Frequently Asked Questions list (6/9) for "Mad About You" and the Usenet newsgroup alt.tv.mad-about-you


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6.0 Can we pursue some MAY trivia?


7.0 What are some of the oddities and inconsistencies in MAY?



6.0 Can we pursue some MAY trivia?

There are no multiple choice questions in the following section and no TRUE/FALSE questions either. The answers are to be found elsewhere in this document. As always corrections are welcome (email to: [ramax@ultranet.com]). Additions are at the discretion of the editor.

Readers using a Web browser may click on the [X] buttons to access answers; getting back to this section is the responsibility of your browser! Readers of the text version will find answers in part7.

6.1 Two significant changes occured after the MAY Pilot episode -- a new Murray showed up, but what was the other change? [X]

6.2 What is the oddest place the Buchman telephone has ever been? [X]

6.3 How many characters from Minsk have been featured on MAY? [X]

6.4 Can you name 6 things tossed out of the Buchman apartment? [X]

6.5 Who among the principal MAY characters doesn't snore? [X]

6.6 What character had a significant role in a MAY episode but uttered not a sound? [X]

6.7 What change to the apartment occured for "The Apartment"? [X]

6.8 References to modern civilizations like Canada and England abound, but can you name 2 references to ancient Egypt? [X]

6.9 How many turkeys did the Buchmans buy from Kim on the Day of the Five Turkeys? [X]

6.10 Which day of the week has not been blessed by the telecast of a new MAY episode in North America? Naturally syndication and reruns do not count. [X]

6.11 Can you cite 3 examples of Lisa's brilliant logic? [X]

6.12 Can you name 6 characters that have been played by different actors? [X]

6.13 We know that Paul cannot dance, but does he really have two left feet? [X]

6.14 Can you name 3 characters whose names have changed from episode to episode (at least according to the closing credits)? [X]

6.15 What is Jamie's middle name? [X]

6.16 How many of Jamie's ex-boyfriends has Paul met? [X]

6.17 How many times have we seen Jamie imitate Paul? [X]

6.18 How many times has a kitchen table been known to have been used by the Buchmans for exertions other than cooking and eating? [X]

6.19 Who else believes as Jamie does that the floors of Apartment 11-D are slanty? [X]

6.20 We all know what can be dredged out of Lisa's purse, but what can be unearthed from Paul's wallet? [X]

6.21 Apart from Paul and Jamie, who else from the MAY Dreams episode is at the Laugh-In Party in their livingroom? [X]

6.22 Paul may only have ended up on a slab at Columbia University Medical School, but how many professors from that august institution has he met? [X]

6.23 Apart from Paul and Jamie, who is known to have walked Murray before Nat arrived on the scene? [X]

6.24 Jamie may think she looks like Jodie Foster, but whom did she look like once to Paul? [X]

6.25 What pseudonyms has Paul been known by? [X]

6.26 Jamie once threatened to kill Paul; who else in the family has she killed off at convenient moments? [X]

6.27 Mark Devanow's middle name is David; can you name another character on MAY whose middle name was David? [X] (Robert D. Zobel doesn't count, he hasn't been featured on MAY)

6.28 Who doesn't have keys to Apartment 11-D? [X]

6.29 How many of Paul's ex-girlfriends has Jamie met? [X]

6.30 Surely you saw this coming -- how many degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon are members of the MAY cast? [X]

6.31 Can you name even one of Ursula's boyfriends? [X]

6.32 Can you name 3 items to be found in the Murray box? [X]

6.33 Who besides Paul and Jamie has used their shower? [X]

6.34 Paul and Jamie got dozens of gravy boats at their wedding, who didn't? [X]

6.35 Who among the many boyfriends of Lisa have we seen on screen? [X]

6.36 How many super-canine tricks up Murray's sleeve can you name? [X]

6.37 Can you name 6 of Paul and Jamie's vacation spots beyond the Tri-State area (NY, NJ and CT)? [X]

6.38 Can you name 6 of their neighbors in the apartment building? [X]

6.39 New Jersey, the Garden State, is mentioned as such on MAY. In which episodes are the other 2 states in the Tri-State area identified by their tourism slogan/names? [X]

6.40 Can you name 6 actors that have played multiple characters on MAY? [X]

6.41 Can you describe 6 inside jokes played out on MAY? [X]

6.42 Lisa's boyfriend Michael lost his wives under odd circumstances; can you name them and the circumstances? [X]

6.43 Paul has rolled his eyes at Lisa; who else has done the same? [X]

6.44 A host of aunts and uncles have been mentioned on MAY, but how many have we seen on screen? [X]

6.45 Mr. Wicker had a pager. Who else on MAY has been shown with a pager? [X]

6.46 What war-torn countries have merited mention on MAY? [X]

6.47 How many different shoeboxes have been featured on MAY? [X]

6.48 Can you name 3 names used in MAY that just may also be names of crew members? [X]

6.49 Why can the Buchman answering machine be considered an odd gizmo? [X]

6.50 How many times has Paul Buchman been shown playing a piano? [X]

6.51 Okay, we won't stop at 50, so can you name 6 of Ira's on-screen girlfriends? [X]

6.52 How many of the nicknames used for and attributed to MAY characters can you name? [X]

6.53 How many power outages have Paul and Jamie been involved in, or caused? [X]

6.54 Lisa started and ended the fourth season in the same job, thanks to Jamie's purse, but what other decidedly odd jobs had she held before the stint at Klarik's? [X]

6.55 Can you name some games the Buchmans play? No cute answers please! [X]

6.56 What items do Paul and Jamie end up buying at the Department store where he manages to hyperventilate? [X]

6.57 Fran and Mark have gone on a cruise; who else mentions the possibility of going on a cruise? [X]

6.58 Paul is one of six documentary film-makers asked by PBS to turn their cameras on themselves. Who are the other five? [X]

6.59 The Buchmans have a bicycle parked in their livingroom, but has it ever been used? [X]

6.60 The special effects budget for the show has grown since the matter of the spinning globe in season #2; can you name 3 effects from more recent times? [X]

6.61 How many times have Paul and/or Jamie been seen in their bathtub? [X]

6.62 Soap is usually used to clean up one's face, but can you recall when spit has been used for this purpose on MAY? [X]

6.63 What is the name of Ira's band and when have we seen them in action? And has the name of Susannah's band ever been mentioned? [X]

6.64 Can you name the folks that Paul considered for the job of narrating his "History of Television" documentary after Alan Brady demurred? [X]

6.65 Can you name Murray's credits, commercial-wise that is? [X]

6.66 How many references to Tom Brokaw can you recall? [X]

6.67 In which episode was the terse exchange "Scrod?" "Royally!" seen? And what was the significance of the scrod? [X]

6.68 What was "Mad About You" before it became "Mad About You"? [X]

6.69 Okay, I guess we can now talk about Paul's documentary projects. How many of them can you name? [X]

6.70 Saving the unfair one for last, and folks will recognize this for what it really is: a way to get the information into this FAQ. Can you name 6 members of the crew of MAY that have managed to get on-screen? [X]


7.0 What are some of the oddities and inconsistencies in MAY?

The following section will not consider any continuity errors (as are caused by editing output of multiple takes of a scene), nor anything to do with conflicting universes or strange props. Fantasy will be allowed to be fantasy, and only perceived errors in logic are being listed.

Some major errors have merited separate sections of their own, among them the issue of when Paul and Jamie met, goings on at their wedding, their escapades on the New York subway system, the fire-escape at their apartment, the gender of Lisa's shrink and the matter of when Mark Devanow first heard of Paul.

In roughly episodic order, with forward references as necessary, and the relevant episode numbers marked:


Please send in corrections/comments to: [ramax@ultranet.com]