Continuing the trend of funneling talent from Los Angeles’ Groundlings theatre, this episode features the return of Karen Maruyama, who killed it in her first taping back in 9×02, and re-pairing her with Greg Proops, which went pretty well last time. I do think it would have been nice to switch things up and have her do one with Wayne or Brad, but Greg is a good scene partner for her.
Questions Only – All four are in the White House.
Colin, IMMEDIATELY: “You my new intern?”
Karen: “D’you know that I’ll do anything for this job?”
Colin: “D’you know that you just got a raise?”
Greg, not shying away from any of this: “Would you like to sit on the presidential staff?”
HUGE AUDIENCE RESPONSE for this. One guy even does a full on “YEEEEEEAHHHH.”
Ryan, after Karen leaves: “Why aren’t you wearing any pants, sir?”
Greg: “Is it friday already?”
Colin chastises Ryan for not saluting for a president, pointing out a picture of himself on the wall.
Ryan: “Is that you?”
Colin: “Are you blind?”
Ryan: “Where did your hair go???”
Colin basically rolls his eyes here. Not sure if it’s in character or not.
Pretty strong game of this, even if it went almost immediately to the lowest common denominator. No weak points, though.
Quiz Show – Greg hosts “What’s My Disease?”; the other three are contestants
I find it…interesting that the UK LA tapings would rest on this game strongly, while the US LA tapings in Season 1 really wouldn’t
For this unlikely quiz show, someone from the audience suggests “PUT IT HERE.”
This, of course, confuses the hell out of Clive: “PUT IT HERE???”
Clive, getting a good one: “What’s My Disease, that could catch on.”
The audience groans at this. I laughed.
Greg: “Ooooh, go easy on those!”
Colin: “I’m Captain Jack, owner of Captain Jack’s Fish Emporium”
Greg: “AHOY, MATEY!”
I love how when Ryan announces he’s from Victoria, BC, Colin gives him a look, as if to say ‘I thought I was the Canadian here!”
Greg: “It makes your legs stiff-”
Ryan, buzzing in: “What is Baywatch”
Greg institutes a very demented final round: he gives Colin an infectious disease, and gives him 30 seconds to guess what it is, and he’ll give him the antidote. The audience is impressed with this as well.
Greg, in the final round, gives the contestants a president, and asks them to name his favorite disease.
Greg: “Ronald Reagan”
Ryan, bypassing the obvious answer: “Jane Wyman?”
Greg, looking at his card, stifles a smile: “I’M GONNA GO TO OUR JUDGES!”
Clive, caught off-guard: “Um, that’s good enough for me.”
Greg announces that Ryan’s prize is a stay at the last known leper colony in the world, where the staff will “always be there to lend you a hand”
SURPRISINGLY, THIS PUN WORKS
Another really fun round of this, even better than What’s My Sin in that every round had some funny stuff going on.
Film Dub – Greg, Karen, and Ryan are a threesome on a date.
Ryan: “We’re gonna get a table easy with those pointy big breasts of yours…”
Ryan’s character ends up flipping a coin for Karen
Ryan, as his character walks away with Karen’s: “…and I get the tails!”
Ryan and Karen’s characters kiss, very awkwardly
Ryan: “…someone had spinach ravioli for dinner…”
A character enters in a suit of armor
Greg: “…CAN I COME IN, I HAVE PROTECTION!”
A very good round of this as well. Even if Greg’s character kinda got shafted, he still had some good lines, like that one at the end
Hats – All four act out the world’s worst dating agency video.
Greg, in a frog mask: “I…AM THE ARTIST FORMERLY KNOWN AS PRINCE.”
Greg, in a viper mask: “…I’m a young Republican…”
Colin, as the Statue of Liberty: “…It’s so hard for Tall Women to meet good men…”
Greg, as a Native American: “Hello…I am Hung Like Snake.”
“…GUESS WHAT I’M HUNG LIKE.”
And Greg, with a big ear mask, gets a smidge more mileage out of his John Major impression.
A GREAT round of hats. Just so many fun suggestions.
Weird Newscasters – Greg is the anchor; Colin (has lost his notes and is desperately looking for them while making up the news) is the co-anchor; the sportscaster is Karen (doing seductive poses for a magazine); Ryan (strapped to a bomb which will explode 10 seconds after he moves) is the weatherman.
Immediately, Colin’s looking around, panicked
Greg: “Good evening, I’m Wide, But Not Painful”
Colin: “…The bones of Moses…found in the backyard…of a small woman…long said to have the properties of changing lead…into a thicker kind of lead…no comment…”
Greg, trying to save it: “…AND Friends comes back for another season, BUT LET’S THROW IT OVER…”
Karen’s doing a very good job with hers, and the audience is getting a kick out of the poses.
Colin, still panicking: “THIS JUST IN…THERE’S…NEWS…HAPPENING EVERYWHERE YA LOOK…”
IMMEDIATELY the shot of Ryan is making me crack up. Just how horrified he looks. There’s even a gradual zoom which makes this even funnier
Ryan does the whole report like this, motioning to different parts of the board with his eyes, and barely moving his lips.
Then, as he signs off, Ryan moves an arm, then starts panicking. “GET OFF ME, I DON’T WANT THE KIDS TO SEE THIS.”
Colin: “This just in…all bombs that activate ten seconds after you move are defective.”
Ryan, relieved, spends the next few beats moving around, happily, as the audience applauds this move.
Then, as Greg is about to wrap up, we hear a distant, un-mic’d (which makes it even funnier), ‘BOOM”, and Ryan flies across behind Greg and Colin, and lands near Karen. It’s a ridiculous ending.
Colin: “…this just in, I was wrong.”
Greg, signing off: “I’m Wide But Not Painful”
Colin: “And I’m……oh shoot…”
One of the best Weird Newscasters we’ve seen so far. Even balanced, and with so many great moments between panelists. The whole ending Ryan bit was genius.
Party Quirks – Greg is the host. His guests are Karen (Greg’s teenage daughter throwing a tantrum), Colin (animals being pulled into a water hole by crocodiles), and Ryan (finds mundane activities as thrilling as a roller coaster).
Karen is incredible from the moment she walks in, displaying so much angry energy. As Colin rings the doorbell, she just repeats “I’m not gonna get that”
I feel like Colin’s quirk is one that would normally be given to Ryan, but Colin’s doing a good enough job with it.
And, of course, Ryan’s misplaced excitement is classic, just yelling with anticipation as he slowly walks in.
Greg, guessing Karen very wrong: “You’re my wife, no my EX-WIFE. No…you’re my underage bride!”
Karen has to stop from laughing at that one
Greg: “I WISH you were my underage bride, and then the show would be longer, and funnier…”
Clive: “And what’s happening to Colin?”
Greg: “I don’t care what’s happening, I’m loving watching it, Clive!”
It’s almost like a Tony moment for Greg. Clive has to keep throwing hints at him, and Colin is just trying so hard, like slowly emphasizing the jaws snapping.
Clive: “Does the word crocodile mean anything to you?”
Greg, finally getting it, just collapses onto the ground as Clive buzzes.
Greg, back at the seats: “Well I hope everyone at home feels superior…”
A truly great PQ round, made funnier by Greg’s guessing troubles, and the strength of all three quirks.
Daytime Talk Show – Greg hosts a show about Little Miss Muffet; Ryan and Karen are members of the public; Colin is in the audience.
As Clive fields suggestions, some juvenile audience member yells out “lesbians!”
Clive: “WHAT? HANG ON!! What nursery rhyme has lesbians in it???”
Greg, immediately: “Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet, but we’re NOT gonna make a value judgment on her sexual orientation…”
Karen: “Yeah, my name’s Lee, I’m her next door neighbor, I AM a lesbian, thank you.”
Greg: “ARE CURDS AND WHEY…A LESBIAN…THING?”
Karen: “…yes they are.”
Greg: “Because you don’t see curds and whey that often in the store, unless two gigantic women wearing flannel shirts are buying it, usually.”
This, rightfully, gets a mixed reaction from the audience. Greg, playing off that, goes right back to the audience and goes “AND WE’RE NOT MAKING VALUE JUDGMENTS, ladies and gentlemen…or characterizing people, because labels…often disable, NOW-”
Ryan is already stopping himself to dissuade the audience: “DON’T JUDGE ME, YOU DON’T DO MY JOB!”
He even bleeps himself in continuing his rant
Karen begins hitting Ryan, as he’s still going “THE LESBOS WANT THE CURDS AND WHEY, I SAY EAT ‘EM SOMEWHERE ELSE”
Greg, nearly breaking: “Heyyy, let’s not get into a, uh, a tuffet situation…”
Colin keeps the curds and whey runner going, by appearing as the founder of the curds-and-whey manufacturing giant, and starts criticizing spiders for defaming his product, which Ryan begins to yell at him for.
Ryan: “THEY…ATTRACT…SPIDERS, OKAY?”
Colin: “YOU attract spiders!”
Greg, with YET ANOTHER PUN: “I guess what he’s saying is talk to the many hands…”
Colin, as someone else: “Yes, I’m the head of Arachnids Anonymous.”
Greg: “…that would be AA?”
The scene ends with Colin charging the stage, and Ryan, but I would have loved Greg putting a button on the scene. Either way, this one REALLY WORKED. Something about both the lesbians runner AND the curds and whey runner really made this work.
Overall: Literally every game was a success, and the mood in the air seemed to just be ridiculous. This was a triumph of a show, even in S10. Greg was on FIRE all night, with great proctoring, and great small lines in scenes. Karen had another nice night, even if she didn’t particularly win any games. Colin and Ryan were strong, with an emphasis on Colin for some of his work in Weird Newscasters. So many games not only worked, but worked insanely well: Party Quirks was live for the first time since Tony was on, Daytime Talk Show and Quiz Show continued their good runs, and and Weird Newscasters just kept piling on the great moments. If anything, this show proved that Whose Line could still put out killer episodes, even in more homogenized zones.
Show Winners: Colin and Ryan
Best Performer: Greg, for nailing so many games
Worst Performer: Karen, but only by default- she was still fantastic this show
Best Game: I am torn between Weird Newscasters and Daytime Talk Show…and I’m gonna go with Weird Newscasters, solely for having the stronger ending, and for being slightly more collaborative.
Worst Game: No games were truly bad tonight, so I’m only going with Film Dub because it comparatively had the most lulls.