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Recap / Dinosaurs S 02 E 13 What Sexual Harris Meant

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With the market for house buying decreasing, Monica finds that she needs a new job while waiting for new clients. At the same time, one of Earl's co-workers died and WESAYSO is hiring a replacement. Fran suggests that Monica work as a tree-pusher, which Earl is against. B.P. Richfield is also against hiring her, but gives an interview anyway and ends up hiring her, putting her under the supervision of foreman Al "Sexual" Harris, who has come up with double-meanings to flirt with the ladies. When Monica makes it clear that she's not interested in him she gets fired, and Fran tricks Earl into revealing that Monica can have a hearing against the company. During the hearings, Mr. Richfield and other executives do their best to make Monica look bad. Earl and other employees talk about the situation, supporting Harris. Fran ends up taking the stand to defend Monica. When it is finally time for Sexual Harris to take the stand, he admits that he said all the things that Monica said he said, but also says that she's just not qualified for the job anyway. At home, Fran asks Monica if she would do it all over again, and she's unsure, feeling like she's accomplished something but unsure what. Charlene then shows her science project that she had given up on earlier after the boys destroyed her last one, saying that she completed it because she felt inspired by what Monica did.

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  • Catchphrase: Sexual Harris' is "If you know what I mean". Monica later throws it back at him when she flattens him with her tail.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Inverted. Harris admits to everything that's said about him, and Richfield only tells him that he acted unprofessional at the work place. Justified, in that Richfield is on his side. Then again, Richfield ordered him to deny that he said the things he was accused of saying.
  • Double Entendre: Sexual Harris invented it!
  • Ironic Echo: See Catchphrase above.
  • Karma Houdini: WESAYSO, who tries to make Monica look bad (Richfield lampshades that there are really no winners or losers here), and Sexual Harris, since after he confesses, Richfield simply tells him he was unprofessional, and he keeps his job (it helps that his boss was on his side).The closest Harris gets to retribution is when Monica causes the ceiling to crash on him.
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  • Meaningful Name: Sexual Harris makes sexual jokes, including innuendos, and the court decides to determine what Sexual Harris meant.
  • Ripped from the Headlines: Needless to say, this episode was not long after the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill scandal that had made sexual harassment a household word.
  • Shout-Out: After the hearing is over, the male dinosaurs sing a variation of "I Am Woman" about being man.
  • Squashed Flat: Sexual Harris after Monica is through with him.
  • Title Drop: B.P. Richfield says that they must determine what Sexual Harris meant.
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