8x21 - pt.2
8x21 - pt.1
The first season they wanted us to make a deal with Motel 6,” Jerry confided, “and I said, you know, these boys are always on the road, and anyone who’s traveled the back roads of America, they’ve stayed at these cheesy little places with a lot of character. Those kind of places are dying out, and we have an opportunity to make that here. If you do Motel 6, it’s gonna have to look the same every week. So I talked them out of that.”
Another case of studios not “getting it” we thought to ourselves. How does Hollywood stay afloat with so many people making so many bad decisions?
"And then we started pushing these theme motels," Jerry continued, "these different ones, where we like pick out the state bird and say okay, this is gonna be the Bluejay Motel. So we usually take the state, and start with anything interesting about the state. Sometimes we’ll have these screens, and they’ll have something in them to do with the plot - like in the episode ‘Salvation,’ there are crosses embedded in the screens in the motel. It just looks like a very interesting geometric, but if you study it, there’s a cross in there. And if you look at this one closely, there are skeleton keys there crossed."
We examined the screen he showed us and assured him that fans sometimes really DO look that closely.
"Oh yeah, they do!" Jerry agreed. "They can freeze it and study it. We had one with fish and bobbers ‘cause that was in Minnesota and we had it as ice fishing. The mud flap girls was a cool one too - it’s getting a little harder, we’ve done like forty motels.”