On a bet, an art dealer and his 'Warhol-esque' client secretly place a can of soup with a hand-painted label on a supermarket shelf to see if anyone will buy it. Not only is it purchased by...
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On a bet, an art dealer and his 'Warhol-esque' client secretly place a can of soup with a hand-painted label on a supermarket shelf to see if anyone will buy it. Not only is it purchased by Aunt Meg, but a punk immediately steals the can from her, leading Honey and Sam to believe that someone with inside information knew about the bet and plans to sell the can on the black market. Written by
In 1966, when this episode aired, Andy Warhol was world famous for painting soup can labels. So naturally Honey and Sam had to solve the case of a painted soup can that had been stolen after it was mistaken for a commercially labeled can of soup.
As with the previous episode, in which the prototype of a toy robot ran amok, this one is played for laughs, but the whimsical magic never seems to work for this series as it did for "The Avengers." Gags about art that has been made based on mundane objects does not seem very funny now, and probably was not much funnier then. A setup for a pun seems to be the only reason the Warholesque painter is named Corbinso that someone can refer to an art forgery as a Corbin-copy.
The characters are unlikable. Corbin, the artist, is a dishwater personality, but at least he is not as obnoxious as his publicist. I suppose that we are not meant to care about the petty thief who snatches the can in the first place because, after all, he is later murdered, and we can't have that matter if this is supposed to be comedy. Unfortunately, it is just not funny enough to pay for the absence of any compelling characters. Aunt Meg, having been missing for the previous couple of episodes, returns to thankless work here.
Stunts should follow some sort of logic. There should be directionality: start here, go thither, and end there. This episode begins with a stunt sequence that could only be explained by saying that Honey didn't know which direction she wanted to go in, so she went here and then back again, then stumbled sideways just in time to get in the way of a motorcycle so that she could make a big leap out of harms way.
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