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41-02-25 No Marching for Me

H.K. Fleeber shares with Vic his intention of starting a Sacred Stars Honorary Ladies' Auxiliary Marching Team. This would include the female loved ones of the current Marching Team - and Sade.

Sade insists she has no plans for marching and doesn't want to be on the team but when she realizes that this upsets Vic and that she actually won't have to do any marching, she concedes.
The Lodge has decided to organize a Ladies Auxiliary Marching Team; Sade makes her feelings on marching absolutely clear.

I’ve always believed that a good couple should have mostly shared interests – if not, what are you going to talk about together? Still, individuals in a couple must remain individuals, and it would be boring if there weren’t a few points of contention between them. In a relationship, there’s always something that’s just “my thing” or “his/her thing.” My mother, for example, is an active member of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Occasionally she’ll suggest that my father dress up in Medieval garb and accompany her on one of her trips. He reacts much as Sade does here. I got a similar (but polite and entirely reasonable) reaction when I suggested we attend a weekend adult summer camp based on my favorite podcasting network. We all have interests that no one’s as enthusiastic about as we are, and trying to rope our loved ones into them is sometimes an exercise in futility. Vic, with his enthusiasm for parades, understands this very well, and isn’t really asking anything of Sade besides permission for her name to be on a list, but she’s so afraid of getting roped into marching that she feels she must draw a thick line in the sand right away to head off any possible threat of marching.  My favorite line: “I’m glad to get included in your nice Lodge trash.”

In a previous commentary I wondered why Homer U. McDancy knows so little about modern women. We get one possible answer to that question in this episode: it turns out that he has only one female relative, his grandmother, a healthy and active ninety-year-old (and I think we can safely presume he has no female friends). Sade worries that the Ladies’ Auxiliary is going to be a pretty motley crew, but meeting such a wide variety of women could only do Homer good – if they ever manage to get everyone together in one place, of course.

SEE THE SCRIPT (transcription by Lydia Crowe)
It seems a difficult point to get through Sade's head but the lodge and the All-Star Marching Team is a big, touchy point for Vic. She continually pokes the sore spot and makes fun of it in her sly way.

To Sade, the Honorary Ladies' Auxiliary Marching Team really seems like a dumb idea, especially since there won't be any marching and the ladies are a hodgepodge of victims who probably detest the lodge as much as she but don't want to hurt their male counterparts.


+ Rush is not at home and not in this episode - he's at the Bijou.

+ Sade uses the word "trash" in her description of lodge activities, THREE TIMES.

Here's one occurrence where Sade refers to lodge activities as "trash:" {{{HEAR}}}

+ H.K. Fleeber seems to hold a special place in Vic's heart because he is the only known out-of-town member of the Sacred Stars of the Milky Way and employee of Consolidated Kitchenware.

+ Names that Sade gets wrong on the All-Star Marching Team:
+ Here's a list of the women (and their man) mentioned who will represent the Honorary Marching Team:
  • Vic and Sade
  • H.K. Fleeber and his wife
  • I. Edson Box and his grown daughter by a previous marriage
  • O.X. Bellyman and his sister
  • Homer U. McDancey and his grandmother
  • Harry Fie plans to be married in 1948 to Gillie McDermott (remember, this episode aired in 1941!) and she will become a member
  • Robert Hink and his landlady
  • Slobert Hink and his landlady's cousin who lives in China!
+ There were numerous pops and clicks in the sound of this episode but I got rid of most of them.

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