So, how did Pam's turn as a bookstore employee turn out last night? Surprisingly well, as a matter of fact. The script was pretty good: we could hear touches of both Frasier
and Just Shoot Me
, which is not surprising since the co-producers also created those two shows. There was lots of booky dialogue, lots of fun poked at the self-help book onslaught, some intellectual jokes, and a neurotic author whose first book got rave reviews but sold almost no copies. What was most interesting was the retro feel of the show, with a live audience, set and even canned laughter (not that it was needed). HarperCollins supplied all the books for the bookstore set; its only cost was shipping them from the warehouse. (Most of the books are damaged inside, but look fine for TV.) We noticed that The Stress Cure
showed up in quite a few shots. Used bookseller Abe.com conducted a poll of its users in which 35% thought Stacked
could actually inspire Americans to buy more books. Well, we suppose that's possible. But now the pressure's on for women sales clerks at all independent bookstores. In a related story, an advisory panel has recommended that the FDA allow silicone breast implants to be sold once again in the U.S. Coincidence? You decide.