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The Osbournes, Season 2, Episode 20: Editing Is Your Friend!by Dale Sherman -- 08/19/2003
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First off, I thought we finally had a winner as to the song Robert was dancing to in the earlier episode. A reader reported that he believed the song to be “Do You Want Me?” from the group Da Buzz. The reader looking for an answer, however, says that this is not the song. So we’re still on the lookout for the answer here. If you do come across it, go ahead and email me with the answer even though this will be the last Osbournes article for a while. I’ll pass along any answers to the other reader and hopefully we can get this mystery solved.
Other big news this week was seeing the ads for the Second Season DVD boxset. The set will have a lot of extras, it appears, and will be available on September 30th. It’s currently available for preorder at Amazon.com.
But the biggest news in fan-circles was that of this week’s episode that wraps up the season. So we’ll jump right into the recap.
The title of the episode is “Ozz Well That Ends Well,” and it begins with Ozzy sitting on the front steps of the house with Jack, Sharon, and a woman whose face is digitally-censored. Most probably this is Aimee, the lost first daughter of the family. While Sharon and the mystery woman talk, Ozzy is singing the theme song to The Flintstones and mentions that he would want a theme song like that for his show. He begins singing his own version of The Flintstones theme song, inserting “The Osbournes” as he sings. Minnie begins barking in the background and Jack turns around to tell her to shut up. Ozzy covers by saying that the barking will be the chorus of the new theme song. The Minnie incident is the first foreshadowing of things to come.
After the opening credits, Jack is seen in Sharon’s bedroom with Ozzy’s friend from the fishing-trip, David, standing nearby. Jack and Sharon are petting Minnie. Jack tells the two of them that he had recently been in a situation where he had been in a deep sleep and when others had woken him up, he had gotten very violent. Sharon seems to be falling asleep just listening to Jack, but David doesn’t put much stock into worrying about it, as the incident was a “stupid thing.” Meanwhile, an ominous shot of Minnie the dog appears. Foreshadowing Number Two.
Out on the road, Kelly is in her hotel room with Melinda and is talking to someone on the phone about her boyfriend Bert. According to Kelly, Bert is in the process of trying to get Kelly a job with the band as some type of flunkie or gopher, oblivious to Kelly’s singing career. Kelly tells the caller that she is not happy with Bert’s suggestion, as she “already has a job” and concludes the conversation by mentioning that she believes Bert to be “retarded” and doesn’t want to talk to him.
Back at the house, Jack is talking with Ozzy about getting violent after being woken up. Jack relates it to the old wives’ tale about not waking up a sleepwalker. Ozzy tells Jack that he had never had that type of problem and that he never heard of the “don’t wake up a sleepwalker” tale. Jack merely replies, “Oh, just curious.”
But that’s not the end of the story for Jack. He is seen with a trainer in the workout room and he once again goes on about getting violent when being woken up suddenly. The trainer tries to be helpful, while looking a bit worried at the same time.
It is the first hint in the show that something is wrong with the narrative. The only reason for MTV to edit all three bits together about Jack getting violent when being woken up is to showcase something about that very thing later in the show. And because Jack uses the same wording all three times, it appears that he is setting us up for a joke. Something to keep in mind as the show goes along.
The camera cuts to Sharon with Ozzy in another room of the house as Sharon gets a call from Melinda about Kelly. Kelly had been waiting for Bert to call her but never got the call. Sharon listens and nods, knowing full-well where the relationship is going between Bert and Kelly. Like two gossipy housewives, Melinda then tells Sharon about Kelly going to visit Bert in his hotel room, only for Bert to disappear for two hours in order to visit his bandmates without mentioning anything to Kelly. Sharon tells Melinda what she had told Kelly repeatedly in the past – if a boy doesn’t call when he says he’s going to, don’t wait for him to call; simply do what you want and leave it up to him to go chasing her instead of simply waiting by the phone all day. Classic parental advice from Sharon.
At some later point (or perhaps an earlier point in the storyline; it’s hard to tell by the editing), Kelly is visiting Jack and Robert in their hotel room. Jack is teasing Kelly about calling her boyfriend, which fires up Kelly into telling Jack to lay off on what he has been saying to others about Bert. “He’s not going anywhere,” Kelly smirks, which naturally leads Jack to accuse Bert of proposing to Kelly; or rather, Jack asks Kelly, “Did he engage you?” While he makes it sound like ships meeting in battle, Kelly understands what Jack is saying and tells him that Bert had not proposed to her. Jack teases by asking what the ring on her finger is then. Kelly points out that it is a ring that their mother had given her. When Jack counters with a comment that Bert would probably just buy her a ring from a gumball machine at a K-Mart, Kelly tells him to stop being so superficial. Jack thinks it is a funny thing to say, as he believes the word superficial means something positive. He asks Robert to back him up on that, but Robert knows better.1 2 3 4 Next-->
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