BREAKING NEWS: Dick Deadeye of H.M.S. Pinafore and Gary/Jerry/Larry/Terry Gergich/Gengurch of Parks and Rec actually related!
Local researchers and art enthusiasts find "undeniable proof" that Jerry Gergich is great-great-great-great-great-great grandson of Dick Deadeye.
After weeks of late-night Netflix binges and scouring the internet for any scrap of information to support their claims, these researchers say the truth is undeniable. These two characters are cursed with the same genes that make them repulsive and worthy of ridicule for no rhyme or reason other than "This is the running gag." Dick Deadeye takes the abuse in stride (some would say), just as Jerry does. They both work for the government in some fashion. They both are the butt of jokes. The list goes on and on.
They both repulse the people around them with their mere presence.
- Captain: Deadeye! You here? Don't! (Recoiling from him).
- Jerry: Hi guys! / Entire Office: Not now Jerry! Jerry get out! God Jerry!
They are both verbally abused by their coworkers.
- Boatswain: Dick Deadeye, them sentiments o' yourn are a disgrace to our common natur'.
- Donna: You nasty Jerry.
Neither is called by their real name.
- Dick Deadeye: I'm unpleasant to look at, and my name's agin me, but I ain't as bad as I seem.
- Jerry: Actually, my name is Gary. / Leslie Knope: No it isn't, you're Jerry.
And finally, they both experience eye injuries.
Researchers admit they've had their findings questioned in regards to the general disposition of each character. Dick Deadeye is seen by many as a caricature of Victorian villains while Jerry is often described as a klutzy optimist. These stark differences are brushed aside with researchers saying, "They each have different social circumstances that would shape their world views and overall dispositions. But they are definitely connected."*
To see Dick Deadeye for yourself and decide if he really is Jerry's great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather, be sure to attend Opera Memphis's production of H.M.S. Pinafore.
February 8 - 10 | Germantown Performing Arts Center
Purchase tickets by clicking HERE or calling the Opera Memphis Box Office at 901.257.3100
*All parties acknowledge this research is merely conjecture and that neither of these characters is a real person with lineages that could be connected by logic or reason or science. This report has been created for entertainment, laughter, and fun.
H.M.S. Pinafore by W.S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan, Dover Publications Inc., 2002
"Character Analysis: Dick Deadeye," by Larry C. Littlefield, Precious Nonsense, Issue 12, June 1987