Of All the Harbours
in All the Towns
|Literary Reference - from the epic movie "Casablanca". After his old love, accompanied by her husband, visits |
his club, Rick is sitting in the dark closed club drinking alone. His pianist, Sam, walks in and he utters the famous
line, "Of all the gin joins in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine."
|Connecting the Episode Title to the Storylines
|The storylines in this episode all relate to the episode title because they are all about various types of love |
|The main story, of course, is about Aunt Joan and John Slater and how their story echoes Rick Blaine and Ilsa
Lund. An old love shows up, and while it looks like they might rekindle the flame, one of the pair lies to the other
because a sense of unselfish nobility kicks in. In the movie, Rick lies to Ilsa to send her off with her husband
because it is the best thing for her and for the cause for which Rick has always seemed mostly ambivalent. In this
episode, although John wanted to be with Joan once he found out she was free, when he discovers his dire
medical condition he lies to her so that she won't be stuck nursing him for the time they have left together.
In this storyline the love triangle between Aunt Joan, her late husband, Phil, and John was actually in the past.
The present day triangle is really between Aunt Joan, John and his medical diagnosis.
|At the end of the movie we see Rick and Renault standing watching the plane leave with Ilsa onboard. At the end
of this episode we see Aunt Joan and Martin standing watching the boat leave with John onboard.
|Another triangle is between Martin and John vying for Aunt Joan's affection. Martin finally admits to her that he
was feeling "displaced".
|Al, Elaine and the mysterious Greg are also in a love triangle. Poor Al doesn't realize that he is just the stopgap
while they are arguing long distance.
|Another "love" triangle is between Martin, Melanie and Melanie's father. Melanie's father has been seeing his little
girl growing away from him and it seems she has transferred her affections to Martin after he fixed her shoulder.