Wednesday, May 21, 2008


Today marked the beginning of the annual Fleet Week in New York City, when plenty of big ships, aircraft carriers and the like from the navies of the United States and Canada, sailed up the East River to dock for the next seven days. During the coming week, you won't be able to fling a dead cat near where I work without hitting a sailor. (You won't need the dead cat if you plan to hit on a sailor!)

This should be Fleet Week in Toobworld as well, although I don't think there'll be any fresh programming to be found in celebration of the event. However, we have enough sitcoms and dramas to mark the occasion with an evening's TV schedule.

This being Toobworld, we don't have to concern ourselves with trivial matters like networks; Toobworld is Televisione sans frontieres! The only thing I looked for would be that the shows were in same TV dimension. Therefore, I excluded an episode of 'Spin City' which had Lou Diamond Phillips in a guest starring role as Nate, Carter's Navy boyfriend. That sitcom takes place in an alternate New York City where the Mayor was Randall Winston and not Rudy Giuliani, as it was in the main Toobworld as well as in the real world.

So here's the evening's line-up for Toobworld's Fleet Week salute:

8 PM
"The One With The Chicken Pox"
Originally aired: Thursday May 9, 1996 on NBC
Phoebe's boyfriend Ryan is coming for two weeks after a couple of years at sea on a submarine. When he enters her apartment he finds Phoebe with a cloth over her head and she tells Ryan that she has chicken pox, Ryan then reveals that he has never had chicken pox but he doesn't care so he goes over and kisses Phoebe. Ross comes back for Rachel's purse to find Phoebe and Ryan scratching each other violently. He leaves quietly.

8:30 PM
'Sex And The City'
"Anchors Away"
Originally aired: Sunday July 21, 2002 on HBO
It's fleet week, when the city swarms with US Navy boys, who invite the non-moms to a hot party. Fleet Week docks in New York and the gals eyeball the sailor boys, looking for fun. A sailor tells Carrie that she reminds him of his mom. She says, "Buh-bye!" An officer asks Charlotte to show him her tits. She does, and Carrie freaks.

9 PM
Originally aired: Wednesday May 10, 2006 on CBS
Fleet week has begun in New York City. Several soldiers are showing kids how to find soldiers covered in leaves. While doing this one of the soldier still covered in leaves is watching the kids and he notices a body behind some bushes. He immediately calls in for help, removing the body before the kids find it.

10 PM
'Law & Order'
"Navy Blues"
Wednesday October 15, 1997 on NBC
McCoy finds himself battling the Navy and the office of the Judge Advocate General as he tries to prosecute a female pilot accused of murdering her married lover after he tried to break off with her.

[Plot descriptions from]

Toby OB
Det. Flack:
"Unfortunately, low-lifes know it's Fleet Week also.
Service men are easy targets because they're easy to spot."
Mac Taylor:
"A uniform isn't a bullseye, it's a badge of honor."

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