My Review Of “The Man With The 132-Lb Scrotum”Posted: August 21, 2013
In the course of checking the TV listings Monday night I discovered there was a show called “The Man With The 132-lb Scrotum” on The Learning Channel. As you might imagine, the title got my attention.
I didn’t watch “The Man With The 132-lb Scrotum”, because there was a football game on. I don’t know anything about The Man or his show. I’m going to review the show anyhow.
“The Man With The 132-lb Scrotum” (or M 132 S, as the cool kids call it) is the pilot episode of a situation comedy series that is in development for the fall season on The Learning Channel. Television insiders question what viewers will “learn” from a sit com about a man with all that… down there. I’d say that they’ll likely learn as much as they learn from the 25 shows about “little people” that take up most of The Learning Channel’s broadcast schedule.
M 132 S centers on the life and times of a character named Jeff Sachs. Jeff lives in a cool apartment in New York City, just as all sit com characters do. Jeff has a couple of buddies and a former girlfriend who he is still good friends with. Think Seinfeld, except there is a fifth cast member who weighs 132 pounds.
Jeff is ambivalent about his extra-large bag. “It’s a problem to carry”, he says at one point, “but I never get crowded on the subway.”
His friends love him, but they see Jeff’s baggage as, well, extra baggage. His ex, Lorraine, broke up with him because of it. Late in the episode, Jeff expresses a concern about his health. Lorraine replies, deadpan, “you’re right, those last two pounds make all the difference”.
Jeff and company are not above using what Jeff has to their advantage. A memorable scene has them waiting for a table at a busy Chinese restaurant. Jeff and friends grow impatient and approach the owner who asks them to wait patiently. Jeff steps in front of his two friends who had shielded him from view and says “you don’t have a table for four, perhaps you’ve got one for five”. As they head to the table, Jeff shrugs and says “it’s a blessing, it’s a curse.”
But, like its predecessor, “The Man With The 132 Lb Scrotum” is about nothing. Jeff Sachs ventures out to buy pants, hilarity ensues at his tailor. He waddles in to a party at a friend’s house and takes a seat; a guest mistakes him for a 132-lb bean bag chair.
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Though I didn’t see it, I recommend that you check your local listings and catch M132 S the next time it runs on The Learning Channel. It should be on between two shows about little people.