33-10-19 Rush's Tonsils, Squeaky Shoes and Mixed Numbers

STARRING: ART VAN HARVEY, BERNARDINE FLYNN AND BILL IDELSON
Though Sade sits on Vic's lap and tickles him relentlessly, Vic tries to talk to her seriously.  Rush keeps having sore throats - and needs to have his tonsils taken out.

Sade reminds Vic that talking Rush into this won't be easy; she reminds him how scared he has been of the dentist in the past.

Rush appears and asks if he may 'walk around the house.'  He proceeds to do so (inside), all the while he is repeating definitions from his math book (about mixed numbers.)  When asked why he asked to walk around, he replies, "It's a secret."

After a while, Rush gives in to the questioning and says his friend Skinny Martin gave him 'magic powder' that will make his shoes squeak.  Rush wants squeaky shoes so that he can draw attention to himself.

He mentions that there is a Christmas present he'd like to have but it is very expensive.  But if he had the present, he'd have a lot of attention drawn to him.

He doesn't want to tell them what it is but after being pressed further, he tells them that he'd like to have his tonsils taken out.

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Surprising story is especially noted for the fact that Sade tickles Vic, a lot.  Vic is very ticklish (who knew?)  And though in the audio episodes we never hear them kissing or cooing, sitting on your husband's lap and tickling him cannot be construed any other way than being  a very intimate, physical activity.

I had been under the impression that perhaps they really weren't intimate at all, despite what my fellow online Vic and Sade friends had said.  But the tickling persuades me that perhaps there is something there after all.

The squeak powder: it is impossible for me to imagine this script without my mind reverting to the many of Hal Roach's the Little Rascals shorts of this same time period.  Spanky may not have ever had any 'squeak powder' but he or one of his cohorts probably had something very much like it - the early 1930's just yells out, "magic squeak powder," doesn't it?

1 comment:

  1. Tho I haven't heard or read this one, it's still from fairly early in the series and perhaps Mr. Rhymer was testing ideas for future direction. The early shows had more emotion and until the humor came to dominate and bring big success, different aspects of the characters were explored. Just my opinion.

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