Lending Tree commercial with Lenny from the Jim Henson Company

salemfan

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Here's a Lending Tree commercial in which the mascot for Lending Tree, Lenny, was built by Jim Henson Creature Shop:


1. Why does Lenny take a whiff after listening to what the lender says in the commercial?

2. When Lenny says"I smell BS" does he mean that he smells the feces of a male cow from a farm behind the bank?

3. When Lenny asks "Hey, does anyone else here smell BS?" is he asking if anyone else there smells the feces of a male cow from a farm behind the bank?

4. When Lenny says at the end "There's that smell again" does he mean he smells the feces of a male cow from a farm behind the bank?
If the answer to all of my questions is no, what does Lenny mean?
 

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I think he means that he does not believe what is being said (some people refer to unbelievable things as BS - sometimes even the actual words) and pretending to smell something to be funny.
 

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I think he means that he does not believe what is being said (some people refer to unbelievable things as BS - sometimes even the actual words) and pretending to smell something to be funny.
What does "that smell" in Lenny's line at the end of the commercial refer to?
And why is Lenny asking if anybody else at that bank smells BS?
 

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He’s just saying that he thinks the deal is a scam (or not as good as Lending Tree) and “that smell” is emphasizing his disbelief.
 

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Well, why would other people at that bank smell BS?
I don't think the other people at the bank was really listening, nobody else is really shown listening, and I don't think Lenny really cared if they heard him or smelled BS.

Even if he really did literally smell BS, they might not have also smelled it and he could have been checking to see if he was smelling correctly.
 

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I don't think the other people at the bank was really listening, nobody else is really shown listening, and I don't think Lenny really cared if they heard him or smelled BS.

Even if he really did literally smell BS, they might not have also smelled it and he could have been checking to see if he was smelling correctly.
Does "literally smell BS", "they might not have also smelled it" and "smelling correctly" refer to not believing what this bank has said, or does it refer to the feces of a male cow from a farm behind the bank?
 

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He’s just saying that he thinks the deal is a scam (or not as good as Lending Tree) and “that smell” is emphasizing his disbelief.
So why aren't there flies buzzing all over the lender when the lender says "And you won't find a better offer anywhere" and "It really is an exceptional offer"?
 
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