Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Hearts And Kidneys Are Tinkertoys

Tonight's episode is called "Dead is Dead," and while we know it will feature lots of Ben (and hope it contains lots of Temple/Smokey goodness), the title intrigues me. Could we get some answers tonight as to how Smokey is assuming the forms of dead people on the Island? Is it reanimating their bodies or assuming their form? Or is the title merely a reference to Locke? Perhaps Ben has a hard time understanding how he's alive.

Of course, to me, the title immediately brings to mind one of the opening scenes in Young Frankenstein as Gene Wilder admonishes one of his students:
Medical Student: Isn't it true that Darwin preserved a piece of vermicelli in a glass case until, by some extrordinary means, it actually began to move with voluntary motion?

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Are you speaking of the worm or the spaghetti?
[the class laughs]

Medical Student: Why, the worm, sir.

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Yes, I did read something of that incident when I was a student, but you have to remember that a worm... with very few exceptions... is not a human being.

Medical Student: But wasn't that the whole basis of your grandfather's work? The reanimation of dead tissue?

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: My grandfather was a very sick man.

Medical Student: But as a Fronkensteen, aren't you the least bit curious about it? Doesn't the bringing back to life what was once dead hold any intrigue to you?

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: You are talking about the nonsensical ravings of a lunatic mind! Dead is dead!

Medical Student: But look at what has been done with hearts and kidneys...

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Hearts and kidneys are tinker toys! I am talking about the central nervous system!
Enjoy the show, everyone! Review up tomorrow morning! :)

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