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On this "painfully special" episode of
Strangers With Candy

    Jerri finds herself instantly attracted to Ricky, the new boy at Flatpoint High, but Noblet, Blackman, and all other students seem to be out to get him. Noblet sends Ricky to Blackman's office just because he tried to help Jerri pick up a book that she dropped. Onyx warns Ricky to leave "our females" alone. Jerri knows that a new student is persona non grata at Flatpoint High, so she gives in to peer pressure and does whatever she can to humiliate Ricky whenever anyone else is around. Jerri slashes the tires, shatters a window, and scratches the paint on Ricky's car when a trio of girls pulls up to ask her if she'd like to hang out with them. That night, Jerri finally gets around to looking at the friendship collage that Orlando made for her and she thinks it's beautiful. When she sees Ricky at school the next day, Jerri gives the friendship collage to him, after having modified it to personalize it especially for Ricky. Then she musters up the courage to ask him to the golf-themed Sadie Hawkins dance, even though Principal Blackman wants her to go with one of the violent students. In Coach Wolf's class, the girls learn how to wax their "bacon strips" in preparation for their Sadie Hawkins dates. Jerri is Coach Wolf's volunteer for her demonstration. After class, Mr. Jellineck tells Jerri that he'd like to speak to her. It seems that a little Filipino snitch told Geoffrey that Jerri has been spending time with the new student. Orlando isn't pleased with the attention that Jerri has been lavishing on the new kid, especially the friendship collage, so he makes mischief for Ricky whenever he can. Jellineck suggests that Jerri should go to the dance with Spike Jabber. Later that night, Ricky visits Jerri in her bedroom and confides to her that he's considering running away. She tells him that if he runs away it'll break his mother's heart, but he tells her that he's an orphan and he lives with a foster family. Before he crawls back out Jerri's bedroom window, Ricky gives her the tooth that he wears on a chain around his neck. That tooth was the only thing he had with him when he was found at the orphanage. The next day at school, Ricky gives Jerri a book of sonnets, but when she sees a group of girls approaching, Jerri tears the book to shreds. When the girls confront her about a rumor that they heard about her friendship with Ricky, Jerri tells them that she's going to the Sadie Hawkins dance with Spike. At the "Bogie Nights" dance, Ricky stops by to tell Jerri that he's leaving Flatpoint. Orlando tries to incite the crowd to beat Ricky with their golf clubs, but Jerri makes an impassioned plea for tolerance of new students. Blackman then declares Jerri and Ricky to be "Mistress and Master of Bogie Nights". When Spike returns from the bathroom and sees Jerri with Ricky he tries to attack them, but Jerri rams their golf cart into Spike. She and Ricky escape and go off to make out in the parking lot. The two begin to learn more about each other. Jerri jokes around and puts Ricky's birth-mother's tooth in her mouth and it fits perfectly. She tells Ricky that her own tooth was knocked out by a border guard in Florida 15 years ago. Ricky tells Jerri that he was born in Florida 15 years ago. (NOTE: he shouldn't be driving if he's only 15). They put 2 and 2 together and come to the realization that Ricky is the son that Jerri gave up in Florida 15 years earlier, after a very brief encounter with either an obese harelipped bail bondsman or a Cuban (they're thick as flies down there). Ricky is incredulous that she just gave him up, but she tells him that she traded him for a guitar, "And all these years I've wondered, whatever happened to that guitar?"  After the truth is revealed, Ricky tells Jerri that his foster father got a new job so he'll be leaving Flatpoint. Jerri figures that this is for the best. She's not cut out to fill the maternal role in his life. Ricky runs off, so a now-dateless Jerri decides to hook up with her official date of the evening, that violent baboon Spike Jabber. She couldn't help herself because her "bacon strip" was "sizzling". In the end Jerri has learned three things: (1) The violent make excellent lovers; (2) Golf cleats can really tear up a gym floor; and (3) Befriending new people can lead to having sex with your children... accidentally.

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Episode Title: "Bogie Nights"

Tony's Rating:

Original Airdate: 6/14/99

Production Number: 1-05

Directed by: Peter Lauer

Writers: Paul Dinello, Amy Sedaris, Thomas Lennon
Additional Writer: Randolph Heard

Regular Cast: AS, DR, GH, LS, OP, PD, RG, SC, ST

Featuring:  Fred Koehler (Ricky)
With:  Audrey Owen (Cody), Tara Nulty, Shannon Walker Williams, Erik Tonken, Rob Renz (Spike Jabber)

Extra, Extra:  The Fagan kids can be seen as the band in the background at the dance.

Flatpoint Lexicon:

bacon strip (bā'·kŏn strĭp) n. euphemism for female genitalia

delta region (dĕl'·tä rē·jŭn) n. euphemism for female genitalia

Additional Episode Information

When Ricky enters his classroom for the first time, Noblet makes him sit on a box of slightly irregular jeans.
· In the beginning of the episode, Jerri states that it's St. Arbor's Day Week. There is no such saint as St. Arbor. The day on which people plant trees is actually called Arbor Day.
· The fur from Paul's dog, Cagney, was used for the scene in which Jerri gets her "bacon strip" waxed.
· The dialogue for the car discussion that transpires between Jerri and Ricky was supplied by one of the sound guys that Stephen Colbert worked with on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart".
· The script that Thomas Lennon (Lt. Dangle on "Reno 911") submitted for this episode has the distinction of being the one that remained the most unchanged of any script submissions that were accepted and adapted for production.
· The tooth that Ricky gives to Jerri came from the mouth of the show's costume designer, Victoria Farrell.
· Jerri wears a hat to the dance that Paul Dinello had bought for his dog, Cagney, but later put on a ceramic garden gnome.
· If Ricky is only 15 he shouldn't have a drivers license or be driving a vehicle without being accompanied by a licensed driver.
· Audrey Owen's character, Cody, was supposed to be recurring, but this didn't work out because Audrey took a trip to Egypt at this time. She also appeared in "Old Habits, New Beginnings".
· The school that was used for first season interiors was a former elementary school that was going to be completely gutted, so the SWC crew had permission to do whatever they wanted to walls, doors, etc.  The small room that was used for the Violent Student's Lounge actually already had padding on three of its four walls and the fourth had a row of lockers. Nobody could figure out what the room's designated purpose could have been.
· Amy Sedaris has had an imaginary boyfriend named Ricky for many years. She has discussed Ricky on "The Late Show with David Letterman" and in various print interviews, such as this one from the Utne Reader.

On The 'Flatpoint High School' Sign:  "HAVE YOU HUGGED A VIOLENT STUDENT TODAY?"

The Best Things In This Episode:
· Finding out that Jerri has procreated.
· Jerri does rude & destructive things to Ricky in front of other students, while professing her attraction to him.
· Jerri still wants to make out with Ricky after learning that he's her long-lost son.

Closing Credits Dance Sequence: A tender slow dance on the Bogie Nights dance floor.

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