Yes, Dear

Season 4 Episode 23

Shirley Cooks with Love

Aired Wednesday 8:30 PM May 17, 2004 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Shirley Cooks with Love
Greg surprises Jimmy and Christine with a wedding video for their anniversary, but the trip down memory lane is not a happy one... for anyone.

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    Beth Grant

    Beth Grant


    Guest Star

    Pat Harrington Jr.

    Pat Harrington Jr.


    Guest Star

    Jennifer Hall

    Jennifer Hall


    Guest Star

    Jerry Van Dyke

    Jerry Van Dyke

    Big Jimmy Hughes

    Recurring Role

    Alley Mills

    Alley Mills

    Jenny Ludke

    Recurring Role

    David Ringwald

    David Ringwald


    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (3)

      • Billy's last name is finally mentioned: Colavita. Couple that with the middle initial seen on his nametag in "Speed Dating," and we just about have his full name: Billy R. Colavita.

      • In "Jimmy's Jimmy", although Billy already knew Kim, Jimmy introduces Billy and Greg for the first time. In the wedding video from this episode, they've already met. "When Jimmy Met Greggy" has a similar goof.

      • Pat Harrington Jr. says, "May 3, 1994. To most people, that's just another Thursday morning." May 3, 1994 was actually a Tuesday.

    • QUOTES (7)

      • Kim: Are you kidding me? Are you kidding me?! It was a mistake?! Getting married was a mistake?!
        Greg: I'm starting to think that, yeah.

      • Greg: My point is, is that she wasn't the right person for me. And that was never more apparent than when I saw you and Christine in that church today. The way she looked at you. Jimmy, you got no money, no education, barely a career to speak of, and the only thing you got going for you is you're not incarcerated and you got a great head of hair.
        Jimmy: Thanks. I try to take care of it.

      • Kim: How could you have had doubts about my sister? She was marrying a guy whose highest achievement was climbing a water tower and spray-painting "AC/DC"—and misspelling it!

      • Big Jimmy: Did you take the socks out of my bag?
        Jimmy: What?
        Billy: Uh, Big Jim, they didn't come with socks.
        Big Jimmy: Oh, you're kidding. You got a black magic marker?

      • Kitty: Don't be embarrassed, honey. I had a bunch of hickeys on my wedding day, too. It's the reason I had to wear pantyhose.

      • Pat Harrington, Jr.: May 3, 1994—to most people, that's just another Thursday morning, but to a young Jimmy Hughes and Christine Ludke, that was their wedding day. The start of spending their life together... one day at a time.

      • Jimmy: No way! How did you get Schneider?!
        Greg: He was on the lot for an audition. He was sitting next to me at the commissary during lunch.
        Christine: Schneider has to audition? But he's a legend.
        Jimmy: I know. The guy won an Emmy. It's ridiculous. I mean, how did Schneider not get a spin-off and Flo from Alice did?
        Christine: Well, she was obviously going around kissing more than grits.

    • NOTES (5)

      • Co-star Jennifer Hall would later go on to star in the HBO pseudo-reality series, Unscripted. Episode 4 of that show, which aired January 16, 2005, featured a subplot about Hall's appearance on Yes, Dear. It mixed what appeared to be actual behind-the-scenes footage of the shooting of her scene with a staged storyline about Mike O'Malley using his clout to get her the line on the show, and later accepting an invitation to go see her band. Jerry Van Dyke, Billy Gardell and writer Patrick McCarthy also made cameos.

      • David Ringwald previously appeared in "We're Having a Baby" and "Mr. Fix It" as Orderly and Paul, respectively.

      • Music: "Total Eclipse of the Heart" (Bonnie Tyler), performed by Billy Gardell; "Up Where We Belong" by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes

      • The episode title is an in-joke, named in honor of the series' craft service person.

      • This episode was shot without a studio audience. The format is similar to "We're Having a Baby," in that the stuff that the characters watch on TV was shot single-cam, but in this case, the entire episode has a laugh track.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Jimmy: I know. The guy won an Emmy... how did Schneider not get a spin-off and Flo from Alice did? Christine: Well, she was obviously going around kissing more than grits.
        Pat Harrington, Jr. won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 1984 for his role as handyman Dwayne Schneider (in a surprise win, as he had never been nominated during the first 8 seasons of One Day at a Time's 9-season run, and most people had expected Nicholas Colasanto to win for Cheers). Flo, starring Polly Holliday, aired on CBS during 1980-1981. Her catchphrase on that show -- as well as its long-running parent series, Alice, which she appeared on from 1976-1980 -- was "Kiss my grits."