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The New Adventures of Old Christine Episode: "Ritchie Scores"

Season 2, Episode 12
Episode Synopsis: At the urging of his teacher, Ritchie joins the soccer team to improve his social skills and make friends. Christine is against the idea, but Richard pushes for it until Ritchie brings home his new friends: three girls. Mr. Harris: Blair Underwood.
Original Air Date: Jan 8, 2007
Guest Cast Blair Underwood: Mr. Harris
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Season 2, Episode 12
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Length: 41:05
Aired: 1/8/2007
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January 8, 2007: Ritchie Scores Season 2, Episode 12

OK, so I'm a huge fan of Christine getting with Ritchie's teacher, Mr. Harris, and it has to happen soon. I know it can't happen right away and I like how they're dragging it out, but I'm very excited to see what happens when they actually get together. They've had a lot of those almost-moments, and you know those moments are building up to something. There's a lot of chemistry between them, which is well-played between Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Blair Underwood. They're very good at showing their attraction to each other without giving us so much that we get tired of the two of them together. Every time they're together, I'm excited to see it and I want them to just put down their walls and kiss each other already. But, alas, there's Ritchie. They have the whole parent-teacher thing. But I'd really love to see what would happen if Daniel Harris and Christine got together. I'd love to see how the Mean Mommies would react. They're obviously into him, too, and don't hide it at all. They were ridiculously gooey-eyed when they were coming out of the parent-teacher meeting (together, which was unusual for a parent-teacher conference, at least to me). Marley shouted into the classroom, "Next time, we'll do it at my place." And then Lindsay said: "Or mine! I have a pool!" I wonder if Daniel Harris notices that all these mothers are into him, or if he just kind of lets it go. Maybe he knows how good-looking he is and likes the attention, or maybe he honestly doesn't know how handsome he is. Either way, it will be satisfyingly hilarious to watch the reaction of the Mean Mommies when they finally realize that Daniel Harris is into Christine. I found it hilarious that Richard wanted Mr. Harris' attention just as much as Christine did. But I have to disagree with Richard's desire to have Ritchie be a boy's boy. I get that any father would want his son to run and not skip along, but Richard should just let Ritchie be who he is. When Richard first suggested doing a sport, Ritchie mentioned gymnastics and Richard didn't like that. What was wrong with Ritchie using his Frisbee to serve appetizers on, or knowing how to do cartwheels, or helping Mr. Harris grade papers during recess? I loved that Ritchie was so different. But it was so funny that Richard wanted his son to be a regular boy hanging out with boys. Richard put him in soccer and what happened? Ritchie ended up hanging out with all girls, which made Richard nervous. Until it was learned that Matthew discovered Ritchie and his three new girl friends kissing. Then, it was all OK. And I got a kick out of Ritchie saying that he liked "having three wives." Then, while Ritchie was going through all of this, there was the whole story line of Richard bowing in the presence of Mr. Harris - the ultimate man's man, the guy that everyone wanted to be - and Richard was just a giddy little schoolgirl around him. I loved it all. And I loved those almost-moments between Daniel and Christine. First, in the beginning when Christine and Richard were arguing in Daniel's classroom about Ritchie joining the soccer team. Christine held onto Daniel's hand and wouldn't let go. Then, she admitted that she was sweaty and brushed Daniel's hand against her rear end. I thought that was beautifully done. Then, at the soccer game when they were talking about being friends, but were unable to keep from flirting. Daniel said: "We're such good friends, I could go away for a weekend with you." Christine said: "I would shave my legs and bring my good underwear." And Daniel said: "So would I." Then, at the end, when Daniel and Christine finally admitted that they were attracted to each other but couldn't do anything about it. Christine said: "I can't be your friend. I haven't had a single friendly thought about you." And Daniel said: "Yeah, and I guess I shouldn't practice how to say good morning to my friends." At which point, he said the sexiest good morning. He leaned in to her seductively and said good morning in a way that I have never heard before. I swear, I wouldn't have had the strength that Christine had to keep upright and not faint over on the spot. That hug at the end- when Christine leaned into him and said she had to go lie down- took a lot from her, and it will be really rewarding someday when the two of them can finally hug and not walk away from each other. And, finally, one of the funniest moments of the entire episode was when Matthew told the story of his childhood nickname, which he got during a game of flag football that his mother made him play: "When one of the kids pulled my flag, my shorts came off and the thing was, I wasn't wearing any underwear. I just kept running and I got to the end zone and I didn't hear people cheering, I heard them laughing. I hadn't gone through puberty yet. So from that day on, they all called me mushroom." show less
OK, so I’m a huge fan of Christine getting with Ritchie’s teacher, Mr. Harris, and it has to happen soon. I know it can’t happen right away and I like how they’re dragging it out, but I’m very excited to see what happens when they actually get together. They’ve had a lot of those almost-moments, and you know those moments are building up to something. There’s a lot of chemistry between them, which is well-played between Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Blair Underwood. They’re very good at showing their attraction to each other without giving us so much that we get tired of the two of them together. Every time they’re together, I’m excited to see it and I want them to just put down their walls and kiss each other already. But, alas, there’s Ritchie. They have the whole parent-teacher thing. But I’d really love to see what would happen if Daniel Harris and Christine got together. I’d love to see how the Mean Mommies would react.... read more

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Premiered: March 13, 2006, on CBS
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