Onto the compilations. You know the drill- I’ll be judging these games in the context of their specific tapings, and how they would have done had they made it into the episode.
Film and Theatre Styles: Sandi and Mike (two people in a car crash)
So…this one was filmed probably after Sandi and Mike’s first F&TS, maybe due to the sadomasochism sequence (“I’ll get the plunger”) being too racy for TV? Ah well, it’s a great pairing either way.
Of the many really good suggestions people offer up, somebody goes “SCOOBY-DOO”, which cracks Mike up, leading to an okay Scooby impression (“THAT’S RIGHT!”). Adam Hills’ is still better (“…RAAGGGY?”)
Sandi, starting with great physicality: “It is NOT MY FAULT that the crash propelled you out of your car, and stuck me in mine! I don’t think you need to shout at me…especially since I’ve got my head through the sunroof, and it’s quite painful…”
Sandi: “Something at nine o’clock…[realizing she’s in the wrong direction]….which is over that way, I think…”
Clive: “Agatha Christie”
Sandi: “I think I’ve discovered something that could be of great importance in the crash.”
Sandi: “…..I’ve got no engine and no brakes.”
Mike, in making a point, flubs a line and tongues the rest of his sentence…breaks, and goes with it- ‘STARRING JERRY LEWIS!’
Sandi, answering the question of when she first discovered it was him: “…it was when I first met you at those speech therapy classes…”
The scene ends with a rather compassionate moment between Sandi, now a car-alien being thanks to the Sci-Fi style, embracing Mike, then going “….this could be fun, you know?”
I’d dare say that this scene was more top-to-bottom entertaining than the one we got in the taping, which had the ‘plunger’ moment and that was basically it. Either way, the Mike-Sandi F&TS would have been the highlight of the show.
Duet: Josie and Mike sing a love duet about a food processor
This was after Mike’s Chuck Berry number and Josie’s flamenco number. Maybe this one got cut for time, because so much was being spent on Song Styles.
This number is, what else, incredibly sweet, incredibly powerful from both ends, and shows that these two were even better when they worked together. I might have even thrown this one in instead of the Song Styles, as this one was friggin’ phenomenal all-around.
Tag: Neil and Josie start, Mike and Ryan enter later
Mike: “DON’T LET GO OF THAT, OR THE ELEPHANT WILL GET REALLY MAD!”
Neil: “Excuse me, uh, which way is the olympic games?”
Ryan, teeth gritted: “I HAVE NO IDEA.”
Ryan: “Bet you never expected to find ME in your urine!”
Not as good as Ryan’s first round of tag, and had some lulls and references I didn’t get, but still pretty funny.
Interview: John, from the NME, interviews Paul, Peter Pan
We see Griff and Ron heading back to their seats, so I’m guessing their Interview wasn’t even good enough for the compilations.
Paul sets this on a good path with a first answer: “It doesn’t matter how many hotel rooms I trash, or how much cocaine I shove up me nose, cause I can always fly out the window before the cops arrive.”
John: “Well, you can’t really play a stratocaster going through the sky in your nightie with an arrow in your ass, can you?”
Paul: “…No, Keith Richards did it in 1965, so…”
Perfectly alright interview, as John was able to at least TRY to collaborate, but Paul was kind of muted…possibly going back to his intense dislike for John.
Rap: Ryan, Josie, Neil and Mike rap about Veterinarians
Ah yes, the intensely unmusical Neil Mullarkey having to do rap. Lovely.
Ryan’s was a little quick and didn’t go 100% to the beat, but was funny.
Josie: “Being a vet is lots of fun [begins to crack] sticking my hand up an animal’s bum….”
Not a particularly bad rap, as people were definitely into it, but…still not the greatest singing game for all four. They’d do better once ideas like March, Gospel and…er…Hoedown were introduced.
Props: Paul and Mike vs. Josie and Tony
Tony: “…hello, do you have an unwanted incontinent elder relative?”
Tony: “………HELLO, I’M A MAN WITH A SHOPPING BASKET ON MY HEAD…”
He and Josie break halfway through that one
And, as usual
Josie: “Hello, I’m Esther Rantzen”
Tony: [vomits into prop]
Really nice round, as both pairings were in great moods. Could have used this with the leftover time from Authors.
Song Styles: Josie sings a hymn about a fish slice
I think they did this one just to have an extra if the love ballad was too long for air.
This song was still really good, and on the same par as the Love Ballad, which must have made the editors torn when one had to make air. Great rhymes here, too.
Party Quirks: Sandi hosts
Tony: is slowly inflating
Ryan: does everything twiceJohn: a Roman emperor
Another playing from this taping? I do agree that the one that made air was a bit too truncated thanks to Clive, but…why didn’t this one make it, then?
Ryan immediately is a champ at this game, by going right into his quirk, pausing as Sandi takes a guess (“there must be an echo in here”), and then continuing as if nothing’s been said.
Again, Sandi is great at guessing. It’d still take her a while to figure out how to interact with everyone.
John, ONCE AGAIN, is a bit too talky in his quirk, but it’s a nice enough game, arguably more of a standard playing than the other one.
Film Dub: Arthur asks Sandi on a date
Again, there was a Film Dub in this taping, and it wasn’t good, so…why didn’t THIS one make it in?
(Also, a note that this movie, featuring the hairy gentleman, has been used in a few US WL film dubs)
This one is funnier than the other one, because Sandi sets up a ‘here’s what I want you to do’…and then her character doesn’t talk for a little while, and the guy rests his head on her hand. It’s the kind of film-scene dissonance that’s actually really funny, because of how the performers are reacting to it.
Sandi: “The way your hands are carpeted are just how I want the front one done.”
Again, better than the other one, funnier than the other one, even if Arthur’s still not great at this game.
American Musical- Mike, Josie, Tony and Greg- driving a car, getting up in the morning, and skiing
Once again, this is another game that was played in the episode, so…let’s see why this one didn’t make it in.
The opening segment, with Mike and Josie, is actually fantastic, and flows seamlessly throughout, almost as if it was written.
And then, of course, Tony enters and does a variant of his usual dancing character, i.e. “Hi, I’m Ralph, the dancing ski instructor!”
Greg enters and powers the scene to its second segment, which proves he was able to carry a scene early on. It’s a bit odd that they progress to part 2 with all four people there, but it works well because they all have an idea of what they’re doing.
This scene actually has a great ending, with Mike, Josie and Tony skiing wonderfully…and then Greg runs back into the scene and crashes over them. Cherry on top of a scene that would have done great in the taping, possibly in place of the musical we got in that taping.
Best Performer: Mike McShane, barely edging out Sandi Toksvig for having a ton of great games over the course of the night.
Worst Performer: John Sessions, for slowing down the momentum of his games.
Best Game: Film and Theatre Styles, for rivaling the already awesome one we got in that episode, and barely edging out Musical.
Worst Game: Rap, by default, as no games in this were truly bad.