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The New Adventures of Old Christine Episode: "Crash"

Season 2, Episode 11
Episode Synopsis: Christine's hybrid car is damaged in an accident with Marly's SUV and they argue over who is responsible, but Christine is more upset when the only rental car available is a large, luxury gas-guzzler.
Original Air Date: Dec 11, 2006
Guest Cast Jamie Kaler: Hugh Mary McDonough: Mrs. Wilhoite Don Lake: Carl
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Season 2, Episode 11
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Length: 05:35:30
Aired: 12/11/2006
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December 11, 2006: Crash Season 2, Episode 11

Tonight's episode was an example of the time-honored battle between little cars and gas-guzzling SUVs. I experience the battle every day when I'm on the road. I have a little car, and I dislike oversized SUVs, especially the kind that take up more than of their fair share of the road. SUVs are so enormous and pompous, like they own the road, and little cars are supposed to bow off in their presence. SUVs are symbolic of the image-obsessed culture that Christine deals with when she encounters the Mean Mommies. So I understand Christine's anger when Marley's car wasn't even dented and hers was completely bent out of shape after she and Marley backed into each other. (BTW, I'm not sure I've seen such a complicated security process to get into a school parking lot, but maybe that's what fancy schools have.) Marley, of course, didn't think it was her fault. But she told Christine that they would take care of their own repairs and not notify their insurance companies. Then Christine got a message from said company, stating that Marley wanted money for the damage. That is just like the Mean Mommies; they love to make Christine look and feel like a fool - whether she's overslept and arrived at school in her nightie with a trunk full of recycling goods, or she doesn't have a husband with whom to confer over driving accidents, or her car isn't as big as theirs. That's what the Mean Mommies are great for, making Christine feel like she's not perfect and put together but instead just a great mess compared to them. It's real, the way that Christine feels tiny and unable to keep up with these girls who are blonde, perky, married and driving formidable vehicles that can't get bent up. Marley's car had nothing but a "safari light" damaged. I loved Christine's response: "Yeah, you're going to need those. It's almost rhinoceros season." A nice dig at the unnecessary add-ons given to SUVs to make them safari-ready without having a safari nearby. I don't think tonight's episode revealed anything about the characters or the story lines. Nothing new happened, nothing progressed. It was just a chance to put Christine up against the Mean Mommies and see the laughs that can come from competing with people who think they have more than you. Marley's husband is apparently sleeping with the maid, so she's not really happily married. I'd rather have the relationship that Christine has with ex-husband Richard, a relationship that allows them to hang out in an SUV and watch The Ring. (I think it was The Ring, because Christine asked why the girl was coming out of the television if she lived in the well.) I think it was great when Lindsay came to Christine and admitted that Marley had hit her, and she had lied to get Marley out of trouble. My favorite line of the whole show: "Marley can't check her blind spots 'cause she doesn't have any slack left in her neck." I loved that line so much. And the fact that it was Lindsay telling it to Christine made it so much better. It was surprising to see Lindsay tattle on Marley, but I'm glad it happened. Someone needed to put Marley in her place. Christine got her justice when the security video showed Marley's being responsible for the accident, leading to her giving Christine $2,000 in cash. I wish I had $2,000 to carry around in my wallet just for the heck of it. I guess the moral of the story is that anything can be solved with a financial payment. I think the entire episode was just a great way of showing the way we live and the silliness that pits us against each other. show less
Tonight’s episode was an example of the time-honored battle between little cars and gas-guzzling SUVs. I experience the battle every day when I’m on the road. I have a little car, and I dislike oversized SUVs, especially the kind that take up more than of their fair share of the road. SUVs are so enormous and pompous, like they own the road, and little cars are supposed to bow off in their presence. SUVs are symbolic of the image-obsessed culture that Christine deals with when she encounters the Mean Mommies. So I understand Christine’s anger when Marley’s car wasn’t even dented and hers was completely bent out of shape after she and Marley backed into each other. (BTW, I’m not sure I’ve seen such a complicated security process to get into a school parking lot, but maybe that’s what fancy schools have.) Marley, of course, didn’t think it was her fault. But she told Christine that they would take care of their own repairs and not notify th... read more

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Premiered: March 13, 2006, on CBS
Rating: TV-14
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