34-09-28 Rush Choreograph's Principal's Visit

Rush's Junior High Principal, Mr. Cullender, is about to make a call on the Gooks, so he can meet the family; he's making the rounds of all the students and their parents.  So Rush gets a big idea that he will choreograph every word and move Vic and Sade will make when the Principal arrives, so they will make Rush look good.

As far as I can tell (in my opinion) this is the first time that Vic really throws on the humor.  This script is loaded with funny Vic lines.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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+ Mr. Chinbunny, the High School Principal, will make at least two trips in the future to the Gook home (Rush and Russell each have Vic trying to teach him how to smoke cigars).

 + Vic was wearing suspenders in this episode; Sade mentions the odd design - which was cows jumping over moons...

+ I believe this is the first episode that we know about where Sade comments on items that passers-by carry.

+ Rush describes Mr. Cullender as "a little guy".

37-04-28 Dreams

Rush wants to stay up all night because Rooster Davis has had dreams three nights in a row that there would be a lunar eclipse; the dream having happened three times in a row is a superstition that it will come true.

Sade won't let him stay up though, because it's a school night.  And Rush is not happy.

Meanwhile, Vic tells about his recent dream and Sade tells him about the dreams her lady friends have been having.

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This isn't the only time Rush falls asleep on the couch while threatening to stay up late.  The same thing happened happened in 41-02-24 Uncle Fletcher To Meet 1 AM Train.


+ Holly J. Hugbelch is the Superintendent of Kitchenware Dealer's Plant number 9 in Lima, Ohio.  [There are apparently two Plant #9's... the other is in Dubuque, Iowa.]

+ There was a penumbral lunar eclipse about a month after this show aired. 

+ He may have been "joking", but Vic mentioned a mental patient he knew from Pittsfield, Ilinois who resided at the Crazy View Insane Asylum.  He also mentioned sending him fudge.  This may be the first (of at least three times) fudge was mentioned as a gift for someone locked away with mental problems (the other two are mentioned in this episode).

32-07-28 Vic Is Asked To Be A Mannequin

Sade enlists Vic to be a mannequin so she can work on a making a dress.  He's got to go to the office.  She stuff pins in his mouth and proceeds to talk about her old operation with Ruthie on the phone.  You can guess the what Vic does.

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In this episode, we get a bit of trivia that we've never gotten before: the Gooks used to live on Monroe Street, the hospital in town is the Brokaw hospital [with many photos at link], Rush runs a lemonade stand and Sade had appendicitis once.

This episode seems to be bereft of Bill Idelson.

32-07-30 Rush Runs Away

Nine year-old monster?
Rush has been bad for week - what are Vic and Sade to do?

The fact of the matter is, young Rush hasn't really been bad at all.  Syndey Call is having a party; Rush was invited to go, but his friend Link (who happens to be a different color), wasn't invited.

Rush obviously doesn't want to go unless Link can go.  He puts perfume on Link, hoping the smell will make a better impression.

When Rush comes home, Vic and Sade obviously don't understand what's going on and punish Rush by sending him to bed.  Meanwhile, he runs away from home.  This is Part One of a two-parter, in a very special episode of Vic and Sade.

It seems Rush feels compassion for his friend Link and the fact that he wasn't invited to Sidney's party.  There are definitely racial overtones in the script: Link is black and wasn't invited to the party being the most obvious one.  Just another in the many soapy episodes of 1932. Race and class played well on radio it seems in the early days.  The farther writer Paul Rhymer got away from this, the better his writing became, at least as far as Vic and Sade was concerned.

I guess it's in every boy to run away at least once, especially when they feel they haven't been treated fairly.

44-03-29 Letter From Bess Suggests Sade Come Visit

A letter from Aunt Bess temporarily sidetracks Vic from a game of indoor horseshoes and then, has him accidentally laughing.  However, instead of blowing up, it only slightly aggravates Sade.

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Sade usually would take out her frustration on Vic or Rush (or in this case, Russell) but instead, she seems to keep it inside.  Russell was the true instigator anyway.


* Walter read in the Freeport paper that the Consolidated Kitchenware plant in Dubuque, Iowa had a fire.  I'll bet Gus Fuss was in a rush.  And talk about your warm lemonade...

* Euncie is still learning the same piano piece ("The Great Colorado Train Robbery Scottish") and trying to do it without looking at the sheet music.

* Russell somehow gets under the davenport, looking for a penny.  The davenport  must be huge.  Bluetooth was also under this davenport in 1939.

* Is it a joke when the Paul Rhymer script tells of a man who was college-educated who's purpose was sharpening razors?  Even though we have oceans of articles on Rhymer, I have yet to even be offered a hint why he was seemingly so fascinated with barbers and razors.

* The letter suggests that Sade come for a visit; Bess all but eliminates Vic and Russell from coming in her wording.  It seems that Sade probably didn't take up her sister on her offer - according to the episodes we know to exist shortly after this aired.

44-03-25 Testing Mis' Keller's Phone

Vic's brought home work from the office. After Sade agrees to stay out his way, Uncle Fletcher shows up with plans to test call Mis' Keller's phone. Doing this provides Vic with mountains of aggravation.

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Reading the script, you can tell that Sade feels somewhat responsible for her uncle bothering Vic, though she's helpless to change the situation.

Many feel that when Uncle Fletcher is oblivious to everything but himself, that's when he really shines as a character. Someone count the number of times Sade gives her uncle the phone number to his own dwelling!


* Apple Spoon-Giggle: a cooked dessert that uses 3 eggs. Sade's recipe uses the yolks. Eggs and especially yolks were a premium during WWII, I believe.

* Russell is missing from this episode. You can count on one hand the number of times Russell is missing from 1944 scripts that we are privy to.

* There's very little here in the way of Uncle Fletcher-story-telling.  However, he does say, "the long drawn-out story of the Snyder brothers – Charlie, Fred, and Mervin that left Belvidere, Illinois in the year nineteen ought three to move to Fiendish, Indiana where they went into the hay, grain, and feed business with their gran'ma…"

* To my knowledge, this is the only time Follersons Hardware was mentioned.

39-08-01 Vic Needs New Neckties

Vic is about to head off on a work-related trip. He complains about his terrible ties. Sade wrestles with him about it until she sees his rotten collection, then gives in.

The subject of ugly neckties shows up now and then in radio and early television - long after this episode had aired, of course. Writer Paul Rhymer wrote about so many subjects, he likely was the first to write about many, many subjects and do so comically.

Rhymer had a thing about putting mottoes on objects and allowing us to 'see' them.  Uncle Fletcher had a pillow with a motto and also wrote mottoes on some huge doorstops.  His landlady, Mis' Keller, had washrags with mottoes embroidered on them as well. 

What's strange about it is that all of the mottoes that show up in the series aren't even remotely funny.  A lot of the mottoes he shows us seem to be personalized to the point of where's/what's the humor in that?  I think this was his way of telling us that he thought mottoes on objects were just plain stupid.  Point taken!

[Rhymer was once gifted with a book about how to write mottoes.  So either he was really bad at it or it was given to him as a joke.  Of course, the joke could be entirely on us, as maybe he wrote them to be purposely not funny.]

By the way, Rhymer used to use his own neckties to wrap up his scripts before he put them away in boxes.


* The announcer's part of the script at the beginning says Vic and Sade were playing rummy.  It would be hard to believe that Sade was actually *playing* cards.  (see or see)

38-07-04 Vic's Toothache

Vic has a sore tooth and needs to go to the dentist. He obviously doesn't want to go, using a date with pal Ike Kneesuffer and a game of indoor horseshoes as his excuse. Finally, Sade forces him to call the dentist and when does, he finds out his dentist is on vacation.

There's little here to suggest that this was anything but an average episode.

However, the Barbara Schwarz synopsis seems to point out that it was just a few days before this episode that the Smelly Clark's-Uncle Strap-Peoria-fish-dinner story first began. This episode has Rush bring up the story for another go-round.

Something that seems to be missing here is Rush being childishly subversive (either accidentally or on purpose) with the purpose of helping Sade push Vic to go to the dentist. 


* This story most likely was broadcast on July 4 - no wonder Doc Keevy was on vacation. But why would his secretary be working on a national holiday?

* Sade says: "Harley Eepers there in Dixon used to love sittin' in the dentist chair." Vic: "Harley Eepers, if you'll recall, was later committed to the insane asylum." Sade: "Sure. Because a horse kicked him in the head." Vic: "He kicked the horse first, didn't he?"

* Miss Kligg is Dr. Keevy's secretary.

* Vic has a date to play indoor horseshoors with Ike Kneesuffer. Usually (but not always), Vic uses indoor horseshoes as an escape from a grumpy or way-too-prodding or critical Sade.

* In an earlier episode (1932) Rush and Vic are both needing to see Dr. Keevy, but he's out of town.  It's possible that this script was a re-hash of that earlier one.

44-04-04 Sade's Job List For Vic and Russell

Sade is busy and she's determined that the boys (Vic and Russell) must run some errands.  Though not against her, the men seem bewildered and are at a loss against Sade's no-nonsense approach to the chores.

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Sade often forces the men to help with chores.  Despite what excuses they may have (remember: "Handmen play fatball"?) they always comply.  The men of the family fear Sade.  Well, everyone but Uncle Fletcher, but he's nowhere to be found in this episode.


* The oddest part of this episode seems to be the picnic at the foundry where Fred works.  When I try to come up with a reason why I deem it odd, I really can't.  So maybe it's not so weird.  :o

* Not that uncommon in 1944: Sade refers to Ted Stembottom as "Fred", (thanks to Uncle Fletcher just a day prior to this episode).  The entire family practically stops calling Fred by his real name as the days continue.

* I never kept track of how often Russell and Rush were excused from class because of "special teacher's meetings".  This happened quite a bit beginning in 1942 and much more frequently in 1944 - increasing as time went on.

44-07-11 Don't Scrape off the Watts!

Sade buys a large reading bulb for Vic at a bargain sale. When he tries to clean it's contact points, Sade thinks he's destroying it, makes a fuss and shows just how ignorant she is about anything scientific.

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A very hard-to-define episode and there's not a lot going on.  In some ways, a bit similar to 34-11-21 Washing Machine on the Blink.


+ Sade confuses "watts" with "witts" and "volts." She thinks the new light bulb she bought might be "a million volts."

+ Sade had to elbow her way to the bulb: {{{HEAR}}}

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44-04-20 A Letter from Bess - No Card Game

Vic, Russ and Uncle Fletcher come home and decide to play cards.  However, they get wind that Sade is home and has a letter from Bess. They quickly hatch a plan so that they won't hurt Sade's feelings and can still get in a few hands of cards.

When the plan begins to go into action, Sade smells a rat and begins looking at the men for signs of guilt. Surely, you know who wins.

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All Vic and Sade fans know you can't fool Sade.  Vic and Russell surely know better, but that didn't stop them from trying.

This is yet another episode that talks about Euncie practicing the "The Great Colorado Train Robbery Scottish", which would eventually put her in bandages.  Just another of the long-running Paul Rhymer gags that he turned into a ridiculous situation.  I'm almost certain that somewhere in 1944, either Walter's kneecap completely healed up or it exploded.  I assume we will never know.


* Uncle Fletcher seems completely out of touch here.  Sometimes, he appears socially aloof, but in this episode, it really seems as though there is a bit of an unknown problem with his brain.

* It would be very interesting to know how many episodes we know of where cards were mentioned.  Also, letters/cards from Bess: this is about the 25th letter/postal card or so that we know that Sade has gotten from Bess.  My crazy math tells me that Sade got a letter from Bess about every two weeks.  That could mean that during the run of the first Series, she may have received/talked about 300 letters or so.  Is that possible?

* Uncle Fletcher tells of Quentin L. Spondle, who changed his wife's name from Leota to Dorothy, against her objections.

37-04-07 Rush, Mildred and Eunice

Sketchy details at best, provided by the script from 37-04-08 Chef Donahue (which ran the following day after this episode) which talks about Rush sending telegrams to Mildred Tisdel and Eunice Raypole.

Why he did this is not revealed but it seems certain that both girls were wanting him to do something he wasn't inclined to do.

The date is certain but the title is one I made up purely for identification purposes.