On this "painfully special" episode of
Strangers With Candy:
As they walk down the hall on their way to class, Jerri, Tammi, and Sylvia are the recipients of whistles and sexually charged catcalls from a group of boys. Jerri pretends to be as mortified as her friends, but she steps back out into the hall for a second helping. Later, Jerri is with the school Jazz Band at a wrestling match where Derrick, wrestling in the 126 lb. weight class, trounces an unsuspecting young lady named Trudy. After the match Jerri, who is the band's scat queen, is asked to go to the mall by Larry, an admirer from Study Hall. Then a guy named Skeet and his buddies come over to cordially invite Jerri to a gang bang. After hearing these overtly sexual comments from Skeet and his crew, Larry backs out of his offer. He lies and tells Jerri that he has to go wash his grandmother. Meanwhile, the Jazz teacher, Jazzy, tries to check in on the girls in the showers, but he sees a sign that he put up to remind himself to stay out. Tammi tries to convince Jerri to stop letting Skeet and company talk to her with such disrespect. In the music classroom, Jazzy introduces the band to the newest member, Miles, who plays the cowbell with such finesse. Miles and Jerri seem to hit it off right away. While strolling in the hallway, Miles asks Jerri who her influences have been and she responds, "Lee Harvey Oswald, Tony "Big Tuna" Accardo, Chuckles Manson. You know, the greats." But he really wanted to know who moves her musically. She answered, "After today, I'd have to say 'Miles'." After one of the harassers calls her "the Sperm Blank" she decides to ask Principal Blackman if he can help her, but he just blows her off and proceeds to make suggestive comments to his assistant, Iris. Mr. Noblet and Mr. Jellineck aren't any help, either. Noblet is totally inept at substituting for Coach Wolf's Sex Ed class. He has to ask a student named Shannon to draw a vagina because he's "a little rusty in this area." And Jellineck forces a female student named Stravulla to pose nude in front of his art class. Jerri asks Jellineck to check out the disparaging graffiti that Skeet wrote in the Boy's Room, so he enlists Chuck Noblet to accompany him. Moments later the two come out, each wearing the other's shirt, but they forgot to attend to the matter of the scrawled slander. At home, Jerri tells Sara that she's being sexually harassed and that she's thinking of leaving school. Sara thinks that Jerri should take the boy's attention as a compliment. Sara's also pleased by the prospect of Jerri leaving school and home, but when Jerri says that she'll only be leaving school and spending more time at home Sara tells her it's a bad idea. Sara thinks that Skeet is a charming young boy because he once complimented her on her "monster jugs". The next day in the music classroom, when Jazzy hears Jerri scatting the blues he thinks that he's hearing Ella herself. Jazzy's barely-coherent words of wisdom inspire Jerri to take the wind out of Skeet's sails at Saturday night's Jazz recital. The big night arrives and, after Jerri's big scat solo, she unveils a poster of herself with the words "I'm a stupid whore" emblazoned on it. Simultaneously, Skeet and his buddies unravel a poster that says "Jerri Blank is a stupid whore." Jerri has stolen their thunder and she has also learned that you shouldn't let sexual harassment turn you into a victim. You should turn yourself into a victim so you'll be too pathetic for anyone to find you sexual.
Episode Title: "There Once Was a Blank From Nantucket"
Original Airdate: 9/18/00
Production Number: 3-08
Directed by: Peter Lauer
Writers: Paul Dinello, Amy Sedaris
Additional Writer: Matt Lappin
Regular Cast: AS, DD, DR, GH, LS, MT, OP (background, no dialogue), PD, SC
Guest Cast: Larry Marshall (Jazzy), Jamie Bennett (Skeet), Roderick Hill (Larry), Judson Morgan (Miles), Kelly Hutchinson (Sylvia), Sue Gisser (Stravulla), Nicole Dalton (Judy Fabjance), Dana Lubotsky (Shannon), Jodi Michelle Pynn (Trudy), Gregory Barkhamer, Jason Horton (fan at wrestling match, uncredited)
Orlando Pabotoy can be seen behind Jerri playing the bass drum at the wrestling match.
Rob Renz (Spike Jabber) can be seen in the first wrestling match scene, right before Derrick comes out.
Accardo, Tony "Big Tuna"
(ä·kär'·dō) 1906-1992; infamous Chicago, Illinois mobster; may have been involved in the notorious 1929 St. Valentine's Day Massacre
iambic (ī·ăm'·bĭk) adj. made up of a metrical foot consisting of one unaccented syllable followed by one accented one
quandary (kwŏn'·drē) n. a state of hesitation or perplexity; predicament
scansion (skăn'·shen) n. the act of analyzing poetry in terms of its rhythmic components
scat (skăt) n. 1 Date: 1927 : an animal fecal dropping; excrement 2 Date: 1929 : jazz singing with nonsense syllables 3 v. Date: 1935 : to improvise nonsense syllables usually to an instrumental accompaniment : sing scat
skeet (skēt) n. see scat; skeet has similar definitions, relating to both feces and jazz
|Additional Episode Information|
· Tammi plays the cymbals in the Jazz band.
· There's a photograph of Clarence Thomas, the controversial Supreme Court Justice best known for having had accusations of sexual harassment brought against him by Anita Hill, hanging in Noblet's classroom. You can learn more about this esteemed jurist by going to your internet search engine of choice (yahoo, google, etc.) and searching for: "Clarence Thomas", "Anita Hill", "pubic hair", and "soda can".
· The shirt switching gag that's used during the scene in which Noblet and Jellineck go into the bathroom to examine the graffiti was supposed to have been used in "A Burden's Burden", but was cut because the episode was running long.
· The school's Jazz band is called the "Flat Notes".
· Besides their connection to Jazz, the words "scat" and "skeet" also have fecal connotations.
· There is a Judy Fabjance, 25, who works for the Second City Training Center as an Improv Instructor. She began taking classes at Second City when she was 15 years old. Amy, Paul, and Stephen apparently chose the character name in her honor, although the name ended up being mentioned in the script only and not in the aired version.
Deleted Scene: Before this episode originally aired there was a promo that showed Skeet harassing Jerri, who was sitting next to Tammi, on a school bus.
On The 'Flatpoint High School' Sign: "SCARY JERRI SO HAIRY DOWN THEREY"
The Best Things In This Episode:
· Jerri's wild scatting.
· Jerri's nicknames: "the Sperm Blank", "Jerri Skank".
· Jerri's influences.
· Onyx's playful "harassment" of Iris Puffybush.
Closing Credits Dance Sequence: Jazzy gets funky with the ladies in the gym.
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