Whose Watchdown is it Anyway: S02E13, or BEARDED COLLIE!

The showdown of S2: New Hero Greg Proops vs. Old Difficult John Sessions. While Josie Lawrence and Tony Slattery wait around in the background.

It’s great- during contestant intros, one person claps after Greg’s name, and Greg immediately smiles wider.

Thank the lords: John Sessions is in the room, and we start with something other than Authors:

Film and Theatre Styles v1- Josie and Greg (couple arguing about the state of the bathroom)

Greg, inspecting something in his mouth: “This hair…was on my toothbrush. It’s one of yours!”
Josie, finding a golden opportunity and running with it: “….Yes, but a little more curly, NOW…”

Robin Hood style
Greg, looking down: “You never called me Little John before…”

A bit truncated, but Greg and Josie worked really well together, and had some nice moments.

Film and Theatre Styles v2- Tony and John (visiting the pawnbroker)

Audience member: “BEARDED COLLIE!”
Audience, Tony, John: “….???”
Clive: “D’you mean ‘one man and his dog’? I’m gonna keep that in, there…”

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Tony manages to outdo actual shakespearean actor John Sessions in a Shakespeare scene. John just starts going on, like he usually does, in the style.
Tony: “Oh, nonny my liege, what a dull git of a clown…”

The 60s Michael Caine style actually does well for them, as they both have some great acting moments, and work off each other with trepidation.

Of course, that scene ends with Tony grabbing John in an embrace. Which is a great visual.

Clive: “…..bearded collie.”
Tony: [gets down and pisses on John]

It ends a bit clumsily, but it’s still been a fantastic scene, as Tony was able to needle John into actually trying for once.

Song Styles: Josie sings a love ballad about a fish slice

Very cute number, with a ton of really great rhyme moments. Proof that Josie could literally make a fantastic song about anything in this era.

World’s Worst: Person to be Arriving at a Party

John, throwing back to 2×03: “Rocky Mountain HIIIIIGHHHH…”
Greg, holding up something: “Hey, I think I ran over your german shepherd outside…”

John has a joke get complete silence here. Just thought you ought to know.

Tony had the best lines in this scene, and they were mostly physical.

Rap: Dental Hygiene 

Tony: “PAUL DANIELS MAGIC SHOW, TERRY AND JUNE. SKY TELEVISION-….oh no, I thought it was ‘Crap’- it’s rap, sorry…”

Like usual, a bit haphazard, but Greg and Josie have some really good ones to finish it up.

Party Quirks: Tony hosts
Greg: a robot
Josie: Peter Pan
John: 60’s rocker

Greg: “I brought you some 3-in-1 oil, I hope you enjoy it.”
Tony: “….well, let’s go upstairs to the bedroom, then…”

Josie as Peter Pan is wonderful, especially when her chipper attitude contrasts with Tony’s cluelessness.
Josie: “All you need is happy thoughts and you can be up there?”
Tony, chuckling: “UP WHERE???”
Josie: “…Up anything you like!”
Greg, finding an excuse to break slightly: “HA HA HA HA HA HA.”

Tony, responding to John: “Yes, I bought it especially for lou- FOR LOO? FOR THE LOO!”

Very nice round, with Tony able to guess everyone, and John basically giving his away.

Advertisement- John selling odor eaters with heavenly music

(This is the same music that they use for the Scene to Music with Tony, Steve and the washing powder. Just FYI)

This…isn’t very good. John turns it into a movie trailer. It doesn’t work.

Musical: Tony, Josie and Greg- going to a film, getting into a car crash, riding horses

So…John didn’t want to do Musical, so they had him do Advertisement while the rest go and do Musical. I’m just laughing at how much of a git John was.

Right off the bat, this is an inspired, unified wonderful one, with Josie and Greg working well together, Tony doing a routine as a tap-dancing horse, and…John Sessions doing his part and not having anything to do with this scene.

Tony: “Do you know why I’m the horse of your dreams? Because of THIS!”
Moves back, motioning to his gigantic horse cock

The scene even ends pretty well, with Tony crashing the car into a tree. It may not be a happy ending, but this was a cute scene, and everything worked pretty damn well.

(FYI- This credit reading is the only time in Whose Line history that someone was able to get through the entire credits, every name, without missing a single one. Go Josie!)

Overall: Like the rest of this stretch of the series, very middle-of-the-road, with some good moments and some blah, Sessions-related moments detracting from them. The other three were all great, with emphasis going to Josie and Tony, for completely owning their scenes, though Greg had some quieter highlights throughout.

Show Winner: Josie
Best Performer: Tony, for really funny stuff all night
Worst Performer: John Sessions, for being really difficult, as usual
Best Game: Party Quirks, barely edging out Musical for feeling fully-formed and having more laughs.
Worst Game: Advertisement. Here, John, have your own game.


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