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Monday, February 28, 2005

The Geek Files: A True Geek Is Never On Vacation

A true TV Geek never takes a break from the idiot box- even when taking some time off. To demonstrate, here's Pusher with this week's quasi-international edition of The Geek Files.

I know I talk about TV a lot. I have a good excuse: it's my job. But it's been brought to my attention that even when I go on vacation I can't stop talking about my beloved tube.

A couple of years ago I went to London for the first time. This trip happened to coincide with Gillian Anderson's West End debut in "What the Night Is For." Of course, I went to see it. As an X-Phile in the area, I was obligated. My traveling companion in London reminded me today of a little story I told her while sightseeing at Tower Bridge. It happens that, in a flashback episode of Hart to Hart, viewers finally found out how Jonathan and Jennifer first met. It was in London and, naturally, they hated each other. That doesn't matter though. The point is that at the end of the episode Jonathan proposed to Jennifer by having signs with the words "Will" "you" "marry" "me?" hang over the side of Tower Bridge! Where else would that story be relevant than standing at the foot of Tower Bridge?!

Then there was the time I went to San Francisco. My friend had been there several times and was showing me the town. One moment sticks in his memory - it was when I spent my first cable car ride recounting an entire episode of Remington Steele in which Steele fabricated a missing persons case to get Laura to go on a romantic weekend trip to San Francisco. Remember when they're about to kiss but someone shoots at them and they have to jump behind the garbage cans and Steele is both pissed and scared because they actually stumbled into a real murder case? Good times.

In Las Vegas it was CSI: and Vega$ stories; in Toronto, Adderly. D.C. brought out the Scarecrow and Mrs. King and The West Wing references. And don't even get me started on visiting my sister after she moved just outside of Boston. As a huge Spenser: For Hire fan, this was the mother-lode.

Where does it end? Well, for me it was Iceland. Not one show popped to mind when I was there. OK, for comparison purposes I may have mentioned Northern Exposure... but that shouldn't count, should it?

Pusher's The Geek Files airs every Monday.

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