Thursday, February 7, 2008

Fictional TV Pageants

I didn’t have time tonight to watch Christie Youssef on The Moment of Truth, but she’s waiting for me on my DVR. In the mean time, here’s some pageant TV fun for you that I wrote this weekend:

As I flipped TV channels Saturday morning, I found the Detroit CW airing Saved By The Bell. It was one of the later seasons in which the gang is all working at a beach resort. Leah Remini (“Carrie” on King of Queens) was the bosses daughter and guest star, “Stacey Carosi.”

Before I was done thinking, “geez I have an uphill battle; it seems like every successful actor now has been in the biz since they were kids!..” I was distracted by the fact that the episode was about a pageant- Miss Liberty!

How do I always find these things? I was honestly just flipping! As for the show, Stacy was not only the boss’s daughter, but also Zack’s latest love interest. She and the show regulars, Lisa, Kelly and Jessie were all in the pageant; the plot twist was that Zack was forced to be a judge. It was so cheesy- the ladies were dressed in obnoxious patriotic outfits and they each had to answer, “What does July 4th mean to you?” When Zack did the right thing and voted for Kelly instead of Stacy, he got fired. In the end of course, he got his job back and still got the girl.

By the way, A.C. Slater, turned pageant host Mario Lopez, wasn't in the episode much!

Then, believe it or not, last night the Miss Rhode Island episode of Seinfeld aired! You know the one- Jerry starts dating her, but then Kramer takes over as her chaperone and coach. He really nailed the psychotic pageant fanatic character. :)

In the end Jerry accidentally kills the doves she used for her magic act talent. On the right Kramer reacts to her attempts to sing instead. Classic!

Kramer: Let's try a few more questions, alright? If you were Miss America, and the U.S. was on the brink of a nuclear war, and the only way the conflict could be averted was if you agreed to sleep with the enemy's leader, what would you do?

Kramer: Now if I've told you once, I've told you a thousand times: poise counts! It's just as important as the others. Swimsuit! Evening wear! Talent! POISE!

What is your favorite pageant TV show episode? The Little Miss Springfield episode of The Simpson's is definitely on my list. LEAVE A COMMENT!


  1. Nothing in my mind tops "Little Miss Sunshine."

  2. That is a GREAT movie! I've been wanting to do a "favorite pageant movie" poll when nothing else is going on... It'll be funny to see which wins- Miss Congeniality, Beautiful, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Little Miss Sunshine...

    But what about TV episodes that included a pageant? They're a little harder to remember.


  3. All that comes to mind is Susan Sugarbaker in Designing Women. I LOVE Delta Burke.


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