Love thy neighbor... something Mr. Spacely and Mr. Cogswell should really take into consideration on that fateful day when they became...next-door neighbors. Cogswell had his new building put up right next to Spacely's. Wait a minute, wasn't Cogswell always next door to Spacely? This episode must have been produced later than scheduled. Anyway, it can be a very unsettling feeling when your business rival is now located right next door to you. Fearing that Cogswell will spy on him, Spacely gives George the blue prints to both buildings and wonders if a ten-story wall is a possibility. George is forced to work on the matter at home, which means giving up his My Space Lady tickets, which breaks poor Jane's heart. She'd been trying on simulated dresses all morning. Working into the night, George struggled with the blue prints to see any possible chip in the armor. Everything seemed to be right, but Elroy points out a dotted line going through the edge of one of the buildings. Cogswell's. His building was six inches over Spacely's property line. Hallelujah!
George throws Elroy into the air (luckily he was wearing gravity boots), wakes Jane out of a sound sleep to tell her the good news, and rushes over to Spacely's to wake him and tell him of their triumph. George is promoted to vice president right then and there, and Spacely gets enormous laughs out of taunting Cogswell with his newfound information and forces him to move his building. Yeah, all is going well for Spacely and crummy for Cogswell... but as it turns out, his dim-witted assistant Harlan knows how to read blue prints and says they were read upside down, therefore Spacely's building was over the property line. Cogswell gloatingly points this out, causing Spacely to be furious at George for misreading the prints and fires him. Aw well, George can find another job somewhere else, right? Naw, "I'm used to Spacely Sprockets. It would feel strange working some place else." Yes, it's all about YOU, isn't it, George? However, all is not lost, for as the unemployed breadwinner comes to take one more look at his old office, he comes across a building surveyor at Cogswell's building, saying it was six inches too tall. It would have to be torn down. Ecstatic, George rushes to tell Spacely, but first, makes him sign a contract stating he can't fire him for any reason. Spacely signs, George tells him of the building height problem and...Spacely blows his top. Why, you wonder? Well it turns out that morning, as Cogswell delighted in taunting Spacely, he offered to sell him his building at twice what he paid for it, therefore Cogswell's code breaking building was now Spacely's. Oh, cruel, delicious irony. He wants to fire George, who points out the contract which guarantees him a job, and it certainly does: a job shining Spacely's boots so he can kick him around.
This episode was released to video under the name "No Space for Sprockets", which I guess they felt was a cooler name than Private Property. This episode is fairly enjoyable, if you prefer the Spacely vs. Cogswell stories, which I personally don't, and they really make George look like an overly-loyal idiot. They also try to make Cogswell look like the antagonist, and you forget that Spacely is the more rotten of the two. By the way, you may be wondering what the difference is between a sprocket and a cog. Well a sprocket turns your bicycle chain as you pedal, and a cog is basically just a gear, they're mainly found in clocks. So it's really a battle of bicycles versus clocks.
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