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10/06/2004: Wow, we get comments!

Just when I think that this whole exercise is basically mental self abuse in my little cybercloset, someone (outside of the blogosphere, or at least I think that Mr. Gow doesn't have a blog) I write about actually takes notice.

Apropos of my post about Tommy Westphall's mind, I find that Keith Gow, the genius behind the magnificent St.Elsewhere/Homicide: Life on the Street/Law and Order crossover matrix actually paid me a visit and left this comment:

Well, the "Hi Honey, I'm Home" thing is problematic, I agree. But as best we can tell, some of the actors did appear as their characters in the series - so while it's a metafictional nightmare (we're glad it only lasted two short seasons), it seems reasonable to suggest that at least those characters that appeared exist in that same universe - or only one step removed from it.
I have to confess that I wrote about Hi Honey I'm Home from a position of complete ignorance of the show itself (basically, all I know about it derives from 1) commercials I saw for the show during its run on Nickelodeon/ABC and 2) whatever other information is there at the Internet Movie Database listing about the series). Given what Keith says (that there are actually appearances by some actors as their characters in "original material" in the show), he makes a point that's very well taken. I won't completely withdraw my "criticism" (in the absence of a complete analysis of the entire run of HHIH it's impossible for me to come to an informed conclusion as to what are legitimate crossovers and what aren't, and besides, if one can't make uninformed and dogmatic conclusions about an issue of pop cultural import in the absence of any real evidence, why bother having a blog, anyway? :-) ), but I do want to reiterate that nothing I said in my original post really detracts (IMHO) from the magnificent work that Keith undertook in tracing that complete listing of crossovers.

Incidentally, this is the second time in my blogging career (and in fact, this year) I've received comments purporting to be from a subject of an earlier blogpost; see my run-in with Ms. Lisa Rose (no functioning permalinks in the archives of the posts written when this blog was hosted at Blogger, so just click here and search for "Lisa Rose") and her somewhat stormy relationship with Cardinals outfielder Ray Lankford.

Len on 10.06.04 @ 08:46 AM CST


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on Thursday, October 7th, 2004 at 10:40 AM CST, Keith Gow said

And we too are ignorant of exactly how HHIH worked. We're desperate to find tapes of it. But some Usenet comments at the time of the original airing (or the original Nick airing) seems to suggest that most of them feature actual cameos - and some episodes just featured archival footage.

It's hard to take the whole HHIH too seriously, but we do like that it basically doubled the size of the crossover grid madness. If when we finally see it - somehow - and discover that it contradicts our rules, then we might tear the Tommy Westphall universe in half again.

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