This week's birthday festivities kick off on January 17 with deadpan darling Zooey Deschanel, who's given us a few DiD scenes here and there, though it's 2011's Your Highness that decided to make itself useful and deliver her single gagged scene to date (not counting that self-bondage ruse in New Girl). We've made a new and improved edit just to mark the occasion.
The next day is a quiet one, but January 19 provides three birthdays for us to celebrate, starting with Katey Sagal. Her Golden Globe-winning career continues to be red-hot, but her most famous DiD moments are all from Married... with Children, the show that first made her a household name. British actress Marsha Thomason, who appears in a long, memorable sequence in the 1996 miniseries Prime Suspect 5: Errors of Judgement, is turning 45. And it's the 40th birthday of Elizabeth "Bitsie" Tulloch, whose 119 episodes of Grimm include a couple solid tie-ups.
But the "round number" birthdays don't stop there! Stacey Dash turns 55 on January 20, and we've got both of her short-but-sweet gag scenes, from which we chose Gang of Roses for this playlist by a noose...er, nose. For Geena Davis, who turns 65 on January 21, there was never any question which scene we'd be featuring: of course it would be instant classic The Long Kiss Goodnight, in which she's tied to a waterwheel in her undies by David Morse and tormented at length to make her hand over her Oscar, or something.
Speaking of undies: Ms. Davis shares the 21st with Izabella Miko. It's possible that you'll remember her from the Anger Management episode "Charlie Gets Tied Up with a Catholic Girl." Since we're guessing that the audience for Charlie Sheen tied up is extremely limited, we can assure you that the actual bondage in this cute little scene is 100% Izabella, 0% Charlie.
A pair of veteran actresses celebrate their birthdays on January 22: Linda Blair and Diane Lane. Ms. Blair is obviously no stranger to DiD fans, and choosing just one scene for this playlist was never going to be easy, but we think the scene from Red Heat in which she's cleave gagged along with Sue Kiel will do nicely. By contrast, Ms. Lane's remarkable deathtrap scene in Untraceable was always a shoo-in!
January 23 begins with Mariska Hargitay, whose solid DiD resumé is capped by her multi-episode encounters with an extra-creepy serial killer on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, her TV home for an impressive 21 years and counting. And for dessert, let's close the week with a quick return to Married... with Children, with its ultra-short but iconic scene for birthday girl Tiffani Thiessen.