Special Sub-Topic: Citizens of Nantucket: Helen Chappel
|Where was Helen born?|
Texas. Helen moved to Nantucket when she was 10 years old and became the Hackett brothers' best friend.
|What instrument did Helen play?|
cello. Helen's music career is a recurring theme in her life. She dreamed of being a rock cellist and a classical cellist. She played for a few episodes with the Nantucket String Quartet and had one stint with the Boston Philharmonic. At the end of the series, she got a chance to study the cello in Vienna.
|Whose lunch counter did Helen take over?|
her father's. A customer says, "Who was that old coot that used to run this place?" Helen's response, "Daddy."
|What major change occurred in Helen's life right before the series premiere?|
She lost a great deal of weight.. Another recurring theme in Helen's life is the dramatic amount of weight she lost. A childhood bully used to call her things like "Tubbo" and "Mount Saint Helens." Whenever she had a setback in her life, the vulnerability of the fat little girl comes out. The slim Crystal Bernard was able to portray this part of Helen's life: a testament to her wonderful acting ability.
|In the later seasons, which actress portrayed Helen's mother?|
Debbie Reynolds. True, Debbie Reynolds doesn't have a Southern accent, but she played the part. Since her mother and sister don't have accents, where did Helen's come from?
|What extreme act of kindness did Helen show toward Antonio?|
She married him so he could stay in this country.. He ended up winning a lottery for a green card, and they forgot to get divorced for a few seasons.
|Why did Helen and Joe first break up?|
She left to start a new life in New York as a musician.. While leaving the airport for the last time, she said, "I have to go to New York. If I can make it there, I can make it...well, you know."
She didn't make it there. She became a waitress in a strip club and came back upon Joe's urging, only to find that he was dating Gail.
|What was the name of Helen's boyfriend, and eventual fiance?|
Davis Lynch. After many an episode in which he stood her up for business meetings, he finally proposed. Their engagement abruptly ended when she unexpectedly spent the night with Joe, who ended up proposing himself. The rest is history!
|Helen once dated Lowell. Why did the relationship end?|
He dumped her.. Yes, Lowell dumped her, because she had so many boring habits: "going to museums, and having interesting conversation." Who can do all that?
|Frustrated with her career, Helen once took a career placement test. When it showed that she should consider a career in music or cooking, which she was trying to avoid, Joe, Brian, and Fay change the results. What did this prompt Helen to try out?|
Stand-up comedy. She had one night performing at the Club Car, and then she was back to music and food.
|When she was trying to save up for a new cello, what job did Helen take on the side?|
Working in a fish factory. She smelled like fish and fell asleep at work from all the overtime.
|How did Helen cope with her anger after finding out that Joe was dating Gail?|
She drove her Jeep through his office.. She actually did it twice. Joe did it once by accident. Good thing Lowell was able to keep rebuilding it.
|In one episode Carlton Blanchard faked an injury in Helen's house, and threatened to sue her. In order to keep from getting sued, Helen let Carlton stay at his house. Of course, he was faking. How did Helen find out?|
She caught him dancing in the living room.. When she walked in on him, she called him a conniving little leprechaun.
Incidentally, he did make a pass at Fay. "When I die, my body goes to science. Until then, it's up for grabs." Fay's response, "One more crack like that and science won't have to wait."
And the lawyer son he says will sue Helen didn't really exist.
|Helen once had to stay up for 18 hours after already being exhausted, in order not to lapse into a coma from a concussion. What words did she say to express how pooped she was?|
"I'm the tired I've everest been.". Brian's response, "Who can argue with a statement like that?"
|While getting ready for a date with Davis Lynch, a string of accidents resulted in Helen breaking out in blotches with a black eye. What other minor problem did she have?|
green hair. The highlights in her hair had a reaction with chlorine in a pool. She screamed, "It's prom night, and I'm Carrie!"
A hysterical comedy of errors! It's so easy to empathize with Helen--the reason why Crystal Bernard was so good at making us love Helen Chappel!
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