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Old 10-18-2018, 12:25 AM   #16
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I'm left-handed, and people of that era were mostly not forced to right-hand. (I grew up in the 50s and 60s and was not forced).

I think a lot of left-handed people are more ambidextrous than right-handed people. I played (most) sports with the right hand (as I think many lefties do), and I drink with the right hand. A girl who sat next to me at work used scissors with her right hand.

The forced to right-hand stuff happened in the 30s and 40s and probably before. My mother's best friend was forced to be right-handed.
Michael Lembeck ( Det.Paul Gardeno) is left handed ! When he first comes on board in Barney Miller and is checking in you can clearly see he is signing in on the board with his left hand! Also in One day at a time (as Max) ,he is for sure left handed as we can see in his writing and eating!!

Michael was born in 1948 , wondering if his parents or in school tried to make him right handed ? But than he wasn't in school till the 1950's !


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The forced to right-hand stuff happened in the 30s and 40s and probably before. My mother's best friend was forced to be right-handed.
Yeah, my dad is 77 and he was forced to be right-handed.
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Thanks for these! I think "Fog" might give the last line to JJ Barry (who usually plays Arthur Duncan), who looks up as the man is playing and asks, "What year is this?" Always cracks me up.
That's right! It was a rather dark episode (the main storyline revolved around a depressed Barney getting turned down for Deputy Inspector for the third time) but that line during that bittersweet final scene was perfect and made me laugh. The show was so good at injecting humour whenever things got too dramatic and/or tense.
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Does anyone know the episode where Harris disappears for several minutes, returns after crazy stuff has happened, and just says, "There is not one tea bag in this entire precinct." I haven't seen it in years, so am assuming it's something that gets cut for syndication?
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Does anyone know the episode where Harris disappears for several minutes, returns after crazy stuff has happened, and just says, "There is not one tea bag in this entire precinct." I haven't seen it in years, so am assuming it's something that gets cut for syndication?
It's from "Tontine" (8x08) which I saw just a couple of weeks ago. It's a really good one: a man wants to commit suicide to leave the tontine to other surviving member and his cousin. The cousin almost dies but is saved by a CPR instructor. As the ambulance is wheeling him out of the Squad Room an absent Harris returns and Barney asks him "Where have you been?" and he answers with the afformentioned line.
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It's from "Tontine" (8x08) which I saw just a couple of weeks ago.
Thanks! Here it is on Antenna TV tonight!
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Something I'm noticing now (watching the first episodes of season 1) that I didn't notice a few months ago when the show first started airing season 1, Wojo is so goofy and annoying and kind of rude, too. He's chewing gum, loudly, all the time and he isn't very nice to Fish or Nick. The character changes somewhere along the line, and I hope it's sooner rather than later, but right now I see him as the weak link in this show, very unappealing. All the other actors are great and I know that eventually Wojo catches up but as of season 1, episode 4, I mostly can NOT stand him.
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Something I'm noticing now (watching the first episodes of season 1) that I didn't notice a few months ago when the show first started airing season 1, Wojo is so goofy and annoying and kind of rude, too. He's chewing gum, loudly, all the time and he isn't very nice to Fish or Nick. The character changes somewhere along the line, and I hope it's sooner rather than later, but right now I see him as the weak link in this show, very unappealing. All the other actors are great and I know that eventually Wojo catches up but as of season 1, episode 4, I mostly can NOT stand him.
I agree. I missed the first couple of seasons the first time they aired on TV but now that they started over again, I'm watching with my mom every night and we both agree he's almost unbearable. His goofy laugh, constant gum chewing and macho, chauvanistic attitude is a real turn off. He does slowly become a more well rounded, likeable character though. I think by Season 5 is when we really start to see it. I'm really glad the writers decided to change him.
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I think that Wojo was supposed to be "the dumb Polack" at first. There was undoubtedly intended at the start of the show to have a strong component of ethnic contrast. That was wiped out very fast, but I guess it was tricky to change Wojo, as he couldn't be turned into a generic wisecracker very easily.
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Nick was never in a scene outside the Squad Room.

Watching "The Courtesans" (1x05) last week, I noticed the laughter from the studio audience was awkward, like they didn't know to laugh after the jokes. Also, the editing in the opening scenes with all the hookers was badly done. I know the network I watch it on splices a bit off to make more room for commercials, so maybe that's why. Does anyone who owns the DVD confirm if this is indeed the network's fault or just a badly edited episode with awkward laughter?
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It's surprising that Harry the Snitch (Danny Dayton).never showed up again after the early "Esxape Artist" episode. He's just the sort of character who should have been back now and then. Dayton was on tons of shows then, including recurring on the Archie Bunker shows, so maybe he was just too busy?
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Did you notice how HOT and ADORABLE he is???????? For obvious reasons, my favorite Barney Miller episode!!!!!








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I'm really noticing how entertaining Linda Lavin is as Wentworth. I didn't even realize she was on this show and only know her from being on "Alice," a show where she is the least memorable character to me, I'm sorry to say. But on "Barney Miller" she is so great and funny and crazy. I wonder how her character would have evolved if she remained on the show. I'm guessing they would have mellowed the character a bit, as the years went by.
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Yes, Wentworth almost seems unhinged at times, which is a good thing for comedy.
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agree with you about Wentworth, KatieAnn. She only appeared in 5 episodes but really left her mark. I liked her spunky, gung ho attitude and how she was able to hold her own with the men. If Linda Lavin hasn't left to star in "Alice", I think she would have continued her role and it would've been interesting to see how her character would develop over time.

I see the name Noam Pitlik a lot and found out he directed half the series' 170 episodes. He directed all 22 episodes in Season 6 and all but 3 episodes in Season 5 (which were directed by Max Gail). Very impressive!
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