The premise of this week's show was Zooey taking her wide eyed, kitten like self to a cabin with her boyfriend and two other friends. After shooting out the electricity with a rifle (balls to Fox for still showing people playing with rifles in the light of current events), our Jess finds a bottle of what she thinks is simple, innocent creme de menthe. But it's not. It is something much more sinister to the prime time watching legions.
It ends up being absinthe. Being Americans on a sit-com, they guzzle it down, passing the bottle around. The prop bottle itself was an odd blue green. I laughed, imaginging it might have been poor man's absinthe, laced with copper sulfate. It might as well been. Of course, they drink it all down and "trip balls" tm. They see things that aren't there. They laugh like they smoked the biggest joint ever. Zooey throws it up, but I assume that wee girl could only handle a timble full of wine before she got all crazy.
I had hope for the writers. The characters kept looking at the garbage at the end, where the almost empty bottle of absinthe was. Imagine throwing absinthe away. WTF? I thought they might discover what they were drinking was really creme de menthe and not absinthe. Hence, their tripping out was all in their heads. The big finish. I kept waiting for the end joke. It never came, just one of the guys in the show chugging more absinthe before they left the cabin. Absinthe is such a strong spirit, I assume that characters would probably be suffering from alcohol poisoning from drinking so much, which could happen if it was whiskey or whatever else and that poisoning would have made them trip out (or wind up at the hospital).
I know it is supposed to be funny. I know Zooey isn't going to pull out absinthe glasses, ice cold water, spoons and sugar cubes in order to do a proper ritual. (I for one use wine glasses and sugar syrup). But I am a bit tired of the media acting like you can drink a shot of absinthe (which is such blasphemy) and then hallucinate immediately.
I remember the show How I Met Your Mother had absinthe jokes, but the characters didn't guzzle it down. They were shown more "floating", which is a nice represention of the lucidity of absinthe. In New Girl, it did make the one guy lucid, him telling his girlfriend how he felt without censorship. Other than that, their protrayal of absinthe was so stereotyped. Even for a sit-com. It's been done.
Edited by Harlequin, 08 January 2013 - 11:41 PM.