MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE PROJECT:
Project Trivia: Ziggy is going through mood swings in this episode (which Al suggests could be resolved by placing a female computer in close proximity). Could Ziggy be contemplating a gender-switch? (MPB)
General Nit #1: Would somebody with
a twelve-year-oldís mentality really be safe working on a dock? (LW)
PCR: Maybe, maybe not. But actual twelve-year-olds have been successfully doing what we now consider adultsí jobs in factories and on farms for centuries. (MPB)
General Nit #2: How had Blue been able
to pick out the correct crates all the time heíd been working on the docks?
Wouldnít somebody have noticed that he had problems? (LW)
PCR: People who canít read often spend amazing amounts of energy covering up for that fact, and actually become quite adept at it. You will often hear of adults whoíve only recently learned to read lamenting that they should have spent as much energy learning to read as they did hiding the fact that they couldnít. Blue probably got away with a considerable amount, either by blustering, hiding his mistakes, or by blaming somebody else. He did all three through the course of the episode. (MPB)
General Nit #3: How could Connie expect to defrost and cook a big pot roast in an hour? Even with a microwave, thatíd be a feat! (MPB)
General Nit #4: When Sam is washing the truck with Frank, the side Samís working on is absolutely dry one minute, and then the next itís suddenly covered with soap suds. (HJK)
General Nit #5: Itís not surprising that
Sam drops the platter, holding it across his palms like that. (LW)
PCR #1: Maybe Sam retained some of Jimmyís awkwardness (see Matter Over Mind). (MPB)
PCR #2: Maybe Sam was concerned about leaving fingerprints, or shattering it by holding it too hard. (HJK)
General Nit #6: Why didnít Corey seem surprised that Jimmy suddenly became good at fixing bikes and storytelling? (LW)
PCR: Corey didnít have the same preconceptions about Jimmyís abilities (or lack thereof) as other people did. He always seemed to take Jimmy at face-value, rather than expecting him to be clumsy or stupid. He was therefore more accepting when Jimmy showed previously hidden talents. (MPB)
General Nit #7: Although Sam didnít leave the spigot open to the solvent tank, he wasnít working all that far away. Why didnít he notice it was open and shut it off? (MPB)
General Nit #8: It was strange that Al
seemed unfamiliar with the word "dyslexia." The problem got national attention
beginning in the mid-1980s. (MH)
PCR: In all the excitement, Al was just a bit tongue-tied. (MPB)
General Nit #9: Why didnít Sam jump
into the water to help Frank rescue Corey? It seemed out of character for
him to just stand by and watch. (LW & HJK)
PCR: Maybe for once, Sam thought with his head and not his heart, and realized that a) Jimmy might not have known how to swim, and/or b) Jimmyís presence in the water would have been a distraction for Frank, as heíd be worrying about two "kids" instead of one. (MPB)
General Nit #10: Samís CPR technique stinks.
The pre-cardial thump is now a no-no--especially with children, who are
more likely to have broken bones from improperly performed CPR. The way
Sam positioned Corey, as well as Samís arm movements, were wrong. Having
Corey all propped up on everybodyís jackets wouldnít open his airway properly,
and the CPRer is supposed to lock his elbows and use his body weight, not
arm movement, to administer the compressions. (MBP)
PCR: Emergency medicine isnít Samís specialty, either. (MPB)
General Nit #11: Why didnít Connie recognize that Sam was doing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation? Although CPR was developed after 1964, people have been doing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation for a very long time. It also seems odd that nobody else seemed to know what to do. Youíd think that, with all those people working on the waterfront, somebody would know how to do mouth-to-mouth. (MPB & HJK)
MATTER OVER MIND:
Al tells Sam, "Youíre not retarded...Jimmy is." Obviously, itís Samís body thatís Leaping as well as his mind. (SA) But Sam does seem to have retained some of Jimmyís awkwardness, which leads to a real chicken-and-egg question. Was Samís clumsiness a reaction to the way people were treating him, as Al suggested, or was it a mental and/or physical synergy with Jimmy? (LW)
DETAILS, DETAILS, DETAILS:
Detail #1: Not only do we have Jimmy and Frankís lives paralleling Al and his sisterís, but once again Sam is in a big-little brother situation. Frank, of course, is looking out for Jimmy in a much different way than Tom looked out for Sam. But the affection of the brothers is similar. Sam can also relate to the death of Jimmy and Frankís father. (MPB)
Detail # 2. The name of the institution, Wayside, is significant, since in the 1960s many people with learning and physical disabilities were cast to the wayside, but, because of Sam, Jimmy was brought into the mainstream. (MH)
Thereís no opening "Oh, boy," but Sam says "Oh, boy" when Al tells him Jimmy has a twelve-year-oldís IQ.
NAME THAT TUNE:
Connie sings "My Guy" to Corey--an interesting choice, as the lyrics say that nothing would ever make the lady be untrue to her guy. Connie, however, is faced with a real challenge--coping with Jimmy may be too much for her, and may endanger the strong relationship she has with Frank. As a counterpoint to Connieís doubts, the lyrics of the song effectively portray Coreyís unswerving loyalty and devotion to his uncle. (MH & MPB)
Al: "[Ziggyís] going through mood swings. I think we need to get a girl computer and put it right next to him--one with a nice set of hard disks."
Sam: "How do I act retarded?"
Al: "Just act natural."