Special Sub-Topic: Citizens of Nantucket: Brian Hackett
|Where did Brian go to college?|
Princeton. He made it into Princeton, and dropped out!
Joe always criticized Brian for throwing away great opportunities in life including Princeton and NASA.
|Who was Brian married to?|
Carol. Carol was engaged to Joe, but ran away with Brian. They were married for 6 years until she ran away with someone else. For the 6 years before the series premiere, Brian and Joe didn't speak. After Carol left Brian, he returned to Nantucket and got a job working for Joe at Sandpiper Air.
|In one episode, what did a doctor talk Brian into thinking he needed?|
a nose job. A plastic surgeon who fixed Joe's nose after an accident made Brian think he needed a nose job. Steven Weber was amazing at playing Brian with his various neuroses and his devil-may-care attitude! He was the perfect contrast to Tim Daly's Joe, who was neurotic in other ways.
|Who did Brian once think was trying to kill him?|
Fay. Fay had a remarkable resemblance to someone on "America's Most Wanted." It was a woman who took in boarders and then killed them. Brian happened to be staying with Fay, who mentioned she used to take in boarders.
In the final scene, Brian's fear gets the best of him for one of the funniest scenes in the history of the series.
|Brian once accidentally received someone else's income tax return. Of course, he spent the money, and of course, he got caught. What job did he take on to pay back the money?|
security guard at the bank. Yes. Roy called him "Barney Fife." The bank had their first robbery in 100 years on Brian's watch, but he got the bank robber in the end when he was taking a flight to Boston.
|When attempting to impress Alex on a date, what misfortune did Brian encounter?|
He borrowed Lowell's houseboat and sank it.. He sank Lowell's houseboat, eventually causing Lowell to move in with Joe and Brian.
It was on another date that Brian got caught in a phone booth when a biker locked him in one and placed a fire hose through the top of it.
|What job did Brian take on during the off season?|
magician. He did a few tricks with Helen as his assistant. When she was in the magic case, he said to Helen, "You have daggers going through you. Look like you're enjoying it!"
Brian was a clown once when he temporarily took over the airline and needed to make ends meet, he offered to have the birthday party of a 6-year-old on the plane, and he was the entertainment.
|After finally sleeping with Alex, Brian confesses to Joe that it wasn't that great. Word got out. What did Fay call Brian and Alex?|
The Last of the Lukewarm Lovers. Poor Brian! He waited so long to make his relationship with Alex last.
|In one of his many romances, Brian starts a relationship with a rich investor named Mimsy. Which of the following characters is not impressed by her wealth?|
Joe. Good old Joe! Even though Mimsy was played by Tim Daly's real life sister, Tyne Daly, he didn't want to be bought!
The others did though. She was going to buy Antonio a new cab, Fay a new senior center, Roy some major investments on the island, and some real estate from Helen.
|What children's show star did Brian once flip off?|
Captain Kangaroo. It was Captain Kangaroo, because he had never answered his letters. It turned out Joe never sent the letters.
Soupy Sales once did a guest shot on the show.
|What was Brian's childhood dream job?|
an international spy. It was Joe who thought he'd be a baseball player.
Brian dropped out of NASA.
When we see Brian's dream sequence in which he's a spy, he uses lots of James Bond-like puns. One of the best is when a quite obese Helen shows him her bowling move, to which he responds, "As striking as that is, please spare me."
|On one occasion, Brian started telling Joe a story with a certain phrase, and Joe said, "Why do your stories always start with those words?" What words were they?|
There's this girl.. Brian's response: "The Brothers Grimm had 'Once upon a time.' I have 'There's this girl.' Who do you think was happier at bedtime?"
|What nickname did Alex call Brian before they started dating?|
Slick. She called him Slick. She called Joe Ace.
When Brian asked her what made her call him "Slick," she said it was because she couldn't remember his name.
|What happened when Brian was reunited with his teacher from high school, Miss Jenkins?|
He went out with her.. He ended up sleeping with her!
|What present did Brian give Joe and Helen for their wedding?|
a video retrospective of their relationship. It was the premise of a great episode of the love life and times of Joe and Helen!
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