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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr


Indiana Jones: Love's Sweet Song Indiana Jones
"Love's Sweet Song"
(Originally TV episode "London, May 1916)
(48:39-end on the Love's Sweet Song DVD)
Written by Rosemary Ann Sisson
Story by George Lucas
Directed by Carl Schultz
Bookends directed by Carl Schultz
Original air date: March 11, 1992

Indy heads to Europe to join the war and falls in love with a suffragette.


Read the "Mid-May 1916" and "Late May, 1916" entries of the It’s Not the Years, It’s the Mileage Indiana Jones chronology for a summary of this episode


Notes from the Indiana Jones chronology


This episode takes place in London, May 1916.


Didja Know?


The title of this episode ("Love's Sweet Song") comes from the title of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Love's Sweet Song, a TV movie repackaged for the Family Channel from the two episodes of the Young Indiana Chronicles "Ireland, April 1916" and "London, May 1916". 


Notes from the Old Indy bookends of The Young Indiana Chronicles


Watch the bookends of this episode at YouTube 


Over a meal at a restaurant, Old Indy's financial advisor, Bob Traynor, tells him the IRS has absolutely no appreciation of his fairy stories and they can't believe he has the same standard of expenses he had when he was in his prime. The IRS is the Internal Revenue Service, the tax collecting agency of the U.S. government.


As Old Indy begins to tell Bob about how he arrived in London in 1916 to sign up with the Belgian Army and fight in the war, he remarks, "...when you're 17 and you see a fight going on, you tend to think it would be a good idea to join in." But his time in London is supposed to be in May of 1916, when he was still just 16 years old.


Notes from The Lost Journal of Indiana Jones


The Lost Journal of Indiana Jones is a 2008 publication that purports to be Indy's journal as seen throughout The Young Indiana Chronicles and the big screen Indiana Jones movies. The publication is also annotated with notes from a functionary of the Federal Security Service (FSB) of the Russian Federation, the successor agency of the Soviet Union's KGB. The FSB relieved Indy of his journal in 1957 during the events of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The notations imply the journal was released to other governments by the FSB in the early 21st Century. However, some bookend segments of The Young Indiana Chronicles depict Old Indy still in possession of the journal in 1992. The discrepancy has never been resolved. 


The boxed set of DVDs of the complete The Young Indiana Chronicles TV series has notations and drawings in the storage slot for each disk that suggest they are meant to be excerpts from Indy's journal. Most of these notes and drawings do not appear in the The Lost Journal of Indiana Jones book. Here is the slot image for this episode:


The April 27, 1916 entry has Indy stating that he and Remy have arrived in London to enlist at the Belgian Army recruiting office. Indy's great love in London, Vicky, as seen in this episode, is not mentioned in the journal. 


Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode


Vicky Prentiss

Indiana Jones

Bob Traynor

Remy Baudouin

Winston Churchill

Belgian recruitment officer

Henry Jones, Sr. (mentioned only)

Anna Jones (mentioned only, deceased)

Suzette Chambin

Suzette Chambin's late husband (mentioned only)

Jean Baudouin

Helen Seymour

Lady Lavinia

Sylvia Pankhurst

suffragette chairwoman

Maisie Kemp

Sir Peregrine Prentiss

Lady Prentiss

Edie Newton

Mrs. Newton

baby Newton

Georgie Newton

Tom Newton (mentioned only)

Emily (Miss Seymour's parlor maid) 




Didja Notice?


The opening shot of London displays Big Ben and the statue of Boudica, a warrior queen of the British Iceni tribe in the 1st Century CE, near the Westminster Pier.


At 48:47 on the DVD, a bill is seen posted on the stone pedestal of the Boudica statue with a headline reading "Churchill Blames Government for Heavy Losses." This would be Winston Churchill (1874-1965), who was a Member of Parliament at the time, speaking on loss of troops in the European war.


At 49:45 on the DVD, a sign posted on the door of the Belgian Army recruitment office reads:





This is French (the official language of Belgium) for:





As Indy and Remy enter the Belgian recruitment office, the officer is reading a copy of Le Miroir. Le Miroir was a weekly photographic supplement to the French Petit Parisien newspaper in the 1910s.


Indy gets the last name of his Belgian alias, Henri Défense, from a sign in the recruitment office, "DÉFENSE DE FUMER." This is French for "NO SMOKING." Notice that the recruitment officer is smoking a cigar at the time! Also note that this makes Indy's new name "Henry Prohibited" (though défense in French is also simply "defense", so it sounds somewhat appropriate for a soldier to be called Henry Defense!). A number of French-speaking characters comment on his having an unusual name throughout his time as a soldier in the series.


At 51:00 on the DVD, a mechanical calendar shows the current date at May 15th.


As the recruitment officer reads portions of Indy's recruitment form back to him, notice that Indy has put his father's name as also being Henri Defense.


The woman who either owns or manages the Cafe Belgique, Suzette Chambin, quickly becomes Remy's wife before he heads off to war. As far as I can tell, this Cafe Belgique is fictitious.


Indy tells Suzette he is heading to Oxford to visit his old tutor, Helen Seymour.


An AEC S-Type double-decker bus is seen passing in the night at 53:13 on the DVD. It looks like the same bus Indy soon boards with Lady Lavinia and on which he first meets Vicky Prentiss.


Lady Lavinia asks Indy at the bus stop if the bus goes to Bayswater, but he only knows that it goes to Paddington Station. Bayswater is an area of the City of Westminster in West London.


Vicky Prentiss gives flyers to Indy and Lady Lavinia regarding meetings of the East London Federation of Suffragettes, whose featured speaker is Sylvia Pankhurst. The East London Federation of Suffragettes was a real world socialist political party in the UK at the time. Pankhurst (1882-1960) was a British advocate for the suffragette movement.


The taxi Lady Lavinia grabs after storming off the bus away from Indy is a 1908 Unic. The same vehicle is seen parked in front of Vicky's apartment building at 1:10:14 on the DVD.


At 56:38 on the DVD, an advertising sign mounted on the bus features the slogan "Don't be vague, ask for Haig." Haig is a brand of Scotch.


As Vicky has tea with Indy after the suffragette meeting, Sylvia reminds her she has a piece to write for the Dreadnought, due next week. This is a reference to the Workers' Dreadnought, a newspaper published by Sylvia Pankhurst from 1914-1924.


While proving to Vicky that he is able to speak Swedish, Indy tells her that Stockholm is one of his favorite cities. Stockholm is the capital of Sweden.


At an unidentified London location as Indy and Vicky walk at night at 1:06:56 on the DVD, what appears to be Big Ben can be seen against the skyline.


When Vicky tells Indy that she and her family had a terrible time with the camel drivers in Egypt when they visited in her youth, Indy remarks that he and his tutor did as well, the camel driver taking them to the pyramids and leaving them there. This occurred in "My First Adventure".


Edie's mother tells Indy and Vicky that her husband, Tom, is in the war and the money he was sending his family stopped about four weeks ago. She says she went to the Soldiers and Sailors Association for help. This is a reference to the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA), a British charity for the support of individuals and their families of the British Armed Forces, established in 1885.


At 1:09:30 on the DVD, Edwards General Stores and Confectionery is seen on the street as Indy walks Vicky home. This appears to be a fictitious business.


Indy takes Vicky to visit Miss Seymour and tells her how Miss Seymour had tutored not only him, but also taught his father when he went to Oxford University.


At 1:11:35 on the DVD, the Oxford pedestrian Bridge of Sighs is seen over New College Lane. The bridge connects two parts of Hertford College, one of the constituent colleges of Oxford University.


The taxi Indy and Vicky arrive in at Miss Seymour's home is a 1923 Ford Model T Landaulet. Of course, this is supposed to take place in 1916!


When Miss Seymour expresses disappointment that Indy has joined as a soldier in the war, Indy tries to excuse his decision by saying that Ned has written him and is fighting in it. This refers to T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) whom Indy befriended in "My First Adventure".


Indy indicates to Vicky that he has forgiven her for her outburst at the Churchill dinner party by intoning, "Deeds, not words." This was the slogan of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU), a women's suffrage advocacy organization founded by Sylvia Pankhurst's mother, Emmeline, in 1903.


    The street down which Indy and Vicky ride bikes in Oxford at 1:19:07 on the DVD is Merton Street. Vicky points out University College, where her father had attended, and Indy comments that Shelley went there, too. University College is another of the constituent colleges of Oxford University. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) did attend. Vicky's quote of "Hail to thee, blithe Spirit!" is from Shelley's poem "To a Skylark". Indy's quote guess of "Ode to the West Wind" is incorrect, but it is another Shelley poem. Vicky's statement that Shelley drowned off the coast of Italy is correct.


At 1:22:34 on the DVD, Indy and Vicky are seen at Llanthony Priory, a former Augustinian priory in partial ruins in Wales.


The book from which Vicky reads to Indy is Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, published posthumously in 1817.


When Vicky refuses to hear Indy's marriage proposal, he later throws the engagement ring he'd bought for her in the Thames River.


At the end of the episode, Indy boards a train at St. Pancras railway station.


Memorable Dialog


welcome to wearing a uniform, my boy.mp3

I could be dead within a month.mp3

if you were her husband.mp3

almost everything I know, I owe to her.mp3

women's suffrage.mp3

one thing about Miss Seymour.mp3

speaking of.mp3

do you think Indy will ever forgive me?.mp3

a man can marry and have a career, but a woman can't.mp3 


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