Yes Dear

Posted on: Tue, 12/18/2001 - 6:13am
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Anyone see last night's episode of Yes Dear? The grandparents were visiting and grandpa offered little Sammy (maybe 2?) some peanuts for a treat. Sammy ran out of the room. The dad reminded gramps that Sammy is allergic to peanuts. Gramps said, oh yeah, so what's that mean, he gets hives? The dad said, "Uh, it could kill him." In a later scene, the granparents are lamenting the fact that poor Sammy will miss out on pb&js, reese's cups, snickers, etc. (The pa was not the main storyline.)

I thought it was ok. They showed Sammy running from the room, obviously knowing to stay far away from peanuts. They mentioned that it could kill him. And despite the fact that it was kind of dumb to have the grandparents pitying him for missing out on pb, didn't we all go through a little bit of this when our kids were first diagnosed? They didn't do a lot of education, but I think it helped raise awareness. I'll be interested to see if they stick with it, or if Sammy is eating pb&j in some future episode. I don't watch that often, but I'll keep an eye out.

Posted on: Tue, 12/18/2001 - 8:00am
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It is a great show! Although it was not the subject of the episode at least the show is consistent with Sammy still having a PA. If they can throw in a reference to it every once in awhile and raise a little eyebrow about it then hats off to them. Their tiny effort is alot more than any other network's level of responsibility. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 12/18/2001 - 8:18am
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Although I have never watched that program, I happened to stay tuned to it. I was extremely happy that they mentioned peanut allergy. It was well done. The grandparents feeling sorry wasn't my favorite, but they were the "B" grandparents anyway. haha. I plan to write the network. Ataboys don't always happen and this one should. Awareness is 9/10th's of getting the severity of this out ...

Posted on: Tue, 12/18/2001 - 9:27am
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I didn't see the show, but I have to say that having the grandparents feeling sympathy for the boy having to "do without" peanut products added a dose of realism, in my opinion.
I can't tell you how many times people feel sorry for Cayley that she can't eat a PB sandwich or indulge in Reese's Pieces - when in reality, these PA kids don't miss what they've never had!
Anyway, I think it's a normal reaction and even though we don't like it, at least they brought up the issue. Maybe some non-PA viewers even realized that the grandparent's reaction is ludicrous and perhaps they caught the irony that these folks actually think the little boy misses a food that could kill him. It *is* ironic, isn't it? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Carolyn

Posted on: Tue, 12/18/2001 - 9:29am
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Linda from Mass, so they've had other shows where they talk about Sammy's pa? I remember a Halloween episode, but I don't remember if they brought it up then. Don't recall any mention of it in other episodes I've seen. It is nice if it is an ongoing thing that is periodically mentioned.

Posted on: Tue, 12/18/2001 - 12:39pm
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I had a different view on the show. I did see the episode and felt as though yes it was great that sammy ran out of the room at the sight of peanuts. I did not like the way the "B" grandparents were just discussing what he would be missing ie. candy, PB etc.. I just think the network had the grandparents make like of it. That is only my point of view, of course. I was a little disappointed.
Although I am happy someone is addressing the issue, they should have portrayed the issue more seriously.

Posted on: Sat, 12/22/2001 - 3:00am
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It sure makes me nervous when I seen these PA topics raised on sitcoms, even if they are not obviously ignorant or misleading. CBS certainly seems to have a large contract with the Peanut Industry, as seen in such shows as Survivor and Big Brother, (peanut butter everywhere.) It's one thing to covertly market their product and quite another to (possibly) attempt to influence public opinion regarding PA. Such a move would be unethical if not downright despicable.

Posted on: Sat, 12/22/2001 - 3:06am
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It is a sitcom, they really can't address it in a totally serious manner. At least they are addressing it to some extent. Perhaps they will have the grandparents wise up in future episodes. And come on, be honest, who hasn't had someone in their lives act the way the GP's did regarding PA?

Posted on: Sat, 12/22/2001 - 8:00am
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Why is this a topic in a sitcom at all? It seems a little strange---as strange as it showing up in 3 different sitcoms in 3 months. I'll be watching with interest to see how far they take it. I'm hoping that they don't make any choices that could endanger PA children.
If CBS does have a contract with the Peanut Industry, they would definitely consult someone before approaching a subject that has been negatively affecting the Industry's profit margins.

Posted on: Sat, 12/22/2001 - 12:57pm
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To answer your question, river, PA is in sitcoms because it's in the news. I went to a comedy club last fall, and PA came up because peanut-free schools were in the news at the time. I think the joke was "Why do we need peanut-free schools? If your kid is allergic to peanut butter, tell him he can't eat my kid's peanut butter sandwich!". (Oh, hardy-har)
So, sitcom content is definitely a barometer for what's new in current events. I think all we can do is what we ARE doing - watch, absorb, react. If it's great - tell the studio. If it's inaccurate - tell the studio. At least the subject is getting out there.
Carolyn

Posted on: Mon, 12/24/2001 - 12:00am
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I saw the episode and was very pleased to see PA acknowledged on a highly watched TV program. I don't understand why people are questionning CBS's reasons for having this portrayed on a sitcom. I highly doubt that this is a conspiracy to help the peanut industry. My guess is that a writer for the show knows someone that has a child with PA and thought "this might be interesting to put in the storyline." Jonathan's grandparents are the first people to sympathize that he can never eat peanut butter meltaways or a PB&J sandwhich. It's ridiculous, but by them telling people "his sad story" they are helping increase awareness of PA. Most TV exposure helps increase that awareness. Despite what we told her, my own Mother in Law never took Jonathan's allergy serousily until she saw some drama show where a guy had a PA reaction after kissing a woman that ate beer nuts.

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