1/5 The Third “Annual” Golden Teacup Awards TM -Preshow By CindyDee

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The anticipation hangs in the air as people get ready for the number one ranked awards show dealing exclusively with the Villains of Scarecrow and Mrs. King.
I am your host, Cindy Dee.

Wow, how time flies, it’s only been three years since the last GTAs. 😉  — NOTE TO SELF: remember to insert lame and slightly inappropriate joke about sticking to Lee Stetson like a 10 week old tan (what the heck does that even mean!?!) and wait for polite nervous laughter from the audience.

Like any other prestigious awards gala, we have decided to   s–t–r–e–t–c–h   the proceedings to boost ratings and add a pre-show.   Whoops! Strike that. I mean to say I am paying homage to IWSOD’S trend of breaking down each episode to an increasing number of sections (which I heartedly approve – can you believe “The First Time” had only ONE post?), by splitting this awards extravaganza into three parts (or maybe four. We’ll see how it goes).

I am sure by the time the season 4 GTAs roll around, we will have a pre-preshow , the preshow a recap of all the previous season award winners

SEGUE ALERT: Speaking of recaps, let’s take a moment to revisit our honoured past recipients.

Season One

I must admit I was a little nervous because I couldn’t find the link and thought for sure I had done a baddies list for season one.  Then I figured an AU me must have not done so in an alternate universe and somehow we got swapped.  Hey – it happens a lot more than people think! (Just check out Star Trek: Deep Space Nine if you don’t believe me.) Then I remembered the first awards were not formally called the Golden Teacups and I was able to track them down. Needless to say I am relieved that the cosmic strings separating our universes are relatively stable and I am not totally losing my nut (at least not about this).
Visit the Season One Awards HERE.

Season Two

Visit the Season Two Awards Part One HERE

Visit the Season Two Awards Part Two HERE

Season Three

Season Three saw many changes in the progression of Lee and Amanda’s relationship (about TIME!) but we also see an evolution in the baddies.  They have become more menacing and believable and less fanciful — I fear the days of the delightful Zinieov (“Saved by the Bells”) are no more. Even though the BaddiephoneTM and Teadrinking Villians still make the occasional appearance, the only BadlydressedbadguyTM we see in Season Three is Francine Desmond.  

GASP! Oooh yes! I just did go there! Controversy already – the GTA preshow just got POLITICAL! – I know some of us are loyal Francine fans, but seriously, just the number of times she got in the way of Lee and Amanda’s relationship developing to the next level (Francine – just GO AWAY ALREADY!!)  and the catty comments to Amanda deserves a mention on this page.  Remember when she made fun of Amanda’s quilted satin pajamas in “Welcome to America, Mr. Brand”?  Hmmmm.  Do you remember? Here is the outfit to refresh your memory.

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Okay, to be honest, Amanda actually deserved to be razzed for that outfit.  It was pretty awful. 

It’s Interactive Quiz Time: Let’s play – Can You Spot the Real Amanda King? (aka Who Wore it Better?)

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No cheating! I’ve upped the difficulty level and given them both guest passes. Answer is at the end of this post.

Despite Amanda’s unfortunate outfit (which was thankfully ruined), Francine should not be so quick to throw stones.

Keeping in the tradition of the pre-awards show focusing on fashion (or lack thereof), I present just a small sample of Francine’s ensembles from season three (thank-you IWSOD for the use of your wonderful screen caps)

From “Utopia Now”
I call this lovely entry “All Hail, the Paramecium Queen. Bow Down to your Paramecium Queen” clip_image008

Here is a close up so you can truly appreciate the cilia. And the earrings (though we have figured Francine’s earrings are actually high tech miniaturized weapons so I can give those a pass).clip_image010

From “Tail of the Dancing Weasel”clip_image012And here you thought a black and white outfit couldn’t clash. That, my friends, takes talent!

Francine is truly fashion forward and ahead of her time because I am sure her sleeves are made up of QR codes. What secrets are encrypted on that dress? Points to Beaman for not being distracted by the pattern mishmash.

Speaking of Beaman – have you checked out his IMDB profile page?  How can you go from this:clip_image013to this clip_image014!?!
Wait! Wha!?! How is this even possible? I would love to see a fanfic when Francine bumps into Beaman after all these years. I guess the Francine/Beaman shippers were onto something.

Our Francine is certainly not afraid of colour. Here is a couple from her Mellow Yellow Phase.
“A Lovely Little Affair”
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and “All the World’s a Stage”
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Though technically I am not sure the second outfit is yellow. It actually defies description.

Francine.  No.  Just no. I call this one “Measles on a Muppet” (J. Edgar’s Ghost).clip_image020

And it just keeps getting better…
From “The Boy Who Would Be King”
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This outfit shows off Francine’s competitive streak. Not only is her ensemble really handy when she has to do surveillance in plain sight on a 1970s couch, she is giving T.P. “Fashion Plate” Aquinus a run for his money for “Worst Outfit of the Day”. Gotta keep her unbeaten streak alive! At least when Lee wore Dan’s, I mean Dean’s plaid jacket, he knew he looked stupid.

Oh my heck, this photo still cracks me up!

Another entry in the “I got this in the upholstery department” :clip_image026
Guess what? – Those aren’t your grandmother’s curtains, that isn’t even a skirt. Those are pants, people!
(“Flight to Freedom” – there were a LOT of fashion crimes going on in that episode. )

And finally from our favourite “Meh” episode of the season, “Three Little Spies”clip_image027clip_image028

I call this outfit “HuntsTM Tomato Paste Goes Out to Sea.”  It appears to be made of sweater type material. I am seriously crying right now, I am laughing so hard. And what is even more impressive she was even able to find shiny matchy match lipstick.  This doesn’t happen by accident — this outfit took some careful planning. (And the pearls to class it up. Crying folks! I am crying!)

And finally…

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This lovely look is also from “Three Little Spies” Do you Martha Smith must have really ticked off the wardrobe department that week? Well, at least the stripes are straight.   (From a sewing perspective, that is actually hard to do.) 

But, believe it or not, this isn’t a post about Francine’s Fashion Faux Pas.  Well, I guess maybe it is. How did I even get here? Oh, I was talking about Badlydressedbadguys. Right… Hmmmm, my family may be onto something when they claim I am easily distracted and often go off on tangents.

Ooh, I am being told by my producer that we are ready to start the show!

I hope you enjoyed the preshow, are there any Francine favourite (or not-so favourite) looks that I missed? How about from other cast members? Stay tuned for the Silver Teaspoon Awards coming up.

—Answer to “It’s Interactive Quiz Time: Let’s play – Can You Spot the Real Amanda King aka Who Wore it Better?” is B. Amanda is on the right —

26 responses to “1/5 The Third “Annual” Golden Teacup Awards TM -Preshow By CindyDee

  1. School is finally out, graduations are done, and my stress levels are slowly starting to lessen. My celebration is some time to myself and the opportunity to finally catch up and participate more in the walk.

    Couldn’t wait to sit and read The Golden Teacup Awards. The Zinieov mention just made me feel wistful. He was such a great villain.

    Seeing so many of Francine’s outfits compiled like this almost hurt my eyes. When I was in the 80s I so loved everything that we wore, but looking back it does not hold up well. Francine’s outfits seemed to be all over the place. But most of what she wears is pretty much her personality. Francine is pretty bold, out there and in your face. Her attire is certainly the same.

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  3. Hey Cindy – I finally have a chunk of time to check out your awesome posts! My husband is away for work and all my dependents are put to bed or have at least been fed their dinner. I’ve got a glass of wine to make your posts even more enjoyable!

    First – totally approve of your following iwsod’s lead and breaking your awards up into multiple sections with multiple posts. There is so much to delve into and appreciate, er, make fun of!

    Zinieov is in a class by himself…they just don’t make ‘em like they used to. “Badlydressedbadguy™” ROFL!! Classic!

    And while I am a Francine fan, I do love to make fun of her. She is easy pickins. And I agree completely – that pink satin pj thing Amanda wore (What WAS she thinking?) was awful. I know TPTB were trying to make a contrast between Lee’s “-ie girls” and Amanda, but did they need to show us Amanda in her version of a satin outfit? I’d have been much happier to just wait to see her in an outfit that is actually supposed to be satin, and one that Lee would approve of, if you catch my drift. I vote for the Pepto being the better wearer of pink.

    This whole awards show preshow with the “red carpet” look is genius! Who are you channeling…Joan or Melissa? Cilia and QR codes, my sides are bursting! (so is my bladder…)

    Wow – who knew Beaman could look that good! Why is it that men age so much better than women??? Life is just unfair.

    Measles on a muppet?? Oh my gosh! I can’t hold it in any better than Billy can in that picture. She does look a little Beakerish with that look on her face.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the preshow – I’m wondering if Lee and Amanda had to wear their dull and drab clothes so they could continually keep Francine in high style? Looking forward to next post!

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  4. Okay, it seems like there are a million TV stories on right now about this upcoming HBO special on Princess Diana and I got to say one thing: when you look at Diana’s outfits in the early to mid-80s – Francine is absolutely on the cutting edge of fashion. Hideous, garish, awful fashion – but still – her fashion game is strong!

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  5. Squeeeeee!!!
    So happy to see another celebration of baddies from Cindy! 🙂

    I mean to say I am paying homage to IWSOD’S trend of breaking down each episode to an increasing number of sections

    uh oh! I’m so busted! 😉

    (which I heartedly approve – can you believe “The First Time” had only ONE post?),

    haaaa.. yeah lots has changed since this blog started! 🙂

    Phew! glad you found season one! I updated the category for you – it was before there was a topical smk tag which made it harder to find.

    whoooo I’m really looking forward to a recap of all the season 3 baddies (well I guess the top ten? ) I don’t really remember the all as we took so long to walk through season 3!

    rofl. I LOVE the trademarks!! 🙂

    Francine Desmond? whoooooo controversy!!! 😉

    Interactive quiz? cool! I’ll go with B!
    rofl the little guest pass on the bottle is flippin hilarious!

    I think we need to do a voting series on fashion flops of smk.. if anyone wants to write it lol go for it! This pre show post will be a head start haaaa.. I love that you’ve just gone for it Cindy!
    Quite the tangent! Baddies.. and bad fashions…

    though we have figured Francine’s earrings are actually high tech miniaturized weapons so I can give those a pass).

    rofl!!!!! I love it!!!

    Black and white clash? rofl indeed that is real talent!

    I am sure her sleeves are made up of QR codes. What secrets are encrypted on that dress?

    Oh my gosh that is flippin hilarious!!!!

    I’d say the imdb glamour shot is a trick of a good photographer!

    Measles on a muppet. rofl!!!! It looks like Billy finds this funny in that image too!

    T.P. “Fashion Plate” Aquinus

    I never thought I’d see the day!

    Oh my heck, this photo still cracks me up!

    Me toooooooo!!!! 🙂 Season 1 is so funny, I can’t wait to go back to it!

    “I got this in the upholstery department”

    this is perfectly appropriate! I bet Francine was inspired by Maria making the kids clothes out of the old drapes 🙂

    I don’t know what is Hunts Tomato paste sorry! But.. I’m enjoying reading how it made you cry and laugh 🙂 tee hee.. that in itself makes me laugh!

    Thanks Cindy for the Pre-show! I look forward to the err ‘main event’ when you are ready to share it with us – no hurry we can wait and take as long as you like!

    Hi everyone! and.. bye! 🙂

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    • I, for one, am really grateful you break the episodes down as much as you do. It makes commenting much easier and stretches out the SMK goodness. Did you ever think when you started this blog, it would still be going strong after all these years?

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      • Hi Cindy.
        glad you like to stretch out the smk goodness too 🙂 I’m so glad you’ve been a regular, consistent (and hilarious) presence here over the years!

        When I first started the blog I had few expectations. I knew wanted to walk through all episodes-but how and what that would look like I had no idea. I didn’t really think too far ahead at the time, I was just searching for a place to explore smk freely… and so I created it for myself. Simples!
        Sometimes it’s better not to think too far ahead: because if you do, you’ll never get started – because it can feel overwhelming or like too big a commitment! Also when I started I had no idea I’d be writing 20 odd posts to get through one episode! LOL. We’ll see.. in season 4 the sizes may diminish again! lol..

        It’s all evolved over time – thanks to the contributions of commenters and the fans who help by transcribing the dialogue – this has all kept the walk going and created a community where respectful differing opinions and a general obsession with this show can be shared and enjoyed together. If it was just me blogging I think I probably would have randomly covered a couple of episodes a year. lol.

        Err but no, I had idea what the future held for JWWM 🙂 Had I foreseen the golden teacup awards, I would have been blogging years earlier! 🙂

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  6. Cindy, you are hysterical with this post!! I laughed out loud several times reading it through. I’ll come back later to comment more, but just had to say this post is awesome!

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  7. Okay, you know I’m one of those crazy Francine fans, but yes, she was an interfering cow sometimes and this made me laugh pretty hard when I found it.

    And as for the ‘Before and After’ Brutsman shots? Why do you think Beaman has that drooling fanfic fan club? LOL

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  8. Hi Cindy, Hi Everyone!
    I’ll be back to respond more tonight- reading this post will be my reward for getting a day’s work done!
    rofl when publishing I noticed a bottle of pepto with a guest pass.. rofl!!! that’s flippin hilarious!! Just what have you done Cindy?! haaaaa… I can’t wait to find out! So, just wanted to say – hoorah!!!!! I’ve been looking forward to these posts!!!
    I will be sure to return and read while consuming no food or drink! 🙂

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  9. Just a quick comment and I”ll be back. Looks great, Cindy! I completely concur on your impression of Francine’s outfits. Yep, Beaman definitely got better with age. Also, I like how you went from Beaman to bee-woman (her yellow outfits) lol. Nice segue there!

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  10. Cindy, I love this. I have to admit to feeling a little confused as the villains of season three were revealed to be Francine’s outfits (not that I’m disagreeing 😀 And Amanda’s satin pj’s are definitely in there as well) . Then I realised this was the warm up😀 So, to quote the badly dressed Francine (or misquote) I can’t wait for opening night

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    • Yeah, I got a little distracted there. 🙂 I really have to work on focusing more. And for the record, I do like Francine and wouldn’t consider her a villain, though my opinion of her was drastically different when I was watching this as a teenager. We would boo and hiss when she was on screen. Poor Martha Smith!

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    • LOL – I guess you could say that the outfits were the worst offenders in season three. Oh the 80s – how did any of us ever fall in love dressed like that?

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      • I am crying a little into my teacup today because I owned and wore at least three work outfits in the last 80s that are Francine’s, just in different colours (I can’t wear yellow!). Maybe that’s why the Fates made sure I didn’t meet my husband until 1991?

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      • Maybe that’s why Amanda never dressed like Francine…Lee falling for her would have been too unbelievable!

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