Tag: Monster of the Week

Life on Mars (US) – Coffee, Tea, or Annie

I’m continuing the Swinging theme today, with a review of the Life on Mars (US) Season 1, Episode 14 (2009) entitled “Coffee, Tea, or Annie.” Life on Mars follows detective Sam Tyler as he is injured in 2008 and wakes up in 1973. It is full of 70s goodness from the soundtrack to the obligatory “pilots and stewardesses are swingers” Monster of the Week. Spoilers below the cut.
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Futurama – “The Beast with a Billion Backs”

Our first film review! What a fun place to start – scifi comedy! Futurama’s 2008 Beast with a Billion Backs shares a lot with Friends’ “The One with the Butt.” In both, the protagonist finds himself in an exciting new relationship with a woman, but later finds out he is not the only man in her relationship. In both, the protagonist is neither the first nor the last man in the woman’s life. In this case, Fry moves in with his girlfriend Colleen and her four other boyfriends.

Spoilers below the cut.

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Call The Midwife – “Season 2, Episode 3”

File this one under: I will return to discuss it in more detail later.

One of the most recent pieces I have seen: in Call the Midwife, Season 2, Episode 3 (2013), the midwifes attend to the birth of a woman who shares a husband with her twin sister as the two of them have been inseparable since birth. One of those most remarkable things about this episode is how UNREMARKABLE the arrangement is. The main characters remark on it, sure, but it’s just another day. In fact, every day (every episode) in Call the Midwife shares a common theme, that love comes in all shapes and sizes. Polyamory is the Monster of the Week, but ALL the Monsters of the Week are about love so it is in fact more of the Love of the Week. I’ll detail the relationship more later, but suffice to say it is full of love and is presented as very much the sisters’ choice.

Friends – “The One with the Butt”

This one is probably one of my favorites, maybe because Chandler is… not.

Friends Season 1, Episode 6 (1994), “The One with the Butt.” The butt is Joey’s story, it has nothing to do with poly.

Chandler’s story does though! Chandler starts dating this amazing new Italian woman. He is then thrown when he finds out she is married. And has a boyfriend. At first, he invokes one of our Evil Poly Tropes, the Trope-Naming one that “Poly People are Evil,” specifically, deceitful for not telling him she was married when she agreed to go out with him.

Personally, I can see where he is coming from. I don’t think it’s evil, but I think it is important to let someone know you’re poly if you’ve decided you liked them. I generally open with it, but some people wait a date or so to let people get to know them before being scared off. But I digress.

Anyway, Chandler briefly comes around. He describes the situation as follows: “I get all the good stuff: all the fun, all the talking, all the sex; and none of the responsibility. I mean, this is every guy’s fantasy!”

This statement touches on another evil poly trope: poly is easier than mono, because it’s only about sex anyway.

However, as the relationship develops his enthusiasm fades. When he discovers she is still taking on more lovers he decides to leave. He wonders why he, her husband, and her boyfriends are not enough, implying that he is threatened by the woman’s exuberant sexuality. He could accept being the new guy, but was thrown off by a newer guy. He also briefly falls prey to the delusion that she could leave all of these other men to be with him, a complete rejection of non-monogamy. Sad times. Well, for Chandler I guess. I imagine that sexy Italian lady is still out there being a sexy Italian lady with way cooler men than Chandler.

Pushing Daisies – “Bitches”

I’m not a huge fan of sexist slurs, but I did really enjoy the show Pushing Daisies.
Pushing Daisies, a dark humor series, follows the adventures of Ned, who can resurrect dead things temporarily or permanently, with rules; Private Investigator Emerson Cod, who uses Ned’s ability to solve murders; and Chuck, Ned’s once-dead girlfriend whom he cannot touch. Season 1, episode 6, “Bitches” (2007). investigates the murder of Harold by one of his four wives.


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Ally McBeal – “Silver Bells”

Ally McBeal Season 1, Episode 11 (1997)

In “Silver Bells,” James had been married to Mindy but fell in love with Patti, whom he met at work. He didn’t want to leave Mindy, and especially did not want to disrupt the marriage for their children, so instead he brought Patti home to live with them. James fertilized Patti’s egg and Mindy carried the child, so their youngest child is by all three of them. Mindy stays at home and mothers their children, while Patti and James both work at the same law firm. The three are seeking legal recognition for their union.


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Boston Legal – “Word Salad Days”

Boston Legal Season 2, Episode 12 (2005) features a bigamy case.

In this episode, Alena and Evette share their husband Ray. They live next door to each other, and someone is always home to help the kids with homework or emotional support. Evette works outside the home, and explains the benefit of polygyny for her because she doesn’t have to worry about her kids when she’s out of the house. Alena works in the home raising the children, and explains that polygyny benefits her because she gets released from sexual obligations when she’s too tired. Evette allows her to be alone at the end of the day when she wants, and eases the burden of childrearing into just a full time job, not a solitary 24/7 pursuit.


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