Mad About You

Our Fifteen Minutes

  • Season 3
  • , Episode 11  | 
  • Aired: 1/5/1995
    • Length: 18:32:43
    • Plays: ???
Synopsis >

Along with five other documentary filmmakers, Paul has agreed to turn his camera on himself and Jamie for a fifteen minute film about their everyday life. Upset with the short notice, Jamie decides that their home could use a little panache. After asking Fran to bring over a valuable painting she owns, Jamie tries redecorating their apartment with flowers stolen from a neighbor and an issue of Scientific American magazine for their coffee table. Although Paul will have none of it and insists they make it as realistic as possible, with the cameras rolling, the Buchmans cannot loosen up. Worried there is no way she can compete with the other filmmakers, which include a gay couple and an ex-con who married a junkie, Jamie decides she needs to be more interesting, too. But her attempt is interrupted when Ira arrives and uses the opportunity to plug his sporting goods store. After insisting that they both act natural, Paul turns the camera back on, only to have Fran arrive with her painting. Telling her and Ira leave, Paul must then convince Jamie that she doesn't need to hire an actress to play her in the film. Returning to the film, Jamie is embarrassed when she is caught retrieving a coffee filter from the trash, while Paul balks at admitting he owns a pair of leopard underwear. However, when Lisa shows up unexpectedly unaware that the cameras are running, she quickly becomes the movie's center of attention. Finding a receipt for the camera equipment, Jamie realizes that Paul has known about the film for weeks. Her complaint then prompts an unprecedented display of candor as Paul and Jamie admit truths that they had never disclosed to one another. However, in the wake of their honesty, they finally agree it would be best to sanitize their lives for the film.

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