When I was brainstorming for “Off the Deep End”, I was hoping to think up at least 65 episodes’ worth of ideas, to make it feel like a genuine sitcom. I only came up with seven. But here’s a gag idea I had for one of ‘em.
In true Ferris Bueller fashion, Jamie fakes sick so she can skip school and go to the mall with Anjelica…only to discover that her mom is there doing her shopping. The two girls hide all over the mall to avoid her detection, ducking into a pool and spa supply store at one point. But wouldn’t you know it, Jamie’s mom goes in there too, and out of desperation, Jamie and Anjelica hop into the nearest display pool and hide underwater. And to make matters worse, Jamie’s mom picks that exact moment to call her daughter and see if she’s feeling any better…leading to an extremely awkward moment where Jamie has to answer her cell phone underwater and have a bubbly conversation with her mom on the other side of the pool wall. (“Sweetie, you sound terrible! I can barely understand you!”)
I have to admit, I had fun getting a little goofier than usual with this series.