How many wells must a boy fall down before they call him a man?
This morning, Morning Edition did a story on the remake of the original Lassie movie. And in passing, someone mentioned that Timmy “fell down a lot of wells.”
Which got me thinking. Timmy falling down a well is the classic “help, Lassie!” scenario in pop culture. But how many times did that happen in movies and on the TV show? And if it didn’t happen that often, why is this the example that gets invoked all the time?
I was more of a Benji fan when I was a kid, so I’ve seen maybe two episodes of Lassie ever, so I have no idea. (I’m looking for a GQ-level answer, but figured this should go in CS because it’s about entertainment.)