“Sarah Palin’s Alaska- Just for the Halibut,” besides being a bad, timeworn pun of a title, sets out to show Sarah Palin taking daughter Bristol on a couple of outings to get her mind off of what was then the latest drama concerning Levi Johnson.
Or, as the episode suggested, the dumb, annoying jock whose name should not be mentioned. Spoilers may follow.
First we see Sarah, Todd, and Bristol shooting skeet. Sarah, in a gambit to tweak her enemies, reminds us that this is where her gal pals took her for his last baby shower. Mind, if she really wanted to tweak the libs, she would have had the baby shower at a hunting lodge where she and her friends would kill something big and edible and then roasted the meat over an open fire.
Bristol, by the way, was in a little need of practice leading the target. But she got the hang of it by and by.
The main part of the episode was a short depiction of how halibut is caught in the waters off of Homer, Alaska. This author’s knowledge of commercial fishing is limited to once having seen “The Perfect Storm,” and he would ordinarily have turned the channel, city slicker that he is, but this sequence was a further illumination into the life and attitudes of a possible president of the United States.
So, Sarah, Bristol, and Todd are seen on a commercial fishing boat, pulling up lines filled with flopping, big, meaty fish, whacking the heck out of them to keep them quiet, and then slitting their gills to bleed them. Here is a family unafraid to not only work with their hands, but to get them dirty as well.
Then there was a sequence at the processing plant, working on something called “the slime line,” then decapitating and filleting the fish before leaving with their share of the catch.
After an interlude with Sarah and Todd having a kayak race, more family members joined them for some clam digging, something some of us do in Texas quite a bit. I noticed that the main tool looks like a post hole digger.
The day ended with seafood cooked in various ways and then consumed on the beach as the light dims over the waters. It does not get fully night at the time of year the episode, so there was no need for lanterns or other artificial illumination.
So what are we to take away from the episode, besides a greater appreciation of how our seafood gets to the plate? The current President probably had never cooked anything in his life, not to mention killed and gutted it before cooking it. The Palins are self-reliant to a degree that most people in America are not, even though they have some problems that every family has, like siblings squabbling in the back of the RV while daddy is trying to drive.
Contrary to George Will, I think that the show demonstrates that someone who can easily catch, process, and cook dinner all in the same day is more than up to the task of dealing with bad-ass Muslims or–even worse-the Democrats.
Sourcer: Sarah Palin’s Alaska, Just for the Halibut, TV.Rage