Ogliospermia in Twin Peaks

You know how when you experience something for the first time you start seeing it everywhere? Like you break your toe, and suddenly everyone seems to be on crutches?

These days, I can’t find a television show or movie that’s not about adoption or infertility. Here are two examples, culled from my last two days of couch potatoing:

Male factor infertility in Twin Peaks.

I didn’t remember this subplot from the first time I watched Twin Peaks in 1990:

When Lucy, the ditzy receptionist, tries to identify the source of the sperm by which she became pregnant, her cuckolded boyfriend, Andy, receives an ogliospermia diagnosis. (See above for a screen shot of the young Harry Goaz as the kind but dimwitted Andy.)

Like nearly all aspects of this show, this storyline is confusing and never fully resolved. Andy submits to two sperm analyses. The first yields the disappointing diagnosis. But the second result is a happy one. “They’re not just three guys on a fishing trip, they’re a whole damned town,” the doctor’s assistant tells Andy.

For those of you with good television memories: Is the implication that the first results were simply incorrect? Or that Andy’s switch to boxers as the preferred undergarment had a dramatic impact? Have any of you in real life share Andy’s experience of an infertility diagnosis that turned out to be completely and happily wrong?

(Also to my interest was the character of Gordon Cole, the near-deaf FBI agent who serves as a depressingly predictable comic foil for his hearing coworkers, but this – along with David Lynch’s inordinate interest in dwarves and giants as truth tellers – is the subject of another post.)

False positives and adoption evaluations in 30 Rock

When Liz Lemon’s doctor informs her that ingredients in her Mexican cheese curls caused a false HPT positive, I rooted for an eventual infertility diagnosis.  Instead, Liz – whose feelings about the unplanned pregnancy were mixed — decides to adopt, which pleased me almost as much. The visit of adoption agency official to Liz’s office ends in comic disaster when the Judah Friedlander character smacks the official with golden nun-chucks. (Serious question: They don’t actually visit you in your workplace in real life, do they?)

I also watched The Kids are All Right, which seems to argue for the sanctity of non-biological nuclear families, at least ones that can work through their crises while bathing in teak paneled tubs and eating organic veal roulade on their sundecks.

What’s your favorite infertility/adoption/gamete donation subplot?


2 Responses to “Ogliospermia in Twin Peaks”

  1. I love how IF was handled this season on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” I don’t want to ruin the plot, but there’s a great twist at the end. LOVED IT!!

  2. I liked the first, wordless few minutes of “Up” that shows the couple’s life together. It struck me as such an intimate snapshot of infertility….and it was a cartoon!

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