Monday, May 23, 2016

Magnum PI - S1 E4 - Thank Heaven for Little Girls and Big Ones Too

Magnum PI
Season 1
Episode 4
Thank Heaven for Little Girls and Big Ones Too


Overview
It's Christmas in Hawaii and a group of girls from Vermont are stuck on the island after losing their teacher.

Cell Phones
If Magnum had a phone, we wouldn't laugh at people having Robin Masters' private phone number.

Magnum could have called Higgins and alerted him to the girls trying to steal the painting, or return it if you believe them. But that would have spoiled the scene when Magnum catches them red handed.

I'm sure the girls, even as young as they are, would have cell phones. And while they may not be able to get a signal from inside the cave, they should have been able to drop pins or leave some sort of bread crumb behind. And if Magnum didn't have connections in the police department, I'm sure he could have called them in to at least trace the cell phones to the last known location.

Well now, what have we here? A mobile phone in the Robin Masters Audi? I'm shocked. But it just goes to prove, that Rick could have used a cell phone of his own to update Magnum.


Fashion
I know the little girls are in some sort of private school based on their uniform, but sheesh. Those shoes and jackets. But at least one of them had a very cool Pan Am backpack. And did you see TC sporting that leather visor? Where in the world did that come from, Tandy Leather?

Those high-waisted pink pants on Ms. Booton are stellar. And paired with the thin red belt makes such a statement They were both such a staple of the 80s.

What is it with white shoes and this show? The head bad guy, who happens to look a bit like George R. R. Martin, was sporting white leather shoes. Not the saddle shoes like the girls, but still. And TC running around with his shirt un-buttoned was classic.

The airport. Oh the airport. My eyes are hurting from thinking about Rick in his velour track suit. And all the background outfits are just about as painful. And of course we have the flight attendants uniforms.

Hawaiian Shirt
I think my last post had it a bit wrong. The signature Magnum shirt doesn't have flowers, it has purple birds. But still, it looks very nice. So does Rick's 280Z sports car.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Three's Company - S1 E3 - Roper's Niece

Three's Company
Season 1
Episode 3
Roper's Niece


Overview
Jack is planning for Janet's birthday and Mr. Roper's niece is in town to visit. Mr. Roper decides to let Jack take his niece out so Jack skips out on the surprise party that isn't a surprise. Mr. Roper catches them kissing at the end of the night but after the confusion settles, Jack is allowed to stay in the apartment.

Physical Comedy
  • Mrs. Roper falling asleep.
  • Jack "hitting" on Mr. Roper.
  • Jack opening the can of beer just after Karen drops her dress.
  • Janet taking the cake from Jack.


STEM
Mr. and Mrs. Roper are talking about sex change operations and Mr. Roper begins to wonder how it works. He says something along the lines of "I can see how they can take stuff off, but how do they put stuff on?" Mrs. Roper has a witty comment about Scotch Tape.

What they call a sex change operation back then, is now called "gender reassignment." As to how they "attach things with scotch tape" it's more of a skin graft. Most have a mastectomy (breast removal), hysterectomy (uterus removal), and then use skin grafts and a prosthetic to create the rest of the necessary anatomy.

Teacher Resources:
Seeing as a sex change operation isn't an ideal topic for students, I'm just going to skip this section this time around.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Magnum PI - S1 E3 - China Doll

Magnum PI
Season 1
Episode 3
China Doll



Overview
The intro is different. We see some clips of future episodes now instead of the pilot intro. In this episode, the action starts out in the Red Light district. The big bad guy uses Wang Chung. I swear that's what I heard him say. Anyway, Magnum is hired to protect Mai Ling from the bad guy who just wants Wang Chung everyone.

Cell Phones
When Magnum and Mai Ling drive out to check on her Uncle Han, a cell phone would have taken care of everything. Sure, they could still drive out there, but a phone call or text would have made things a little safer and easier on Uncle Han. But seeing as Uncle Han is older, he may not have a cell phone. But you'd think he would still have a landline.

One interesting thing was the bad guy setting up a meeting at a payphone. I know they still exist but he would have used a different land mark nowadays. But would he have called using the proverbial burner phone?

One odd thought I had about cell phones was that older couple on the helicopter ride. If they were younger, they would have used the speed filter on Snapchat, I just know it!

Fashion
From the looks of it, exotic dancers haven't seen much change in the way of fashion. It's all about the sparkles and feathers. I totally dug the matching husband and wife on the helicopter tour. Mr. Wang Chung was sporting an awful suit with wide collar and shiny shoes that look like loafers with a gold buckle. I'm sure it was rather dapper back then.

The swim suits are at times hideous and at times classically timeless. I guess a bikini that's a solid color is always going to work. But short shorts and one piece suits ebb and flow like the tide. And that matching couple was back, this time is some bizarre print shirt.

Hawaiian Shirt
Nice double shot of Magnum and Rick. Magnum's shirt is a nice light cream or white with some flowers while Rick is sporting a hilarious shirt with hot dogs, bananas, and women in swimsuits on it.


And then later in the show, we see what I would consider the signature Magnum shirt. Classic bright red with palm trees and flowers.


Friday, May 13, 2016

Duel In Williamsburg

You decide which one you like better.


My Video:


My Son's Video:


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Three's Company - S1 E2 - And Mother Makes Four

Three's Company
Season 1
Episode 2
And Mother Makes Four


Overview
Chrissy's mother comes for a surprise visit and to add a twist, we learn that Chrissy's father is a minister. That makes for an awkward night of trying to keep Jack away from Chrissy's mother.

Physical Comedy
  • Not really a physical gag but Janet waters the table where a plant used to be.
  • Jack rings the doorbell while Mr. Roper is holding the wires.
  • Jack hiding in the closet in the kitchen.
  • Jack hiding behind the couch in the living room.
  • Jack pretending to be a lamp.
  • Jack hiding outside in the rain.


STEM
The window in the living room is stuck open during the rain storm. This is a little detail but the science behind it is pretty neat. Because wood is a porous material, it will absorb liquid. In the case of the rain storm, the wood absorbed the moisture in the air as well as the rain hitting it. That caused the wood to swell, just like a kitchen sponge swells with you get it wet.

I've always wondered how and why wood cups and curves and bows as a it dries. In looking at the resources below, I now have a better idea. As for the swollen wood in this episode, that's pretty easy for me to understand. Being a fan of home improvement shows, I know that there needs to be some room for expansion and contraction when it comes to certain wood working projects.



Teacher Resources: