5.3 Jaws of Life

 

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Original Air Date: October 4, 1993 Production number: 77707
Written by:
Robin Green and Mitch BurgessDirected by: Jim Charleston


Chris: You know what you are Earl? You're a little, tiny, busy ant. You too, Mike. Both you guys, with your mortgages and your term life insurance and your Weber kettles. Ant. Ant. All of you, you're all a bunch of little, busy, blind ants. All you all. Saving up for your rainy days. Scratching up your acorns for the winter. You look at me and you think, "What a piece of pathetic trash out there in that leaky trailer." No spoon, no fork, no prospects. But, you know why? Cause I'm a grasshopper. Ant. Grasshopper. Ant. Grasshopper. Ant. Grasshopper. Ant. Grasshopper. Ant!
Log line (1): Maurice is tormented by a wax replica of himself; Chris discovers that he may live long enough to see forty; the dental mobile comes to Cicely.
Synopsis (1):

Maurice is selected to be displayed in Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum as part of a new "Rugged Individualists" exhibit. Initially overjoyed by his wax replica, Maurice becomes increasingly spooked and dismayed by it. Finally, when the museum is scheduled to pick it up, he receives notice that he has been "un-chosen" from the exhibit and given the statue as a gift. Unable to live with the freaky manikin and unwilling to let someone else keep it for ridicule and party tricks, Maurice dumps his image in the trash.

Chris is equally traumatized by the realization that pills to control his high blood pressure will keep him from kicking the bucket by forty, thus following in the family tradition. Although this should be an exciting revelation, he realizes that he has been living his life in the short-term, counting on being dead before his deeds caught up with him.

The residents of Cicely are traumatized by a visit from the dental mobile and its dentist, Dr. John Summer, D.D.S. (guest star Jay O. Sanders). With the best of intentions, Dr. John sets up his Winnebago to treat the chops of Cicely's residents. However, the townspeople are not too excited to go under the drill and he is dejected.

Details
(Production Bible):

The Stevens men usually putter out around forty. Maurice had a hobo sign his papers so he could enlist in the Korean war. In addition to long life, the Vincouer men are graced with uncommonly strong teeth. Chris cycles with a knock-out biker chick, Carla. Chris has lived his life without thinking about tomorrow - he's being chased by parking tickets, unfiled taxes, and a scary TRW.

Trivia
(Production Bible):

Dr. Fleischman's in Paylo all week giving school immunizations. Coincidentally, Rob's in New York working on Redford's latest movie [Quiz Show].

Guest stars (9):

Arthur Prwananda - Brian George
Dr. John Summer - Jay O. Sanders
Doloras - Angela Featherstone
Earl Brunius - Jerry-Mac Johnston
Phil - Clark Sandford

Music:
(Note music listed is from the original TV airings. The DVD may differ.)

[Help! I need names of missing tunes from the original airings - email me.]

They Can't Take That Away From Me - Gershwin
[Chris muses about his extension on life; Maurice dumps the wax replica at the dump].

Shelly's Earrings:

Gold dangles with balls on the end? [looking at Maurice's wax statue.]

Footnotes and additional research

 

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