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On this "painfully special" episode of
Strangers With Candy

    Everyone wants to know who spraypainted a racial slur on the corridor wall. Who would do such a thing? And why? Paul Cotton was the only witness so Jerri tries to get close to him so she can find out what he knows. An extremely traumatized Mr. Jellineck tries to assure his class that he's doing fine after the shocking incident. Onyx mulls over the incident during a relaxing shower with Chuck Noblet and Coach Wolf, then calls in his old friend Percy Kittens, a former grief counselor. Paul himself becomes a suspect because of his presence at the time of the discovery of the graffiti. Jerri tries to entice Paul by offering to make his "pinky all stinky" after school. Orlando is obviously jealous of this new rival and admits to Jerri that he started a rumor that Paul is the racist. When Jerri and Paul get the the Blank house Sara says that she doesn't want anyone connected to that incident in her home. Jerri wants to know why, though, because Sara is a "notorious racist". Sara replies that she doesn't have a problem with the "word" itself, it's the graffiti that offends her. Jerri takes Paul up to her room anyway, and the two start out by quizzing each other on historic dates (Paul: 1776 and 1812; Jerri: 278 and 1604). After Jerri shows Paul the crack in her Liberty Bell (a bell-shaped genital piercing), a can of spraypaint falls from her backpack. What a mood killer! Of course, Paul now considers Jerri to be the primary suspect. She tries to tell him that it's just a can of paint that she picked up so her stepmother could paint the face of the family lawn jockey, but he doesn't believe her. Principal Blackman and Percy have created an anti-racism film that they intend to use to coerce Paul into telling them who spraypainted the graffiti on the wall. He can't bring himself to say "without a doubt" that Jerri is the culprit because he keeps seeing cans of black spraypaint everywhere. Jerri wants to take the heat off of Paul so she comes to his defense and flatly admits that she's the guilty party. When asked why she would do such a thing Jerri bluntly responds that she doesn't like black people. Paul reveals himself to be a person of color, but he appears white because of a recessive gene. Jerri then decides that she actually does like black people. It just took a white one to make her realize it.


Winner of the Season One Golden Donkey Award
for "Best Celebrity Guest Appearance"
[Tim Meadows]

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Episode Title: "Let Freedom Ring"

Tony's Rating:

Original Airdate: 6/21/99

Production Number: 1-07

Directed by: Peter Lauer

Writers: Paul Dinello, Amy Sedaris, Mitch Rouse
Additional Writers: Randolph Heard, Matt Lappin

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

Guest Star:  Tim Meadows (Percy Kittens, former grief counselor)
Featuring:  Jared Ryan (Paul Cotton)
With:  Chuck Caruso (Trake), Matt Blumm (P.John), Luther Creek, Miguel Maldonado

Extra, Extra: Tim Fagan and Neal Ajamian are in Jellineck's class right after the "word" is discovered on the wall.

Flatpoint Lexicon:

camel toe (kăm'·l tō) n. [slang] the protrusion through tight jeans (underwear, shorts, bikini bottoms, etc.) of a female's genital labia; resembling the division of toes on a camel's hoof

Lil Kim's "camel toe" & the real thing

hole (hōl) n. euphemism for vagina

liberty bell (lĭb'·ür·tē bĕl) n. Jerri Blank's genital piercing
click here to view the "Liberty Bell"

pole (pōl) n. euphemism for penis

Additional Episode Information

When Jared Ryan (Paul Cotton) appeared in the March 2, 2001 episode of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit", he was credited as Jared Blank. I wonder how he picked that name...
· Percy Kittens used to be a grief counselor for the school board, but now he re-enacts crimes for television.
· When Jerri meets Paul she offers him a Puffmore. Cartons of this fictional brand of cigarettes were seen on the top shelf of Jerri's locker in "Old Habits, New Beginnings".
· Matt Blumm is inside the squirrel costume at the end of the episode.
· The scene in which Principal Blackman interrogates Paul about whether he was doing "number one or number two" in the bathroom parallels the following exchange from a scene in the September 8, 1994 episode of "My So-Called Life", entitled "Guns and Gossip":

Mr. Foster: So. What happened yesterday?
Brian Krakow: Well, I told Mr. Higgins...
Foster: Yeah, I know. But I'd like to hear it from you.
Brian: Right. Well, I was leaving the bathroom and I heard a shot...
Foster: And you were in the bathroom because?
Brian: Because? I, uh, had to go to the bathroom...
Foster: Which one?
Brian: The one by the...
Foster: No, I meant, what kind?

On the Cutting Room Floor:  The following exchange between Jerri & Jellineck, regarding the graffiti:
    Jerri: Maybe I was just in the middle of writing a longer word and I didn't finish.
    Jellineck: Like what Jerri?
    Jerri: Ni**erific? (use your imagination to replace the asterisks)

The Best Things In This Episode:
· The name "Percy Kittens"
· Jerri's drawing of the "chinaman".
· references to: a "dago tee", lawn jockeys, wandering jew.
· Sara finds the graffiti more offensive than the word itself.
· Onyx and Percy's anti-racism film.

Closing Credits Dance Sequence: Principal Blackman frolics in his squirrel costume to an instrumental portion of James Brown's "Sex Machine".

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