It's not unlike those obscure references to the Miss Special Delivery National Pageant and that reference to Steve during the series that ended up becoming absolutely everything in those last two films, and which A&D correctly pointed to pieces of in my Postable Wishlist a while back.
So you bet I was watching these films like a hawk for any seemingly obscure or passing references on the off chance it might be the golden ticket to plots in the upcoming films!
And, of course, there were a few things that definitely stood out!
Norman DOrman: Science Foreman
Chief scientist, references to cyclotrons and "Norman Dorman's Revelation Solution" got me thinking that this might be an important thing to pay attention to.
Norman might not have any ambitions for his scientific creation beyond its application to his immediate work, but it's worth noting that, if commercialized, it could prove quite a lucrative venture, especially if Oliver chose to invest.
Think about it---if Norman is as concerned about future planning as his offhand reference to a five-year plan in Truth Be Told suggests, he might have started considering how to build a nest egg to support himself and his future spouse (Rita). Selling his Revelation Solution would be one way to do that.
Above all, keep your eye on science!
Rita is an encourager by nature, and nothing proved that more than her support of Mindy before and during the pageant.
It won't be long before Rita is handing over her crown to the next Miss Colorado, and it wouldn't surprise me one but if Martha didn't find some avenue for her to start mentoring her successor---or some other young girls---in the near future.
Between her birthday card and the late macaroons, it's clear Shane's mom is still alive---and baking!
Knowing now that Shane opted to hit the spa over Christmas rather than visit her mom suggests there might be some stuff they need to work out.
I'm all for Mrs. McInerney making an appearance, and with four films ahead it seems there's plenty of opportunity for her to appear. Keep your eye out for any blonde female guest stars appearing in set pics!
After all, Oliver's going to have to ask somebody for permission to marry Shane....
I started alluding to the abstract significance of the O'Toole foundation in Oliver's House Rule check-in, and I'll be taking that to the next level fairly soon.
But in a practical sense, there is a reason that Oliver has come into this inheritance and has already started making plans for it. One wonders if the existence of the foundation will become a prominent feature of the series, or simply fly under the radar until convenient.
I certainly haven't figured out what will be done with the O'Toole Foundation, or even that novelty company of which he is now an owner---remember, the one that destroys perfectly good vinyl records?
With that still up in the air, it's all the more reason for us to keep our eyes peeled!
Calling It Now,