Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! (1989) (part 10 of 12)

Even the movie can take only so much of this “pocket” talk, so now we cut to a third scene with Martha Quinn. She’s interviewing her in-house music expert, who looks like Ron Silver‘s psychiatrist dad. (Martha and her guest, by the way, are installed in the most ridiculous chairs this side of Pee Wee’s Playhouse.)

Caption contributed by Mark

“Ladies and gentlemen, the winner of our Most Ridiculous Chair Design Contest, Herbert Stemple.”

Anyway, it seems Ron Sr. ran the mystery tape through his TRS-80 and came up with one name: Bo Diddley [!]. Insert a random close-up of Sal looking astonished. (I hope this means he’s watching this on TV, and not hearing “Rock TV News” in his head.) They’ve got Bo on video via satellite, and he confirms that the mystery tape sessions were held in Lakehurst, New Jersey (which for some reason he places just outside of Newark. Which is true in the same way that Edinburgh is just outside of London). Bo can’t remember exactly when it was, but mentions that Wendell was there. Ron Sr. immediately deduces that this was before Eddie went driving with the fishes. Cut to Sal, blown away. Yeah, Eddie cheated on you, Sal. Your marriage was a complete sham!

Caption contributed by Mark

Bo was told he was filming a scene for The Aristocrats, but he couldn’t remember the punch line.

Ron Sr. goes on to say that there’s no proof Eddie is alive, and we get reaction shots from Lew (AKA Mafia Used Car Salesman Guy) and Dennis Miller Guy, watching TV in their offices. Wow, everybody watches “Rock TV News”! It’s like the new Miami Vice or something. Now we know what the secondary characters are doing when the camera isn’t on them: They’re watching “Rock TV News”! I’ll bet that’s what Schrödinger’s cat is up to, too. And hey, nice save there by the late Wendell Newton. Man, that corpse has had more impact on the plot of this movie than all the new guys in the band put together. Meanwhile, Lew growls that Ron Sr. should drop dead. And I’ll bet he knows someone who’d give him a bargain rate, too.

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Mark "Scooter" Wilson

Mark is a history guy, a graphics guy, a guy for whom wryly cynical assessments of popular culture are the scallion cream cheese on the toasted everything bagel of life. He spends his time teaching modern history at Brooklyn College, pondering the ancient Romans at the CUNY Graduate Center, and conjuring maps and illustrations for ungrateful bankers at various Manhattan monoliths. Readers are welcome to guess at reasons why he's nicknamed Scooter, with the proviso that all such submissions are guaranteed to be rather more interesting than the truth. Mark lives in the Midwood section of Brooklyn with a happy-go-lucky, flop-eared dog named Chiyo who is probably, at this very moment, waiting patiently for her walkies.

Multi-Part Article: Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! (1989)

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