Seasonal Code: S13E02
Production Number: 420 [BLAAAAAAAAZE IT]
CW Seasonal Code: S12E14
We’ve already seen one episode from this Jeff Davis taping, the very excellent 12×14 with Rachel Bloom, and so here comes the other guest star show from that taping, featuring Brie and Nikki Bella, WWE’s Bella Twins, a well-known diva double act who became favorites during the late 2000s and early 2010s. Again, I don’t follow wrestling, I just feel like maybe they did something controversial or Vince McMahon fucked with them in some way? I dunno, I remember hearing that something happened, I just forget what it was.
Anyway, they’re here tonight, and the show does some cool things with ’em
Questions: Passions Erupt at a Busy Restaurant
As Aisha explains the game, Ryan sees something in the hat box and audibly chuckles. Already on at the top of the show, are we, Ryan?
Jeff, with a knight helmet: “is this your first time at MEDIEVAL TIMES?” [turns smiling to the audience]
Ryan’s turkey mask gets Wayne laughing immediately
Ryan: “can you hide me?”
Wayne: “what are ya, chicken?”
Ryan, crying: “why would you SAY something like that?”
Ryan tries doing another line but have to stop and come up for air. He takes off the mask, which was nearly impossible to breathe through, and walks off. Poor Ryan…
Jeff just immediately leaves after looking at this mask. Colin just outstretches his hands
Ryan enters, and right when he’s about to finish his line he actually sees all of Colin’s mask: “D’you get a table ye-OHHHHH GOD.”
Ryan: “I THOUGHT IT WAS JUST A WIG!”
This entire Colin-Ryan scene is funny because Ryan’s on edge and trying not to completely lose it, so he’s sort of shouting his lines.
Jeff decides to out-weird Colin
Jeff: “CAN I BREASTFEED NOW?”
Wayne has a very funny french character, completely flubs a line, then just rolls off a string of french. “Which means, BUZZ ME, DAMN!”
A hot mess of a questions playing. More weird than funny, but with some good moments.
Duet: Jeff and Wayne sing a Beastie Boys number to Nikki and Brie
Wayne admits he’s a wrestling fan, and tells the girls apart.
Brie: “or we could bodyslam you later, if you’d like?”
Aisha: “I think that’s what he’s been dreaming of his entire life”
A verse or two into his, Wayne removes his jacket, and sure enough: “shirt off, mm, let’s body slam.”
The thesis quickly becomes ‘kick the shit out of Wayne’
Jeff: “throw him up in the air, treat him dirty like he was Ric Flair”
NIKKI LITERALLY HAD A BEEF WITH RIC’S DAUGHTER, JEFF.
Heck, they’re both slightly taken aback, but go with it
Note that Wayne, and to a lesser extent Jeff, are just treating this like a basic rap number without many beastie-isms
Eventually Nikki and Bella shrug and get Wayne in a lock
Nikki: “DO YOU TAP?”
Wayne, after being taken down by both girls: “when I do this, I’m no beginner/did I lose, or was I really the winner?”
A fun number with at least a good hook to it [Brie and Nikki beating up Wayne]. Lyrically there wasn’t much out of the ordinary though
Aisha: “neither of you get any points, and you both know why”
Wayne: “who needs points when I’ve got my memories?”
Sound Effects: Two cops patrolling an amusement park when suddenly everyone starts to turn into evil monsters
THE BELLA TWINS PROVIDE SFX. Not audience members. Guest stars.
So with actual competent people doing SFX, that makes it easier for Ryan and Colin cause they know it’ll have sound. Unlike many audience members who play this game, Nikki and Brie have been prompted that they’re playing this, and have probably seen clips for reference, so they know what to do. So when Ryan and Colin start with a swinging truncheon mime, and they get immediate swishing noises, they can just make subversion jokes:
Colin: “you think the hot dogs are cool enough to eat now?”
Colin, in setting up the shooting gallery, refers to it as “the little gun range”
Ryan: “…oh, the LITTLE GUN RANGE, here at the AMUSEMENT PARK…THE KIDS LOVE IT.”
Colin: “NO, THE LITTLE DUCKS AND THINGS.”
I missed good Ryan-Colin scene work
Ryan: “watch this, I’m gonna [shoot] the duck without even lookin”
Colin: “YOU GOT A *REAL* DUCK!”
Ryan, honestly impressed: “YOU HEARD IT. QUA-QUACK.”
Colin, just flat out stating the scene setup: “look, people are turning into monsters, of the evil variety.”
Nikki does a long “RAWRRAWRRAWR” noise
Colin: “oh, that one’s hungry”
Two great things about the roller coaster gag
1. Nikki eyeing Brie to make sure they’re doing a joined whooshing noise
2. Ryan responding to that great noise and going “I’VE JUST WET MY PANTS!”
Colin: “ME TOO!”
I also love Ryan mouthing to Nikki and Brie’s WOOOOOing noises. Just to sell it
Ryan: “That was fun!”
Colin, being transparent: “yeah, it almost made me forget about the monsters for a second”
Colin: “oh, no, they’re right there”
That cracked me up. The wrestlers, they have timing
Ryan, after another RAWR noise: “we should have brought some ducks with us”
Nikki and Brie: “…quack?”
PFFFF. I love that move
Again, a pro for actual accomplished stage people doing SFX: Ryan asks for a gun cocking sound and Brie delivers a very impressive one.
Ryan: “Oh, that sounded good!”
Ryan does play with Brie having a slight delay, going “I’ve got the delay gun, the bullet doesn’t come out until about five seconds later”, and to that point he fires, Brie doesn’t hear it, and it takes her another second to make the noise. “See?”
Jeff’s facepalming in the back at this
Colin: “these people, it’s not THEIR fault that they’re turning into monsters-”
Ryan, realizing Colin has a better idea for the scene, just goes, transparently, “what’s your theory?”
[Jeff loses it again]
Colin: “I didn’t have a THEORY…though you seem to be pretty gung-ho about just killing them…”
Colin fires a shot. Nikki has a modest firing noise.
Ryan: “…this is the gun from the DUCK RANGE, YOU IDIOT!”
SUCH A GOOD MOVE. And him punctuating that with ‘YOU IDIOT’ as well, taking the status back
SUCH A GOOD SOUND EFFECTS. Nikki and Brie were both good at SFX and had great comedic timing, and Ryan and Colin had a lot of very funny moves screwing with them, and each other. Not quite ‘throw your wife’ good, but a very funny one.
Ryan’s even repeating the RRRRRAWWWR noises as he hugs Brie and Nikki.
Scenes from a Hat:
Aisha, in introing this game, does an ‘OH’, and realizes she’s forgotten to have a hand on the hat in saying the name, so she clumsily grabs it anyway. Colin and Ryan are cracking about the ‘OH’ as they head up [“it’s called…OH.”]
“Pick up lines in space” we did in E14, but here’s more:
Wayne has a long pause before “shall we commence re-entry?”
Ryan: “I don’t wanna brag, but how bout a little Deep Space 9”
Wayne, one-upping: “forget that guy, how bout I give you Seven of Nine?”
Colin, confused: “…why not the whole thing?”
“Weird ways for Aisha to open the show”, which she confusedly chuckles through
Wayne does a variant on the ‘she’s really a man’ gag from S11.
Ryan borrows Jeff’s go-to, making fun of Aisha running down the stairs. “SO LET’S HAVE SOME FUN”
Wayne: “LET’S HAVE SOME FUN”
Ryan calls up Jeff: “How long do I have before i go on?”
Jeff: “five minutes”
Ryan: “You can’t see my dick, can ya?”
Jeff just…slowly, unamusedly heads back to the step. Wayne’s losing it. Colin goes “WHAT THE HELL?”
Ryan, genuinely: “WHAT??”
Colin: “COME ON!”
And this is why I love Colin. This was maybe a year until the official announcement that his daughter would be out as trans. He tells the story that he was in the middle of taping WL, and suffering from a back issue, when he found out. This may have been one of Colin’s first few moments of being a trans advocate on TV, and he used it by striking back at the very first ‘chick with a dick’ joke that he could. Absolute legend.
Wayne calls up Ryan: “I’m a PA, I’ve been called to cover up your dick”
Colin, thankfully saving this: “Hi, I’m Dick!”
Ryan: “Thank you, Dick. I don’t want you to be seen.”
Colin: “GET OFF MY BACK, AISHA!”
Two basic scenes, but some funny stuff here, especially during the second one. The only downside is Jeff didn’t get to do much at all here. Additionally, Colin was mostly on hand to support other jokes, meaning this was basically just Ryan and Wayne going back and forth with setups.
Living Scenery: Athletes Ryan and Colin are in the Alps training for the Winter Olympics when there’s an avalanche and they have to take shelter in a mountaintop chalet; Wayne, Nikki and Brie are the props.
Ryan and Colin start the scene with vaguely Scandinavian accents. Colin even wipes his eye from the refuse of a Ryan line
Colin, getting Wayne: “I’m going to go down on my snowboard”
Ryan: “…GO DOWN ON YOUR SNOWBOARD??”
Colin: “…down the mountain.”
Ryan, cracking: “oh, I see…”
Another LS where a foot winds up nearly all the way up Wayne’s ass:
There’s an avalanche, and Ryan sneakily goes “ALL, I GOT ALL COVERED”, just to get the Bella Twins to just bring him down. SNEAKY.
Ryan: “i CAN’T GET OUT, KLAUS…”
Colin: “I’ll get you out-”
Ryan: “NO, DON’T GET ME OUT. DON’T RISK YOUR LIFE, KLAUS.”
[“Shut up, I’m asleep.”]
Hell, WAYNE gets the twins off of Ryan.
Ryan: “DAMN YOU, KLAUS”
I also love the moment where Colin sticks Ryan with Wayne as they do the ski lift, and Colin just smiles with Nikki and Brie lifting him up as Ryan shakes his head as Wayne carries his ass
Colin then uses Wayne as a door and opens it, grabbing his…you know as the doorknob. Wayne emits a SUBHUMAN NOISE, almost squirrel-like, as Colin’s hand comes towards his crotch. I wish the edit allowed for them to comment on that, that was so funny
Ryan: “While you sit in that chair, I’ll lay down here on this bear rug”
Brie: [does the chair]
I love this hook. Colin keeps getting all the luxuries, Ryan keeps getting Wayne
Then Colin puts on his longjohns:
Ryan: “DAMN YOU KLAUS.”
Ryan: “We’ve got to get back to the bottom of the mountain”
Colin, channeling Gene Wilder:
Ryan: “hey, let’s take the sleds down”
And here is where i knew that Brie and Nikki also knew the hook of the scene, because before anyone says anything, they CHOOSE who they’re gonna support:
Immediately, Ryan just scowls and looks over at Wayne. He just keeps…losing.
Colin: “here are mine…”
My favorite part of this is Ryan. He just looks back and shakes his head. Frustrated that Colin pulled that, but also not even trying to compose himself, as Wayne just politely waves. I’ve seen that move before,
That’s what this felt like at times. Like a complete competition between Ryan and Colin that Colin was always trying to win. And yet this one also reminded me of 6×06’s Living Scenery, with the cheerleaders, which had similar moments of Ryan not wanting to move and Colin covered in women. This was a combination of both The Cat and that LS, and it led to, honestly, one of the best LS playings of the CW era. So many moments had so many beats baked in, both from the scene itself, interscene [Ryan and Colin screwing with each other], and also the element of Wayne being the less desirable option. It felt so complex, and so funny, that the goofy accents weren’t even the funniest part of it. Insanely impressive game.
Also, notice that Laura and Linda sneak onstage as the Bella Twins leave, which means that either GH was next, or this genuinely leads into the next game. Then again, Linda doesn’t do Hoedown, so it could have been for GH or Doo-Wop.
Aisha: “there was a lot of good ones…what about cowboy?”
Ryan: “well, there was a lot of good ones, right?”
Wayne doesn’t have much for his, and makes an easy Brokeback Mountain joke
Colin’s is…an adventure:
“I am a cowboy, I ride in one…direction”
Right there, he realizes what his rhyme has to be, and cracks a bit. BUT THEN HE DECIDES TO OWN IT
“and the…more I ride, the BIGGER, my erection.”
I love that. Cracking, confusion, and then acceptance.
“Everybody stands and goes…all the folks…”
and he’s gone again, struggling, cause he realizes he has to do a punchline, and he’s not confident
“look at him go [LOOKS RIGHT AT AISHA, SIGHING] he’s a mighty cow-poke”
AND SOMEHOW THIS WORKS. He knows he has to do another one, he knows this one got away from him, but if he were to do this one again, composed, it’d be a clear, good Hoedown verse. And so it is. The pun is corny, but it works.
Colin’s still cracking up as Ryan tries starting his
Ryan’s cowboy is accident prone
“One night I was riding and I thought I’d just blow up
Turns out my penis was caught in my stirrup”
Pff. He looks over at Laura to make sure he’s not losing too much of the tempo as he does the last line
This hoedown is so fun, cause you just see everyone cracking up and shaking their heads, and they’re loose. Ryan even adds in a ‘YOU’RE HUGE’ in Jeff’s verse as a hype
Jeff: “I had a reduction, and my surgery went great
I was the dirty dozen, now I am the Hateful Eight”
PERFECT. Also, fun fact, I was literally just talking to a Whoser about that movie.
A very fun Hoedown, with some impressive stuff and energy despite these being mostly dick jokes. They were their FINEST dick jokes, I suppose.
Jeff: [is ashamed]
Ryan: “…has the show ended?”
[This is actually a really good ending line, honestly]
Overall: Another strong show, though maybe not quite as strong as last show due to a few more human games to start us off [Questions and Duet]. But after that we have knockout playings of Sound Effects and Living Scenery boosted by the very game Bella Twins, a pretty good SFAH and a really nice Hoedown. Living Scenery was one of the best ones because it had a clear game to it that just kept hitting, and had very similar energy to some classic ABC-era rounds. You also got a lot of very fun taping energy here, especially in Hoedown and LS. Just a fun show, and a strong watch to keep us going.
Show Winners: All four
Best Performer: This was a Colin and Ryan show, so those two were battling out all night, but Colin snuck through during Hoedown for making a stumbly one into a gem. Also, he was in most control during LS, and made some gems happen in Colin without doing many setups.
Worst Performer: Jeff was barely in this show. He also was barely onstage in two of the games he was in, Questions and SFAH.
Best Game: Living Scenery. I’m not sure who’s in charge of naming which games are classics in this era, but I think this is a classic LS playing.
Worst Game: Questions was the most normal, and had the least to it. It was also very unruly, and had some early-taping jitters
Guest Star Rating: 9/10. Nikki and Brie were both in good moods, displayed none of the wrestling-persona awkwardness from Chris Jericho’s appearance, and aided all three of their games. Not much more I could have asked for.
COMING UP NEXT: Oh boy. Uh…this is one I’ve been waiting to talk about for a while. It’s another guest star show, and a CW synergy booking as well, but…dear lord does this one make me fucking howl with laughter.