Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Carpe Ductum!

One of our favorite shows to watch is The Red/Green Show, as seen on PBS from 10 to 11pm on Saturday nights. This show has been on the air for 15 years and this year will be its final season. While I only discovered this gem around four years ago, it quickly became a laugh-out-loud favorite and now is one that Nolan hates to miss as well.

The show is set up in northern Canada at the infamous Possum Lodge, whose motto is Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati (when all else fails, play dead).

Steve Smith plays the acerbic, dry-witted Red Green, lodge leader and host of the show that takes special aim at the yet unexplored humorous side of the male ego and other inflatables. Pat McKenna plays Harold, Red's techno-geek nephew, and Rick Green (no relation to Red) is the klutzy naturalist Bill. Each week they pass the time bonding, adventuring, entrepreneuring and basically keeping the eight-year-old in them alive and well.

Regular segments include "Handyman's Corner," which highlights Red's philosophy: "If women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy." Using the handyman's secret weapon "duct tape," Red demonstrates innovative and useful construction tips on everything from turning a refrigerator into a dishwasher, to converting a hot water tank into a mini-submarine. Nolan LOVES watching the different uses of duct tape. As they say: "Carpe Ductum!" Seize the duct tape!

Every episode ends with the beginnings of a lodge meeting where the motto is recited and heads are bowed for the "Man's Prayer":

I'm a man.
But I can change.
If I have to.
I guess.

But two weeks ago they recited for the first time "The Woman's Prayer" because the lodge was overrun by female executives and CEOs in the area for a retreat. My wife loved it.

I am woman.
Hear me roar.
I'm in charge.
Get over it.

Red Green and the gang will be missed. It provided clean, light-hearted and much needed laughter in a world gone raving mad. Catch it if you can before it's gone. And as Red says at the end of each episode: "Keep your stick on the ice."


At 11:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVE Red Green. Even Harold. Ok, not Harold. I LOVE Red Green.



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