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I was in the bookstore today and I saw  a sudoku puzzle based on  The Da Vinci code.  I  don't know why sudoku requires a movie tie-in and fancy packaging. Why can't people be satisfied with simple amusements like text-based pong?

On a completely different note, here is an interesting news story from  India which requires no further comment from me.

TVland had a 48-hour Benson marathon this weekend. I didn't watch all of it. But I did see an episode where the German lady started choking on food and Benson gave her the Heimlich maneuver. And as always happened, she was so grateful she made a pest of herself and Benson spent the rest of the episode trying to avoid her. I had no idea that Benson had a "you saved my life episode".

This is a sitcom tradition that started with the an episode of the Andy Griffith Show, and later recycled on Gomer Pyle USMC.(The linked wikipedia episode mentions both episodes).  Since then,  it has saved the professional life of lazy writers everywhere.

I like to look for "you saved my life" episodes the way a lepidopterist might look for a particular butterfly. So far, I have seen it on the above-mentioned shows as well as Different Strokes, Sanford and Son, and Hey Arnold. But I didn't know Benson had one.


I think there's an episode of the Odd Couple like that too (and many other shows that I can't quite put my finger on...)
I think you're right. I haven't actually seen it, but I noticed it when I was doing a search on "you saved my life" and "episode".