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39-04-26 Sade's New Luggage


Rush and Vic arrive home and and find luggage sitting out. Vic thinks they may have guests or perhaps Sade purchased it "in anticipation of a trip next week to Carberry."

Sade comes downstairs and tells the boys it's a "going away" gift from the Mr. and Mis' Donahue who plan on moving away in a month (we know they didn't though.)

Sade is very excited about a trip she will take in a couple of weeks to visit her sister Bess and her husband Walter. She is so excited, she wants Rush to read the latest letter from her sister aloud and this is the priceless part of the show:

{{{HEAR}}} Rush reads the letter aloud (edited version).
Sade receives an expensive gift of new luggage prior to an impending trip to Carberry to visit Bess and Walter.

Once again, Sade is in a delighted tizzy over an upcoming trip — this time, a lengthy stay in Carberry with her sister Bess and her husband Walter. Unlike Vic, with his constant business trips to Chicago and beyond, Sade rarely gets to leave the house, so we can sympathize with her excitement. What a nice treat it must have been to get a break from her constant regimen of housekeeping tasks! And she gets to make the journey with a stylish new valise. Although Sade is never arrogant or pretentious — far from it — she does care about appearances, and she is relieved that she won’t have to be seen with the Gooks’ banged-in old suitcase anymore. (Vic seems to think the old suitcase was perfectly fine, but he can’t get enough consecutive words in to voice his protest, so he leaves Sade to her joy.) 

As usual when she gets excited, Sade’s talking a mile a minute, so Rush and Vic barely get to finish a sentence in this one. Paul Rhymer had mastered the art of having characters interrupt one another in a way that few writers have. Interruptions made his scripts seem more realistic and lifelike. And, sometimes, interruptions add to the script’s comedic value, as they do here. I think it is very Rush-like to continue trying to steamroll through this letter even though his listeners obviously lack the attention span for it (this is how he tries to tell comic anecdotes, too, with little success). Poor Rush — this time he’s only following orders!

At the beginning of the episode we also get a pretty amusing story out of Rush. The mental image of two combatants slowly removing all of their clothes on a chilly day, plus the archaic language the boys use to taunt each other (“bounder,” “scoundrel”) make for a nice vignette of youth life in 1939. I also think it’s funny that Milton enraged Leroy by calling him a “cheapskate”. What kind of insult is that for a 14-year-old living in the Great Depression? Those guys don’t have any money!

SEE THE SCRIPT (transcribed by Lydia Crowe)
Another 'back and forth' episode, perhaps not with quite the ferocity of of some others, but just the letter that Rush tries to read from Aunt Bess is priceless, to say the least.  I think the funniest part is when Rush tells Sade, "You don't give me a chance" - which is the truest statement probably ever made on the show. Poor Rush!

The other thing that is humorous: just how much over-importance Sade has put on the features of the overnight bag: (((HEAR)))


+ Milton Welch is mentioned for the first time in the surviving episodes. He and LeRoy Snow almost got into a first fight at Rush's school. LeRoy was also mentioned for the first time in the audio.

+ Bess and Walter are also mentioned for the first time in the surviving audio. Bess (Sade's sister) is married to Walter. They live in Carbury. Walter has trouble with twinges in his kneecap.
The way Rush tried to read the letter, but can't get in a word edgewise, is classic. Why did he even get asked to read it if Sade won't stop chattering long enough to let him? If I were in a position like that, I would probably do the same thing, re-read the last line over again as a hint that 'I'm trying to read this.' Then after a few rounds of that, turn to a more blunt statement, "Do you want me to read this or not? When you're ready, let me know!" But of course, that wouldn't make for as funny of a situation. - Keith @ Retro Radio Podcast
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