Sunday, May 13, 2012

1000 Words: Fishing Tackle on TV

1000 Words: Fishing Tackle on TV

As the television networks finalize their fall schedules by renewing or canceling the various series (hooray for Parks & Rec, 30 Rock, and Community getting pick ups), people have begun trying to forget some of the shows already consigned to the great scrap heap of tv history.

Are You There, Chelsea is just one of those shows. I can't explain why this show was so mediocre, except that it was painfully unfunny, which is sort of a bad thing if you're goal is to make people laugh.

Why am I bringing this up? Because it was one of the few TV shows in recent memories on prime time to feature fishing and tackle, albeit in the service of a devastatingly unoriginal and slightly homophobic plot line. I won't bore you with the plot details of Episode 6 (The Gynecologist), but I will give you some screen caps of this show's use of tackle.

Laura Prepon (Chelsea) has the difference between a "Spinner" and a "Spreader" explained to her.

Dr. Hunky shows off his tuna rod.

Chelsea delivers trite gynecologist joke while 1950s Ocean City reel looms behind her (looks like a Mitchell 300 on the rod above it, too).

Rod bends (leading to horrible series of homophobic jokes).

Can't imagine why this show didn't get picked up. Anyway, we capture for posterity Hollywood's continuing effort to use fishing and tackle as a prop, even in soon-to-be-forgotten shows like this.

-- Dr. Todd

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