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543: Nothing But the Half Truth
StarStarStar
May 01, 2004

Wooton gets conned into pretending he's his brother, Wellington, while Marvin tells a 'half truth' to Whit which causes all sorts of complications.


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Production Team
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Marshal Younger   Torry Martin   Bob Hoose   Jonathan Crowe
Marshal Younger   Torry Martin   Bob Hoose   Jonathan Crowe
Writer   Writer   Director   Sound Designer


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"Welcoming Wellington"
Written By: Shadowpaw

Love him or hate him, it would appear that Wooton Bassett is here to stay. Those who oppose him find him annoying... or at the very least an unwelcome replacement for Eugene. Those who like him think he's hilarious... and well, that's about all the reasons they have. I would be the latter.

So needless to say, I enjoyed the episode. It won't ever creep into my top ten list, nor will I give it a rating that it doesn't deserve... but it was a funny show. Wooton was at the top of his game and it was a great premise for him to be involved in. It also develops the relationship between Wooton and his twin brother Wellington even further. Every scene Wooton appeared in was a highlight, and his interactions with both Fox and his brother were well done. It's also hard to narrow down any particular quote that was 'funny', because just about everything coming out of his mouth is pure comedic gold. My only real wish for the character would have been that he kept the fake accent he used when he first met Fox Fletcher. It was a very funny accent, and his awkwardness about the whole thing was wonderful. The Bassett's sure are an interesting family and I imagine there's a ton of more storyline to be gleaned from the Bassett family line.

The Marvin storyline on the other hand wasn't as interesting. He's just not a character that I find myself really caring much about. The actor who plays him isn't very good, and he's better used as a supporting character (such as the way he was used in "Called on In Class"). I would have preferred the roles to have been switched, with Trent in the lead role and Marvin the friend who doesn't want to help him. I can understand the writers wanting to integrate members of the Washington family into the show, but you need strong actors to carry that burden. Marvin Washington isn't one of those people... and they have yet to explain that whole "Oink" business which was mysteriously (yet happily) dropped.

The music was terrific as usual (it seems a moot point to even bring it up anymore), and I especially liked the tinkering with the Odyssey theme song during the scene where Marvin confesses to Whit. What would Adventures in Odyssey be without John Campbell? A lot worse... that I can guarantee.

I also had mixed reactions about the ending. On first listening, I was a bit disappointed and thought it was kind of cheesy. But after listening to it again, I thought it was quite funny... especially Wellington's dry remark of how much fun he's having. A fitting punishment for a man who thinks so little of his twin brother's uniqueness. One other thing that bugged me was the visuals dancing across my mind of Mr. Whittaker and his pink underwear. The mere mention of his under garments is rather... unpleasant... especially that it's pink and Marvin and Whit are discussing it between the two of them! Our minds do crazy (and disturbing) things, when forced to fill in the blanks with our imagination. :o) Please never do this again.


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Wellington asked Wooton if he had a suit. And Wooton said he did but in the posicle Kid Wooton said to Mr. Rathbone he did not have a suit. Of course it can be aurgued Wooton got a suit between then and this episode.
- David


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Quotes
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Wellington: Do you have a suit?
Wooton: Yeah, I have a green tuxedo that I wear to weddings.
Wellington: Uh, can you borrow a suit?
- "Bubba"

Marvin: Trent! It's me, Marvin. How do you get pink paint out of underwear?
- anonymus

Wooton: Face-to-face meetings are... exquisite.
- Elf of Rivendell


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