Five shows ago we had a triumphant debut, with the first offering from Chip’s 505 taping, the last one we’d yet to see from that season. Now we have one more, which is, of course…the last episode we’d see from it. There is so much unaired material from this taping, but…sure, just cap it at two.
This is the Valentine’s Day special. It aired in August. That’s how much ABC cared.
Thank you Drew for telling the truth about Cheez Whiz. As a Philadelphian, I feel this doesn’t get talked about enough
Press Conference: Chip, Ryan and Wayne interview Colin, the Queen of England announcing her affair with Ryan Stiles
Drew famously has trouble with the intro to this one. It takes him three tries to say ‘Chip, Ryan and Wayne are NEWSPAPER REPORTERS.” This gets applause
Drew, mumbling on: “attendeh a pwess confwence hewd by Colin…but Colin doesn’t know who you is- COLIN DOESN’T…”
Colin, with no choice: “WHO IS YOU?”
Ryan: “Not as much a question as just i’d like to compliment you on your wonderful taste.”
It occurs to me how funny it is that we’re getting this game 4 episodes before we get a similar Ryan-related game
Chip introduces himself as ‘Carl pretending to be a reporter’. Originally he said “Carl, from Carl dot com’, and they had to refilm it because Dan looked and there was, in fact, a Carl dot com. As of April 2020, that domain is free.
Chip, with a great delivery: “I’d like to know…why on EARTH you would ever go public with this…”
Ryan asks why “…that choice”
Colin: “It all started with muffins”
[why did no one address that?]
Ryan: “Believe me, I KNOW why…”
Wayne’s question, of if “the height difference [is] any concern to you”, didn’t get enough laughs. THAT’s great
Colin: “Well, once you take off the shoes…pretty much the same height”
Ryan: “Does that make me anything?”
Colin: “…about 40,000 a year?”
Colin gets who he is after Chip asks if Ryan “saw you on his money”
Colin: “Yes, and also on a stamp, and that’s when I got my first licking”
Colin gets it spot on, but to be fair the other 3 were great at giving him clues
Colin: “Heyy, not only do I do great character work, I’M BRIGHT!”
Words to live by.
A pretty good Press Conference, though I feel like a few steps down from what this one should have been given the self-deprecating nature
Sound Effects: Ryan is a gallant knight trying to reach Rapunzel, Colin, in the tallest tower of the witch’s castle, he must free her and escape past the witch, the sleeping dragon, and other dangers so they can be wed
As expected, Colin disapprovingly shakes his head once he finds out he’s playing the woman
Drew justifies the scene description by saying ’cause it’s Valentine’s Day’
Colin: “Yeah, nothing says Valentine’s more than a bald damsel”
He’s just full of good nuggets tonight
Ryan, after arriving with no sound: “I would have been quicker, but I thought I had a horse”
Colin demonstrates the squeaky door, which Andrea adds a high ‘EEE’ to
Ryan: “Well there’s a mouse caught in there as well..”
Neely actually does some good whistling, but Ryan still justifies: “had some crackers on the way over”
Nelly, once Ryan has the horse come in, does a full ‘CLIPPITY-CLOP, CLIPPITY-CLOP’ effect.
Colin, with a concerned delivery that cracked me up: “…maybe we should just walk.”
I love how Ryan and Colin pass the dragon with the intent of an audience member making some sound and having that be a plot point, but neither of them have that happen. So Ryan and Colin have to just move on
Ryan slays the dragon in one stab, leading to Neely doing an exaggerated ‘augh’ noise
Ryan: “Hey, I’m stickin’ with this sword…”
I love the noises Neely and Andrea make for the trolls. They seem to amuse Ryan as well
Colin, after kicking trolls: “We can’t keep this up much longer”
Ryan then cracks, knowing what’s gonna happen before he even says the line: “I WISH MY HORSE WOULD COME…”
THAT cracks me up. Not only is it an ace callback, but it also just goes back to how funny Neely and Andrea have been, and how even the thought of them doing the horse cracks up Ryan
Of course, both Neely and Andrea do the ‘clippity-clop’ noise
Ryan: “TWO OF ‘EM!”
Colin: “Oh, they’re…bringing some beer”
He shakes his head, knowing that line when absolutely nowhere
And then once they start riding the horses, Neely pipes in the calvary theme. As if this is suddenly a sequel to 4×25’s SFX [EEEEE HAAAA, EEEE HAAAA]
A very silly SFX. Honestly, it took a bit too long to really get going, but the last minute of this was extremely funny.
Duet: Chip and Wayne sing an R&B song to the Loyola Marymount Cheerleaders
EIGHT CHEERLEADERS. EIGHT OF THEM. ALL ONSTAGE.
Of course, right after they come on, Wayne gives Drew a hug and a handshake. Perfect
There’s not a ton to the lyrics, but this is a fun enough song. Even though when I think R&B, I don’t always think of songs this fast-paced.
Honestly, a very empty Song Styles. Not much to this one at all, which is kinda disappointing. No real jokes, nothing I haven’t seen before with ‘look at the hot girl’ SS playings.
Living Scenery: Ryan and Colin are two cowboys who tend to their cattle and set up camp for the night. Jennifer, Pamela and Lyann from LMU are all the props
Colin: [jumps with glee]
Here, Ryan AND Colin try removing their wedding rings. Usually it’s just Ryan
Right before the scene actually starts, Ryan lets out a sigh, as if he can’t believe he actually gets to do this game with cheerleaders
Colin starts the scene by feeding the three cheerleaders, as horses
Ryan: “I can’t believe you have 3 horses and ya made me WALK.”
The visual of Ryan and Colin rubbing the three of them together to make a fire is very silly. Wayne has to stand up in the background
The scene goes towards Ryan and Colin needing bed rolls, and the three of them form two bed structures.
Colin, pointing to the two of them: “…I’ll take the twin.”
Ryan has no problem with his, Colin…struggles getting underneath both of them, so he moves on:
Colin: “I SEE SOMETHING!”
Ryan, very close to his mic: “…SHUT UP, I’M ASLEEP.”
Genius. Just a very fun improv move, just refusing to move on with the scene because he loves where he is now.
Colin: “I hear rustlers”
Ryan: “WELL, GO TAKE CARE OF IT! I ain’t gettin’ up…”
I love how Ryan’s cheerleader chuckles, worriedly, right before Ryan is about to pick up his “big bear rifle”. Like a cartoon character going “oh NO”
Colin: “DON’T POINT IT AT ME!!!!”
Colin puts on his chaps, and…
Man, they’re really good at this
Ryan, helping this visual, puts on his ‘jacket’:
Honestly, a really good Living Scenery, made great by the enthusiasm the cheerleaders had, and how close they were to just actual audience members. Hell, one of their sisters got to be a subject of a 3HBS in this taping. They’re basically members of the public, and it came off like that, though they were very game, and knew exactly where to go. Colin and Ryan were also great at moving the scene along in between stopping to enjoy everything.
Colin, as the cheerleaders leave, jokingly chases after them. Once he’s about to get back to his seat, he turns around, looks at Drew, and goes “THIS is a great country!”
Colin: “I know you’ll find this hard to believe, but that’s the closest I ever got to cheerleaders”
Colin does a reprise of his ‘your wife’ ‘who?’ joke from 5×25, but Wayne adds in that this is going out on Valentine’s Day
Colin awkwardly waves: “Happy Valentine’s Day”
Irish Drinking Song: Passed Wind
No Drew game, but…I don’t think I’d trade a Drew game for this IDS. No sir. Duet, maybe, but not this.
Drew asks for “something embarrassing that happened to you on a date”
One lady: “FARTED!”
Drew turns wordlessly to the four of them.
Chip, semi-mockingly: “FARRRTED!”
Drew: “Let’s see if we can get away with that one”
Ryan and Chip both turn to Keith, who I imagine just shrugs
Wayne: “It started to rumble”
Chip: “It felt kind of neat”
Colin: “Boy it was so horrible”
Ryan: “I dropped right off my feet!”
Chip: “She said ‘what is the matter?
Colin: “Are you feeling fine?”
Ryan: “I had to lie to her that day”
Wayne: “I had things out my behind”
PFFFF. Wayne has been doing a lot of cool odd jobs all night
Colin: “She took me took the doctor”
Ryan: “She took me to the cops”
PFFFF. That detail makes me laugh. Your boyfriend farts so you try to have him arrested?”
Wayne, for escalation’s sake: “She took me to the judges”
Chip: “CAUSE THE GAS, IT WOULDN’T STOP”
Colin: “It just kept emitting”
Ryan: “The paper’s said it was so”
Wayne, who’s SO GREAT in this one: “It became a nationwide epidemic!”
That’s funny. Guy farted on a date, nationwide epidemic. And it’s arguably funnier that Chip puts it into perspective with his ender: “The wind began to blow!”
Ryan: “And now I’m world famous”
Wayne: “Everyone knows my name”
Chip: “They all say ‘he’s a comin'”
Colin, thankfully putting this into perspective: “My passing gas is my fame”
Ryan: “I’ll live on in history.”
Wayne: “What is a guy to do?”
Something about rhyming with ‘do’ in these tapings. Wayne sets Colin up here with it, and again in the Kathy Griffin taping, and Colin never rhymes lawfully with it.
Colin: “OOPS….I POOED.”
So…I’m gonna make a bold statement. This…might be the best Irish Drinking Song they ever did. There’s competition, and you can say the ‘Voted for Ross Perot’ one or the ‘Got Mugged’ one, but…this is a complete story, every verse has some laughs, everyone stays together til the final line, and it’s a ridiculous story that handles escalation and perspective really well. So many amazing moves over the course of this song, it’s kind of a marvel.
Overall: A holiday special that didn’t have much to do with the holiday, a guest star show where the guest stars were glorified audience members, a Chip show where Chip barely comes across in it…dare I even say that this was a little weird, and a little off? This is still a fine show, and Press Conference, Living Scenery, IDS and the last half of Sound Effects are all solid. But the fact that the producers rushed this as both a guest star show AND a holiday show, without letting either breathe, or without just deciding to release 2 separate episodes…makes this one feel very off. Not bad, but off. I mean, a show with this level of Irish Drinking Song AND this level of Living Scenery can’t be bad, but Duet, and a few editing factors, take away a lot here.
Show Winner: N/A
Best Performer: Colin had the best lines all night.
Worst Performer: Chip, as discussed, didn’t have much to do, which is a shame.
Best Game: IRISH DRINKING SONG. Perfect from beginning to end.
Worst Game: Duet. Big nothing.
Guest Star Rating: 8/10. They were great in Living Scenery, even if they’re not really STARS per se.
COMING UP NEXT: A Greg show from a Season 4 taping. To be honest, this is the one that I always am confused about why it didn’t air in S4. Cause I remember it being really good, even with some amusing game choices.