3.5 Jules et Joel


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Original Air Date (1): October 28, 1991Production Number: 77408
Written by (1): Stuart Stevens Directed by (1): Jim Hayman

Chris-in-the-morning: “There's a dark side to each and every human soul. We wish we were Obi-Wan Kenobi, and for the most part we are, but there's a little Darth Vadar in all of us. Thing is, this ain't no either/or proposition. We're talking about dialectics, the good and the bad merging into us. You can run but you can't hide. My experience? Face the darkness, stare it down. Own it. As brother Nietzsche said, being human is a complicated gig. Give that old dark night of the soul a hug! Howl the eternal yes!”
Log line (1): Joel's twin brother, Jules, a charming but conniving rogue, creates a stir when he arrives in quiet Cicely to visit his sibling.
Synopsis (1):

Joel's (Rob Morrow) twin brother, Jules (also Rob Morrow), his complete antithesis, arrives in town for a brief vacation from himself, literally. After Jules convinces a reluctant Joel that it will be harmless, the two brothers switch identities and proceed to fool everyone in town. While the new "Joel" hits on Maggie, the new "Jules" indulges in his repressed wild side and pays the price, in jail.

Meanwhile, Chris' new "Mea Culpa" call-in radio show goes a little too far when a crazed caller (guest star Raymond O'Connor) confesses to a string of bombings and wants to turn himself in, but only to Chris.

(Production Bible)

Chris is Abe Stevens' boy; Marshall County, West Virginia. Frank bombed Heidi-Ho RV Sales, Hauser's Menswear, Tip Top Plumbing Supplies, all in the greater Wheeling area. The Frank dilemma reminds Ed of a guy named Sweeho, up by the Noatuk River; chopped up eight miners, sheriff had to go into the mine to get him "found the sheriff cut up into sections, just like Dave does with chickens".

Facts to Wax (Production Bible): Maurice & Babs date: dinner theatre in Chumachu: Camelot (starring Erik Estrada) & prime rib for $11.95.
Guest stars (9): Sgt. Barbara Semanski - Diane Delano
Frank Watson - Raymond O'Connor
- Douglas Rowe (Also in 5.2)
Cab Driver - Ben DiGregorio
Woman In Cab - Shelley Henning
Dr. Freud - Lou Hetler (Also appeared in 1.8)
Jerry - John Proccacino
Man in Street - Gary Taylor (Also appeared in 1.2, 2.5, 4.3, 5.20, 6.11)
Logger - Dave Guppy
Patient - Robert J. Zenk (Also appeared in 3.17, Thanks Bobby!)

Music (8):
(Note music listed is from the original TV airings. The DVD may differ.)

Flight of the Cosmic Hippo - Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
[Joel makes dinner and Frank arrives. Jules arrives in Cicely.]

I Heard the Jukebox Playing - Kitty Wells
[Maggie talks to Shelly about Joel; Joel discovers Jules is in town.]

I Wanna Be a Cowboy Sweetheart - Dixie Chicks
[Jules, Maurice and Ed talk at the Brick.]

Don Quichote - Magazine 60
[Ed tells Joel he knows he's not Jules.]

Mo Onions - Booker T and the MGs
[Frank tells Chris to meet him in the woods.]

Don Quichote - Magazine 60
[Sgt. Semanski arrests Jules (Joel).]

Flight of the Cosmic - Hippo Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
[Joel in jail, talks with Dr. Freud.]

Summertime - Booker T and the MGs
[Ed and Chris in radio station; Frank calls.]

All the Way - Lee Morgan
[Maggie and Jules (Joel) kiss.]

Flight of the Cosmic - Hippo Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
[Freud falls asleep on Joel.]

Minuet (Boccherini)
[Maggie and Joel have dinner.]

Somewhere Over the Rainbow
[Joel wakes up from his dream; Chris signs off on the air.]

Shelly’s Earrings:

Green dice ["Joel" complains his fish isn't cooked correctly.]

Ed’s T-shirts: *This is a new list I am starting. Please email me additions.
Additional Notes:

This is what would be considered the "Halloween episode".

Joel (Jules) opens his $400 '61 Margaux. (Thanks, Udaman!)
More from Udaman: 1961 Ch. Margaux currently sells for about $700-1200 per bottle. At the time of the showing of the NX episode, it was about $300. 1961 Mouton Roschild or Ch. Latour were more highly rated by wine critics, as such they were selling then for about $800-1000 (1991).

The guys who find Joel passed out are from Topeka (Kansas).

The title of this episode is based on Jules et Jim, François Truffaut's 1962 black-and-white French classic. German student Jules (Oskar Werner) and French student Jim (Henri Serre) become fast friends and are both smitten with the irrepressible Catherine (Jeanne Moreau).

Footnotes and additional research

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