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Author: sazeracked One star, 50 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 401  
Subject: Reaching for trouble Date: 11/10/2006 5:51 PM
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Let's not discuss why, shall we, but I saw an episode of Desperate Housewives.

OK, let's discuss why. I'm in design, and I like to check out shows like that especially for the sets. I like to see what the set designers think are valid versions of typical American suburban living. Plus, with this particular show, the storyline is pretty good, and some of the women are pretty but not in that oversexed Baywatch way (and I suppose some of the men are pretty too). But mainly, I like the weave of American suburban decor into the camp gothic horror storyline. I like this because suburban decor generally horrifies me, though I suppose it sounds arrogant to say that--it's just a matter of taste---and for me the decor dovetails with the camp storyline. And I suspect the set decor and camp storyline also horrifies the show's writers and set designers too, and invites everyone in on the same joke, over and over: "It's outrageous, sure, but is it too close for comfort too?"

Anyway, let's not discuss why I watch the show, after all. It can only lead to us discussing the wrong thing.

The point I wanted to make here is that the storyline involved a bottle of, I believe, Ten High, a pint flask of the stuff. A young high school couple were at a K-martish market and the male used the female as a mule, packing a pint of Ten High into her backpack, which fell out when she got out to the cashier, busting them both.

To top it off, I think--if I recall correctly--an adult (I think it was Felicity Huffman, who is quite an amazing actor) chastised the young woman for poor choice of liquor. That was a ringing non-endorsement of a product, even for a hip show.

All in all, I'd say, a perfect touch, with all the camp set decorating and double-camp story. I recently read something at a blog that said it all: "When you reach for Ten High, you're reaching for trouble!"

Best to you,

Saz
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