“There’s No Business Like Cho Business”

Blog 2136 – 08.21.2021

“There’s No Business Like Cho Business”

The American Cowboy Macho and the America Gaucho Machismo, that predates it, are both myths. The great western movie hero John Wayne’s real name was Marion as was the middle name of American Revolutionary War hero, the Swamp Fox, Francis Marion. Robin Hood’s girl friend in another myth is named Maid Marion. Whatever is the point you are getting at, Crazy Dave? Just this, real men are as tender hearted as any women and hearts, men’s or women’s, that will not bend must break.

One of my favorite songs as a boy was “Big Bad John” by country/western troubadour Jimmy Dean, especially the line near the end of the song where Big John and a crew of coal miners are trapped deep underground in a mine cave in:

Oak trees do not bend, they break. Trees that bend survive the wild winds. Those trees and people who will not bend are broken, blown over, or crushed under the weight of the world. We have known few if any times in recorded history when so many people refused to bend or to compromise. The warnings still sound, “Pride goeth before a fall.” and “How are the mighty fallen.” Yet, those and other warnings go unheeded. The image of the strong, proud, unbending hero, is still a very popular myth.

One of the great advantages of getting to stream TV series is that you can watch characters’ story lines develop more quickly. I watched the CBS detective drama The Mentalist when it first aired some years ago, but have been streaming it the last several weeks. Kimball Cho, is one of the CBI (California Bureau of Investigation) detectives in the ensemble cast, played by American actor Yila Timothy Kang. And today’s title is a line uttered by one of the other detectives after Cho has just used his signature tackle take down move on a fleeing suspect. “There is no business like Cho business.” Cho’s back was hurt in an automobile accident but all those tackles could not be helping either.

In the line of duty investigating a case Cho comes upon an attractive street wise hooker named Summer. She is quite observant and upon meeting the detective asks if he always wears a frown and if his back is hurting. Cho says, yes, to both questions. Summer offers to ease his pain. He says, “No, thanks.” She says, you are not so tough, I bet I could make you cry in two minutes.” Cho says, “No bet.” Later Chou asks Summer to work for him, not at her trade, but as a CI (Criminal Informant.) She agrees, saying she will do anything for money. But, it is obvious there is more there than a business relationship on both their parts.

When Summer goes beyond Cho’s clear instructions while wearing a wire trying to get a suspect to incriminate himself and is almost killed in the process Cho pays her the money she was promised and then fires her. Trying to get her job back, Summer says, “I known you are really angry because you care about me and I care for you too and they kiss. All Cho’s defenses are down. He is bending, she is bending, and they meet in the middle. I do so love a good love story. Don’t you? Brings tears to even a cowboy’s eyes, be they named Dusty, Rusty, Big Bad John or even Marion.

Your friend and fellow traveler,

David White


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