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Saturday, August 19, 2017
Saturday Morning Cult-TV Blogging: The Bugaloos: "Lady, You Don't Look Eighty" (October 24, 1970)
“Lady, You Don’t Look Eighty,” Joy (Caroline Ellis) is upset because it is
October 12, and her friends have apparently forgotten that it is her birthday.
truth, they are planning a surprise party.
The boys also trick Sparky (Billy Barty) into believing that Joy is
actually an old woman who is eighty years old.
They also claim they are seventy years old!
Bizarre (Martha Raye) overhears this practical joke, and believes that the
Bugaloos have discovered a fountain of youth. She wants it for herself, and
captures Sparky. She will make a trade: the firefly for the elixir of youth.
Bugaloos make a fake elixir of honey and water, and then, to demonstrate that
it works, pretend to be old, themselves.
pretty much business as usual on The Bugaloos (1970-1971) for this
installment. The Bugaloos have something that Benita Bizarre thinks she wants --
this time the Fountain of Youth -- and captures one of the gang (Sparky) to get
it. To rescue their friend, the Bugaloos
must get in disguise, and outsmart their nemesis.
intriguing element about “Lady, You Don’t Look Eighty” is that it is
established, as it was in the series’ second episode, that Joy is responsible
for household chores in the forest.
Here, she is understandably grumpy about the division of labor. The boys
don’t have to chip in?
in 1970, in an enchanted forest, the patriarchy was in firm control,
this episode shows Joy acting crankily about having to clean up after everyone
and the boys respond by calling her “granny,” and saying that she sounds old.
Nice. Yet not one of them lifts a finger
to help her.
song of the week? “Older Woman!”
That’s adding insult to injury, I would say.