Wednesday, October 14, 2015


'Green Acres'
"I Didn't Raise My Pig To Be A Soldier"

On their honeymoon, Oliver and Lisa Douglas traveled on the Orient Express, where they "just happened" to run into Lisa's mother - selling chopped chicken liver sandwiches on the train.

The Orient Express is one of those real-world "locations" which can serve as a crossover touchstone in Toobworld.

Weeding out the cartoons, variety specials, and news documentaries, the Orient Express can connect this episode of 'Green Acres' to the following shows:

  • 'Orient Express' was a syndicated TV series in the early-to-mid-1950s. Filmed in Europe, its half-hour dramas featured such stars as Paul Lukas, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Geraldine Brooks, and Erich von Stroheim.
  • "Minder on the Orient Express" (1985): a special episode of the long-running ITV sit-com 'Minder'.
  • The episode "Emergence" of the science fiction television series 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' partially takes place on a Holodeck representation of the Orient Express.
  • In the British soap opera 'EastEnders', in 1986, characters Den and Angie Watts spent their honeymoon on the train. It was also where it was revealed that Angie was lying about her illness, preceding the ultimate storyline in Christmas 1986.
  • "Aboard the Orient Express" - 'Get Smart' series 1, episode 13, is set on the Orient Express, though filmed on set. 
  • In an episode of the television series 'Chuck', Chuck and Sarah decide to go AWOL and take a trip on the Orient Express.
  • At the end of the 'Doctor Who' episode "The Big Bang", the Doctor receives a call for help from the "Orient Express — in space". This setting is used in the episode "Mummy on the Orient Express", including a reference to the ending of "The Big Bang".
  • In episode 15 of television series 'Forever', Dr. Henry Morgan traveled from Budapest to Istanbul with his wife Abigail Morgan on his honeymoon in 1955. He performed an appendectomy on a member of the fictional Urkesh royalty.

(from 'Wikipedia')

Even though the original Orient Express didn't show up in those episodes from 'Doctor Who' and 'Star Trek: The Next Generation', their recreations were O'Bviously based on the real thing.


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