Tuesday, November 27, 2007


While investigating a report about the comic book "Cosmic Man" (thanks to fellow student of Westphallia "RAF"), I came across this snippet of dialogue from the first season of 'Everybody Hates Chris':

"Do I look like Florence from 'The Jeffersons'?"

No wonder everybody hates Chris if he's gonna go around Zonking like that back in 1982!

It was supposed to be a reference to the hit sitcom for the benefit of the audience. But within the reality of Toobworld, it's a Zonkish slap upside the head. 'The Jeffersons' and 'Everybody Hates Chris' should be sharing the same TV dimension.

And with Florence Johnston already inducted into the TV Crossover Hall of Fame this year, we don't want to go thinking about tossing "EHC" into some alternate dimension. Because that's the show that would have to go, since 'The Jeffersons' is already well-established in Earth Prime-Time with all of its many crossovers.

I think this Zonk can be fixed.

Although we never saw it happen, apparently Rochelle and Julius Rock may have known the Jeffersons. Maybe not as friends; they were on different social levels by that point in Time. But perhaps the Rocks were customers at one of George Jefferson's dry cleaning establishments throughout the City.

And it could be that not only did they come to know the Jeffersons through the business connection, but perhaps on occasion they ran into the Jeffersons' maid Florence Johnston.

It seems kind of weak, but only because it doesn't have the dramatic oomph of TV reality. Instead, it feels more like something that actually could happen in mundane real life.

And if so, we don't get Rocked by a Zonk.

Toby OB

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