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Episode 16: "Thirsty and the Resumes" -

Show Notes

Episode 1.16 -- “Caroline and the Proposal”

Original airdate: February 22, 1996

IMDB entry for this episode


Written by Fred Barron and Marco Pennette and Ian Praiser
Directed by James Burrows

Is it "break up or get married” time in The City?  Jasmine Guillory joins us as we weigh Caroline’s biggest decision yet in episode 1.16, “Caroline and the Proposal”!  Wax your comfiest chair and slap on a nicotine patch as we discuss satisfying rainy rom-com moments, the potentially sinister origin story of the Elevator Lady, and the single most unhinged guest star performance in the history of television. Del-issimo!  Bouncy eggplants!  Cerulean blue!  It’s all metric now!

This week's "plugs":

Amy recommends Halt and Catch Fire on AMC!

Christie recommends The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin!

Jasmine plugs her latest book, Party of Two, and recommends The Splendid and The Vile by Erik Larson!

We highly recommend watching this entire episode on CBS All Access (or DVD) if you can, but if you just want to dip into The Most Bonkers Scene To Ever Appear On This Television Program And Quite Possibly Any Program, we gotchu:

This week's guest

Jasmine Guillory is the New York Times bestselling author of five romance novels, including The Wedding DateThe Proposal, and most recently, Party of Two. Her work has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Real Simple, and Time. She lives in Oakland, California.


Twitter - @thebestjasmine 

Instagram - @jasminepics

Jasmine Guillory!

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Visual aids:

The delightful Cathy Ladman returns as Elevator Lady!

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The tinsel in the hair is such a good touch:

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The "flying saucer" car:

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Caroline hunts for options:

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Is it a baby?  A fish?  An eggplant?  Who can say?

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Garbage people love a proposal!

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Strap in for the wildest ride in the history of '90s sitcoms...

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Meet Maddie (Sharon Lawrence).  She's...

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...unhinged.  The word is unhinged.


Everything about this scene defies logic and description.

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"Thanks for sharing, but this really isn't about you."

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A hot mess, but a hot mess living the dream!

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Crushed velvet and payphones:  we [heart] the '90s.

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Cactor at the aquarium:

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Post-coital, post-backdoor pilot scene, post-sanity:


Presented without comment, none, nope:

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"Like Winona Ryder at the end of Heathers":

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The middle-of-the-rom-com ANGST!


Go get her, you fool!

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The infamous umbrella scene:

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Nothing says "settle for me" like a loft full of roses!

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