Episode Five

Let’s avoid the obvious take five type puns shall we?

Episode Five

This week, Simon displays an unsettling amount of windmill envy, while iszi becomes enamoured by the quality of stationery on offer.

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  • March 28, 2009 at 1:50 pm
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    Just discovered Sundays Supplement and am working my way through the back issues.

    In this episode, iszi speaks of interfaith marriage between Catholics and Jews, and says “that’s a sitcom waiting to happen”. You may already have had responses to this, but in case you haven’t, it’s not a sitcom waiting to happen, it’s a sitcom that happened quite a while ago.

    From Wikipedia:
    Bridget Loves Bernie is an American television comedy program created by Bernard Slade, based loosely on the premise of the 1920’s Broadway play and 1940’s radio show Abie’s Irish Rose. It starred Meredith Baxter and David Birney as the title characters, and ran for one season, from 1972 to 1973 on CBS.

    Overview

    The series was regarded at the time as something of a controversial show since the premise featured the marriage between a wealthy Irish Catholic teacher (Bridget) and a Jewish cab driver (Bernie) that she met at a bus stop. With a primetime slot between All in the Family and The Mary Tyler Moore Show on Saturday nights, the situation comedy was ranked fifth in the ratings among all shows for that television season. CBS executives decided to cancel the show in response to hate mail from viewers who objected to the inter-religious marriage depicted on the series. It was the highest-rated television program ever to be canceled.[1]

    Supporting cast members included Audra Lindley, David Doyle, Harold J. Stone, Ned Glass, and Bibi Osterwald. Lindley and Doyle played Bridget’s wealthy parents, Walter and Amy Fitzgerald; while Stone and Osterwald played Bernie’s more down to earth parents, Sam and Sophie Steinberg, who owned a delicatessen above which Bridget and Bernie lived, with the Steinbergs. Glass played Bernie’s uncle Moe Plotnik. Actor Robert Sampson played Father Michael Fitzgerald, a Catholic priest, who was Bridget’s brother, and was more sympathetic with his sister’s marriage. Baxter and Birney married in real life after the program went off the air.

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