Hologrammatical Error #1: How did Al know what Sam should say to Don Geno in the beauty parlor? Al didnít seem to be around when Frankieís father was making excuses to Don Geno. (IMZ)
Hologrammatical Error #2: Why does Alís voice echo in the basement of St. Francisís? (IMZ)
MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE PROJECT:
Project Trivia #1: While we donít see the Imaging Chamber door, Al does use the handlink in this one. (MPB) There are also no IC door sounds in this episode. (IMZ)
Sam Backstory Nit #1: Sam remembers being
ten years old in 1965. But Sam would have been twelve by then, and definitely
not in the fourth grade. Given Samís smarts, he probably wasnít in seventh
grade either--it wouldnít be surprising if Sam had started high school
by 1965. (MH, MPB, NM)
PCR: Must be that old swiss-cheesed memory again. (MH, MPB)
Al Backstory Nit #1: Al remembers his dad setting him (Al, that is) up with a girl. But we find out later ("Leap of Faith") that Alís dad died when Al was ten. Either Al was really, really, really precocious, and his dad was kind of sleazy (contributing to the delinquency of a minor and all that), or Al is just making this up. Then again, knowing Al, heíd get Sam righteously indignant and then finish up by saying that his dad brought this girl and they went out for ice cream (and the girl was Papa Calavicciís dateís daughter, or something equally innocuous). Al seems to love setting Sam up that way. Only Sam never let him finish this one, so weíll never know. (JE, MPB)
Historical Nit #1 (or, Temporal Paradoxes,
Part II): How could Ziggy know that the blackout was supposed to
happen, if Ziggy had to cause it? Is this another example of Ziggy (or
Sam or Al) having foreknowledge that s/he (or they) couldnít possibly possess
without creating a paradox? And what was beneficial about the blackout?
PCR #1: Perhaps, in timeline #1 (pre-Leap), there was no great East Coast blackout, and maybe Sam and Al caused it. Sam and Al showed no foreknowledge of the blackout. Perhaps Ziggy needed to cause the blackout in order to prevent TV, radio, etc. signals from interfering with whatever signals Ziggy and the PQL folks had to transmit to retrieve Sam. (MPB)
PCR #2: In timeline #1, there was a blackout, but Sam somehow inadvertently prevented it, thus creating timeline #2, and causing all sorts of havoc by preventing all those blackout-conceived babies from being born nine months later. So Ziggy postulated that, in order to get home, Sam had to re-cause the blackout and restore that particular event in the timeline. (MPB)
PCR #3: In timeline #1, there was a blackout, but it did not happen until some time after 5:15 p.m. November 9, 1965. For some reason, Ziggy figured it would help to retrieve Sam if Sam made the blackout happen earlier. (MPB)
General Nit #1: In the opening scene, when Sam is putting Frankieís pants and jacket back on, one second heís not wearing a cummerbund (and neither is Frankie in the mirror), the next he is--it just sort of magically appears. (MPB)
General Nit #2: November 8, 1965 is a Monday. Kid of an odd day to have a huge wedding, isnít it? Not impossible, just odd. (MPB)
General Nit #3: Sam supposedly doesnít
know the words of "Volare," yet he keeps going after Al becomes distracted.
PCR: Maybe once his memory kicked in, he finally remembered the song. The Italian words that Sam sings after Al gets distracted are just a repeat of what Al taught him, and the English ones might have popped in once he was reminded of the song. (MPB)
General Nit #4: Sam/Frankie is supposed to be the oldest of the three brothers. Why then are his younger brothers named Primo and Segundo? Shouldnít Frankie be Primo, since heís the oldest? (JAN)
General Nit #5: Sam (or Scott?) gets a little tongue-tied when he and Al discuss Ziggyís plan to Leap Sam home. Notice he says "Greenwich Minnich Time" instead of "Greenwich Mean Time." (MPB)
General Nit #6: The constellation Sam and Teresa are looking at sure doesnít look like Orion. (MPB)
General Nit #7: Itís awfully dark, and there are an awful lot of stars out for 5:15 p.m., even in November, even with Daylight Savings Time. In the Northeast things are just getting a bit dim around that time of day, but nowhere near pitch black. (MPB)
DETAILS, DETAILS, DETAILS:
Detail #1: Samís little quick-draw routine with Frankieís mirror image, along with his "Letís go to it, killer" remark, are particularly ironic, considering Frankieís profession. (MPB)
Detail #2: Itís fun how Ziggyís power problems foreshadow the big blackout. (MPB)
Detail #3: Notice how Al pulls out his little pocket fan every time he contemplates the idea of Sam and Teresa together in Don Genoís attic? (MPB)
Detail #4: Any coincidence that Primo and Segundo use a hairdryer to cause the blackout? (MPB)
Detail #5: "Doctor Zhivago" is playing at the movie theater when Sam and Frankieís family walk down the street. "Doctor Zhivago" was one of the biggest movies of 1965. The choice of "Doctor Zhivago" is interesting because it too is about a love triangle, although that one consists of one man and two women. (MH)
Detail #6: Teresaís motto, "If Iím lyiní, Iím dyiní" becomes poignant when sheís talking to Sam/Frankie in the attic, and she says, "All men lie to me." These statements connect both her bold, sometimes teasing attitude toward men and also her more vulnerable side. (MH)
Detail #7: Notice how the mirror in Don Genoís attic gets broken during the fight--Sam looks at his new reflection through glass thatís as shattered as his hopes of getting home. (MPB)
Hannah Gretz--okay, this one was only a girl--Alís fourth grade classmate whose pigtails he dipped into the inkwells until he figured out that it was more fun to take her into the cloakroom.
THE SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY:
"Double Identity" looks like a cross between "Married to the Mob" and "The Godfather" (MPB)
NAME THAT TUNE:
"Volare," obviously--will Teresaís love give Sam wings and help him "fly away" home? (MPB)
Diana Ross warns Sam to "Stop in the Name of Love" when heís getting a shampoo in Teresaís beauty parlor. Too bad he wasnít listening. (MH, MPB)
"Hang on Sloopy" (by the McCoys)--a song about a mismatched pair of lovers--is playing at the "A&P" frat house when Primo and Segundo show up to plug in the dryer. (MH, MPB)
Don Geno: "Gimme a razor, Teresa." (well, this one has to be heard to be appreciated.)
Don Geno: "Go tease some hair."
Teresa: "If Iím lyiní, Iím dyiní."
Teresa: "Letís be awesome."
Sam: "Because you were terrific in
Teresa: "Better than under the table at the Sons of Italy?. . . or behind
the furnace at St. Francis?"
Al: "Whoever heard of one lousy hairdryer
blacking out all of the East