On Sun, 14 Aug 1994, Ernest Adams wrote:
> I just re-watched "Is Your Journey Really Necessary," last night, and
> there was a scene where we get a fair look at Neil's living room. It
> certainly wasn't messy -- in fact, I thought it was a bit overdone.
> (A big ship model in a glass case? That doesn't really sound like Neil.)
> He also had a framed photograph of a young woman on an end table. I can
> only assume that it was Brenda, but why would he still have it? Too
> lazy to get rid of it?
He did have a photo of Laura at some point and I seem to recall seeing it
in later episodes.
> Also, I'm surprised that he keeps liquor on hand if he doesn't drink.
> Of course he might well keep it for friends, but I have always assumed
> he was a recovered alcoholic.
I don't think so. I seem to recall either Wellingham or Peel commenting
on his belief that he needed to have his mind clear at all times in case
an operation came up. Something about Sandbaggers depending on him.
> Now, it's possible that we're seeing the results of Brenda's decorating,
> assuming that she moved out and he kept the flat. Still, it just looked
> a bit too "rich" for someone of his attitudes.
Actually it reminded me more of a hotel room than an apartment where
> I'm not surprised his kitchen (seen in a later Laura Dickens episode) was
> a mess -- he probably makes a stab at cooking for himself, but never
> really gets serious, and rarely cleans up.
I have a Burnside kitchen here.
> His office is fairly tidy, but I think that's probably Diane's work more
> than his. I like the fact that he has a Churchill bust and Jeff Ross has
> a Kennedy bust.
I remember a comment that Peele made about getting the curtains cleaned
and Burnside responded that dirty curtains made it hard for somwone to
see inside the office. I imagine that would also be a reason behind
keeping the office tidy. If the office is tidy all the folders remain in a
pile, closed and no documents would be in view from the outside. I don\t
think that Burnside ever left the office with open documents on the desk.
In fact the only time when he didn't close folders were with Dianne (and
later Maryann) and Willie.