[joe-frank-list] 'Sales'

russellbell at gmail.com russellbell at gmail.com
Mon Feb 1 05:58:15 PST 2021

	Dixieland music.

	0:10: Joe lists what he's waiting for: an epiphany,
understanding, purification, exaltation, the second coming, the
revolution, the Spiegel catalogue, a refund from Sears, an
unemployment check, a call from his mother.

	1:10: Joe tells of George who works as a sheet music salesman
for a firm in NYC.  His colleagues are a depressing lot.  George hates
his job.

	4:10: He falls for one of his customers, a woman manager of a
music store in St Louis, Carol.  He begins calling her at home.  She
tells him all about herself.  He begins calling nightly; they grow
closer.  His calls are the only thing he enjoys.  They decide to meet,
but have no opportunity.

	7:20: George's company fails; its employees have mishaps, some

	8:50: Carol plans to travel to NYC for a long weekend in

	9:10: George chaperones his son's 6th-grade class on a trip to
Restoration village, a replica of a colonial town.

	10:10: Restoration village looks like motel cottages.  The
kids aren't interested.  After a trip to the gift shop and lunch, they
go to a nearby pond and skip rocks.  After returning his son to his
(the son's) mother George feels terribly lonely.

	14:30: Carol flies to NYC, 1.5 years after they first began
talking.  She arrives at 3 AM.  George is apprehensive.  She's pretty
and petite, seems overwhelmed.  They try to make love but fail.  They
spend the day awkwardly.  The next day they decide their weekend is
over; she spends the rest of the weekend with old college chums from
Queens.  (She stays in town for another few days - a really long
weekend.)  He sees her twice more, once for dinner, another day for

	23:50: George calls Carol in St Louis; they talk for hours.
She was sick with an undiagnosed endocrine condition the whole time.
George doesn't know whether to believe her.  His calls tail off.

	24:50: A year later she tells George about her boyfriend, a
trumpet player in a Dixieland band, beating and raping her.  She tells
George she was excited by it.  George is disgusted with her, stops

	25:40: More of the same Dixieland music that started the show.

	26: Joe lists what he's waiting for again.

	26:40: Children singing the song they sang on the way to
Restoration village.

	Year: 1983

	Cast: Joe Frank

	Music: 'Walking' (Steve Tibbetts) is the background music for
much of the episode.  I haven't identified the Dixieland at the
opening and closing.
is a link to the clip, 17 seconds, if you want to let me know what you

russell bell

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