Saturday, June 03, 2006

Jump the shark

Who uses it: Fans of long-running television series
What it means: The point at which a TV series abandons its past glories and takes a path that leads inexorably downhill. The phrase comes from a cheesy episode of "Happy Days," in which Fonzie tries to jump over a shark tank on his motorcycle.
How you can use it: When you think something's peaked.

This morning I feel uneasy, because I think I promised to do something tomorrow night... despite tomorrow night's being the season finale of "The Sopranos."

Nothing annoys me more, as a rule, than people scheduling their lives around or cancelling plans for television shows. Several of my friends and relatives won't answer the phone while "24" is on, for example, and I deeply resent having to consult a TV programming schedule when I just want to talk to someone.

But... "The Sopranos" is on tomorrow night. I don't care that it will run in repeats for the rest of the week; I need to see it when it first airs, so no one can spoil it for me.

And everyone who's been complaining about it being a weak season is wrong, wrong, wrong -- as last week's episode should have made clear.

Plus, I have a major crush on James Gandolfini. I can't explain it. Crushes are never rational.

Yesterday's MACDL conference was fascinating -- Jen doesn't believe me when I say that, but it was -- and I met some very entertaining people.

We finished the day on the deck of Gritty's, despite some pretty grim weather. It's summer, dammit, which means we sit outside.

4 comments:

Anna said...

It's so weird that you used that term today. I just heard it for the first time a couple weeks ago but I can't remember where. I was in DC so we probably weren't together. Help solve the mystery and let me know if you found out the meaning of that phrase just recently or if you've known it for a while.

AnswerGirl said...

I don't know where you heard it, but I've been using it for a few years. See the website, www.jumptheshark.com!

JIM LAMB said...

I only watched the first episode of 24 this year. I was supposed to tape the episode that Sunday night before your Mother died. By the time I got home it was too late and I went to bed feeling very guilty. I knew she would give me hell and I didn't know what I was going to tell her. As it turned I didn't have to explain.
Why do you always develop a crush on men who are both unsuitable and unavailable? Oh well, maybe it is safer that way.

AnswerGirl said...

Ow, Dad. Maybe it's because I not-so-secretly like being single... anyway, the whole point of a crush is that you aren't supposed to do anything about it, so appropriate crush objects are ALWAYS unsuitable and unavailable.