animals knew best and that their cryptic messages were the truth and would lead to the Right Thing for the individual of the story and most often for Jaye as well. But their true purpose, it is hinted at, will be made clear. With only two episodes to go, will we discover if their intention is to make Jaye less self-involved and more open to other people? To break her heart and make her fall in love? Or was it just to get Heidi and Eric, Mahandra and eyebrow-wriggling Aaron together?

      Eric was again an ambiguous character in this episode. If Mahandra is right and he’s staying in Niagara for another two weeks purely for the sake of Jaye, then that seems a little unfair on Heidi. She may be the archetypal one-dimensional beeyatch with little in the way of features that could be considered redeeming, but to marry the girl twice and then consider dumping her if Jaye speaks up is inexcusable. And if Mahandra *is* right, then why was he so cold to Jaye when she tries to protect him from a presumed murderess? I suppose accusing one’s wife of trying to kill oneself might make one a little snappy. He does look sweet when he’s embarrassed about his potency-drug, erm, issues. But still, he’s soiled goods, I certainly wouldn’t want him anymore. Maybe Heidi is counting on Jaye feeling this too – is she insane, going back to Jersey and leaving Eric and Jaye still making moony eyes at each other? She must know that a gaol cell couldn’t hold little Ms Getaway.

      Finally, I refuse to believe the Barrel bar is laying off staff. It’s stuffed full with customers and the Tylers, for one, never eat anywhere else. Perhaps there are drugs in the beer that bring people back. Talking of which, haven’t Heidi and Eric being doing the do since they affirmed their vows? You’d think after a few months of frustration with Jaye, Eric’d be gagging for it. What *did* he do about the effects of the stimulant?

    Jewel Staite

    Jewel Staite

    Heidi Gotts

    Guest Star

    Patricia Zentilli

    Patricia Zentilli

    Angie Olsen

    Guest Star

    Bill Lake

    Bill Lake

    Detective Sloan

    Guest Star

    Scotch Ellis Loring

    Scotch Ellis Loring

    Dr. Ron Campbell

    Recurring Role

    Neil Grayston

    Neil Grayston


    Recurring Role

    Ted Dykstra

    Ted Dykstra

    Muse Voice

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • In Dr. Ron's office towards the end of the episode, when Dr. Ron, Karen, and Jaye are all standing in a line, the editors freeze-frame Karen in place on the line "Save him from her."

    • QUOTES (17)

      • Dr. Ron: Why don't you walk me through the day the animals started talking to you.
        Jaye: Well I didn't get my promotion, and then the lion talked, then I fainted. And then I had my session with you, and then the monkey talked. And then I met Eric, and then we talked. And then we kissed, then we... Oh, my god, that was right before your monkey broke my heart, oh, no, that was actually the fish.
        Dr. Ron: Did Eric break your heart, or was it the fish?
        Jaye: The fish. The fish told me to break Eric's heart, which broke my heart.
        Dr. Ron: And do you do everything the monkey, the fish and the lion tell you to do, even if it causes you pain?
        Jaye: Yeah, they kinda wore me out that way. Which is mainly why I'm here.

      • Karen: Angie Olsen?
        Angie Olsen: Nuh uh. Angie something-else.

      • Jaye: Nice frame job with the stool sample!

      • Jaye: If you had to poison the man you love, where would you do it?
        Mahandra: If I was Heidi I wouldn't be trying to poison the man I love, I'd be trying to poison you.

      • Heidi: Eric, it's a male potency drug. I switched it with your one-a-days. I got it from a busboy at The Barrel.
        Eric: You bought a male potency drug from a busboy? Did you tell him it was for me?
        Heidi: It was sort of implied.
        Jaye: It's a trick! She's trying to give your body time to absorb the toxins!
        Eric: (He glances down) I don't think it's a trick.

      • Mahandra: She can't handle the truth. It would kill her! She's my best friend, and you're her brother. Besides, I can't be happy when she's sad. There are rules!
        Aaron: Are you saying I make you happy?
        Mahandra: Yes, yes, you make me happy. That's not the point... (Aaron kisses her, but she pulls away) Are those video cameras?!
        Aaron: Yeah. (He tries to kiss her again, but she starts to hit him)
        Mahandra: Shut 'em off! Shut 'em off, shut 'em off, shut 'em off. (Aaron moves over to the computer and starts to shut off the cameras) How long have you had those? Are you recording us right now? Did you record us having sex? Oh my God. Is it on the internet? Oh my God. I'm a naughty black door woman--Back door woman!

      • Jaye: I didn't think it would hurt this much, seeing him with her, in wedded bliss... Without me, and with her. Oh God, he's gonna grow old with her, isn't he? And I'm gonna die alone. Will you die alone with me?
        Mahandra: Of course I will. Who else would I die alone with? Your brother? Ha. I mean... I can't think of any examples actually.

      • Jaye: (To the wax lion) Tell me why! Why make me make the man I love re-marry his hussy bride? How is that helpful? Who does the benefit besides the hussy 'cause I'm not in the business of benefiting hussies.

      • Jaye: It wasn't me. This is all Heidi. Have you Googled that woman? She's a menace.

      • Dr. Ron: What makes you think the monkey was talking to you?
        Jaye: 'Cause it looked at me and talked.

      • Wax Lions: (in unison) You'll never get rid of all of us.

      • Karen: (when police leave) Thank God! I have to pee like a racehorse.

      • Sharon: Jaye? Where have you been? The police are looking for you. The police, Jaye! You are evading arrest right now! Do you know what kind of trouble you're in? What is wrong with your hair?
        Dr. Ron: You must be Sharon.

      • Brass Monkey: Lick the lightswitch.
        Jaye: That's disgusting!

      • Cocktail Bunny: Save him from her!

      • (After Jaye gets arrested while attacking Heidi)
        Cop: I'm accusing her of breaking into her therapist's office, disabling the security system, stealing the surveillance footage from her own therapy sessions, and leaving a #2 in the good doctor's desk drawer ... (pause) ... and I'm not talkin' about the pencil.

      • Jaye: Why do you talk to me?
        Brass Monkey: Because ... you listen.

    • NOTES (7)

      • The camera Jaye uses to spy on Heidi with is the same one she says she stole from the Lost-and-Found bin at Wonderfalls in "Muffin Buffalo."

      • Dr. Ron reveals he has a three-year old daughter named Olivia.

      • Heidi is the fourth person to break into Jaye's trailer. Sharon climbed through Jaye's screen window in the pilot (Wax Lion), Katrina was waiting for Jaye with chloroform when she came home (Wound-Up Penguin), and Fat Pat crawled into Jaye's bed (Muffin Buffalo).

      • Jaye's victims this episode: her therapist, Dr. Ron (nearly burned to death), and Mahandra (car crash).

      • This episode was supposed to set up the next 2 seasons. Dr. Ron was going to get closer to Karen in order to get information about Jaye so he can write a book about her God complex. Then, season 3 would open with Dr. Ron's book having caused Jaye to be comitted.

      • The muses tell Jaye why they talk to her: because she listens.

      • The core story (Jaye enters therapy with Dr. Ron) was at one point intended to be the second episode of the series. That is why so many plotlines from "Wax Lion" get resolved here.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)