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I 'wuv' you! " a s the episode involves a detailed. A coda unearths Mary within the newsroom with Murray, asking him if he is "ever had a significant courting with a girl that wasn't actual. " " Y e s , " Murray says, "with my spouse. " In "Ménage-à-Phyllis" textual references to same-sex habit and non sexual relationships among women and men mix with the eroti cized quasi-maternal interactions among girls to build a story that passes via heterosexuality (Phyllis and Mary a s ri vals for the just-separated Mike) and bisexuality (Phyllis as being with reference to Mike and Mary simultaneously), to solve itself a s a lesbian family sitcom narrative with Mary and Phyllis reunited and declar ing their affection for every different in Mary's kitchen. similarly, Laverne and Shirley (1976—83) frequently constructed its lesbian narratives and queer pleasures via "passing via" het erosexuality and different kinds of relationships with males so as to re identify the emotional and erotic establishment of 2 ladies dwelling and dealing jointly. a lot of the viewers excitement during this sequence is sure up in seeing how quite a few threats to holding Laverne and Shirley as a pair are triumph over. Set within the overdue Fifties and early Sixties in Milwaukee after which Burbank, the lesbian dynamics of this sequence usually went past its narrative building to incorporate paintings ing-class lesbian cultural codes that situated Laverne because the (un witting) butch and Shirley because the (repressed) femme. residing in a basement residence and dealing a s bottle cappers for Shotz Brewery in Milwaukee, the pair usually noted males and their relationships with them in opposing phrases: Laverne sought after plenty of intercourse with plenty of males, Shirley desired to marry a certified and cool down in a middle-class suburb. yet whereas Laverne's sexual aggressivity and voracity are often proven, Shirley's wish for a standard marriage is continually solid a s a hopeless objective. This was once for class-jumping purposes definitely, yet i might additionally contend this used to be performed for you to continue the narrative lesbian. Shirley usually turns out programmed to copy the yank Dream get together line for girls in her place on the time. probably she has turn into fixated in this sub city dream, and may settle for no alternative, since it permits her to stick with Laverne whereas offering her with an licensed heterosexualizing disguise: "I have not came across the appropriate man/my 'prince' but. " certainly, I L O V E LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY Shirley's favourite tune is "High H o p e s , " from the movie A gap within the Head. An episode regarding the Shotz corporation psychiatrist actually ana lyzes and exposes Shirley's heterosexual cover-up. coming into the document tor's place of work with fake bravado, Shirley flings round a headscarf she clutches in her hand, as though to stress her femme-ininity: "All correct Doctore [sic], do your worst to me! sit up straight there on your ivory tower and p a s s judgment on me! yet be mindful, down the following lifestyles is going on, and we little humans shield one another.