I feel like a lot of the episodes this season can be separated by their fourth seater in terms of content. For instance, a majority of Chip Esten’s shows have risen to the top, the majority of Greg Proops’ shows have fallen towards the bottom, and Brad Sherwood’s shows have made up a lot of the middle of my rankings. He’s had some great shows this season, but…mostly, a lot of them are okay. I say this knowing that we’re going to get some classic Brad episodes in the next few seasons.
Anyway, I’d already covered two shows from the taping that brought us E26 (E2 and E18, which are pretty evenly meh for me), so…here’s one more. Hope it’s at least an improvement.
So, Drew’s opening spiel this time is…a trainwreck. He stumbles over some words, then goes back on his words again. The guy’s been doing this spiel every episode for at least 3 times, and he still doesn’t have it down?
Drew, afterwards: “That’s why I’m just the host, I’m not playing any of the games”
Wayne’s dying after all this.
Let’s Make a Date: Wayne must choose from Brad, in a 1960s teen beach movie, Colin, Dr. Jekyll desperate not to turn into Mr. Hyde, and Ryan, going through all the stages of marriage with Wayne
Colin’s is a masterclass of silly faces, going from straight-faced to goofy and then back in a manner of seconds.
Ryan’s is good for his growing bitterness, which he’s done a million times.
Brad, turning to Colin: “Get a load of the forehead beard on THIS dude…”
Colin: [reaches over to strangle Brad, but stops himself]
Then, right into Wayne’s 2nd question for him, Colin snaps and his hand tears out Brad’s heart abruptly. It’s a surprising, and silly, moment.
Colin, after trying and failing to revive Brad: “…oh, I was never very good”
Ryan ends with ‘meeting someone else’, Colin. A lot of these gags feel like they’re done better in better LMADs.
Wayne doesn’t get Colin’s immediately
Drew: “Well, what’s the most famous one”
Colin, into his hand, subtly: “DOCTORJEKYLL”
Drew even repeats this
Wayne, not even remotely getting it: “Oh, he was Lon Cheney”
Drew: “Ryan, Colin and Wayne, you married guys, I’m gonna give you 500 points each and a free pass to a strip club”
Brad: “…whaaat about the bachelor?”
Ryan: “Keep the car running”
Not a favorite LMAD of mine. It felt very weak, and a lot of moments meant to get laughs came up kinda weak. Colin’s was more interesting than funny, even though he was great in this.
Scene to Rap: Towering Inferno
Drew: “Because when I think of rap music, I think of everybody but the people in front of me right now…”
Drew literally has to yell at the audience to get them to stop suggesting things. He just repeats ‘TOWERING INFERNO’, gradually more annoyed, until they stop, even pressing the buzzer a few times
Brad: “I’ve got something scarier and more
OJ Simpson’s on the 32nd floor!”
Ryan does have a fun move, coming in and announcing ‘this building’s only 3 stories high’
Brad: “You’re the first guy that I’ve seen/are you Fred Astaire or Steve McQueen?”
Colin has a very silly verse that kind of trails off, and he looks over at Ryan, having nothing left, muttering “let’s…get jiggy?” And then he dances. This, needless to say, works.
Ryan has another nice move, helping people get down, and “grab my hose.”
Drew, postmortem: “…I’m gonna take 5 million points…and I’m gonna send ’em to Canada so I can teach people how to rap.”
Colin: “I’m jiggy with it.”
Good god, I love him
Slightly above the average Scene to Rap, but…still kinda odd in parts
Props: Ryan & Brad vs. Colin & Wayne
Another early-youtube upload.
In a Pinocchio one, Wayne turns to Drew going “Hey, Geppetto, that’s a fine boy!”. This may be the first reference to a certain Wonderful World of Disney movie that’s airing between seasons 2 and 3.
Colin: “Perhaps you’ve heard of me, ze nozzle?”
Brad: “…I was peeing in the blizzard…”
A very okay Props
Moving People: Ryan is Superman and he’s about to rescue Colin, who is Lois Lane, from the cliff where she is hanging
Colin immediately panics at the ‘where she is hanging’ part, as that’d imply a lot more moving. So as we start the scene, and Colin just goes “hurry, Superman, luckily my pantyhose snagged on the branch above…”
Ryan, with his hands up: “I’M GOING TO FLY NOW. OFF THE GROUND.”
His mover turns him towards Colin
Ryan: “…oh, hi, you’re right there…”
Colin: “…this is hard air I’m walking on…”
I do love how Ryan’s talking about why he’s wrong for Colin, all while they’re entangled in an embrace. Colin’s mover eventually just turns Colin’s head towards Ryan’s face, making it even more contradictory…then randomly turns his head back. He’s just as surprised
I love the goofiness of the scene ending with Ryan removing his arms and Colin falling back, but…honestly, this game was too short. By the end, both movers had really gotten the hang of things, and were working double time, which is what you want from this game.
Ryan has a great move- he shakes his mover’s hand, then when he goes to hug Colin’s mover, he hugs above her, missing her because she’s so damn short. It’s a goofy move, but knowing Ryan it’s pretty classy.
Greatest Hits: Songs of Football
Funny that I’m watching this during week 2 of the 2019 NFL season. Go Eagles.
Ryan: “Hi, I’m Neil Patrick Harris.”
[A rare Whose Line gag that has aged extremely well]
Colin: “Football and music, music and football- no matter what order you put it in, it makes no sense.”
Colin: “Barbara Streisand, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, these are just some of the people whose relatives play on this CD.”
The disco number is pretty good, and Wayne and Brad have some good lyrics, but Brad goes for some notes he can’t really hit comfortably here.
This marks the first of many Ryan rhetorical questions that end badly:
Ryan: “Colin, what comes to mind when I say the word ‘kremlin’?”
I laughed SO HARD at this reaction from both of them.
The Russian number is pretty fun, with both working with accelerating tempos, and Brad even making a Brett Favre reference
Colin: “If you order now, we’ll send you one of Ryan Stiles’ shoes free, which comfortably seats four.”
I do love Colin’s RHCP song title, “I SAID PUNT.” Said so dryly, as well.
Brad’s refrain of ‘GET IT DOWN THE FIELD’ is…perfectly RHCP. They’re definitely channeling earlier, Give-it-away era Peppers than slower, chiller jam-band RHCP (which…GOOD!), but this is still a pretty cool one.
This is also s a great one if you want to see Brad and Wayne narrowly avoiding saying the c-word. You’re not allowed 9 of those in the US.
A very solid GH round.
Questions Only: In an office where rumors are circulating
The first bit of this with Colin and Wayne is so natural that it doesn’t feel like QO.
Colin, suddenly: “How much for the donkey?”
Wayne: “How much are you willing to pay?”
Drew has a nice move in establishing the donkey point as canon, and making this scene have a central plot, which is kinda rare for this game
Wayne: “Are you gonna cry?”
Drew: “Will you hold me if I do?”
Wayne: “…are ya…YEAAH…”
Ryan: “You new here?”
Drew: “Who wants to know?”
Ryan: “…you wanna help me kill the boss?”
This ended…VERRRRY clumsily. First Ryan made it a Drew Carey joke, then Drew said a line that didn’t make sense, then he took forever, then the round caved in on itself. It was fine up until that point, but…not a great ending.
Overall: Well, this show had a standard of forgettability to live up to from its siblings, and damn if it didn’t deliver. Other than Greatest Hits and Moving People, not a hell of a lot to take from this one. Lots of clumsy moments, ESPECIALLY FROM DREW, as this show is bookended by some lousy Drew reads. A very standard game displacement as well- Colin and Ryan carried the bulk of the games, Brad barely stood out, Wayne had a few good moments, and Greatest Hits was the standout. So…this is basically every other weak WL of the season- nothing’s too memorable except Greatest Hits.
Show Winner: Brad
Best Performer: Colin had the funniest bits
Worst Performer: Brad kept to support roles
Best Game: Greatest Hits, without a ton of competition
Worst Game: Questions Only. Kind of died late.
Coming Up Next: It’s very weird knowing that while we have several more shows from Brad, Chip, Denny and Karen left in S2, this next show is our penultimate Greg Proops show of the year. We burned through ’em all this quickly. At least we get some changes in pace for this one.