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Seinfeld: The Dinner Party (1994)
The Bakery would be a better title
Our gang of four begin this episode leaving Jerry's apartment to go to a dinner party together. Before they leave there is a great scene just after George enters wearing his new coat. He is proud to say, "It's Gore-Tex." It is extra large, prompting Jerry to later call him "Bubble Boy." Because it looks like it's a huge padded suit, Jerry and Elaine take to swinging punches at his coat while laughing all the time. When Kramer comes in, he asks, "Who's driving?" Jerry says, 'You are. (Referring to the jacket) I can't get that thing in my car." They discuss what to take to the party, with George, of course, complaining about the notion of having to bring anything to such an event. It is decided that Jerry and Elaine will get a chocolate babka from a bakery while George and Kramer get wine from a liquor store.
In the bakery, they are so wrapped up in their conversation as they look around, they neglect to pick-a-number. Elaine, naturally, figures she can just get someone who took a number to give it to her. This not only doesn't work, but they encounter someone they vaguely know who is going to the same party. Of course, the other couple buy, not only a chocolate babka, but the last one. So Jerry and Elaine have to settle for a cinnamon babka, which leads to Jerry objecting to Elaine's notion that this is inferior. He makes a humorous speech about how cinnamon yields to no other spice.
While waiting, they open up the box and see one lone hair on the babka. Feeling they can't just take it offwho knows how many hairs could be inside this or any other one they buy?they get another number and wait to exchange it. Jerry had also bought a "black-and-white" cookie, leading to a great speech about how great it would be if racial relations could only "look to the cookie" to see how to get along. Unfortunately, it causes him to head for the washroom to throw up, breaking a long record of his for not doing so, of which he proudly remembers the exact date. They do exchange it, but now they have a babka the clerk practically coughed all over as she made the trade.
Meanwhile, in the liquor store, after selecting a bottle, George learns that Kramer hates to carry his wallet because its presence in his pocket knocks his spine out of alignment. All George has in cash is a hundred dollar bill. The liquor store guy says he can't change it.
Now here I have to question. What liquor store doesn't have a bottle or two of wine that cost over $50? Anyone buying a couple of cases of beer would likely need a chunk of money as well. How could he not be able to change a hundred? What made this even sillier was the pair's decision to go to a newsstand and get change by just buying a pack of gum. The man there had change but refused to give it unless they bought more, so they selected a few other items and got their change. Again that doesn't make sense, but I didn't worry about it. Just remember, in New York City, you can't get change for a hundred dollar bill at a liquor store, but can at a newsstand.
Back at the liquor store, after buying their wine, George and Kramer are blocked in by a double parker. They try to wait inside, out of the cold, but are ordered out by the clerk because paying customers aren't welcome unless they plan to buy something else. Again, it must be a New York oddity. In arguing with the rude man, George's huge jacket accidentally knocks over several bottles of wine.
Well, he had to give the man his expensive new jacket to pay for it, so he is freezing as they wait for the double parker to come out. When he does, it looks like an English-speaking Saddam Hussein.
So with two people freezing, one sick to his stomach, and one mad because they have an "inferior" present, we next see the four knock on the door. As the hostess greets them, Elaine shoves the babka and wine into her hands and more or less says, "See you." They were all headed home.
The funniest lines come from Jerry, for once, in his two little "speeches" at the bakery, about cookies and cinnamon. George's jacket brought lots of laughs too. Elaine was dumb as usual, in not taking a number, and thinking she could get one from someone else. Kramer didn't have that much to do that was funny. I think "The Bakery" or something else would have been a better title, since we never even saw the dinner party. A very funny show, but I can only give it an 8.
Seinfeld: The Marine Biologist (1994)
Funniest episode in the entire series!
To me, this is the funniest episode in the series, and it has the greatest finishing scene of them all. I saw it a few hours ago and wanted to provide a good review for any IMDBers not familiar with this episode.
The plot is quite complicated. Jerry runs into an old friend from college, Diane, who seems quite interested in learning how George is doing. Because George had just told Jerry all about a TV show involving marine biologists, and because Jerry doesn't want to admit that George is unemployed and living with his parents, he tells Diane that George IS a marine biologist. A bit later, George questions why Jerry didn't tell her he was an architect, saying, "I always wanted to pretend to be an architect." On a couple of occasions he shows that marine biology might not be his things because he keeps referring to whales as "fish." When corrected, he says, "Whatever." Meanwhile, Elaine has a chance to work with a famous Russian author. Just before going to pick him up at the airport, with her boss, Jerry and Kramer accidentally sabotage her chances of making a good impression. Jerry does it by getting her to believe a joke story about the novel War and Peace. Kramer by giving her an electronic organizer that has an alarm, that Elaine only partially gets to use before picking up the author.
In the limo, right after Elaine embarrasses herself with the story about the novel, her organizer goes off. The Russian is driven, instantly, nuts by the noise and when Elaine can't turn it off, he flings it out the window.
Since this is Seinfeld, you know it doesn't just drop on the ground. It hits a woman in the head. She finds Jerry's name in a list of contacts. Jerry meets her, and, of course, wants to date her, and promises to help find out who's organizer it is. He soon figures it out and he and Elaine go see the Russian with Jerry secretly trying to record the author admitting he threw the machine out of the window.
Kramer has already asked the others if they'd like to join him in hitting a bucket of golf balls into the ocean. When nobody else is interested, he goes out alone and finds himself mostly swinging and missing.
The next day, George is walking with Diane along the beach when they encounter a crowd of people standing around. They learn that there is a beached whale that seems to be in distress. A voice calls out, "Is anyone here a marine biologist?" We don't see what happens next, but know George will get into trouble no matter how he reacts to that question.
The final scene has the gang in Monk's as George captivates everyone with his story about how he was the hero of the day. I won't report the finish, figuring you either don't want it spoiled or you well remember how hilarious it was. The DVD extra reports that the laughter at the end was as long as any in the entire series. I will provide one line from George's story: "The sea was angry that day, my friends, like an old man trying to send back soup in a deli." This produced hilariously puzzled looks from his friends and great laughter from the audience.
All the segments were tremendously funny and I even think the behaviors of each of the group were more logical than usual, which makes for less to criticize. This is a 10 on my list because I don't give anything a higher score.
Good mystery, sad personal story for the captain
We begin by seeing a homeless fellow, named Gerry, sitting in a car in a junkyard, talking to his pet rat. He happens to be a witness to seeing someone get attacked after hearing some of an argument. We get glimpses of this but never get a clear view of the attacker.
Then Gerry is seen and chased, but he gets out of the junkyard and finds a cruising police car and tells them what he saw. The killer got away but Gerry is alrightjust that nobody knows where he is.
As Monk and Natalie are at the crime scene, Captain Sottlemeyer takes a phone call from his wife and stays close enough to all the people on the scene that they can hear him in a big argument. When he hangs up, one of the officers in uniform starts razzing the captain, saying his wife is a nice lady and he needs to treat her better. As the captain gets more and more upset, the officer, a Sergeant Sharkey, admits to having an affair with his wife. Sottlemeyer belts him, and as he is pulled away, Sharkey claims a tooth was knocked out.
Stottlemeyer confronts his wife at home and is more distressed when she refuses to deny having an affair, claiming it is a ridiculous question. We hear about several serious problems they are having. The captain engages Natalie and Monk to follow his wife to see if she is seeing this Sharkey. They do so and see her meet someone whom they can only get a glimpse of from behind. It could be Sharkey, but they aren't sure.
There is a scene of a police lineup and one of Stottlemeyer in an anger-management classfor punching the cop.
I won't reveal anything about how the case is solved other than to say I thought it was a big surprise as to who was involved.
But what troubled me was, (SPOILER, if you need it) that the captain's wife does want to leave him. The captain is totally perplexed at what the problem is. He knows they are having problems but she won't really talk to him and nobody ever suggests counseling to work things out. I hate Hollywood productions making the subject of marriage breakups where one person doesn't really know why and the other party doesn't seem interested in working to save the marriage. The downer at the end is the cause of my low score here, a 5.
Seinfeld: The Masseuse (1993)
Kramer is the only normal person in this episode
Seinfeld's "The Masseuse" is one that features Jerry, George and Elaine all appearing to need psychiatrists. In this episode, Kramer is the most normal of the gang.
We learn that George has gone back to dating Karen, the women who drove him nuts recently for appearing to get more exciting from eating than from "being with" George. He arranges a double date with Jerry and Jodi, a masseuse. We also learn early on that Jerry is troubled by the fact that Jodi hasn't yet given him a massage, even though, professionally, she has done so for both George and Kramer. They've had sex several times, but he wants a massage.
There is an odd bit of conversation where the characters act as if hiring someone to come to your home with a portable massage table is a universally common thing that everyone does. It is done, for sure, but certainly is not a common thing. People with the desire for a massage most commonly go to some therapist's office for the treatment. Millions of us have never had a professional massage but in this show, perhaps in New York and LA, that is unheard ofI don't know.
Kramer is seen having just had a massage with Jodi, and he goes on and on describing to Jerry how wonderful it is. Jealous Jerry forbids Kramer from hiring her again, even though he insists she's better at it than anyone else.
At supper with the double daters, we see George in the middle of regaling everyone with one of his stories. Except Jodi, who seems bored by the story. She asks, "What did she say?" in reaction to what George just said that he said in the situation. George says, "Well, I didn't say that out loud." Jodi counters, "Well you just said you did." A minute later George makes a generalization about good-looking women never getting traffic tickets. Jodi counters, "My sister gets lots of tickets. Are you saying she isn't good looking?" George gave a good response about there being exceptions to the rule.
Jodi and Jerry leave and Karen seems eager to leave with George for some "alone" time. George is more interested in talking about whether or not Jodi likes him.
The Elaine plot is separate, dealing with her boyfriend having the same name as a serial killer, Joel Rifkin. She tries to get him to consider changing his name. In an ironic twist from a show filmed before the murders involving O.J. Simpson, Elaine suggests he become O.J. Rifkin. That is funnier now than it was when this show first aired.
Later on, he agrees and they both prepare lists of names to consider. When they come to share their lists, Joel has ten very nice, normal adult male names, and Elaine shoots down every one for the stupidest reasons, or for no reason. When we get to her list, we viewers think, "We would never let her name our child, or dog, cat, gerbil, whatever." The dumb part of this plot is that the obvious solution would be to start going by his middle name, or possibly the two initials. A middle name is never suggested, which is quite bizarre.
Meanwhile, back at Jerry's, Jodi freely tells Jerry that she doesn't like George. She wants to get intimate with him but all Jerry wants is a massage. It is a twist on the usual, where the guy who is more eager for the thing he hasn't had with a given girlfriend, than what he does frequently. He keeps putting her hands on him, trying to get her to just massage him without even thinking about it. Of course, we viewers are screaming "Why don't you try asking her, you idiot?" To me, this was the weakest plot in the show because they make it clear that Jerry will go to great lengths to trap her into a massage but will not one time try asking her for a massage.
Back at Karen's apartment, she is seeking intimacy with George, and he knows it, but he can't stop thinking about Jodi. Jerry revealed that she doesn't like him and he is determined to change that. Karen, frustrated at his obsession, asks, "Does everyone have to like you?" George, of course, replies, "Yes!" Of course this leads to an instant fight and a breakup and George goes to Jerry's to see Jodi to try to change her opinion of him.
Jerry has opened up her massage table at his apartment and basically tried to force her to massage him. She gets mad using numerous lines that seem like what you usually hear only with "massage" substituted for "sex." Although the episode is funny, three of the characters are much more weird than usual and all of the plots seem unnatural even for this gang of oddballs. I cannot give it more than a 7.
Be Big! (1931)
A one-joke movie that really drags on too long
"Be Big" features our two heroes happily about to go on a vacation to Atlantic City with their wives. The bags are packed, they are on the verge of leaving for the train when the phone rings, for Ollie. It is a lodge brother, telling him about a "surprise stag party" being underway in their honor.
I would be perturbed at this last-minute invitation. I also wouldn't want to cut short a vacation trip with my wife. I should mention both Stan and Ollie have good-looking wives in this film, and are presented as having no reason to NOT want this vacation trip.
But Ollie decides to go along, so he feigns illness and, despite acting like a wounded moose, convinces his wife and Stan's to take the train as planned. "Stan can stay and take care of me. Tomorrow, I'll feel fine and we can join you then." The wives go along with this non-sense and head off to the train station.
The boys now need to change into their hunting outfits for the stag party. Ollie tells Stan to go (across the hall) to get his outfit and they can change together. Ollie is next seen struggling to pull on a boot. With Stan's help, he finally gets it on, only to learn that he has squeezed Stan's boot onto his foot. They now spend several more minutes struggling to take it off.
Virtually half of this entire short film deals with the struggles with the one boot on Ollie's right foot. They wind up pulling off curtain rods and causing other havoc in the apartment. The finish, which naturally involves the wives returning and discovering the hoax, has some gunshots which truly destroy the apartment, without, of course, harming any people.
The boot antics could have been amusing if trimmed to two minutes or fewer. But around 12 minutes or more of this was so tedious I found myself just wanting it to end. If they had tried different tactics, it might have worked, but the vast majority of the time simply had Stan trying to get into a position to pull the boot off. Way too repetitious to be funny for even one-eighth the length of the bit.
This makes it one of the least-funny Laurel and Hardy short I've seen. Sorry to have to give it a 3.
Lassie a thief--really
Here we see Timmy excited to go to Calverton with Uncle Petrie because they have a stand where he can ride a pony. Uncle Petrie has some business at the bank, and he pays $1.50 so Timmy can have 10 pony rides while he is gone. As Timmy is gleefully riding around the circular path on a pony named "Star" and exhibiting the natural imaginative fun a boy of his age could have, the two men who run the ride are talking about getting out of town that night"two more days before the bank finds out", we hear.
Timmy enjoyed riding Star so much that he asks his parents (second episode for parent set # 2) about praying for God to get him, not just a pony, but Star in particular. He is advised that prayers are better for thanking God, but there would be nothing wrong with just "wishing" for a pony. We see him praying thankfully, with Lassie right beside him as though she too is praying. Then, Timmy explains that now he is just wishing, and he wishes to have Star.
I couldn't help but think about Disney's "When you wish upon a star." There were two kinds of magic that came next. First, Lassie, somehow understood what Timmy wanted, and when he went to bed, she went to townliterally. Luckily, she arrived just as the two men were loading all their ponies and other objects into their truck, about to take off. Lassie barked and the pony neighed as though they understood each other. The second magic was the way the men were a bit negligent and allowed Star to run off the truck following Lassie and the two animals raced off toward Timmy's house. If they had just tied her on the truck right away, Star could not have run away with Lassie.
It was a brilliantly lit moonlit nightlooked almost sunny to meas we saw the animals racing along. Right behind them was the truck, clearly driving at night, with the two men, simply trying to retrieve their pony. At one point, Lassie and Star stopped and the men got out and tried to catch Star. But Lassie grabbed the rope attached to Star and led her running away, while one of the men fell and hurt his ankle. So the men gave up their pursuit.
Back at the farm, Lassie opened the barn door, led Star to a stall and closed the barn door behind her, jumping back into the bedroom and going to sleep on the floor beside Timmy's bed.
In the morning, Lassie showed Timmy the ponyliterally sticking his head through the bedroom window and Timmy thought his "wish" had magically come true. The parents couldn't explain what happened, and Paul took Timmy and Star back to Calverton to see what he could learn. When he got there, the sheriff explained that the men had taken off, owing money to several merchants and nobody knew where they were. The only asset left was Star.
The sheriff arranged for the merchants to meet with the judge later that day. Timmy and Paul stayed, with Star being given a jail cell for safekeeping. The judge (SPOILER) decreed that Timmy could keep the pony he so earnestly believed had been magically given to him, but the men who were owed money would have to be paid by Timmybut he had three years to do so. Next scene was Timmy with a line of kids waiting to pay him 15¢ to ride his pony.
Green Acres fans will enjoy seeing Roy Trendell and Newt Kiley in guest roles. They were never together.
Unresolved was the matter of what happened to the two men who took off. I guess catching them would have been more important if they had robbed the bankwhat I thought they were planning at first.
Again, Lassie was "Superdog" racing all the way to town to bring back the pony for Timmy, a stunt for which she obviously had not been trained or even directed to do. It was fun watching them race along together for miles and miles. I confess to thinking there was the unmentioned issue of Lassie actually stealing this pony that did belong to the two men. She certainly didn't know they were leaving with other people's money.
I would say kids would find this episode quite fun but there was nothing much for adults other than a couple of lame jokes between Paul and Ruth about wishing. I'll give it a 5 overall.
How quickly friends will turn on each other
This is a fairly funny episode overall, but it always troubled me the way the friends turned on each other.
Lucy's kitchen is full of clothes hanging to dry because of expected rain outside that day. She (again) pleads for Ricky to buy a dryer but he insists they can't afford it. Lucy tells Ethel she's going to insist on it when Ricky gets home that evening. (I always thought it funny how this night-club performer arrives home from work almost every evening just like the guys with the 9-5 jobs.) Rickey surprises her with news that he found a good deal and is getting her a dryer AND a brand new washer. She already had a nice washer. When Ricky says he got a good deal and the man is going to give him $35 trade in for their washer, Ethel and Fred talk him into selling it to them instead, because Ethel's washer is very old and doesn't work well. Fred is about to get a check for Ricky but is told not to worry about that now, let's get the machine moved to your apartment.
The first time they try to use it, the top door opens on its own and spews out water and clothes all over the Mertz's kitchen. Ethel says, "Good thing we found out in time!" Now starts the big argument. Fred and Ethel insist they are not going to pay for this. Ricky and Lucy insist they took possession and it is theirs and they have to pay for it. With welchers like that for friends, Ricky should have insisted on cash before they took possession.
A fix-it man says he'll buy it for $50. Both Ethel and Lucy find this out separately, and think the other side doesn't know. Now they fight over who owns it, only the opposite way than they fought before.
The rare scenes of the couples' back porches were cool. Two times the machine was being pushed or pulled along the narrow walkway as they argued over who the owner was.
I enjoyed the funny lines and think this a decent episode. What troubled me was that the script didn't carefully write the lines so you could side with either couple. Instead, each of them stated things that were flat out lies, such as Ethel saying, "You practically forced us to buy it." as she accused them of plotting the whole thing in advance, knowing the machine was no good. Earlier that day she had been admiring what a nice machine Lucy had, compared with her own.
Like most Lucy shows, you have to ignore part of the plot to enjoy the show. Here, the poor way each pair treats the other couple needs to be ignored to enjoy the episode.
Seinfeld: The Lip Reader (1993)
Lip Readers are valued by Jerry's friends
In Season 5, most episodes have every characters' plot interacting, and in this one the laughs never end. George and Jerry have great seats at the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament, where Jerry is captivated by a lineswoman, played by Marlee Matlin. George goes off between matches and enjoys an ice cream Sundae, oblivious to the fact that TV cameras show him with ice cream and sauce all over his face, while announcers are ridiculing him.
Jerry meets the lineswoman, Laura, who turns out to be deaf. At a restaurant with Laura, George and Jerry, our two guys have a hilarious scene where they briefly converse while hiding their mouths so Laura won't read what they are saying. George wants Jerry to ask her to read lips to "eavesdrop" for him. They use all sorts of ways to hide their mouths, then as Jerry goes along with George's request, before he can get the words out, Laura says, "I'll do it." All their subterfuge didn't matter, somehow.
In different short scenes, when everyone learns Jerry is dating someone who can lip read, they want to "borrow her" to spy on someone they know. Even Newman shows up asking Jerry to let him have her for one day. He has one of his great lines when Jerry refuses, about the importance of his job: "When you control the mail you control INFORMATION." George wants Jerry and Laura to go to a friend's party to learn why his girlfriend just broke up with him. He figures it was because she saw him on TV with ice cream and sauce on his face. He was further angered that she used "his" line in breaking up"it's not you, it's me," which he believes he alone should be able to say.
Elaine's part of the show deals with using her company's car service but trying to avoid talking with the driver. She tells him she's going deaf, but reveals herself to be a phony when she reacts to something that came over the radio. She tries to make it up to him, with disastrous results, the way things usually work out for Elaine.
Meanwhile, through Laura, Kramer gets to tryout to be a ballboy for the finals of the tennis tournament. This leads to disaster for Monica Seles, as it almost always does when a celebrity encounters KramerBette Midler, Mickey Mantle, Kathy Lee Gifford, etc.
Kramer learned sign language years ago and works to help the guys with their scheme at the party. George's ex-girlfriend is across the room from George, talking to his friend. Laura reads her lips and signs them to Kramer, who translates to George and Jerry. As is his custom, the K-man misinterprets some of the signs, which causes George to humiliate himself in front of his friend and ex girlfriend.
To me, this episode had everything in it that makes this a great series. I think it a 10 because every scene was funny and all the plots worked magnificently.
Almost everyone does something stupid here
This episode was one of those "stupid" plots, where virtually everyone in it does something stupid at some point.
We start off with Timmy walking to school. We learn that he meanders so much that he keeps showing up late for school. That afternoon, Paul and Ruth are worried because he is late in getting home. He finally arrives and explains that he had to stay after because he was late again for school that morning.
Ruth's reaction, when talking to Paul after Timmy leaves the room, is to reward him with a bike so he can get to school faster. I thought this dumb because it was stated that he left in plenty of time that morning. Like most TV husbands, Paul gives him and plans to get him a bike in a few days. But of course, he won't let the boy know it, or let him help pick out one he likes, the way a normal father would do. No, he'll select it and surprise him.
The next few days, Timmy is busy renting a bike from his friend Mike, who was played by one of the worst child actors I have ever seen. He delivered his lines like the kid in 3rd grade who would stand up in class and read from the bookthe kid who got a "D" in reading. He wouldn't lend his bike to Timmy, who was trying to learn how to ride one, but he'd rent it to him for a quarter for each "practice" session.
Come Saturday, Timmy's riding his bike, looking down and almost runs into a hobo walking along. We know he's a hobo from the way he's dressed and the traditional bindle he carriedbag for possessions tied to the end of a stick. The hobo is upset, but that's it. Until he sees Timmy doing his part to add to the dumbness of this plot.
Seeing his dad's truck coming in the distance, Timmy doesn't want him to know he is learning how to ride a bike, so he goes off into the bushes and hides it. What I didn't get is why not hide yourself and Lassie with you. When dad goes by, continue on the bike. Instead, he hides the bike, but Lassie and Timmy are given a ride by dad.
Later, Timmy tries to retrieve the bike but it is gone. Lassie tries to track itthe hobo hid it in bushes a few feet away, but instead, Timmy ignores Lassie and goes to tell Mike he can't find his bike. Back home, he fesses up to what he's done.
Now it's Paul's turn to be dumb. Instead of saying, "Let's go find Mike's bike," he takes Timmy out to the barn and shows him the new bike, then instructs him to walk it over, don't ride it"It's not yours" to give to Mike. He plans to wait until Timmy is on the way home before going out to meet him and look for the bike.
Timmy and Lassie get to the site first and Lassie leads Timmy toward the bike. The hobo, taking his turn in the "dummy" competition, didn't walk off with the bike after he saw Timmy go away in his dad's truck. He lounged around for some time, and only now tries to walk it away. Lassie catches him and does her usual "snarl-and-hold-the-arm" trick. Paul shows up, pulls Lassie off him and tells him to get out of there. I cannot believe I'm spoiling this for anyone by revealing Timmy got his new bikeafter two weeks--and Mike got his bike back.
There was nothing at all funny. The "lesson" I guess, is if you keep walking too slowly to get to school, your parents will get you a bike, even though you were lucky not to lose your friend's bike when you stupidly left it along the road. I think Ruth, Paul, Timmy, and the hobo all did dumb things, making the plot possible.
If you just like the parts with the dog, all Lassie did was stop the hobo from stealing the bike with her usual tactic. Even for Timmy fans, I cannot recommend this show.
Lassie: The Greyhound (1958)
Extremely hokey action
Caught this episode yesterday. It truly demonstrates the difference between the "Jeff" years of Lassie, and the "Timmy" years. Not every episode after Timmy took over fits the description I give, but too many of them did. It annoyed me as a kid when they were airing and keeps me, generally, from watching as an adult.
Simply put: When Lassie became companion to Timmy, she moved from just being an intelligent dog to being "Superdog," capable of many things you would never think a dog could possibly do.
In this episode, a prized racing greyhound winds up at the Martin farm after being dog-napped. The Martins take care of it, (Paul's truck injured it in a minor collision) and Doc Weaver is the one who wound up discovering that the dog had its fur dyed to change his appearance. A handy newspaper headline reveals the kidnapping story. Paul calls the dog's owner and they await that man's arrival to turn the dog over.
A man comes to the house and Ruth (Cloris Leachman) assumes he is the owner and immediately turns him over. You'd think with the big news about the dog-napping, she would have been more careful. They did not explain how the dog-napper knew to go to the Martins to claim the dog.
A few minutes later, the real owner shows up. Since it has only been ten minutes since the other man left with the dog, Paul and the owner set out to catch up to the dog in his dog-napper's panel truck.
This is the part that gets me. Timmy tells Lassie to get the other dog. Lassie wasn't there when the dog-napper picked up the other dog and never saw the panel truck. Somehow, she knows to 1) race over the fields to cut off the truck (it could have turned either way out of the driveway, 2) after cutting through fields, she knew to just wait for the truck to come down the road, then 3) leap into the speeding truck at just the right time to land inside, then gnaw at the driver's hand until he stopped the truck, then hang on until help arrives in the form of Paul and the dog's owner.
The fact that the help arrived in about 30 seconds proves how much faster two men can drive a vehicle than a dog-napper escaping with his victim can drive, seeing as he had a ten-minute head start.
I mean, based on what Timmy said to Lassie, the dog would have had no way of knowing the dog was being stolen, he just told her to go get her. But it was the sight of Lassie stopping at the side of the road and waiting for the truck so she could jump into itjust instinctively knowing this approaching vehicle would be the one containing the dog she was seekingthat made me shake my head at the phoniness of this episode.