1.6 Sex, Lies, and Ed's Tapes


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Original Air Date: August 16, 1990 Production number: 78707
Written by:
Josh Brand and John FalseyDirected by: Sandy Smolan

Holling: You mean to tell me her nipples are hard as sapphire, she's eating like two horses, her breasts are growing by leaps and bounds, and she's NOT pregnant?
Log line (1): Holling and Shelly are caught off guard when Shelly's husband Wayne, a nineteen-year-old hockey player, arrives in town asking for a divorce. Meanwhile, Ed struggles to write a Hollywood blockbuster movie. Maggie and Rick's relationship is strained when Joel discovers a mole.
Synopsis (1):

Holling is shocked to learn that Shelly is a married woman. When her young husband, Wayne (guest star Brandon Douglas), shows up asking for a divorce, Shelly tells Holling that it's not a big deal. She just forgot to let him know about the marriage. An honorable man, Holling tells a confused Shelly that they cannot cohabitate until her divorce is final, clearing the way for Wayne to woo Shelly once again.

Meanwhile, Ed struggles with screenwriter's block while trying to create Hollywood's next big hit.

Joel discovers a mole on Rick during a routine checkup and Rick panicks that it is his time to go, following Maggie's other doomed boyfriends.

(Production Bible):

Shelly from Saskatchewan: an old judge married Wayne & Shelly after a hockey game and a couple beers.

Facts to Wax
(Production Bible):
Marilyn's last name: Whirlwind (dances at the talent show); also plays piano.
Before final draft, Ed's last name established as Chigliak.
Cicely's population 839* here (500 in original pilot script).
Rick and Maggie together almost a year.
Dr. Serrano's first name is PHIL.
Earl the Barber makes his first appearance.
Guest stars (9): Richard 'Rick' Pederson - Grant Goodeve (also appeared in 1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 1.5, 1.8, 2.1, 4.1)
Dave, the Cook - Buffalo Child (This is the only appearance of this actor as Dave.)+
Wayne Jones - Brandon Douglas
Earl, the Barber - Jerry Morris
MC - Jeffrey Carpenter

(Note music listed is from the original TV airings. The DVD may differ.)

Lady Be Good - Django Reinhardt
[Shelly tells Holling of her past with Wayne.]

The Girl From Ipanema - Buddy DeFranco/Tommy Gumina: The Girl From Ipanema, 1964)
[Wayne tells Holling of his history with Shelly.]

Little Girl Eyes - Robbin Julien
[Wayne and Shelly share a tender moment.]

Without You -Motley Crue
[Shelly and Wayne dance to their song.]

"Twilight Zone" Theme
[Rick hums this in Joel's office.]

Ragtime Roy (Southbound Road?) - Roy Book Binder (?)
[Ed's daydream -- an oldtime Western fight.]

I'll See You in My Dreams - Giant
[Shelly tells Wayne she doesn't love him anymore.]

A Kiss to Build a Dream On - Louis Armstrong
[Shelly and Holling discuss getting back together.]

This Land Is Your Land
[Townsfold sing as they await Ed's presentation.]

Shelly’s Earrings:

Flamingos [Dr. Joel's office, etc.]
Dice [Shelly finds out she is not pregnant.]
Blue vinyl records [Shelly tells Holling he's out of her life but then rubs his neck and he woos her back.]

Ed's Movies:

Movies in Ed's daydreams: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (I love it when you can see the main street of Cicely in one of the wide camera angles behind Maurice.); Joel and Chris act out Midnight Cowboy ('I'm CROSSING here!"); Maurice, Wayne and Shelly - generic Western.


Additional Notes:

Joel tells Shelly she will gain 80 lbs by the time the baby is born if she keeps it up.

Ed works on Maurice's Macintosh Classic (but later he is afraid of Phil's old PC in 6.11 The Great Mushroom).

*Inside joke: Population 839 - the early episodes were shot on a shoestring budget of $839,000. (from Film and Television In-Jokes, Bill Van Heerden)

+ The actor who later plays Dave-The-Cook (Bill White) can be seen as an extra in this episode. At the end It's right as Marilyn starts dancing and Joel, who was leaving, sits back down in the benches. In the front of the crowd is Bill/Dave (with a bandana).

Footnotes and additional research

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