Monday, March 2, 2020

Young Indiana Jones -- Episode 21: Scandal of 1920

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Synopsis in 3 sentences or less:
While Indiana Jones is in New York, George Gershwin gets him a job as a stage manager of a Broadway play. In his spare time, he dates three women who are unaware of each other: a singer in the play, an intellectual poet, and a wealthy socialite. 

Memorable Quote:
That's right, son. I've got a feeling that this is gonna be a night to remember.  ~Mr. Schuyler
You're right, sir. It's gonna be a night to remember.  ~Indy

The performance at the end where Indy is frantically running around is very funny and well done.  In particular, I liked the part where he was rope swinging above the theater to get to the chimp, although it was unclear why a chimp was hanging out on the set unsupervised.

It was a little strange that they brought back Hemingway to just sit in the audience for about 15 seconds of screen time. Instead, they should have brought back Amy from Winds of Change to be a 4th love interest, since she was supposedly in New York.  

Brushes with historical figures:
  • Sidney Bechet (second appearance)
  • George Gershwin
  • Ted Lewis
  • Irving Berlin
  • George White
  • Ann Pennington
  • Franklin Adams
  • Dorothy Parker
  • Harold Ross
  • Edna Ferber
  • Beatrice Kaufman
  • Robert Benchley
  • George Kaufman
  • Ernest Hemingway (third appearance)

Other thoughts, observations, and questions I didn’t ask when I was in fourth grade:
  • It's not clear why Indy is in New York -- perhaps he is on summer break from school, but shouldn't he be going on an archaeological dig or something?
  • I would never have recognized Anne Heche if I hadn't seen her name in the credits. The only other thing I've seen her in is 6 Days Seven Nights (opposite Harrison Ford) where she had short, blond hair, in contrast to her long, black hair in this episode. 
  • Gershwin is the man -- I have his piano rolls CD (which is genius) and the 30-page sheet music to Rhapsody in Blue (which is iconic, and which I'm listening to right now).  Total stud.
  • By the way, I only made it to page 4 of the sheet music. Gotta keep practicing! 
  • 27:22 mark -- did they have neon signs to that extent in 1920? I don't believe so. 
  • I like the guy who plays Mr. White -- he seems like a true New Yorker (just googled him and he is from New York).
  • They were either digging really deep for the historical figures in this episode (most of whom I've never heard of), or maybe I'm just an uneducated bumpkin. 
  • According to IMDB, Linda Rondstadt did the singing for Peggy.
  • Clever ending as the ladies see each other in the bathroom and recognize something of theirs, and then it's easy to see what's coming as Indy gets his head pushed in the cake, la mordida style. 

Final Analysis:
This is a very good episode -- funny, good music, well-acted, and a great ending.  Ranking it 3rd out of 21. 

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