A little while ago I finished reading Brotherhood in Death and I needed something fun and light because I was so ridiculously angry (let’s just say the review is going to have one hell of a trigger warning when I sit down to right it in the morning), so I headed over to YouTube to find something fun to post for today’s Video of the Day (you’ll need it too after reading my review). I had a vague idea of posting a clip from The Mistletones–the scene where Holly learns that Nick is the King of Karaoke, but the only versions of that scene were shot on someone’s phone and you can see the television. Then, I thought to post the final scene of Never Been Kissed, which always makes me smile, but the entire clip wasn’t there. Finally, I put in Scarecrow and Mrs. King, hoping to find something good. Boy did I. The very first video to come up was the one above. Personally, I love that nearly 30 years after it was canceled, there are people making fan videos of Lee and Amanda. Someone even made one to Dear Future Husband by Megan Trainer. Love it. I am not the only person that loves this show.
SMK could be cheesy as hell, especially viewed from a modern lense, but anyone could tell the leads had amazing chemistry. For those that aren’t familiar with the show, here’s some info:
Amanda King (Kate Jackson) was a divorced single mother, trying to get her life back in order. She had a mother, two sons (Philip and Jamie), and a boyfriend her mother pressured her to marry (remember this was the 80’s and it was still alright to tell a woman that her place was in the home). She wasn’t ready to get remarried, so she kept putting her mother off. Then, out of the blue, she meets Lee (Bruce Boxleitner) and he needs her help. Her mission: pass a package along to a man in a red hat. Problem: everyone is wearing a red hat. Solution: She takes the package home. What follows is four seasons of spies and lies, of stopping Soviets with nukes, of saving the president from being poisoned, and of keeping her mother out of trouble (there was at least one episode a season in which poor Dottie was in danger).
I got into this show in 2012 (I used it to escape the insanity of planning my aunt’s surprise 50th birthday party at one point). I’m not sure what made me check out a show that premiered 3 years before I was born and was canceled 6 months after my birth, but I’m glad I did. As a matter of fact, I’m going to watch one of my favorite episodes, Any Number Can Play, from season 4. It is light on the romance, but heavy on the humor and I can use that about now. As they say, you should never go to bed angry.