Mimi’s Troll Dolls – On the situation comedy THE DREW CAREY SHOW/ABC/1995-2004, Mimi Bobeck (Kathy Kinney) played a cosmetically-challenged department store secretary who loved Troll dolls.
Mimi showcased her collection of troll dolls at her apartment home and her work area at Winfred Louder Department Store in Cleveland, Ohio.
During one particular episode, Drew Carey, Mimi’s nemesis (whom she calls “Pig!”) sabotaged the heads of Mimi’s troll dolls to explode on cue (09/18/96 “We’ll Remember Always, Evaluation Day”).
On another episode, Drew meets a woman on a chat line. But when his online paramour mentions that she collects troll dolls (she typed, “I can’t believe I did that in front of my troll dolls”) a shocked Drew realizes his mistake too late (they already engaged in Internet sex) and quickly runs to the bathroom to shower off the shame and degradation of the unfortunate encounter (10/21/1998 “Sexual Perversity in Cleveland”).
If Mimi wants to wish for good luck, she compulsively pats the heads of her troll dolls in a particular order. If she messes up the sequence, she must redo the whole ritual to obtain the desired good luck.
When Mimi took charge of the store while her boss Mr. Wick (Craig Ferguson) was ill, she tried to replace all the store mannequins with giant troll dolls.
NOTE: Claudia “Claude” Casey (Sara Rue), the perky redhead assistant to news anchor Will Butler, a GBN Television Network executive on LESS THAN PERFECT/ABC/2002-2006 also likes troll dolls. She, too, pats their heads for good luck.
Mimi Bobeck (and her Troll Dolls)