Whose Watchdown is it Anyway: S07E07, or Even THEY’RE Cold!

So, as a rule, in California, as it gets hot, the tech people like to keep the temperature lower so that nobody sweats, nobody feels like they’re dying. This, for the most part, works well for Whose Line tapings, but occasionally the performers get too cold, and have to deal with  it.

This is one such taping. We’ve seen offerings from it before, in  4×20 and 4×28, two very  alright episodes. This is a very good one. Brad Sherwood’s here, and….and it’s cold as shit.

Drew even says this out loud: “Our producers have it FREEZING in here. It’s unbelievable. There’s witches backstage dipping their breasts in hot coffee.”
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Superheroes: it’s cold in the studio
Brad: Cottage Cheese Man

Ryan: The Narrowly-Escapes-Death Kid
Colin: Captain Salmon
Wayne: Caught in a Wind Tunnel Boy

The guy who yells out Cottage Cheese Man is SO LOUD AND READY TO GO

Brad has a great scream when he realizes his thighs have curdled.

Ryan, entering: “Oh, I see your small curd…”

Brad reveals his legs again
Ryan: “I almost got hit without cottage chese”

Colin, entering: “Sorry I’m late, someone stole my sleeves!”

I love Colin’s look when Ryan names him Captain Salmon:
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I mean, Colin’s salmon impression  has been a staple of WL since his debut in UK S3, so this shouldn’t be too shocking

Brad, with a very cheesy joke: “If only I were CREAM CHEESE MAN”
[Wonder if Mira liked that one too]

Wayne has some good physicality  to his, but, of course:
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My favorite part is the shot of Drew’s panicked reaction:
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Colin goes over to the spilled puddle and starts drinking from it like the salmon would

Colin, solving the problem in  lieu of Wayne: “all that activity seemed to heat up the studio!”
Brad, meta: “You think that’s bad, I have nowhere to sit now!”

The other departures are cut, and we end the game here, which is odd. But it’s still a good ending. Even if there  wasn’t much TO this Superheroes, it was still an eventful one, and Brad was a good proctor

Wayne is good enough to fix the chairs, and he and Brad sit down like nothing happened

Brad: “I’M SO THIRSTY……”
Ryan: “Colin?”
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I think this taping came after the other one where Brad broke their pitcher, so this is the perfect antithesis

Drew: “You boys always BREAKING THINGS with your Superhero games…”

Drew, to Keith and Dan: “are we gonna take a minute to clean that up?”
Ryan: “There’s a LOT of water by the electrical circuits…and I’m done with my near death thing”
Nice they kept that in. A very behind-the-scenes kinda moment

Drew: “Yeah, we had to chop a block of ice to get another pitcher of water….so damn cold in  here.”
They add in Wayne  and Brad getting a  new pitcher, but I doubt it came immediately after Superheroes

If You Know What I Mean: Brad, Ryan and Colin are 3 supermarket employees on night shift

Brad: “I’d like you to help me wax these bananas if you know what i mean…”
Colin: “I know what you mean, I’ve been busy squeezing the melons if you know what I mean…”

Colin: “I gotta peel a cucumber if you catch my drift…”
Brad: “…not really”

Colin, with nothing: “I notice you’ve been dating the new checkout girl……changing her cash receipts if you know what  I mean.”
Ryan: “I’ve been looking for a bargain if you know what I mean.”
Brad: “But I hear you’ve been coming up a little short, if you know what I mean.”

Ryan: “Well I’ve got one wheel that wants to go different from the others if you know what i mean.”
Ryan: “…I guess you don’t know what I mean…”

Colin: “You’re using  the express lane if you know what I mean?”
Ryan, now sad: “…yeah, I know what you mean…”

An alright round of this. Not much out of the ordinary for this game.

All in One Voice: Brad and Ryan are Ricky Ricardo, Colin and Wayne are Lucy, singing “The First Time We Swam”

Of the two of these that made air, this is the better one, in my opinion

Once Colin here’s he’s doing Lucy, he cracks. Oh no.

The opening of this song cracks up. Just the sung exchanges of ‘LUUUUUUCY’ and ‘RIIIICKY’ are funny enough on their own

Ryan and Brad: “I was…enthralled…with youuu.”
One of the things about this song is how much it ACTUALLY WORKS AS A SONG. IT’S A REALLY GOOD SONG.

Wayne’s taking the lead for him and Colin, and I love that he just pushes the speed of his and Colin tags along. Colin tries stringing Wayne along the second time they have to do this, and Wayne  barely keeps composed

Brad cracks here. I don’t know how Ryan’s keeping it together

There’s a moment of perfect harmony between all four, and…that’s the sort of thing this game was made for

Even Wayne and Colin’s last line  is heartfelt: “PUT ME…IN  YOUR SHOOOOOOW.”

A really, REALLY  good round of this. Again, it works so well as a song, as well as just a comedy bit

Drew: “I feel like I’m in an airplane in  here”
Ryan: “OH WAIT A MINUTE” [mimes turning off air]

Film Dub: all four- A team of suit salesmen are trying to make a sale

The S7 Film Dub takeover continues

Screen Shot 2020-04-30 at 3.38.18 PM.pngBrad: “What about these ties, I can’t get rid of ’em, I look like Colonel Sanders for God’s sakes!”

Ryan: “And get rid of all the mohair suits, I don’t want the word ‘hair’ in any of our suits!”

Wayne, as a very white guy: “NOW, GENTLEMEN, GENTLEMEN…nothing like the double-breasted sear-sucker tweed-back…”
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Ryan, with  such a great pause: “……LOOK….I don’t wanna  say that none of us like women…”

Right after that line, Brad and Wayne’s characters remove their suit jackets.

Wayne: “I…will…tae-bo you so quick-” [his character punches out Ryan’s]

A pretty  good Film Dub. Lots of fun comedy details one after the other

Sound Effects: Two nervous World War II paratroopers are about to leave on a mission to parachute into occupied France

Ryan tries buttoning his chute. Mina responds with gunfire.
Colin closes the window: “THE HELICOPTER’S ALMOST HERE.”

Mina adds bomb noises, getting the feel for the scene, rather than waiting for Colin and Ryan to prompt her.
That’s great!

Ryan, helping Colin with his chute: “let me help you buckle it”
Kathy: […]
Colin: “Oh, I’ve got one of those velcro things…”

Ryan: “Sounds like we’re taking off!”
Mina and Kathy: “MMMMM….MMMMM….”
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Ryan: “Now we’re up in the air.”
Mina: “….rrrr…?”
He tries frantically flapping his arms. Dear god this is so damn funny, right from the start

Mina has some loud engine noises as Ryan and Colin prepare to jump
Ryan: “Try to land on those cows!”

Kathy: [….]
Ryan: “UH OH!”

Both Kathy and Mina re laughing too hard to do sound effects. Meanwhile, Ryan  and Colin are frantically trying to open their parachutes
I’m laughing too damn hard

Screen Shot 2020-04-30 at 3.49.57 PM.pngColin: “OKAY I USED MY PANTS!”

Mina comes in with another low hum. Colin has no idea how to respond. Ryan does
Ryan: “BEES!”

A really fun  scene. Like usual this season, perhaps it was cut a bit too early, as I would have wanted to see some more conflict, but this was still really funny, and didn’t let up.

Scenes from a Hat:

Drew: “The curriculum at Hillbilly University”
Brad: “Learning About Your Mother-Daughter”

Drew: “I didn’t know the mic  was on…”
Ryan, to Colin: “…jesus, it’s fuckin’ cold in here, isn’t it?”

Ryan: “That’s 1000 points to everyone, we’ll be back after this commercial…….you alright under there?”
Of course

They reuse Drew’s buzzer dance from the ‘Drew doesn’t do a damn thing’ one

Drew: “Nightly bedside prayers of Whose Line castmembers”
Wayne: “Please lord…don’t let the Mr. Drew come in my window…”
Brad: “Jesus, don’t let Wayne knock over the table.”
Colin: “Lord, please let me out of my contract that says I must shave my head so they can keep making bald jokes?”
Brad: “Lord…please make Ryan stop wearing clown shoes…”
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Wayne: “Lord…please give me ringside seats  when Ryan kicks Brad’s ass”
I love the progression of that entire suggestion

Much better round than the initial one, though just as short.

Props: Brad and Wayne vs. Ryan and Drew

Screen Shot 2020-04-30 at 3.59.48 PM.pngBrad: “So what’s the next fight, Mr. King?”

Screen Shot 2020-04-30 at 4.00.39 PM.pngRyan, with a very funny voice: “…AND THEN I’M GONNA TIE YOU  TO THE RAILROAD TRACK!”

Screen Shot 2020-04-30 at 4.01.23 PM.pngRyan: “So what are you saying, I’m on FIRE?”

Screen Shot 2020-04-30 at 4.01.55 PM.pngWayne: “See? It’s so cold in here the shower froze!”

Screen Shot 2020-04-30 at 4.02.39 PM.pngRyan, similarly: “Wow, EVEN  THEY’RE COLD!”

Screen Shot 2020-04-30 at 4.03.10 PM.pngBrad: “DAMN YOUR BALLS ARE HAIRY.”
…damn  ABC Family censors neutering that line…

A pretty good props. Nicely  balanced between the two pairings, and nice use of the runner.

Overall: After two straight meh episodes, S7 is now ON  FIRE. This isn’t as good as last episode, but still had some pretty  impressive heights, like All in One Voice,  Sound Effects, SFAH and even Props. Superheroes is also kinda a height, because the big inciting incident happens there, even if the game itself is run of the mill until then. My one problem with this show, like a lot of S7 shows, is the editing, and a lot of games are being cut short for time. I would have preferred skipping IYKWIM to get the end of Superheroes,  the second half of Sound Effects and one more SFAH suggestion. But that’s just me being an editor. This is still a pretty good show, and a good runner-based episode in a very piecemeal era of the show.

Show Winner: Colin
Best Performer: Brad beats Ryan for dominating this show, and coming up with scene-stealers in Props, SFAH and If You Know What I Mean
Worst Performer: Surprisingly Colin had the quietest night
Best Game: Fuck it, All In One Voice wins. Such an amazing  moment. Not even a  Sound Effects I laughed my ass off can top it.
Worst Game: If You Know What I Mean, which didn’t need to be here.
Should It Have Aired in S4?: YES! I’d have switched this with 4×28 any day. Besides, ‘I’m sorry I wasn’t listening’ seems like more of a S7 runner anyway

Coming Up Next: Ironically onto another taping where the temp was cold as shit, the last taping of S3, the Nice Pants taping. If 6×10 wasn’t enough for you, here’s some more Chip merriment, and hopefully Ryan’s illness won’t be as obvious

Whose Watchdown is it Anyway: S07E06, or Don’t Worry, I Play a Woman a Lot

One of the helpful things about Season 7 is that we have  more material to choose from coming from tapings that we’ve not seen much from. This Kathy taping, which gave us 4×29 [the ‘bump on the back’ one], has been kind of passed over in the past. Thankfully we get to see more from it now.

Let’s Make a Date: Kathy must choose from Wayne, temperamental queen bee gathering nectar from people’s faces, Colin, a born to be wild biker chick going from guy to guy to find a new stud to ride behind, and Ryan, who is having an entire relationship with the stool Colin is sitting on

Drew: “I just cannot wait for Ryan’s”
Ryan, of course, reads his and gives Drew a look, chucking his card at his desk

Wayne even needs to compose himself before getting into his, probably laughing at Ryan

Wayne, whose characterizations have been impressing me more and more lately: “I’M HUNGRY! Where are my 4000 kids?”

Wayne going and pecking Colin’s head before we even know who Colin is seems like a move Wayne would use in the CW version

Colin, behind Wayne: “OOOOH….LET ME…”
And whatever he thinks of there, he just cracks up and refuses to say it.

Ryan’s opening expression is even funny. Hell, he smirks a little bit, knowing what he has to do, but  he’s just focused as hell

Ryan looks at Colin, and Colin sighs, thinking Ryan’s going for him.
Ryan: “…get off of her….YOU HEARD ME, GET OFF OF HER.”

Of course:
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There’s a lot of frenzied, unstructured stuff here that doesn’t work for me, but Ryan does have a fun move here:
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[goes into Here Comes the Bride]

And then:
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Good god, Ryan.

Drew: “Kathy  Greenwood, I know you  love the games where you have to guess what people are…it’s your favorite, the  strongest thing you do…”
This is the second  recent episode where Drew’s brought up Kathy’s difficulty at guessing games. I personally never thought she was too bad at them, but maybe behind the scenes she hated them

A pretty good round, even though the last half was flawed because it wasn’t very structured. Ryan’s tour-de-force lifts this

Drew, to Kathy: “I gotta say, next to watching you dance, watching you guess is my favorite thing…”
So this came after Hollywood Director

Whose Line: Indiana Jones, played by Ryan, and his feisty female companion, played by Colin, are trapped in a snake-infested Egyptian tomb and their torches are about to go out

Colin  already knows that Ryan’s gonna play the man.
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Drew: “You know, you’re always the female companion, but at least you’re feisty or something…”
Colin: ‘Yes, that’s GREAT.”

Ryan: “…I thought you were scared of snakes”
Colin: “I’M FEISTY!”
This will unwittingly become a runner this season

Colin: “Oh, Indy, I love you”
Ryan: “really?”
Colin: “…oh, sure, what the heck…”

I’m getting a kick at how Ryan keeps forgetting his object work and Colin keeps unwittingly getting hurt thanks to objects Ryan waves in his direction. The second time, he machetes Colin in the face, which makes me laugh.
Ryan, remembering SOME object work: “YOU’RE STEPPIN ON THE SNAKES!”

Ryan: “I’m not good with a torch.”
Colin: “You’re not good with women either!”

Colin: “You should have looked into my eyes and said ‘let me strip for you, big boy!”
Ryan: “I would have been calling you boy, and you would have been upset about that…”

It’s a weird take, but  I kinda like how this ends up altering the dynamic, as Colin reveals he’s always in touch with his ‘inner boy’, and Ryan  wants to be the girl in the relationship. It honestly deconstructs the convention of Colin always playing the woman.

Ryan: “I wanna be the one to get up in the morning, roll you over and say ‘you are one ugly woman'”

Then Ryan cracks his whip and Colin draws back in pain. THE OBJECT WORK CONTINUES. This is cracking me up

After an argument about that
Colin: “Ohhh…just THINK you’re gonna get sex later…”

Ryan: “My father was right about you. He said “that girl you’re with?…..’time to make a booty call'”

Ryan: “Give me your torch, it’s in your pocket now, you’re probably on fire…”
Okay, so his object work IS there…but just when he needs it to be

Colin, with the ultimate silly improv cop-out: “…oh, look, a door!”
Yes, the solution was THAT simple. Drew’s cracking up at this.
Ryan, realizing: “WAIT A MINUTE, THESE ARE RUBBER SNAKES. You’ve done this to get me here, haven’t you?”

Colin goes for his last line, setting up that Ryan needs to “say the words ever girl wants to here……..those words I’ve said already!”

Colin does a hug to Ryan that causes some definite mic feedback because both lov mics are too close together, which causes them to recollect for a moment

Colin: “and I want you to whisper into my ear….’rub my rump and call me Lewis.”

SUCH A GOOD WHOSE LINE. One of the best ones I’ve seen since like S2. It felt complete, un-truncated, fleshed out, and it worked so well from an improv standpoint. So many good improv moves I’d expect to see on a stage in some improv club. So damn good, and I’m glad they didn’t butcher this with the editing

Dead Bodies: Bosley, Ryan, is being held captive by a beautiful villainess, Kelsey, who is torturing him with sexual seduction when one of Charlie’s Angels, Kathy, bursts in to rescue him


Ryan gives Colin a pat on the shoulder, knowing what he’s gonna go through with his back in this game

Colin, to calm Kelsey down as Drew explains the scene: “Don’t worry, I play a woman a lot.”
That just sums up Colin in general

Colin starts by doing a weird finger move between Kelsey’s mouth and Ryan’s ear.

Colin starts rubbing Ryan down with Kelsey: “Ooh, you have such broad shoulders, such muscular thighs…”
Oh course, Colin goes for the privates. WAYNE LOSES IT IN THE BACK. Ryan shakes his head. Kelsey’s trying not to lose it.
Colin, who maybe didn’t mean for that:
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Colin, as the audience recollects, as Kelsey: “WHAT HAVE I DONE?”
Colin, as Ryan: “ALRIGHT, I’LL TALK, I’LL TALK!”

I love how Kathy enters and accidentally hits herself in the face with her gun. It happens in an instant.
Colin, taking over: “…nobody can do that to Bosley without the Angels around!”

Colin does a whole fight scene between Kelsey and Kathy. You can hear a few ‘OHs’ from both women as a few shots actually hit.

I love the detail that as Kelsey falls back down, Colin has to push her midside so that she sits back down in the chair

Colin, as Ryan: “Be easy on her, Angel…there’s something about this woman that I like”
And with that, Colin brushes past Ryan’s crotch area with Kelsey’s hand again
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A really funny Dead Bodies. Really brought me back to early-era playings of this in how silly it was. Colin outdid himself here.

Greatest Hits: Songs of the Fast-Food Worker 

Ryan: “This CD set weighs almost a quarter pound!”

Ryan: “What do you think of when I say Straw Hats and Banjos”
Colin: “Oh, Uncle Phil.”
PFFFFF. Remember, his lattes made him micro-soft.

Ryan: “I don’t know if your uncle Phil was a dixieland mus-”
Colin: “Oh, until the restraining order, yeah…”

Wayne barely gets through his without stumbling, but includes the line  “when you open up my pants, there’s a little toy inside…”
And he just finishes without losing it too much

I love Wayne ending the song by strumming his banjo to keep Linda on her toes, and just coming back every few seconds before smashing it.
Ryan: “And you can vote for your favorite of those 3 endings!”

Colin, straight-faced: “and one that’s close to my heart…is of course Rap.”

Colin: ‘that great rap fast food song…….[Colin has nothing]…….Fast Food!”

Wayne does a good Ice-T number. Adding in some gangsta-rap lines like “I’ll be the Burger King, pimp-slap Wendy”

Really good rap number from  Wayne to finish this one off.

Strong GH, but I wish it went on for longer.

Props: Wayne & Colin vs. Ryan & Drew

Drew has one more mention of ‘Kathy Dancin Greenwood’ from 4×29’s Hollywood Director

Screen Shot 2020-04-30 at 1.59.11 PM.pngRyan: “WE ARE FROM FRANCE.”
Rare SNL reference

Screen Shot 2020-04-30 at 2.27.24 PM.pngColin, who is clearly very tired: “….airplane”

Hell, Ryan even throws in another 70s SNL reference with “Because I’m one WILD AND CRAZY GUY”

Wayne, winding up a meter: “I’m gonna leave my Colin parked here for a half-hour”

Pretty fun Props. Lots more original ideas than usual.

Overall: Just when this season was about to fatigue me, a generally fresh and fun episode comes along. Not many bad games in this one, and even the games with flaws, like LMAD being cut badly and GH being too short, are still great. Whose Line is a triumph for this game, and Dead Bodies was a fun surprise. Lots of really good improv moves all night, even from the eternally-underedited Kathy. I shouldn’t be shocked that two of the shows I’ve really liked in S7 thus far have been Kathy shows, but I am kinda surprised.

Show Winner: Kathy
Best Performer: Colin edges out Ryan, but it was close.
Worst Performer: Kathy barely did anything tonight.
Best Game: WHOSE LINE. A jolt of energy after a recent playing underwhelmed me.
Worst Game: Props, because despite being good, it is still Props.
Should it Have Aired in S4?: YES, A THOUSAND TIMES YES. This might even be better than 4×29!

COMING UP NEXT: 6×10, we had an episode where there were a few references to how the studio temperature has to be really cold, and how much the performers hate that. Lots more of those up next. It’s a S4 Brad taping. That one.


Whose Watchdown is it Anyway: S07E05, or If It Was Meat, It’d Be Hard to Fit in the Machine

Back to the Tacky Shirt taping. 4×25 was a classic. 5×34 was pretty good too. Considering how many solid Chip performances we’ve been getting lately, I’m very thankful they layered S4 with them, because we’re gonna  have to go like 4 seasons of the CW version before we see him again

Drew: “The points are like those chaint pips you ate as a kid….I’m sorry I mean  PAINT CHIPS…”
Late in the taping, right?

Song Titles: At an office Christmas Party in full swing

The return of this game elicits a UNIVERSAL GROAN from the panel
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Wayne starts by photocopying his butt: “BLUE MOON.”
Wayne then flips it around: “DARK SIDE OF THE MOON.”
[sigh]…there is NO SONG with that title. The song you are thinking about is Brain Damage/Eclipse. Jeez…

Ryan and Colin start slow dancing
Colin: “Dancing Queen”
Ryan: “Oh! Canada!”

Chip: “I wanna rock’n’roll all night and party every day.”
Colin: “9 to 5”

Chip: “One bourbon, one scotch, one beer.”
Colin: “one is the loneliest number…”

Not a great round of this

Two Line Vocabulary: Colin leads Ryan and Wayne to safety on the SS Poseidon
Wayne’s lines: “I’m right behind ya” and “What About Me”
Ryan’s lines: “What’d you say?” and “hey, lighten up”

Wayne: “What about me?”
Colin: “Well, you seemed to understand it, the  big dumb guy didn’t.”
Ryan, perfectly: “hey, lighten up…”

This  very quickly turns into a fast-paced who’s-on-first style routine involving going up the stairs. Colin’s great at keeping up with the other 2

I’m not writing all of this down, but this is some really impressive back-and-forth stuff. Colin’s about  to climb up, and Wayne and Ryan BOTH get behind him.
Colin: “I can’t pull you ALL up…”

A pretty damn good Two-Line, despite my brevity.

Duet: Wayne and Chip sings to Lily the crossing guard as the Backstreet Boys

This is a fun number. Nothing too out-of-the-ordinary lyrically, but Wayne and Chip make this a pretty good song.

Wayne’s rap is pretty funny, especially  adding the line: “wears pants, GOT A NICE BEHIND.”

A really good Duet. Not a top-tier one  for Chip and Wayne, but pretty  good.

Action Replay: Chip and Wayne are two campers get dressed in the morning and discover that insects have crawled into their clothes; Ryan and Colin do theirs over

Ryan: “I can hear the music from the chairs…”

Again, I always love whenever they do a gag involving the music on the headphones. Ryan looks at Colin and they both start bobbing their heads in unison
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Wayne does some especially vibrant ‘ants in his pants’ dancing, just to screw over Colin

Chip starts trying to help and prances around behind Wayne trying  to get a handle on his butt. KNOWING WAYNE, THIS IS A BAD IDEA. So Wayne starts going for Chip’s

Wayne, especially wanting to screw over Colin, does the worm. And he ends the scene by jumping into Chip’s arms. Poor Ryan and Colin

Ryan picks up Chip’s position as if this is a round of Freeze Tag:
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“…eh, looks like your muffler’s gone”

Colin, replicating Wayne’s ‘getting bitten’ motion: “oh, a SPARK…FROM THE TORCH.”

Colin ends up going  right into the worm as Ryan yells “ROLL ON THE GROUND! ROLL ON THE GROUND!”. And he makes it work

Immediately after the scene ends, Wayne hugs Colin, not thinking he’d go through with that.

A very light, empty playing  of this, but worth it for the ‘worm’ parallel

Wayne, in assessing Colin’s breakdancing, mentions Alfonzo Riberio. Who’d be on the show as a guest star later

Greatest Hits: Songs of Pregnancy v2

Ryan: “You know Colin, there are so many hits on this [stammers] uh…CD set did ya say?”
Colin: “What  the hell, if it was meat it’d be hard to fit in the machine.”
And he just stares at the camera until the audience recovers
Ryan: “Wow, that goes so well with the whole pregnancy thing…”

Colin: “YOU KNOW IF YOU  ORDER ABSOLUTELY NOW…..there’s nothing we can do about it.”

Colin: “and boy, once you’ve heard this song…you’ll be going out and getting someone pregnant right away…”
Ryan laughs at this
Colin: “well, not you…”
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[this honestly goes back to the runner from 5×34 about Ryan’s wife not speaking to him]

Colin: “Who can forget that great Clash song……[pauses for too long]
Ryan’s about to butt in
Colin, finally: “NO, YOU DON’T LOOK FAT.”

Wayne’s Clash number is a lot more Sex Pistols. CHIP, HOWEVER, goes more for a Clash, should-I-stay sound, complete with some Spanish background singing, and lines like “you broke your water when you sneeze!”

Pretty good number, as eventually  Wayne and Chip unified their sound

Ryan: “You know, here we pronounce it ‘REGGIE’. There, they pronounce it…REGGAE.”
Not the funniest reggae riff Colin and Ryan do, but still

Wayne does really  good with the reggae number, with some great energy and vocal riffs [him shouting  ‘IT’S A BOY’ cracked me up]. Chip does well too, but this one is Wayne redeeming himself for not listening to much Clash.

Solid GH. On par with the other half of this.

Doo-Wop: Wayne, Chip and Colin sing about Lola, who died in a tragic golf accident

No Drew game.

Drew: “In this Way- In this GAME, WAYNE CHIP AND COLIN. [cracks] In this Wayne, Gane Cheetah Hawing…”
Wayne, drunkenly: “I LUH YOU…”

Wayne: “Poor Lola, she’s taking a nap
Over by the green and the sand tra-ap..”

Chip, perfectly done:
“Well I knew a girl, her name was Lola,
she was just walking by the 14th hole-a
But  now she’s dead, a Titleist right on her head…”
Chip is so damn good at lyrics

Colin: “Didn’t you know, the golf score
Why didn’t you duck when ya heard them shout FORE.”

Right near the end, Ryan in the back cracks up at Colin’s buh-buh-buh routine, and demonstrates to Drew what Colin’s cheeks are doing
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A pretty good round of this.

Overall: What I liked was very light, and there wasn’t much else to this one but those games. Two-Line, Greatest Hits and Doo-Wop were great, but I can name more substantial playings. Song Titles and Action Replay let me down. This is just a generally meh show.

Show Winner: N/A
Best Performer: Wayne led most of tonight’s games.
Worst Performer: Ryan, honestly. He had little moments, but was mostly doing support work.
Best Game: Greatest Hits did the most, I guess.
Worst Game: Song Titles didn’t have much to it.
Should it Have Aired in S4?: No, not really.

Coming  Up Next: Here’s a taping we haven’t seen in a while: the 402 taping with Kathy, which gave us the strong 4×29, the bump-on-the-back episode. Finally some new content from this one

Whose Watchdown is it Anyway: S07E04, or If Only Mira Were Here

This Chip taping from S4 gave us the strong, fun 5×09, and the lesser but still good 5×13 and 5×24. This seems to be the last offering from it.

Weird Newscasters: Colin  anchors, Chip, the Cowardly Lion who’s been given an Overactive Libido instead of courage, co-anchors, Wayne, desperate caveman looking for food, a warm cave, and a mate [LOOK OUT DREW], does sports, while Ryan, who becomes extremely nervous when he suddenly discovers it’s the first day of Ryan hunting season, does weather

Colin’s opening joke is a groaner tonight

Chip has a good impression of the Cowardly Lion under his belt: “PUT IT UP, PUT IT UP…”
Colin, reminded of another recent WN: “…exit, stage right”
Chip chuckles at that: “POINT TAKEN.”

Wayne, again with a really nice characterization, comes towards a long-haired dude in the audience. Wayne literally drags him BY THE HAIR onto the stage…then ducks under the piano with him

Ryan starts his normally, then does a fun distant trumpet noise [his trumpet noises always crack me up], as well as some distant hunting dogs.

Ryan realizes he needs to ‘become someone else’ in order to evade captors…and so he slips into a Carol Channing impression: “I’M AFRAID YOU BOYS HYAVE THE WRONG PERSON!”
He follows that with his John Wayne and his Christopher Lloyd, aka the only 3 impressions he can do apparently

Ryan, trying  one more thing:
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This is just a thing he does this season, then
Chip sees this and runs off into the area behind the seats, which is a  fun touch

A decent playing of this, though it didn’t do much too out-of-the-ordinary

Duet: Wayne and Chip sing a Gospel song to Mia, a first-grade Hebrew teacher

Man, they  did a lot of Gospel songs on WL

We hear a lot of accents on US WL, including Australia, but the first with a genuine Israeli accent.

Wayne, after starting his sermon with a melodic ‘OY VEY’, breaks. Chip is throwing so much zeal into it that Wayne’s losing it

The end of Wayne’s verse is cut. Hm.

As a half-jew…some of this is a little cringey to me. You can tell Wayne and Chip only know baseline knowledge here, and Chip even admits “you can tell, that I am not from Israel…”. Also, Wayne and Chip are clumsily staying within the verse structure, and it’s a little haphazard

An alright Duet. I think I might be too harsh on it, but it was enjoyable enough

Whose Line: Moments before sunrise, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, who is Colin, comes to kill Count Dracula, Ryan, as he is draining the last drops of blood from his latest victim

Drew: “You’re Buffy, though, that’s a COOL chick to be.”
Colin, not agreeing: ‘…yeah”

Colin has an amazing opening line. Ryan starts the scene draining a body, and Colin just enters and goes “…HEY….STOPPIT.”

Colin going ‘I’M BUFFY’ gets the audience cheering.

Colin eventually reveals the Vampire Slayer motto: “Grab the handle, Stella, and give it a yank!’….STELLA is my knife. You’re about to get yanked.”
…I mean, that DOES sound like a Joss Whedon  line…

Ryan says that when his teeth are in Colin’s neck, he’ll yell “NO…NO….’YOUR FANNY IS A MASTERPIECE.’….AND IT IS…”
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I’m fine  with  this, it’s nice to see a  regular that isn’t Wayne waving their ass at me. Of course, Ryan draws the fanny bit out a BIT too long for me.
Colin: “No, I will not be tempted by the fanny of darkness!”

Colin’s second line, Hoochie Mama’s comin home, only works really after a callback…and then it’s followed by Ryan mooning Colin again

Colin: “…alright enough with the cracks.”

Ryan recites a thick, foreign incantation before doing his last line.
Colin, with an ACE callback: “…if only Mira was here.”

Ryan: “IT’S TRANSYLVANIAN…and what it means is…’WHOO….LET THE DOGS OUT?”

An okay WL. Ryan’s butt jokes tired me after a while, and the scene itself was a bit too over-the-top to really be fun for me.

Greatest Hits: Songs of Rome v2

Colin reveals that ‘Rome’ backwards is ‘Emor’
Ryan: “Did you know embargo backwards is O Grab Me?”
Colin, kidding Ryan as he knows it’s his trunk joke: “Boy, you thought of that one a LONG TIME AGO…”

The banter just isn’t working for me in this one. Ryan  and Colin are trying, but the jokes aren’t really wowing me. This and WL.

Wayne’s about to start the Brady Bunch  number and Chip cuts him off and starts his own verse. Wayne just sort of clumsily dances in a circle and composes himself

Brady Bunch number is pretty alright. Chip AND  Wayne clearly watched a lot of the show, and have the bouncy 70s vibe down

Wayne makes the obvious joke: “speaking of the Bradys, HEY I’m the darkest one..”

60s R&B number is okay, but good energy. Again, both of Wayne and Chip’s numbers here have been kinda clumsy with a few disagreements about song endings and who’s coming  in first.

Not a great GH. First one was better.

Irish Drinking Song: Fell out of a Car

No Drew game.

I’ve been told this is a cobbling of several iterations of this game.

Colin: “I fell right out.”

Now, the editing is evident in verse 2- Verse 1 it’s established the protagonist fell out of the car. Verse 2, as Chip starts, the verse’s DATE fell out. So clearly Verse 1 and 2 came from different playings

Ryan: “I turned the car around”

Verse 3, it’s back to the protagonist falling out. I like Chip’s final line of “your girl is on the go!”

Verse 4, it’s ‘she forgave me’, so…1 and 3 came from a different playing  than 2 and 4.

Ryan: “That is a day we’ll never forget.”
Wayne: “we…will not.”
Chip: “And every night we drive.”

I always laugh at the fact that Ryan, Chip and Wayne laugh so hard that Colin’s the only one singing the first refrain, pathetically, and they all come in at the end of it, still laughing

Not a great game. Badly edited, not good all the way through, but good ending.

Overall: Not a great show. I had problems with every game, and some that were destined to win  me over, like Whose Line  and Greatest Hits, underwhelmed me. Some games that could have been good, like IDS and Duet, were botched by ABC Family’s amateur editing. And some games, like Weird Newscasters…were just kinda there.

Show Winner: All Four
Best Performer: Colin over Chip thanks to IDS.
Worst Performer: Ryan  honestly made the most mistakes tonight
Best Game: Weird Newscasters pissed me off the least.
Worst Game: Greatest Hits. Just wasn’t there for me, tonight.
Should it have aired in S4?: God no.

COMING UP NEXT: Another S4 Chip taping, this one with a wilder Colin shirt

Whose Watchdown is it Anyway: S07E03, or Someone Wants Their Own Show

There are only 5 Season 5 episodes in Season 7. Considering the amount of unaired material we have from all 10 shows, this is a travesty.

We finally get a non-guest star episode from the 510 taping, the last of the Fall 01 sessions featuring Greg and Colin’s pumpkin shirt. This one proves that there was at least one more big moment they could squeeze out of this taping.

Award Show: Greg and Wayne present the award for Bitter Divorces to Colin and Ryan

This is…honestly my favorite playing of Award Show. Out of all of em, here and CW.

Greg and  Wayne’s wooden banter works well tonight. I especially like Greg interrupted Wayne’s scripted bit with an equally-wooden ‘thank you’

Greg’s first nominee: “…for ‘I burned all your clothes and set fire to your camaro.”

I also love the next nominees, clearly unrelated, announced as a couple. One is more comfortable with this  than the other
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And, of course:
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I love how the bickering begins at Ryan refusing to get up to let Colin by.

As Ryan comes down, he  drags an audience member with him. I love the progression on said audience member’s face from enjoying the show to ‘SHIT I’M PART OF IT NOW’

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[…Is that Archie Hahn?]
Colin: “Thank god, cause we’re sleeping together now…”
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Ryan establishes Colin as the husband, but after the lawyer leaves, he mutters to Colin “…aren’t you the wife?” So already, it’s not clear who’s who.

Ryan: “I think that everything that needs to be said has already been said SEVERAL times in an angry voice.”

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Colin, yanking the podium back: “I’ve just never seen you move this much.”
Ryan: “Maybe  if you had some HAAIIIR….”
The audience WHOOOOAS. I think this is before Springer showed up, and it already feels like he should be in to sort this out.

Colin: “….You Bitch.”
Damn ABC censors…

A really strong round of this. Ryan  and Colin’s banter made it so good, and so funny. I kinda wish it was longer.

Drew: “1000 points to our confused friend from the audience”

Press Conference: Colin is Noah, who’s eaten all of the animals on the  ark

Drew, like 5 tapings after he made this exact same snafu, starts with “…ARE NEWSPAPERS REPORTING.” And screws up this game intro AGAIN.

Colin: “And this is something  I’d been thinking  about…well, since I was a child, really…”

Wayne: “Did you do it 2 by 2?”
Colin: “Oh, no, I did it by myself.”

Greg: “….EVEN THE PANDAS????”
Greg, as meh as he’s been in the US, can still make lines like that work

I love the discussion between Colin and Greg on  what exactly constitutes a cubit
Colin: “What  am I, Mr. Measure Things?”

Colin: “Let me tell you something about elephants…they ASK FOR IT.”
Colin probably got it halfway, but he’s killing it. Wayne’s cracking up

Colin gets it, though he’s modest enough to guess “some of the animals”. An alright Press Conference, but Colin made it work.

Infomercial: Stop Drinking

Ryan, calmly: “hey…what time is it?”
Colin: “I believe it’s 3’o’clock”
Ryan: “well that means it’s time to SHOP SHOP SHOP.”
I love how Ryan keeps adding more variations to the formula

Ryan: “I’M JIMMY”
Colin: “I’M….NOT.”

Ryan, after signaling down the people at home: “How many of you are layin on the floor DRUNK RIGHT NOW?”
Colin: “It is time to stop! Your liver needs some help!”
Ryan: “Give your liver a break! Liver let die!”

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This is what you look like DRUNK!”

Ryan stabilizes the prop and adds “this is what you look like in an earthquake!”

Colin has a fun prop use, and “also, Halloween: R2D2”
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Eventually we get to this:
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Colin: “Sometimes we have  to go the  HARD WAY…sometimes we have to pull the drink right out of you. AND USING RYAN AS MY WILLING SUBJECT…”
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Colin adds “why don’t we do it in the mouth this time”
Drew: “Nononono”
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Drew, frantically: “NO! NONONONO!”
Ryan, hilariously:
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PFFFF. He’s reminding me of Jim Carrey in this game

Drew: “…it makes flame, that thing….I mean, it’s supposed to.”
Colin has a classic move…he operates it, reveals that it is, in fact, a firestarter…then shrugs and goes to put it back in Ryan’s mouth. AMAZINGLY TIMED.
Ryan, stopping  him: “Hey…SOMEONE wants their own show!”

There’s a cut right after this, because CLEARLY there were more prop uses left to go, as we hadn’t seen many at all. This is still a strong  round, with a lot of fun moments, but I wish it wasn’t so short.

Drew: “When he was putting it in your mouth and he was about to crank it, I was like ‘WHOA!”
Ryan, inevitably: “if I had a nickel for everytime THAT’s happened…”

Sound Effects: Ryan and Colin are two Musketeers who are with their French-speaking third Musketeer, they’re getting ready to ride off to a heavily-guarded castle to spring The Man in the Iron Mask from the dungeon

Ah yes, one of two times during the LA tapings where Ryan had to attempt a French accent

Ryan is confused by  the ‘french-speaking 3rd Musketeer part’
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PFFF. No, that’s MOUSEketeer…

The opening  is goofy because it’s clear that one of these people can speak great French, and that Ryan Stiles is not that person. So Ryan makes it a few sentences before reverting back to English. He didn’t even get to Superboogie.

All the swords sound like whistly-breathy noises.

Also, the ladies give Porthos a very high-pitched, small voice. So yes, this is basically a Tom and Jerry cartoon

Colin has to put him in his pocket: “CAN YOU  SEE?”
Mary: ‘…yes!”

Colin and Ryan both try hailing horses. Neither Mary nor Lynne can whistle.

Mary: ‘…..GIDDYAP”
Colin, to his pocket: “WHO’S DRIVING???”

Lynne has a very pathetic, high-pitched galloping noise. Drew is flat out facepalming at the desk
Ryan: “Perhaps we should not be riding  on the hardwood floor!

Ryan: “we must get-tit-down somehow”
Colin, nearly breaking: “…I’m sorry, I thought you were Italian”

Ryan’s tying  also makes more breathy noises.
Colin: “…you tie like a sissy.”

Ryan, knowing how ineffective the ladies have been, as Colin explains he’s about to cut the drawbridge: “OH, it sounds loud.”
Colin: “…let’s not anticipate…”

Eventually, Colin gets a ‘BUUUAAMM’ out of one of them.

Mary  and Lynne do an alarm noise that IMMEDIATELY confuses Ryan
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Mary, high-pitched: “RUN.”

There’s a cut to end this one earlier. A good enough game of this, though not to the standard of really funny ones.

Irish Drinking Song: Getting Your First Car

Colin: “It drove very fast.”
Ryan, ever the realist: “It didn’t go fast at all”

This is a very basic IDS so far, but all 4 are very giggly throughout

It goes into a fight with a girlfiend
Colin: “Then she went and yelled at me”
Ryan: “She got out of the car”
Wayne: “She ran faster than I could drive”
Greg, with no choice: ‘…she ran very far!”

Wayne: “I found a girl who liked my car”
Greg: ‘Her name was….Macer.”
Colin, with great continuity: “SHE didn’t run very far!”

Wayne: “she loved the leather”
Greg: “and that’s why I married her”
Colin: “She took her thong off in any weather.”
PFFFFFF. I forgot about that one
Ryan’s the only one  who has a big reaction to it, though

Not a bad IDS, but…not one of the better ones

Props: Wayne and Drew vs. Ryan and Colin


NOT THE USUAL COMBOS HERE, for some reason. Maybe the Ryan-Colin combo went so well during the Whoopi taping that they tried it here? Wayne and Drew never got to do Props together

Drew and Wayne do a good ‘fill er up’ one, but I love Wayne specifying afterward ‘no, the CAR…’

Colin, with the obscure reference of the  episode: “Welcome to House Party 4”
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Yes, that’s a Kid’n’Play joke. In 2001.

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Colin: “Okay, doctor, so I’m cleaning out the wastebasket, right?”

Wayne  does a really good crane maneuver with Drew

An okay  Props. Always good to see the Ryan-Colin Props combo again.  Seeing  it so often late in the show’s history reminds me of the always strong Props combo of Steve Frost  and Colin in the later UK ones

Overall: Two genuinely awesome games, one good game, and three okay games. That’s what was left. Infomercial and Award Show are worth the price of admission, as is Sound Effects, but the other three only have mild sparks of good moments. Lots of weird editing moves, like a lot of games that felt truncated and cut too short [SFX, Award Show and Infomercial, incidentally the 3 good games]

Show Winner: Greg
Best Performer: Colin  was knocking out homers left and right. Press Conference, Infomercial, IDS and SFX are the most obvious indicators.
Worst Performer: Greg didn’t have much to do, sadly.
Best Game: Award Show. I know Infomercial exists, but Award Show is the best version of that game.
Worst Game: Props was the most disposable
Should This Have Aired in S5?: Not really. I can see why it’s here. Even this show’s standout games don’t compare to 5×30’s GH.

COMING UP NEXT: Back to Season 4 now, with a Chip taping that gave us two decent S5 episodes. This one looks to be similarly decent.

Whose Watchdown is it Anyway: S07E02, or DROP THE CHALUPA!

Continuing  the retread of Season 4 in Season 7, here’s an episode from the 408 taping, that gave us one good episode [“boy, Wayne’s really ticklish”]’, and one poor episode, the ‘points do matter’ episode. Good news is we get to  see Kathy Greenwood again, which I’m all for.

Let’s Make a Date: Kathy must choose from Wayne, Uncle Ernie who’s drinking too much and is about to ruin his niece Colin’s wedding reception, Colin, a heroic frog leading “the great escape” of all the frogs from a French restaurant, and Ryan, who has founded a cult that worships Colin and he lives his life by Colin’s example

Wayne is given a nice hefty character bit to do, and he actually does really well, establishing several offscreen  relatives yelling for him to stop, and playing drunk pretty well

Ah, Colin…
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Just…immediately on fire

Colin: “….LET MY PEOPLE GO!”

Colin, trying to blend in: “BONJOUR.”
Wayne: “She got that French stuff from her MAMA’s side of the family…”

Ryan: “In the words of the IMPORTANT ONE, that question is CRRRAP!”
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Kathy asks Wayne  “what is your biggest regret in life”
Wayne, as this played right into his hand: “Oh GOD…”

Wayne wanders off towards the audience on a drunken rant, then turns to the camera and goes “what the hell are you following me for?”

As Wayne wanders offstage through the tunnel, he nearly  trips and falls.

Colin, creating a diversion, makes possibly the greatest obscure reference of all time, and dances: “…I’M JUST WILD ABOUT  HARRY!”
Yes, that’s right. He is referencing the classic Looney Tunes short ‘One Froggy Evening’. If you’ve never seen it, please be good to yourself and do so.

The image of Colin as a frog on a motorcycle, tailed by Ryan doing the  same motions, is too damn silly

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Kathy, who’s really good at taking  in people’s quirks, asks Ryan: “who do you look up to most in  life?”
Ryan, as that plays RIGHT into his hand: “Oh, PLEASE.”

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Kathy gets pretty close in all 3, but  she just can’t believe she’s saying  most of it

Really good LMAD. Every quirk worked, every one of them had funny things to do and ways to work off each other.

Two Line Vocabulary: Colin is a tough SWAT team commander with his two agents, Ryan and Wayne, they must infiltrate the building, which terrorists have taken over
Wayne’s lines: ‘is this it?’ and ‘I want to go first’
Ryan’s lines: ‘should I be doing this?’ and ‘what’s the point of that?’

Colin: “They’re on  the 7th floor”
Ryan: “what’s the point of that?”
Colin: “well maybe it’s their lucky number, I don’t know!”

Colin: “we’ll walk in through the door”
Ryan: ‘well what’s the point  of that?”
Ryan’s character is fun in this. Just this sort of Bill Murray unsure joker type

Ryan: “should I be doing this?” [puts gun in mouth]

I love the detail of Wayne wordlessly disarming the bomb and putting it in his pocket

Ryan, attempting to leave: “SHOULD I BE DOING THIS?”
I love how Wayne and Colin are towards the front of the stage, near the cameras, and Ryan’s making a break for his seat

There’s a nice moment of seeing all three moving about the stage nervously, no words. Really clever work in this one.
Wayne, finally: “IS THIS IT?”

Colin tries explaining a  gameplan before they go into the room. Wayne opens the door, going “IS THIS IT?”
Colin, closing it: “we’re not READY YET.”
There’s a nice back and forth with Wayne trying to open the door again

Ryan: [fires repeatedly]
Wayne, complaining: “I WANNA GO FIRST!”
Ryan: “Should I be doing this?”

Great ending, with Ryan  and Wayne firing randomly and Colin just giving up. Makes this a very fully-realized scene. One of the best non-Brad ones, honestly

Film Dub: Kathy and Colin visit Ryan’s themed restaurant

Yes, if you are keeping  score, they  played this game TWICE at this taping. One playing made it into 5×13, the other made it here. We haven’t had multiple film dubs at a taping since the 80s.

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Kathy, with a great gift: “Well, Manuel, don’t you remember me, your ex-lover?”
Ryan, using a move I’d use: “No, you do look familiar…I mean the guy!”

Ryan, making an innocent line great with an ounce of subtext: “May I…recommend the scampi…”

Kathy: “…what smells?”
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“…yes, I thought it was you…”

A pretty good Film Dub. I like how good Kathy has become at these.

Sound Effects: Clark Kent, who is Ryan, is having an intimate evening with Lois Lane, Colin, when he gets a message that supervillain Lex Luthor is terrorizing New York with a series of disasters

Drew: “and Karen, you’ll do [sfx] for Ryan”
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whispered: “WHO’S RYAN?”
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HAHAHAHAHA. The reactions  across the board

Drew: “obviously you’re a big fan of the show, nice to have ya…”

Ryan opens a bottle of champagne
Karen: “SQUEAK.”
Ryan: “I hope you like Squeaky, 41”

Ryan drinks, and Karen responds with an ‘AAAAHHH’ noise.

Colin, when the romantic music he asks for doesn’t come in, reprises his ‘Sound of Silence’ joke

Ryan thinks he hears a signal.
Karen: “….beepbeepbeepbeepbeep…”
Colin: “Only your super hearing can pick it up, I’m guessing”

Karen gives Ryan a great WSSHHHH noise for flying, then stops, and a panicking Ryan has to flap with his arms. This happens a few times. It’s very  silly
Colin: “I think I left my faucet on, too!”

Colin, confused: “You have a gun?”
Ryan: “well, just in case…I mean, YA SEE HOW I FLY?”

Colin, confused by Ryan’s logic: “alright…best we don’t use the STAIRS, we’ll jump through the skylight.”
Like, a moment where Colin, out of character, is just telling  Ryan he’s not making sense. That is RARE
Ryan: “You know how I like to do things strangely…THE SKYLIGHT’S LOUDER.”

Colin: “But won’t I cut myself on all those shards of broken glass?”
Ryan: “No, I’ll hold you up with my super 10-second spurt flying powers”
I love how much fun they’re having with this

Sharon: “…….”

A fun SFX. Sharon didn’t do enough, Karen was great, and Ryan and Colin had fun playing off of both of them

Show Stopping Number: Ryan, Colin and Wayne work in a  bank

Ryan: “All we do all day is hand out cash.”
Colin: “I’m in charge of counting nickels.”
Colin has a very silly number here

There’s an awkward cut before Ryan’s buzz line.
“I get forgotten, and I ain’t lying
In case you forget, MY NAME IS RYAN.”

Wayne, as a robber: “Just put all money of…small denominations into the bag! And hurry up!”
Colin, with a good payoff: “well, I’ve got NICKELS…”

I love the reveal that Wayne’s actually ‘Roger from the bakery across the street’, and we get a fun, nervous characterization from him

Colin and Ryan have set up Wayne’s next line to be the buzz line, as he’s planning on opening a Tex-Mex restaurant next door, and Colin asks him  what it’s called, just making it easier for Drew to buzz. Well it’s obvious  to Wayne too, because he thinks about it for a second.
Wayne: “…Nacho Mama.”
HA. And, of course, BUZZ.
Tex-Mex, Soul Food…NACHO MAMA!”

He ends a measure before Laura and Linda think he will, with “YOU CAN HAVE SOME GREENS AND CHALUPA!” And that counts as a callback to Film Dub. Unlike last episode’s Film  Dub callback, this one actually happened

A really good Show-Stop. Ryan had the weakest verse, and it got better once Wayne came in, but  it was a good scene with good continuity and ideas

Themed Restaurant: Kathy and Drew dine at the Western  themed restaurant, while Ryan and Colin wait tables

Drew starts saying something heartfelt to Kathy
Colin, galloping in: “PONY EXPRESS MENU”
Okay, I already  like this one. Usually with Themed Restaurant, if it doesn’t grab me early, I’m not into it

Ryan, after pouring water:
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Kathy is doing really well with establishing a dynamic with Drew, and battering away his comments about who Ryan was and why he was hanged with “oh, stoppit”. THAT is a good move, and proof that she’s doing a lot of under-the-radar work even in games where she’s not the focus

Kathy asks Colin about the soup of the day. He has nothing, so he stands there for a moment, and goes “…I’ll check.”

Drew mentions they might be in ‘Indian territory’, which Kathy’s great at playing off of with disgust. Colin enters as someone who’s been scalped. Very clever.

Drew, to Ryan: “Is your horse fresh?”
Ryan: [fires behind him] “I hate to do that, but he was sufferin'”

Ryan ends up ‘circling the tables’, and Colin adds to this by pounding on the side of the piano like an Indian drumbeat. Drew asks if they’re in any danger
Ryan, smartly: “It’s the Indian restaurant across the street!”

A really  good Themed Restaurant, with enough fun things going on, and great work from Ryan and Colin, AND KATHY.

Overall: A really damn good episode. Not a bad game in the bunch, not even an okay game in the bunch. A lot of this stuff is material that would have been better remembered had it aired in S4, like LMAD, Sound Effects, Themed Restaurant and ESPECIALLY Two-Line. A lot of solid work all around, a lot of very  clever moments and moves, even by Kathy, who impressed me more tonight than she has in a while, and reminds me how much I missed covering her on the blog [remember, I do like her. I just don’t like how misused she was].

Show Winner: Wayne
Best Performer: Ryan dominated. He carried scenes like Film Dub and Themed Restaurant, and stole scenes in LMAD and Two-Line.
Worst Performer: Colin. Kathy had more really  good moves than Colin tonight. Happens to the best of us.
Best Game: Two-Line. A nice standard for these.
Worst Game: This is tough, because I liked everything. By default, Film Dub. Yes, it was good, but it was the most basic of the night’s offerings. Even still, it is the US version of the UK’s ‘Jimmy Savile the barber’ Film Dub [BECAUSE…….NOW THEN NOW THEN NOW THEN NOW.]
Should It Have Aired in S4?: GOD YES. There’s more of a case for this one airing in S4 than for 4×23 airing in S5.

COMING UP NEXT: A trip to SEASON 5, to the Greg taping where we got the Jerry Springer and Undarma episodes, and FINALLY  a show without a guest star from it. This is one where Colin nearly kills Ryan

Whose Watchdown is it Anyway: S07E01, or Hey! You Look Like Roseanne!

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In January 2005, ABC Family was a relatively tame network, with mostly reruns and the occasional misguided short-lived series. Now, Freeform is a haven for soapy teen dramas, and has delivered several more hit series in the past 15 years.

Am I making the direct correlation between ABC Family’s success and Whose Line coming on for new episodes? Maybe. But saying that Whose Line can come onto a channel whose programming panders mainly to teens and still triumph in ratings isn’t too far fetched anymore. Look how they’re faring on the CW right now.

So, from 2005 until roughly 2010ish, Whose Line would live on ABC Family. Its reruns especially, which is how I found the show in this era, but also the new episodes that had come from the same recobbled source  as S6. These two seasons  of new content would act as a supplement to the original ABC run, and produce a few hidden gems that may still be cool today.

We start with the first  of these offerings, 7×01. Like most of S7, it comes from a S4 taping, as S7 can basically be called Season 7 Part 2. This episode comes from the 412 taping, a Brad taping that game us the classic Hitler episode, as well as the equally great 4×17. Here we see if there was anything left

[This one has Seed quality caps because the usual source’s audio was pissing me off]

Superheroes: Shortage of ceramic
Brad: Tom Arnold
Ryan: The Guy Who Channels the Spirits of Farm Animals
Colin: Captain Streaker
Wayne: Man Who Mimics Everyone While Under Caffeine

1000 points to the audience member who, when Drew  asks for an unlikely superhero, shouts of “TOM ARNOLD!”
Drew chuckles, having WORKED WITH Tom Arnold
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Brad has the impression down, and is doing a great fast-talking, manic routine: “I can’t remember if I’m still famous or not. Am I famous? I gotta do something crazy! I gotta get arrested or marry another really famous fat girl!”

On the ceramic crisis, Brad initially goes “well, I can break my GIANT BUDDHA OF ROSEANNE INTO PIECES…that  won’t work!”
Brad is absolutely slaying me here

Ryan, refusing to bite the hand that feeds him, entering: “May I just say, you deserve every penny you made.”

Ryan’s is like something he’d be saddled with in LMAD, so he nails it. Of course, the second he does a cow, Brad goes “HEY! YOU LOOK LIKE ROSEANNE!”

Colin starts running around naked
Brad: “Hey, YOU look like Roseanne! That looks like my ex-wife’s butt, only smaller!”
Notice how I’m not demeaning the anti-Roseanne jokes.

Wayne enters, then immediately laughs at Colin’s privates, which is like ASKING for a tricky Superhero name.
Brad: “Hey, it’s COLD in here!”

Wayne uses his rampant mimicking to throw an impression of Drew and the buzzer in there


Colin, exiting: “I’ve gotta go register my weapon.”
Brad: “…small caliber…”

Brad ends by going over to Drew: “…you know…if you had a black wig…you’d kinda look like my-”
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Drew: “…Hi, Tom, wherever ya are…hope you’re enjoying the show…”

A really  good Superheroes. Not perfect [thanks Wayne], but Brad’s awesome characterization kept the whole thing together.

I find it funny that of this taping’s punching bags, Tom Arnold, Bill Cosby and Hitler…Tom Arnold now looks the most credible.

Film Dub: One day at the doctor’s office

This one uses another MST3K film, Night of the Blood Beast

Screen Shot 2020-04-26 at 3.23.18 PM.pngRyan: “Do we really need all these people in here? It seems like a lot of doctors. That guy’s not even a doctor, he’s a baker!”

Screen Shot 2020-04-26 at 3.24.17 PM.pngRyan: [incoherent mumbling]

Screen Shot 2020-04-26 at 3.25.02 PM.pngBrad, in his LMAD voice: “You’ve apparently eaten  too many  sea monkey!”
Ryan: “Ahh, no WONDER I’ve got the trots!”

Colin, who’s yet to have a line, uses a shot where  no one’s saying anything to go “THAT’S RIGHT!”

Screen Shot 2020-04-26 at 3.26.31 PM.pngColin: “I! WANT A REFUND!”

They throw in a clip from Superheroes of Brad saying “HEY, YOU LOOK LIKE ROSEANNE” here. I don’t care if it’s doctored, that’s still funny

Colin, after a fire breaks out: “oh no, I don’t smoke!”

I also love Brad’s panicked shrieks whenever they cut to his character

Great beginning, badly paced ending. Still a pretty  good Film Dub. Also, if I recall correctly we’re gonna get a lot of Film Dub this season.

Infomercial: Body Odor

Ryan: “I’m Billy”
Colin: “…and I’M BOB.”

Already, Ryan and Colin are in sync, with an in unison “EW. BODY ODOR” to start the game

Colin: “Of course, there’s the old way, where you get your family to wear THESE…”
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Ryan, similarly: “You can  have one of these and breathe ABOVE where the body odor is”
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I love the callback Colin makes that ‘body odor bumps’ are also called BOBs, right back to his character name

Ryan: “If you keep that body odor, THIS is the only kind of girl you’ll be dating”
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I also love how Ryan awkwardly throws the Barbie doll in his pocket afterwards

A lot of really clever moves by both that I’m not all writing down, but Ryan ends with this:

Screen Shot 2020-04-26 at 3.36.15 PM.pngRyan: “THIS is your world with body odor…
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THIS is your world WITHOUT body odor”

An alright Infomercial. More clever than funny, but there were a lot of good little moves abound

Party Quirks: Brad hosts
Wayne – High-energy android who keeps running out of power and recharges by kissing someone’s head
Colin – Fiery male Russian ballet dancer upset at having to perform with a substandard female cast

Ryan – Series of the world’s dumbest criminals caught on tape

Brad, after Wayne kisses him and recharges: “I don’t think I WANT any other party guests”

There’s an obvious cut in the middle of Colin’s, so you don’t see him demonstrate the second half of his quirk.

Heck, most of the fun stuff, like Colin cursing in Russian after trying to lift Wayne, happens out-of-shot

Ryan: “Hand over your money or I’m gonna blow off my head!”

I also love Colin trying to lift Ryan, as Ryan looks on confusedly

An okay PQ. Not a ton of truly funny stuff

Greatest Hits: Songs of the President v1

Colin: “Hi, we’ll be  right back to Jerry Van Dyke, Jerry Vale, Jerry Lewis and Jerry the Cartoon Mouse in Anton Chekov’s The Jerry Orchard in just a second.”
PERFECT. ABSOLUTELY PERFECT. This is why Colin’s one of the best

Colin, after his usual ‘as long as there’s been presidents there’s been songs about them’ line: “One there was even a dance.”
Ryan gives him a look that’s the equivalent of saying ‘go on…’
Colin: “Yeah, there was a dance for……John Adams. It was called the John Adams dance, it didn’t go very far…”
Ryan, soto: “…you didn’t sleep very well last night, did you?”

There’s an obvious cut between a song that is saved for a future episode, but Colin goes onto a new one, gestating with his hands…and eventually  turning that into a dance “…DOIN! THE JOHN! ADAMS!”
PFFFFF. Always cracked me up as a kid. In a better-edited show, there’d be a song in between there, possibly in exchange for Party Quirks

There’s a ‘big word for a Canadian’ exchange that goes identically to the one from  6×08

Now, as the resident Talking Heads fan, let’s talk about this number. Laura and Linda’s backing tune is very cool, a combination of a tempo of their first 2 albums and the chords of Burning Down the House
Wayne  does a really good job of replicating David Byrne’s gestures and physicality, and enunciation, from the Once in a Lifetime video.
Brad’s David Byrne is arguably better, because he nails the modulation and inflection he does while singing. He’s going for an earlier, 77-era song as well, which helps this one overall.
Wayne’s chorus sounds like something from Speaking in Tongues, more pop-driven than the CBGB-era tone everyone else is taking. It’s not a complete bad fit, but it’s not congruent. But it’s not killing the song for me.

Good number overall. I’ll be less analytical on the next one because it’s not a band I’m really into

Ryan: “What comes to mind when I mention you, me, and our wives.”
Colin: […]
Ryan: “Yes, yes, I’m talking about SWING.”

Wayne: “You got to understand, no matter what I do
I’m the president, I’m gonna LIE to you…”

Brad and Wayne’s swing number is good, but not quite as good as the Talking Heads one

Good Greatest Hits. I wish it would  have been longer, and the second half is coming later this season, so…I wish you’d have both half here and put PQ in 7×24

Three Headed Loveway Broadway Star: Ryan, Drew and Wayne sing ‘When I Touch Your Kangaroo’ to Jordie Jodie

Drew: “We got Jordie here, a student from Australia”
HAHAHAHAHA. You cannot make that up

Drew, who’s on a roll: “We’re gonna sing a Three-Headed Loveway-”
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Wayne: “That’s a different scene…”

On the ‘kangaroo’ suggestion, Ryan cracks up, but BRAD has the best reaction:
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Just…look at ‘im. Poor guy.

Drew: “She’s”
Ryan: “Jodie”
Wayne, smartly: “NOT”
Drew: “JORDIE.”

The poetry of this line:
“When I knew that Jodie loved me
I laughed so hard I had to
Ryan, inevitably: “PEE!”

Most memorably:
Ryan: “If”
Wayne: “G’Day”
Drew: “Was”
Ryan: “A”
Wayne: “Word”
Drew: “In”
Ryan: “Our”
Wayne, extra smiley: “…VOCABULARY!”
“I’d use it
But it’s not a word in  our
Ryan: “COUNTRY!”
“So I’ll just call you
Ryan, without options: “….JODIE”

Then, as they  go on, Brad gets an idea:
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JUST HOPS ACROSS. The blur makes this even funnier

Then, they  do another heartfelt line which  works…and Brad hops right across again. Brad isn’t even in this game and he’s saving the last half

As Drew signs off, Brad’s still hopping around the stage.

Really fun 3HBS. Strong work from all three, great line runs, and Brad’s cameo cracked me, AND JODIE, up.

Overall: Good show with some weak points, like PQ. The bigger games, like Superheroes, Greatest Hits and 3HBS all worked, and there were fun moments in Film Dub and Infomercial. A few moments were the victim of weird editing, as I don’t know if ABC Family  had the same editing crew taking these shows on as the ABC ones, as there were some small moments and obvious cuts throughout. Still a good show.

Show Winner: Colin
Best Performer: Brad dominated tonight. Even in games he wasn’t damned IN.
Worst Performer: Wayne, sadly. He was a supporter in a lot of games tonight, and only really  came through for me in 3HBS.
Best Game: Superheroes. I’m a sucker for a good round of this, and Brad was giving his all.
Worst Game: Party Quirks was very weak.
Should it have aired in S4?: I’d say so. This is a pretty strong one, and even if there’s some weak points, it still is up there with the other 2 from this taping.

COMING UP NEXT: We haven’t seen Kathy Greenwood in a while, let’s have one of hers. Here’s an episode from the 408 taping, which brought us The Tickler.

Whose Watchdown is it Anyway: S06E10, or Kind of Charming in a Gawky Way

See, it’s easy to finish a season of Whose Line if there’s a pandemic going on!

This has been a very brisk, very piecemeal season of WL. There have been good shows, okay shows, and overall it’s just seemed like a very odd sendoff and look back into the archives. This episode, 6×10, would be the last one to air on ABC before the show was moved to ABC Family [now Freeform] for subsequent seasons. Kind of a cool one to end the initial run with [yes, I do consider S6 part of the initial run, fight me]

This Chip episode comes from the same taping as 4×09, AND NOTHING ELSE. This was the last taping  of S3, Ryan was sick, and early in the taping he injures his back. So a lot of the material was partially compromised. Thankfully we get one other episode from it after this one, so they didn’t have TOO MUCH to hide.

Ryan is clearly not looking good during the opening pickups

Drew’s ‘points don’t matter joke is “just like how your ex is doing”
OOOOHHHH  I think I found a joke that aged worse than all the ‘Wayne getting a divorce’ jokes.

Superheroes: At the North Pole
Colin: Magnet Man
Ryan: Mesmerized by Moving Objects Man
Chip: Bob Fosse Kid
Wayne: Chainsaw Massacre Boy

Colin is very confused by the crisis suggestion: “…I’m at the North Pole? That’s the CRISIS?”
Drew, to the audience member: “D’you wanna explain to Magnet Man what happens when magnets…”

Colin, starting off: “…MUST GET OFF FRIDGE.”

Colin has really good physicality in this scene.

Colin, still confused: “…I’m in the North Pole…..I’m POSITIVE…”
Drew and the audience applaud this move
Colin: “This is a crisis of minuscule proportions!”

Ryan enters and  his head immediately becomes stuck to Colin

Ryan takes a moment  to respond to his name, but immediately gets it once Colin moves around  some more. Ryan seems to be  in good condition here, but this is likely before Hollywood Director

Chip’s Fosse pelvic thrusting works really well, and Colin even gets stuck to him

Wayne takes out the chainsaw and Colin immediately gets stuck to it. Also, Chip has a great move with getting his arm lopped off by Wayne

Then Wayne starts juggling chainsaws in front of Ryan, who’s bobbing his head accordingly. This isn’t the most subtle Superheroes, but the visuals and collaborations are working


Colin: “…maybe I’ll call Metal Breast Woman”

An alright Superheroes, incomplete in a few places, but definitely charming

Drew mentions it’s a ‘cold in the studio’ occasion, and that “if you pan into the audience, everyone wearing mittens and coats.” So…it’s cold, AND Ryan’s sick. Oh boy.

Duet: Chip and Wayne sing a Busby Berkley musical number about a sponge- Ryan and Colin are the dancers

Now, around here, we get to material filmed after HD, and now Ryan starts to visibly look more sick in his chair.

Drew announces that Wayne and Chip are gonna be singing about a sponge, and Wayne turns to Chip and does this sarcastic ‘yay’ motion.

Drew: “AND, to make it really great, you’re gonna do it like a BUZLY…Buz…LIKE A BUSBY BERKLEY ROUTINE-”
Wayne, acting drunk: ‘Busbehh Berkley…”
Drew, sort of playing the MC, drunk: ‘hello everybody…the gold diggers’ll be out heah in a second…”
Wayne loves this

Once Drew announces that Colin and Ryan have to backup dance, Ryan perks up with this disgusted, confused reaction. NOW? I’m supposed to sit out this game, AND I feel like shit!

Ryan  eventually sighs and does some light background stuff with Colin as the music kicks in

Wayne: “Oh my goodness, don’t jump or lunge
I’m up to my knees, I need a sponge”

Ryan’s doing the least strenuous dancing  possible. This must have been RIGHT AFTER Director

I also love Chip’s detail of ‘it’s antibacterial too’. He definitely has  the vocal style spot-on

Wayne also has a great 30s vocal thing with ‘take it…AND USE IT FOR CLEANIN’. So many things that really bring in  the likeness factor

Chip and Wayne run to the  top of the stairs while Ryan and Colin do ‘water moves’ on the floor. This is…charmingly fun

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As Wayne and Chip do a bit close to the camera, and Ryan and Colin in the  background start riverdancing from one side of the stage to the other, as if no one will notice

They end on this tableau, which is a better version of the one that ended the ‘munchkins’ Duet:
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A really damn strong Duet. Back when the old 12Medbe channel was still up, Spence proclaimed this one  his favorite US Duet playing, and I can see why. The likeness is really there, the energy is there, there are so many fun moments and lyrics, and even if Ryan’s not at 100%, he’s still trying his best

Ryan audibly coughs once he gets back to the seats. He is NOT doing well

Drew: “Hey Colin, Ryan…d’you have any idea why you were in that game?”
Colin: “No!”
Ryan: “I think they Riverdanced in….[forgets]…that era, didn’t they?”

Weird Newscasters: Colin anchors, Chip, Snagglepuss, co-anchors, Wayne, spots his next door neighbor peeping on him and decides to put on a  little show, does sports while Ryan, rise and fall of a Hollywood legend of the silver screen, does weather

Ryan has a visceral reaction to his:
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He just mouths ‘WHAT?’

Colin: “I’m your anger, Keith…MyPathtyWhiteButt”

Colin’s top story is also great: “Noted Archaeologist  Fred Flintsteen, made an amazing discovery today in Sweden. On a wind-swept fjord he came across some primitive musical instruments, plus some minuscule deposits of fossilized stool. When asked what the stool could be, Flintsteen replied ‘a dabba Abba doo'”

Chip’s Snagglepuss is pretty good. “It’s cold in here, freezing, exit, stage left!”

Wayne’s is pretty good, even if a lot of it is his usual ass-related material. I really like his characterization of an old man, and the random teeth removal in there

Colin: “This just in, because of cold, you may experience a blue moon.”
MAN. I forgot how many ‘cold in here’ references were in this one. I knew they were really in the Brad one, but I forgot this one

Ryan’s is a REALLY GOOD progression, from beginnings to oscars to full on Norma Desmond. The fact that he got through all that while visibly sick…says a lot about Ryan as a performer

Drew: “Hey, you know what? Keith my Pathty White Butt too.”
Wayne: Yeah, Keith MY pasty white butt too.”
Chip, Snagglepuss voice: “MINE TOO, EVEN.”

A pretty good WN. Everybody  had something funny to do, and it all pretty much worked.

Newsflash: Ryan and Chip in the studio, Colin in the field in front of clips of Ryan

And now, the sequel to 3×39’s Newsflash. Will it work with an ailing Ryan?

Screen Shot 2020-04-25 at 3.43.22 PM.pngYep. Here we go.
[From the 206 taping. Not sure what game. Possibly Fashion Models. This clip was also used in the music video at the end of Best Of]

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[2×29’s LMAD. Carol Channing on a roller coaster]

Chip: “Could you explain to us all the different Stiles they have?”

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[That same taping? 210. Not sure, this is a short clip so I don’t have much to go by. F&TS?]

This is a great shot:
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[2×03’s WN]

Screen Shot 2020-04-25 at 3.49.21 PM.png[SEASON 1 MATERIAL. 1×16’s Helping Hands]

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[MORE S1. 1×17’s Weird Newscasters]

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[2×23’s WN. Another Busby Berkley moment]

Ryan: “I am almost in tears at the sheer beauty  of what…I’m not sure I can speak.”
Chip, perfectly: “Colin, I’m just in tears.”

Colin: “Have you ever  seen anything like this before in your life?”
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[2×36’s Whose Line]
Chip: “…..yeah.”
[Chip was on fire this taping, guys]

Screen Shot 2020-04-25 at 3.53.55 PM.png[3×31’s SFAH]

Screen Shot 2020-04-25 at 3.55.26 PM.png[1×11’s LMAD]

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[2×17’s WN]

Screen Shot 2020-04-25 at 3.56.20 PM.png[1×01’s Party Quirks, of course]

Screen Shot 2020-04-25 at 3.57.33 PM.png[1×11 Hats]

Chip: “Do you fear for your safety at all?”
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[2×09’s Weird Newscasters]

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Ryan: “Is there any end in sight”
Colin: “I don’t think so, this  could go on forever!”

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Ryan’s not saying much. He’s very done.

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Screen Shot 2020-04-25 at 4.02.15 PM.pngColin moves just in time for this, which is great.
[3×06 LMAD]

Colin, on that maneuver: “i’m trying to confuse it”
Ryan, with the line of the century: “Colin, I think you confuse it on a daily basis…”

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4×03 WN. So if this is on the table, did they KNOW this taping wouldn’t air for a bit?]

Screen Shot 2020-04-25 at 4.05.24 PM.png[3×25 WN]

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[3×29 Millionaire Show]
Colin: “You know it’s kind of charming in a gawky way, isn’t it?”

A good Newsflash, but certainly not to the heights of the original

Irish Drinking  Song: Giving Birth

Chip suggests ‘time’ for the first one, so Ryan’s work is easy: “I don’t have a rhyme”

Wayne: “In fact, he already can speak”
Chip:” It asked me to go away!”

Wayne: “You want to see him  juggle”
Chip this episode, man

Ryan: “I think I’ll have another”
Wayne: “And maybe I’ll have four”
Chip: “And then I’ll have another”
Colin, perfectly: “although I’m not a whore.”

Colin has a cop-out ender [he has nothing], and the song ends normally

An  okay IDS. A few fun details, nothing special

Themed Restaurant: Wayne and Drew dine at the Baseball themed restaurant, and Ryan and Colin are waiters

Drew, to Wayne: “MAN, you look HORRIBLE. What happened?”

Ryan, as an umpire, brushes off the table, then says “FINISH YOUR ROLLS AND THEN YOU’RE OOOOOOOUT”

Ryan has another nice one- he  pops the champagne cork, then backs up to catch it like a fly  ball

Wayne and Drew start a conversation, and Colin and Ryan periodically do a wave in the background

An alright playing of this.

Overall: An okay show boosted by Duet, Weird Newscasters, and parts of Newsflash. Everything else I could have left behind. Ryan was visibly down all show, and even in Newsflash, which he would have boosted if healthy, he felt lifeless, leaving the work to Chip. This also had a few moments where everyone, except for maybe Chip, felt burned out by the end of the taping season, and Newsflash and IDS seem like products of that.

Show Winner: Chip
Best Performer: Chip. I refer to 4×09- Chip was REALLY ON this taping.
Worst Performer: Ryan, who really only shone in Weird Newscasters. Wayne had nice moments in WN and Duet.
Best Game: Duet is a classic.
Worst Game: Themed Restaurant had the least to it

Best Episode: E1. So should have been a Season 5 episode, had an amazing Greatest Hits and strong playings of SFAH and Helping Hands.
Second Best Episode: E5, a really strong Season 2 episode with fan favorite playings of Hats, Hoedown, Superheroes and Moving People
Worst Episode: E9. Only an okay Greatest Hits and a kinda alright Narrate are worth it from this one.
Episode Most Worthy of Another Look: E8. A lot of really good stuff hiding in there that I’d forgotten about
Most Necessary Inclusion: E1 & E6, as if not, we wouldn’t have any material from that taping at all.
Least Necessary Inclusion: E9. There was nothing left, and they didn’t want to admit it.
Best Regular: Colin continues his dominance of the ABC run with 7 show wins.
Best Fourth-Seater: Chip Esten, for being in 5 episodes and impressing me in several.
Worst Fourth-Seater: Denny Siegel, E9, who gave a very underwhelming performance.
Episodes Ranked: See my Twitter, @WLIIAWatchdown

COMING UP NEXT: The show moves to ABC Family in the Winter of 2005, and Season 7, a 25-episode sequel to Season 4 [tell me I’m wrong], begins. Regardless of the late broadcasts [these all go out 5 or 4 years after tapings], there is some good stuff in this season, and that is what I’m here to prove in this next leg. Up first, we go to the Hitler taping for a S4-era Brad episode with some genuinely good material left.

Whose Watchdown is it Anyway: S06E09, or He Squeezed My Nipples So Hard Tears Came to my Eyes

So. For our last S2 episode of S6, and also our last S2 episode of the original ABC version, we rejoin Denny Siegel, a performer who had a very strong Season 1 and a very weak Season 2. I don’t know what happened between seasons, but maybe it’s one of those cases where you’re either on or you’re not.

Still, this is from the 203 taping, arguably the better of the two [this one had Colin’s tapeworm gag in SFAH].

Questions Only: A Teen soap opera

Wayne: “How’d you get that?”
Denny: “…you know Joey…Betapingping?”

Wayne and Denny’s scene is pretty natural, and they have the unison swooning down

Denny: “Don’t you think I’m prettier than you anyway?”
Denny: “….”

Colin: “Are you going to the prom?”
Ryan, giving a pretty good gift: “Why do you ask, principal Phillips?”

I also love Ryan’s ‘YOU???’ once Colin reveals he doesn’t have a date

PFFFF. Way to hang on there.

There’s an obvious  cut for time, which is sad because this was getting good, but as a whole, this QO was…alright. Could have been a little better.

Narrate: Colin and Ryan are at the zoo

Colin: “I’d been lookin’ for him for 14 years…that’s 2 in dog years…”

Ryan: “Yeah, I remembered him. Me and two goats raised him from a small baby.”

Colin: “Sure, sounds exotic to be raised by goats…but y’ever been MILKED?”

Ryan: “He was a big man now, he could take care of himself. That’s why I felt no need to tell him  that he was standing in some elephant droppings.”
Colin, a second later: “I knew I was standing  on elephant droppings, but it was the only way I could get high enough to look into his eyes…”

Colin  says he’s hear to kill Ryan
Ryan: “I was scared. But I didn’t wanna looka [!]….like I was scared. That’s why I put up a  tough front.”
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Colin, without missing a beat: “…he squeezed my nipples so hard tears came to my eyes.”

Another scene that seems like it was cut off early. This one was also kinda slow throughout, and the best lines were narrated ones, so the scene itself was too serious. Still alright.

Film, TV & Theater Styles: Wayne is a prison guard who has hunted down chained-together escaped convicts Ryan and Colin and they are hiding in an alligator-infested swamp

I like how Drew writes down ‘APES’, and Colin looks at Wayne and Ryan, confused as to how APES is a style. APES. from the makers of FLOOD.

I love Ryan’s early ‘chained-together’ slapstick, making it clear early on they’re chained at the ankles

Like last show, Wayne has an amusing accent, this time an irish cop accent.
Colin, not letting him have the satisfaction: “Oh no, it’s Big Swede Thompson”

Wayne is really good in the cartoon style of having very big physicality and motions. Colin also works here with a very goofy, no pun intended, voice.

Shakespeare was better last episode. I like how when Colin goes up for a soliloquy, Ryan’s sort of yanked along behind him

Ryan has a silly detail of zipping down his ‘mask’ in the Anime style to reveal a random hawk, then  sort of sheepishly zipping it back up when Drew buzzes.

Planet of the Apes
Ryan, to Colin: “…myyy GOD WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO YOU?”
Colin, wisely playing along: “A REALLY BAD HAIRCUT.”

Who’d have thought that Wayne does the best at replicating Gilbert and Sullivan of the three.

Okay F&TS, but with the same problems I usually have with US playings. Still, like last one, Wayne’s coming off strong.

Drew’s points don’t matter joke: “just like a comb to Colin Mochrie”
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Party Quirks: Denny hosts
Wayne – Finds “The Mask” at the party
Colin – “Never say die” deer trying to cross a highway
Ryan – Slow motion sports bloopers

Another quirk Wayne seems born for, having the exact physicality to pull it off, as glimpsed in the last game.

Colin’s seems to be one that would usually be handed to Ryan, but Colin’s doing a good job with  it

I like that  Ryan’s first few bloopers end up being ridiculously violent

I love the fluid motion of Ryan losing his hand on a bowling roll as well.

Denny, as established, is very bad at guessing [“you’re a kooky Australian”]

Not a great PQ

Greatest Hits: Songs of Soccer

I really like Wayne’s ska number to start off. Wayne’s got energy for days

Wayne’s also got a good tin-pan alley voice as well. He’s doing his usual bit, but in a show this disappointing, it’s standing out as good.

I like Ryan’s Beastie Boys title: “I’m not really hurt but I’m stayin’ down”

One of the three Beasties voices he uses sounds like one of the Beastie  Boys, the others are just general rap

Colin stalls as he thinks of a Paul Robeson title: “…HIS GREAT SOCCER HIT…WHICH YOU’RE ABOUT TO HEAR…”
Wayne, in the background: ‘…yeah…”
Colin: “….THE TITLE OF WHICH I’M ABOUT TO SAY….I got a Yellow Card.”

Of COURSE Wayne’s deep Paul Robeson voice is fantastic. The audience applauds almost immediately. This is probably his best song, and it’s just a generally strong song on its own, while also being very fun

Pretty good GH. Kinda meh in comparison to other recent ones, but good for this episode.

Hoedown: Working Out

Colin’s is about  how he’s very weak and doesn’t work out: “I can’t lift anything heavy so I benchpress Ryan Stiles”

Ryan: “I know I’ll win this game, I’m not better than the rest
But I’m sleeping with Denny, and she’s behind the desk”

Not a great Hoedown.

Overall: Not good, folks. Not good. Even the stuff that was good in this show [Narrate, F&TS, Greatest Hits] isn’t great compared to other S2 stuff. Like her other material from this season, Denny wasn’t good at all. The game quality just wasn’t up to par, and I could have slept at night if a lot of this stuff never made air.

Show Winner: Denny
Best Performer: Colin, but Wayne was so good tonight that I’m giving it to him as well. They tied.
Worst Performer: Denny just didn’t have it tonight.
Best Game:  Greatest Hits.
Worst Game: Party Quirks just wasn’t funny because Denny wasn’t great at hosting

COMING UP NEXT: We finish off Season 6 [this didn’t take long at all, lol] with one more Season 3 taping, one that’s only had one show produced from it. Yes, we’re going back to the ‘Ryan’s back’ taping, and there are, of course, a lot of good games left.

Whose Watchdown is it Anyway: S06E08, or The Sausage is Gonna Erupt!

We go now to the season 3 sessions, and a Chip taping that’s given us 3×12 [“….YEAH”], 4×03 [“I  HAVE NO HAIR”] and 4×19 [“FREDZILLA!”]. This one has some intriguing games that I’d forgotten were played this taping.

Film & Theater Styles: Ryan and Colin have disguised themselves as women in an all-female bank to hide from Wayne, a hitman working for the mob

Couple amusing  parts of the original scene- Ryan’s quick pivot to ‘shut up and zip me up’, and Wayne supporting a full-on 30s gangster movie accent

Wayne, western: “One of ’em’s really  tall, the other one’s called Shiny Head Nick”
Colin just glowers
Ryan: “If I weren’t a woman, I’d pull out my 45s”
Colin: “I’ve had mine out already.”
HA. Ryan politely redoes Colin’s top.

Sesame Street style, Ryan becoming Count  von Count and doing a full “WHOO did you come to SEE?” cracks me up.

Ryan, to Colin: “I THEENK he’s starting to susPEECT”
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The Shakespeare style is really damn good, especially in the context of the scene. I love Colin’s little soliloquy cut short by stumbling, which I cuts off with “…I grow short of breath!”

Hell, even the way Colin reveals himself, a good plot point, is perfectly Shakespearean.

Ryan: “I say  you are one bad mother-”
Colin: “Hush your mouth..”
They even censor ‘mother’

I love Wayne’s silly move of bonking Colin on the head with the gun, then drawing back like it was an accident.

The final opera bit of this is pretty masterful, with  Wayne taking lead and Ryan and Colin  providing occasional operating backup.

I honestly think this is one of the strongest F&TS games we’ve seen in the US. There was a coherent scene, the styles not only got laughs, but moved the story along, and all 3 had something funny to do. You’d think this would be common sense, but not every US F&TS, especially  the 3-person ones, are this good.

Drew gives five points, “one for each showbiz republican”
ACTUAL republican Chip Esten is visibly bashful at that one.

Title Sequence: Wayne and Chip sing the title song to ‘The Travel Agent and Tom Jones’, which Ryan and Colin act out

Yeah, through the first few verses, you can see how sparse the  comedic possibilities are. My first  laugh was at the underwear being flung at Colin

Ryan and Colin  once again try the ‘lean in and kiss’ gag from 4×18.

Not great at all. Barely anything funny in this one.

Drew: “The show where every week, Colin Mochrie tries to explain to his kid what daddy does for a living.”
Pretty much..
Drew: “I take bald jokes for a living”
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Was this after Infomercial?

Action Replay: Wayne is furious with Chip for allowing their poisonous pet snake to escape
Ryan and Colin observe

Colin immediately notices how loud the music on the headphones is.
Drew: “Yeah, it’s scary loud”
Ryan, his headphones on: “GIVE IT AWAY, GIVE IT AWAY, GIVE IT AWAY NOW…”

I really like Wayne’s kinda meek characterization.

Wayne, in order to screw over Colin, does this a few times:
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I actually really like the move Wayne has in trying to jump out the window and inch along the side of his building as Chip tries to follow him. Very good visual improv work that we don’t get to see from Wayne often

Wayne ends the scene by jumping
Chip, solving the conflict: “…there he is!”

Ryan and Colin’s conflict involves why the apartment smells so bad, and Ryan recreates Chip’s arm holding  thing with ‘oh, here it is, someone left this kielbasa on the floor!’

Colin has some, and gets into that Wayne  position he  screwed Colin over with: “IT’S GIVING ME CRAMPS!”

I love Ryan panickingly telling Colin to get in the tub, repeatedly, to fulfill that part of the scene

THERE is where I lost it

A very good Action Replay. Lots of strong improv moves from all 4.

Greatest Hits: Songs of the Hitman

I love Colin using the Duran Duran song to try to convince us that he was born in the 80s.

Chip does a really good Simon le Bon! Wayne and Chip have really good harmony! The audience is applauding after the FIRST VERSE!

I also love Chip musically strangling Wayne
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Hell, they even alternate doing throat noises that tie into the melody, and even those work.

Hell, Chip and Wayne’s salsa dancing in the next song is also pretty great. Those two are really in sync tonight

Wayne: “With this, POOF, I KILL YOU, but it’s also quiet!”

Chip, cracking through this line: “If you want to shoot someone, but you don’t want to…draw a crowd!”

Chip: “The silencer works fine, I even got one on my nine…”

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Yeah, Chip and Wayne’s salsa number was also pretty awesome, and better than  the Duran Duran  one. Ryan and Colin’s banter so far has been kinda lacking

Ryan, after the salsa number: “I’m full, I couldn’t eat any more”
Colin, with the best restrained anger: “…oh STOP it…”
Ryan: “YOU STOPPIT with the EIGHTIES.”

Colin: “Anyway, salsa is fine, but I have many ECLECTIC tastes”
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Ryan, not letting him win: “That’s a BIG WORD for a Canadian…”
Colin, through his teeth basically: “if you want, next time I’ll say it SLOWER.”

It’s cool seeing Wayne and Chip do Enema of the State-era Blink 182. Yes, All the Small Things  was big, and there’s a reason Laura and Linda make this number sound like that, but it’s very weird to think about how mainstream/pop-like Blink was in 2000.

I do like how Wayne and Chip model their harmony after the actual band’s, and Chip doing more of a Tom voice while Wayne’s doing more Mark [yes, I have listened to Blink-182, why do you ask?]

Ryan…gets done finishing blinking  182 times

Ryan: “If you were to sit in a chair and put a goat to sleep, what would you call that?”
And they hold this:
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For SEVERAL SECONDS. I take back what I said about the banter, it does seem to have improved after the halfway mark.

Ryan’s reveal that it’s ‘rock-a-billy’ gets GROANS from the audience.
Ryan, sighing: “…or maybe it is Grilled Cheese…”

I love Laura and Linda adding a bar-long break so Chip can let out a little exhale-waddle-thing  that really fits

Wayne’s sole mental lapse of the game comes at the end of his verse, where he doesn’t know where else to take it and Chip just sort of covers him

A very strong GH. Wayne and Chip were electric and compatible throughout, and Colin and Ryan’s banter improved as we went on.

90-Second Alphabet: Drew and Colin are both sisters getting ready for the prom when Ryan shows up as a star quarterback, when they both realize that they’ve both been asked out by him
Starting with J

Haven’t seen this one in a while..

Drew: “Mary, I TOLD you it was Jim.”
Colin, again with perfect delivery: “…Nancy…shut up!”

Drew: “I was just getting ready for my date”
Ryan: “Quiet, I’d prefer if you didn’t talk…”

Colin, trying: “…Understanding…problem…do you…have?”

Colin, after being called ugly: “X IS ROMAN FOR 10, I’M SMART!”

Drew: “And when did you get so smart, Miss Thang”
Colin: “….Boston, I went to school there.”

Ryan: “Four Xs equals what?”
Colin: “…good god, I dunno”

Ryan, knowing the end is near: “I’m leaving.”
Drew, forgetting what gave he’s playing: ‘…I don’t under..JIM!”
BUZZ. Ryan breaks.

A pretty good 90-second, even with the clumsy  ending.

Overall: I’m torn. F&TS, Greatest Hits and Action Replay are all great. Title Sequence is so bad it drags down the rest of the show. And 90-Second is kind of there. Even though there are awesome games here, the show as a whole is just flawed in terms of editing and consistency, so I can’t give it the high marks I want to.  It also felt like  one of the shows where the improv was more impressive than funny in a lot of places, which is still good, just…it has to work both ways.

Show Winners: Wayne and Chip
Best Performer: Wayne Brady. Impressed me multiple times tonight.
Worst Performer: Chip, sadly, but it was very close between him and Ryan. Ryan was just in more games.
Best Game: Film, TV & Theater Styles just impressed the  heck out of me.
Worst Game: Title Sequence had NOTHING.

COMING UP NEXT: Our last season two episode of the Drew run. We go back so far that we found Denny Siegel.