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Season 1 Episode 9

Safety Canary

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 17, 2004 on FOX
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  • Episode Summary

    Safety Canary
    Jaye and Eric, now officially dating delve a little deeper into their relationships. But Jaye, under the influence of the muses, snaps a photo of 2 birds which sets in motion a bird napping, a brother and best friend challenging, Jaye questioning her relationship with Eric and a zoologist and janitor's relationship.moreless

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    • With all the roller coaster ups and downs of the main characters being more or less ongoing, the introduction of Penelope (Kellie Waymire), the zoo worker, was a delight.

      With Penelope's sole purpose of caring for the endangered birds clearly defined, her constancy providing a steady axis for the other to revolve around. A remarkable actor who handle the goofy zoo-girl character with understated quirkiness and dignity at the same time. I would like to have seen more of her and Rufus as returning characters in subsequent episodes. It certainly would have been a nice contrast to all the misfit love affairs to have seen their characters develope. The memorial at the end credits is a sad reminder of her untimely passing as this was Kellie's last appearance on TV. She'll be missed.moreless
    • Eric and Jaye sitting in a tree K.I.S.S.I.N.G

      “It’s then that those louses go back to their spouses”

      One of the writers of this episode worked on Dawson’s Creek. I’m surprised it wasn’t Ally McBeal - the story was Mc-Beal-esque in the extreme. Girl meets boy, girl likes boy, girl does something to mess up relationship with boy in order to create a plot. Best friend with seemingly no life of her own interferes with girl/boy relationship. Girl hallucinates boy’s heart popping out and her stomping on it.

      I suppose we should be grateful that John Paul Young, the recording artiste who released Love is in the Air, didn’t turn up, Al Greene like. Instead of dancing babies, we had shagging, screeching and biting blue macaws, whom all of the characters saw as metaphors for their own relationships. Except the sweet zoo-girl Penelope, who saw them as her life, rather than as an analogy of life. Happily, she found love with the elephants and the janitor (check out the suggestiveness of the tusk-stroking scene). Mahandra stopped messing with Jaye’s life long enough to get involved in some weird thing with Aaron – and wasn’t he sexy in this episode? The beetling brows, the coy looks, the little-boy lost-isms (“Mom and Dad put *me* in charge”, “Why should anyone worship my sister?? Is she a cult figure?”, “What have they lost now, an alligator?”). Honestly though, isn’t getting off with your best friend’s brother a bit strange? Like you’ve held a torch for the friend, but neither of you are that way inclined so you have the next best thing instead? Talking of lesbians, is Sharon’s lover about to cease her Sapphic proclivities? Did Sharon’s insecure hissy fit (“God help us if our cycles sync up”) over the peanut butter become a self-fulfilling prophecy as Beth seemed to enjoy some ex-husband loving?

      The main attraction was of course Jaye and Eric’s kissy kissy on/off/on relationship. Of course we expected Heidi to come back but not then! Not when everyone else had ended up happy or deluded! I admit to being totally fooled as wifey put Coldplay or whatever on the jukebox and I thought a temporary happy ending, rather than a cliffhanger was in order. The irony that it was Jaye who was hurt, not Eric, was in fact lost on me as it seemed obvious that a repentant Heidi would show up before too long. But really Eric, one little misunderstanding with Jaye and he’s in the arms of the woman who adulterated on their honeymoon? One chapter of “The Manchasers” and his adoration of Jaye stopped as quickly as Beth’s homosexuality. And what did the animals intend? For Penelope and Rufus to get together, perhaps? For Mahandra and Aaron to do some smoochies, maybe. But it was Jaye who opened the window which led, yes, to the bird’s mating, but also to her and Eric’s row and her being absent when Heidi and her polished fingernails/talons turned up. Perhaps it’s the animals’ purpose to reconcile Eric and Heidi. “Save the love birds”. Is that what this whole thing was all about? As Jaye said to Rufus, trying to explain her bird-scaring actions: “Sometimes these things happen for a reason….Maybe this could be the best thing that’s ever happened to her”. Jaye claims she is not a love-killer, of neither the human nor the feathered variety, but in the end, she just might have killed her own love.

    Kellie Waymire

    Kellie Waymire


    Guest Star

    Jewel Staite

    Jewel Staite

    Heidi Gotts

    Guest Star

    Dov Tiefenbach

    Dov Tiefenbach

    Zoo Keeper

    Guest Star

    Jeffrey R. Smith

    Jeffrey R. Smith

    Muse Voice

    Recurring Role

    Ted Dykstra

    Ted Dykstra

    Muse Voice

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • The Macaws at the zoo are named Lauren and Humphrey - they are likely named after the actors Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, who were married.

    • QUOTES (14)

      • (Mahandra rings the Tyler's doorbell, and Aaron answers the door in his boxers)
        Aaron: What'd they lose now, an alligator?
        Mahandra: I accept your challenge.
        Aaron: Ok. (He steps forward. They come together and share a tender kiss)
        Mahandra: I'm not laughing.
        Aaron: No, you're trembling.

      • Savage: (Commenting on the fact that the birds are having sex in Sharon's car) How unusual that they'd chose a car...
        Mahandra: Why? That's where I first did it.

      • Eric: Feel that?
        Jaye: It's your heart... It's beating.
        Eric: Know what that means?
        Jaye: Um... You're not dead?

      • Aaron: What is she doing with those birds anyway? Is she gonna use their babies in a ritual?
        Mahandra: Only thing that's gonna get sacrificed tonight is the heart of a certain unsuspecting bartender.
        Aaron: Ah. Right. He did seem like a man marked for heartbreak.
        Mahandra: You saw it, too?
        Aaron: Well, I mean--he was with her. Why does she do that to them anyway? You know that exchange student from Prague still e-mails me about her.
        Mahandra: She's like a bug zapper. Long as I've known her guys have been throwing themselves at her. Maybe if she was more like some of us less magnetic types she wouldn't be so quick to throw 'em back.
        Aaron: I think you're magnetic.
        Mahandra: Yeah, well, for all my innate magnetism I haven't really been attracting a lot of the brothers in the greater Niagara region lately.
        Aaron: I'm somebody's brother.
        Mahandra: Yeah, right. My best friend's brother. Like that's gonna happen!
        Aaron: Why not?
        Mahandra: Well, for one thing if we ever even tried to kiss, we'd both never stop laughing.
        Aaron: Bet we could get through it.
        Mahandra: Doubtful.
        Aaron: I challenge you. I challenge you to a kiss.
        Mahandra: Shut up!

      • Eric: (After Jaye attacks him with a kiss) Don't mean to look a gift mouth in the mouth... but what was that for?
        Jaye: It was uh... for the birds.
        Eric: The birds?
        Jaye: I thought maybe your pheromones were chasing them away again, so I figured if we dissipated them...
        Eric: Oh. Good theory -- (leaning in) For the birds...
        Jaye: The birds...

      • Sharon (Holding a battered child's shoe in one hand): JAYE! Oh my God. I found this outside in the gutter. It could be a clue! (To the others> I came as soon as I got the message about the missing children. (To a crying Penelope) Are you their mother? Aw, those poor babies. We will find them!

      • Aaron: I wanna see an engorged cloaca!
        Penelope: You can't! I told you, your powerful sexual chemistry is too distracting!
        Aaron: I get that a lot actually.

      • Jaye (To Eric): You could be waiting a long time. I mean, these birds only mate like once every five years -- and we don't really know when it was they last got any. Probably better if you just...
        Mahandra (off-screen): They're mating!
        Jaye: What?
        Mahandra and Penelope run out of the kitchen
        Penelope: Lauren's cloaca is fully engorged!
        Mahandra: They're totally doing it!

      • Jaye: I'm not a love killer.
        Mahandra: Well, actually the bird lady was kind of right about that. Well, half right, you don't just kill love, you stalk it, you toy with it, then you kill it. You're the huntress and love is your prey.

      • Eric: (to Jaye) You don't know me at all do you? Do I seem like a guy who's looking for safe? That's your excuse? Well it's total crap! If you don't want to be with me thats fine, but don't tell me it's for my own good. It's not me you're protecting.

      • Sharon: (Believing the missing birds are children) We will find them!
        Aaron: They're birds.
        Jaye: Yeah, I uh, probably shouldn't have said babies, so much as birds... (Defensively) It's a 'B' word.
        Sharon: I can think of another 'B' word.

      • Safety Canary: [to Jaye] Take a picture, it'll last longer!

      • Mahandra: Oh, my God, Jaye. You cannot do this to him. You promised.
        Jaye: I know. I'm trying to save him... by avoiding him so I could be with him. But I can't go near him, or I'll destroy him. So if I could just manage to stay away from him then maybe we could be together. Please don't repeat that back to me.

      • Penelope: The birds are traumatized. And now they have nobody to talk to.
        Jaye: Those birds talk?
        Penelope: They talk to me.
        (Jaye nods)
        Penelope: You wouldn't understand.
        Jaye: (whispers to herself) I wish I didn't.

    • NOTES (9)

      • Episode Music: Love is in the Air by John Paul Young

      • William Sadler (Darrin Tyler) and Diana Scarwid (Karen Tyler) do not appear in this episode.

      • Eric drove a red truck in this episode, as he did in the episode Barrel Bear. In the episode Lovesick Ass, Jaye hotwired Eric's car to drive to his rescue and his car was a red convertible.

      • A scene in which Jaye goes to Penelope to persuade her to help liberate the macaws from the zoo has been cut out of this episode.

      • "Safety Canary" is actually a picture of a canary on a sign at the zoo's exotic birds house, displaying the words "No Flash Photography."

      • We learn that the EPS guy, Thomas, and the nurse that Jaye helped set up in the Pilot (Wax Lion) are no longer together. Does this mean that the things Jaye does aren't supposed to be permanent?

      • Sex scenes between Sharon and Beth and Thomas and Beth were cut out.

      • This episode set up a storyline in season 2. Thomas and Beth had sex and just a few minutes later, Sharon and Beth had sex, Sharon would get impregnated from his semen, causing a mircle birth storyline. The orignal script called for animated sperm swimming across the screen when Thomas and Beth were having sex, and then the sperm swam the opposite way when Beth and Sharon had sex to show this happening.

      • Features a "In Memory of Kellie Waymire" after the episode. She played Penelope in the episode and died of cardiac arrhythmia November 13, 2003.

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