"temporarily suicidal" [was "first rodeo"]

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Sep 29 23:39:55 UTC 2011

On Sep 29, 2011, at 5:45 PM, Joel S. Berson wrote:

> At 9/28/2011 09:06 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>> ...  As you may know, Charlie Sheen was booted off the show for his
>> sins, replaced by Ashton Kutcher portraying a temporarily suicidal billionaire
> I'm more intrigued by "temporarily suicidal".  Was the character a
> suicide, and then returned in a later episode?  (Similar things have
> happened in the world of television and film.)  Or did he merely have
> suicidal tendencies?

He jumped in the ocean to drown himself, then discovered it was very cold, leading him to show up at Alan's house shivering and also giving him the excuse to strip down naked (blipped out just enough for the TV audience, but not for every woman in the cast, and Alan himself, to ooh, aah, and pant over Ashton Kutcher's…er…qualifications.  It doesn't seem likely that suicide will continue to be a viable option for the Kutcher character.

> But at least Laurence isn't telling us he is "recurrently
> suicidal".  Something like Generalissimo Franco.
> Joel
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