Just discovered this forum. I've been watching the hour long blocks on WE and Hallmark channels. I didn't watch this show much when it was in it's original run, but I'm loving it now. I'd actually rather watch it than much of the stuff on tv right now. I'm glad it's available.
Adam, I believe. And Janella was conceived on Hay Day - 'the day we St. Olafians celebrate hay.'
I LOVE Rose's St. Olaf stories. They can go from poignant to the utterly ridiculous while not seemingly like a time filler for the show. It's so much a part of Rose that it's appropriate. I don't know the name of the episode but it was recently shown. The episode where the girls are involved in a murder mystery party. Rose is trying to guess who the murderer is but blurts out something obviously wrong. The 'detective' looks at her and says, "St. Olaf?".
I didn't like the Henny Penny episode either. I hated that story when I was a child anyway, but didn't like the part where they thought it would get children interested in reading. What a horrible tragedy. I did wonder if the writer's wrote that episode so the Girls could show off how nice their legs looked even at their ages. However, I felt sorry for Dorothy that she always got stuck wearing the non-cute costumes. Turkey-Lurkey? Why didn't she play Ducky Lucky?
The ladies had really nice wardrobes usually, but Dorothy's were different. She often had outfits where the necklines were either bunched up or puddled around her neck... cowl necks, over-designed collars that were limp and sloppy, or something that draped all over the place. While I'm at it, I've got to mention how awful I thought that wedding dress was. FUGLY! Dorothy wore it in the episode where she marries Lucas Hollingsworth (Leslie Nielsen). It had what looked like construction paper loops that went down the bodice in a V shape. The rest of the dress was pretty, but those damn loops were distracting. On a happy note, Dorothy's hair looked really great for most of the series.
Another episode I didn't like was "A Little Romance". It's the one where Rose is dating Dr. Jonathan Newman who happens to be a dwarf. The jokes were surprisingly low. Since the writer's liked to write politically correct "After School Special" themes, making fun of a little person seemed way off for them.
One episode that makes me cry every time is "EbbTide's Revenge". Phil is dead and Angela comes over to make peace with Sophia. Sophia's been angry with Angela for so long that it's hard for her to move on. Rose force feeds them one of her St. Olaf stories and it's surprisingly poignant. She talks about how the family of so-and-so, who thought he was a bird, let shame keep them from loving him. Rose asks if Phil was a good father and provider. Angela says yes. Sophia suddenly knows it's not her fault that Phil was the way he was. Sophia stands up and says, "my baby is gone". It makes me cry everytime, yet I still watch it. That scene must have been particularly hard on Estelle, Bea, Rue and Betty. When she says her line, the ladies are looking away or down to prepare themselves.
To close with one of their many funny lines -
Rose: "You know what I think?"
Blanche: "Reindeer know how to fly?"
Edited by SunShine Gal, Sep 9, 2009 @ 8:33 AM.