Wednesday, July 2, 2008


Looks like with today's Tiddlywinkydink, we've got some splainin to do.....
It took only three weeks for 'In Plain Sight' to ingratiate itself into the official version of the TV Universe. US Marshal Mary Shannon did a quick cameo in an episode of 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent', appearing with Detective Mike Logan, his partner, and their boss.

Two weeks after that, her partner, Marshal Marshall Mann, punctured the dream when he mentioned that their current situation was right out of an episode of 'Law & Order', the parent series.
This could be salvaged from being a Zonk. Luckily, no other details were given; sometimes the scriptwriter throws in a reference to an old TV show and then has to beat it over the head to make sure the audience understands what it meant. To me, it doesn't even make sense to bother if you have to make that kind of effort.

Of course, if the TV Universe was supposed to make sense, we wouldn't have parental units reincarnated as pick-ups.

What could save the integrity of the Toobworld mosaic is that 'Law & Order' is such a generic title. It really could be about anything in the criminal justice system. Hell, if it hadn't been for the context, it could have been the title for a show on cosmic balance.

So, fine. Let there be a show called 'Law & Order' in the TV Universe. Let Dick Wolf produce it, for all I care.

So long as Marshall didn't throw in the "chu-chung" sound effect, I think we're good.

Toby OB

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