S01.E03: D-I-V-O-R-C-E Show Notes

Air date November 1, 1988. These are the show notes for this episode. Follow us on twitter for the newest episodes and so you can catch these visual aids.

 The infamous home perm welcomes you to SHOW NOTES!!

The infamous home perm welcomes you to SHOW NOTES!!

“I had a song called ‘I L-O-V-E-Y-O-U (Do I Have to Spell It Out for You)’ and hit kind of a snag,” Braddock told Rolling Stone Country in 2015. “I got the idea of a couple that spells in front of their kid so the kid won’t hear all this disturbing stuff about his parents getting a divorce. Months went by and nobody recorded it. I asked Curly Putman why nobody was recording the song. He said the melody for the title line was too happy. The melody I had for the song was sort of like a soap commercial.”
— Flashback: Watch Tammy Wynette Spell Out 'D-I-V-O-R-C-E'
  • "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" (the song) was written by smash-hit writer Bobby Braddock, quoted above. If you want to take an interesting deep dive about what makes old country music so darn sad, we recommend "The King of Tears" from Malcolm Gladwell's Revisionist History podcast.

Queen SJ did some vaguespeculating about a "Western" trend surging in the late 1980s, spurred by a discussion of Jackie's style and based on her memories of what was happening at that time in popular culture. 

  • At the movies in 1988, we had Lonesome Dove, Young Guns, Billy the Kid, and The Milagro Beanfield War. On TV, there was Lonesome Dove (again) and The Young Riders. A quick eyeball shows there weren't substantially more westerns released in the late 80s than the early 80s.
  • Proto/alt country singer kd lang releases her first album in 1988.
  • Cowboy Curtis sang for us on Pee-wee's Playhouse.
  • But not much on the clothing front. Anyone know what the deal was with Jackie's wardrobe? We're dying to know!

So, Queen SJ was probably writing a check her ass couldn't cash with that one, not an unusual occurrence. But we still love the Rodeo shirt

 The appearance of Laurie Metcalf's real hair! BUNK! Jackie mooching a beer off Dan! We love this opening.

The appearance of Laurie Metcalf's real hair! BUNK! Jackie mooching a beer off Dan! We love this opening.

 HUBBY GLUES GABBY WIFE'S MOUTH SHUT!

HUBBY GLUES GABBY WIFE'S MOUTH SHUT!

 This tabloid article is repeated on the fridge. Props again to the props department! Meanwhile, Dan whines about romance because he hasn't been thinking about the alternative!

This tabloid article is repeated on the fridge. Props again to the props department! Meanwhile, Dan whines about romance because he hasn't been thinking about the alternative!

 Date night Roseanne looks like a flammable bedspread at your great aunt's house.

Date night Roseanne looks like a flammable bedspread at your great aunt's house.

 The Great Big Kirk Cameron Trivia Quiz!!!

The Great Big Kirk Cameron Trivia Quiz!!!

Welcome to the Alicia Goranson Appreciation Corner!

 Preppy Becky tells her mom she's doing it all wrong!

Preppy Becky tells her mom she's doing it all wrong!

 Roseanne wanted something with an umbrella in it, and her wish is Chuck's command.

Roseanne wanted something with an umbrella in it, and her wish is Chuck's command.

 You know it's classy when there's men looking uncomfortable in jackets, a ship's wheel, and plastic menu covers. AND DANCING!

You know it's classy when there's men looking uncomfortable in jackets, a ship's wheel, and plastic menu covers. AND DANCING!