That Girl: Season 2, Episode 27

Just Spell the Name Right (28 Mar. 1968)

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Ann hires a new press agent who immediately gets her named in a divorce case in the hopes to boost Ann's career.

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Ann receives an unsolicited telephone call from publicist Eddy Edwards, who wants to represent her. What Ann is unaware of is that Eddy needs her business more than she needs his services. Regardless, on the vow that he will get her name "out there" for a modest retainer, Ann hires him. What Eddy does is plant a story in a national trade paper that Ann is having an affair with married actor, Buddy Hobart. Ann finds the story offensive and a detriment to her character, while Eddy believes in the old adage that any publicity is good publicity, if only they spell your name right. Eddy used Buddy as the man in the story as Eddy also represents Buddy, and Buddy truly is seeking a divorce from his wife, Marjorie Hobart. Beyond the problems the story cause between Ann and both her father and Donald, the story also ends up being used by Buddy and Marjorie Hobart to figure out what they want, which may or may not be each other, and which may or may not be Ann and Donald respectively. Written by Huggo

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Eddy Edwards takes a seat at a phone booth inside a drug store. While he's speaking on the phone, he puts his hand on top of a window sill and then through it, revealing that the phone booth has no glass in it. Presumably, the glass was removed to avoid reflecting the studio lights and/or prevent muffling his voice from within the booth. See more »

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Waste of time script, but 3 stellar guest stars and some action.
18 January 2008 | by (Houston) – See all my reviews

Synopsis: Ann hires a budget sleazy press agent who gets a fabricated story into a gossip rag linking her with a married actor.

Larry-view: The script is another waste of time, but we do get three great guest stars and some action. We get Robert Alda (Alan Alda's dad). We get fascinating former beauty queen Joan Blondell (career goes back to the 30s). And charming Jesse White (Maytag repairman 1968-1989, Twilite zone, Bedtime for Bonzo).

The script is the usual juvenile compromising situations with questions about hanky-panky flying, Donald and Mr. Marie walking in on Ann with yet another man in her apartment, Ann walking in on Donald with another woman, etc, etc. Oh that's getting tiresome. There's no laugh out loud lines and the script is a complete failure as far as funny goes.

The script also features implausible motivations, dropped threads, and implausible events. Mr. Marie drives an hour and a half from Brewster to confront his daughter, and then stays for three minutes and leaves. He would have at least stayed for a cup of coffee. Donald questions Ann's integrity and they have a blowup argument. He would have apologized since he was clearly in the wrong, but instead Donald agrees to break up and storms out. Mr. Hobert starts hitting on Ann in her apartment, but then that thread vaporizes when she offers him coffee. Ann walks in on Donald and Mrs. Hobert, which would have obviously been on the level, and she jumps to a hanky-panky conclusion, which is patently ridiculous, and blows up. Even with no explanation to her suspicions, Ann immediately drops the hanky-panky idea simply because Mr. Hobert calls Mrs. Hobert "sweetheart." Yes it's a comedy, yes the whole show is silly, yes the audience needs to suspend disbelief, but also, the writers should put a little effort into making a decent script, huh? I wonder why on earth they decided to get three huge guest stars for this one. I guess since they were all from former glory they were able to get them on the cheap. All three are worth watching, it's just a shame they didn't have good material.

We also get some action with Mrs. Hobert throwing vases at the other three people, and the editing here is tight and perfect, except that the stage hand's hand as he is throwing the objects is visible. The director misframed two shots: when Mrs. Hobert moves to the other side of Donald's apartment and throws something at Mr. Hobert holding the lampshade, to me it appears that the director moved the camera to a different place in the room and Mrs. Hobert therefore appears to be throwing in the wrong direction. My wife thought it looked OK. When the object hits the lampshade, the shot is misframed and you don't get to see it hit. That's too bad since that's the money shot in this show.

Man, the erratic quality of the writing on this show is worse than Star Trek. I'm well into season two here and I've only got about three classics for the whole series and lots of complete boners.


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