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Danza Moment of the Week: Sanitized by the Bell

In keeping with our Saved by the Bell theme to the week, we’re going back to the classroom with Teach: Tony Danza for this week’s Danza Moment.  It seems like ages ago that we joined Danza for his journey as an English teacher at Philadelphia’s Northeast High.  But we shouldn’t forget those days, and we should never forget that Danza was obsessed with hand sanitizer.

We’re sure that made a great impression on his students. Hygiene is the coolest!

Do you think Marilu Henner remembers every time Danza washed his hands on the set of Taxi?

 

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Danza Moments of the Week: Back in the Habit

A couple weeks back Tony Danza was nice enough to get into his time machine in order to perform a horribly outdated, rhythmless, patently offensive rap.  Apparently that went over so well that he decided to turn his standard birthday song into a hip hop ditty (for the principal!).

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No, no one is smiling.  And while she’s not wishing that you would disappear, she probably would have preferred it if you spared us all the minstrel show.

And it was a two-fer Friday night with two back-to-back episodes of Teach, so here’s a bonus moment of the week.  Somebody has a crush!

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BURNED, DANZA!!!!!  OUCH!  And Chloe adding insult to injury with that glasses crack, no less.  Nice work, kid (although, that doesn’t appear to be a regulation school uniform.  Guess it was casual Friday).

And in case you’re still skeptical out there:

But, as much as we’ve had our fun with Tony Danza, we have to admit that he really poured his heart into teaching these kids, and took the responsibility severely more personally than most teachers do (although, he’d probably get jaded too if he taught more than one class a day for more than one year).  He even volunteers to mentor a troubled teen delinquent who’s not even in Mr. Danza’s class.  Sometimes Danza takes the “he reminds me of me” thing a little too far (especially when he compares losing his father when he was thirty years-old to a kid being in jail while his mom died) , but he’s certainly willing to sacrifice his time and energy to help these kids.  He’s the boss.  So good for you Tony, just PLEASE stop rapping.

And apparently this was the season finale, which means the first season ended on a dark, pessimistic, almost The Wire-like note, as Tony struggles to get through to his students and questions his ability to do so, while his reclamation project may be heading to prison.  It certainly wasn’t the uplifting conclusion we expected.  Let’s hope that means it’s merely a cliffhanger to be revisited in season two (although the fact that they burned off two episodes in one night is not an encouraging).  But until we get that resolution, if we even do at all,  we’ll be worrying about the fate of Tony Danza, boxer, taxi driver, boss, tapper, teacher.  At least we know he’ll be breathing okay.

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Danza Moment of the Week: Give a Dog a Bone

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Huh?  Are you talking about your real daughter or Samantha Micelli?  Or Alyssa Milano?  We’re confused.  And so is Jillian.

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Danza Moment of the Week: Dangerous Minds

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This would have been terrible and awkward and uncomfortable and mildly racist 15 years ago.  Now it’s just yikes.

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‘Teach: Tony Danza’ Moment of the Week

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Apparently Walter agrees.

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My New Favorite Show: Don’t Cry For Me, Tony Danza

My new favorite show finally premiered this weekend, as A&E’s Teach: Tony Danza graced the airwaves after a year of waiting.  And it did NOT disappoint.

And, as we surmised, we were actually drawn in by Danza, because he’s taking this so darn seriously (now, that is a good thing.  The show would be no better than I Love Money if the celebrity teacher wasn’t taking his assignment in earnest).  We knew that he would approach his role with a total commitment, but we didn’t anticipate that he would be so emotional, so nervous, so insecure and fragile.  Here’s Tony Danza, star of screen, film and (tap) stage, former boxer, reduced to tears by a class of pimple-faced, metal-mouthed 10th graders.  It was hard not to feel for him, but it was as equally difficult not to empathize with the students, most of whom clearly feel that they’re smarter than their teacher (and we all remember enduring a teacher or professor who was obviously overwhelmed and over-matched, if we weren’t smarter than the instructor then we were at least more savvy and aware ).  But fortunately for Danza, and for the students, he’s not teaching math or science, or another subject where he could fumble the curriculum and critically damage their educational development.  Instead he’s teaching English, where it’s equally important to learn how to express yourself as it is to read The Chocolate War.  So, using his life experience, charisma, guile and tap-dancing skills, hopefully Danza can get his students to open up, to learn something about themselves.  Certainly, this is going to be a journey for Tony, and we’ll along for it.  The question is if his students will follow as well.  He should probably start by screening Who’s the Boss?, because apparently only Chloe, who is “a big fan of the 80s” is truly familiar with his oeuvre (also, chill with the hand sanitizer, Mr. D!).

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Looks thin though, doesn’t he?  And where’s that coif we’ve come to adore?  Does nothing stay the same?

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