Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    japanesewriter is offline Newbie
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • Japanese
      • Home Country:
      • Japan
      • Current Location:
      • Japan
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    9
    Post Thanks / Like

    Unhappy They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

    Hi from Japan!

    It's again "SATC(Sex and the City)" related question.

    In its second season's #4 episode's title is:They Shoot Single People, Don't They?

    I think it's taken from the 1969's movie, "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?".
    It's about dance marathon. Participants dance 24 hrs to win 1500 dollars.
    Jane Fonda is one of them. I didn't quite get the meaning of the title back then(and now).

    So, I don't get the title of this episode of SATC either.
    In this episode, Carrie wonders if single life is great or not.
    She looks quite desperate like Jane Fonda in the movie.

    This title was taken after the movie because the of the similar
    desperation?

    Please enlighten me.

  2. #2
    leiito is offline Newbie
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • Slovenian
      • Home Country:
      • Slovenia
      • Current Location:
      • Slovenia
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    10
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

    Quote Originally Posted by japanesewriter View Post
    Hi from Japan!

    It's again "SATC(Sex and the City)" related question.

    In its second season's #4 episode's title is:They Shoot Single People, Don't They?

    I think it's taken from the 1969's movie, "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?".
    It's about dance marathon. Participants dance 24 hrs to win 1500 dollars.
    Jane Fonda is one of them. I didn't quite get the meaning of the title back then(and now).

    So, I don't get the title of this episode of SATC either.
    In this episode, Carrie wonders if single life is great or not.
    She looks quite desperate like Jane Fonda in the movie.

    This title was taken after the movie because the of the similar
    desperation?

    Please enlighten me.
    You are correct (in that the episode title is taken from the movie/novel). It's called paraphrasing, taking a well-known phrase and changing it slightly to suit your context.

    Whether it's because of similar desperation or not I don't know, haven't seen the show, but it's a very popular trend among TV show writers in Hollywood to use word plays like this in episode titles. Shows like Lost or The Wire made episode titling almost an art form.

    By the way, the shooting horses bit refers to putting an animal (or person) out of its misery, the famous coup de grace (like when you kill a wounded soldier, one of your own or an adversary, who's in pain and won't make it anyway). According to wikipedia_
    Distraught and despondent, Gloria confesses how empty inside she is. She tells Robert that she wants to kill herself, but when she takes out a gun and points it at herself, she cannot pull the trigger. Desperate, she asks Robert: "Help me." He obliges. Questioned by the police as to the motive for his action, Robert responds: "They shoot horses, don't they?".
    The full story is about assisted suicide, as Gloria begs Robert to pull the trigger for her. The title and the final sentence point to this "coup de grāce", the "blow of mercy". For helping Gloria to commit suicide; the film shows directly, (and indirectly) that Robert will be found guilty of murder and executed by hanging. The marathon continues on with its few remaining couples, including James and Ruby. The eventual winners are never revealed.
    Last edited by leiito; 05-Aug-2010 at 10:39.

  3. #3
    japanesewriter is offline Newbie
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • Japanese
      • Home Country:
      • Japan
      • Current Location:
      • Japan
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    9
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

    Thank you for your post.
    When I saw the movie, I vaguely remember I thought "she is not a horse! She is a person!"

    Never thought of mercy killing back then.
    With what you said, I will think about the meaning of "SATC" episode again.

  4. #4
    birdeen's call is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Polish
      • Home Country:
      • Poland
      • Current Location:
      • Poland
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    5,098
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

    Could you tell us what actually happens in the episode?

Similar Threads

  1. There are horses for all back that way
    By Bushwhacker in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 01-Jan-2010, 12:39
  2. Her best two horses, her two best horses
    By joham in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 03-Nov-2007, 23:50
  3. Horses drive me buggy!
    By Nordic Bill in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 07-Nov-2005, 22:10
  4. Horses
    By jiang in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 13-Nov-2004, 20:55

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •