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Sentenced to be a butler

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PostPosted: May 21, 2006 7:51 PM 

Jerry and George's premise for "Jerry" was that the man involved in a car accident with Jerry had no insurance and, so, was sentenced to be Jerry's butler. A fan also of "The Andy Griffith Show," I hadn't realized that this, in a roundabout way, was the plot of "Andy's English Valet" about 30 years earlier! A character named Malcolm Merriweather, played by Bernard Fox, does not have the $40 Andy tells him to pay to repair the damage he caused in a bicycling accident. So Andy asks him to work around the house to pay off the debt. Malcom, in so doing, actually becomes a butler for Andy and Opie!

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PostPosted: May 21, 2006 8:07 PM 

And don't forget "Doc Hollywood." I never saw a more clever rip-off of an Andy Griffith plot. The filmmaker changed it from a butler to a doctor, but that's the genius of it. And Andy ripped-off all those stories and movies where the guy couldn't pay his restraurant bill, so he had to wash dishes. Rolling Eyes


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PostPosted: May 21, 2006 9:21 PM 

(Jimmy sitting in the background) It's the chicken and the egg...


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PostPosted: May 22, 2006 12:07 AM 

I don't think the "Seinfeld" writers -- Larry David, Jerry himself, or someone else -- was aware of this "Andy Griffith" episode. I'm certain it was a coincidence. I often make these observations because I watch too many sitcoms.

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PostPosted: May 22, 2006 12:28 AM 

Every comic writer worth their salt knows of the Andy shows, or should


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PostPosted: May 22, 2006 1:50 AM 

I just hope nobody ever steals my idea for a cologne that makes you smell like you just came from your grandparent's.

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PostPosted: May 22, 2006 11:55 AM 

"Impending Death" or "Musty Dusty"?


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PostPosted: May 22, 2006 6:31 PM 

I had an earlier idea for adding chlorine to Lagerfeld... I was going to call it "I Was In The Pool!"

It never materialized.

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