We’re back to actual Season 4 tapings with this Jeff episode, same taping as 401. We do have a few S3 stowaways left in a few, but after then it’s all pretty much S4 stuff for the rest of the season. I will add that Season 7 is a pretty good continuation of the S4 tapings, and that someone should just restructure the ABC seasons based on when they were taped.
But anyway. Jeff show.
All of Drew’s contestant intros are Eagles song titles. I put them below The Beatles and ABBA, but sure, Drew
Questions Only: It’s a bawdy Saturday night in a frontier town at the height of the gold rush
Wayne, confused by a certain word in the intro: “IS IT AWFULLY *BAWDY* TO YOU?”
Jeff and Wayne’s intro scene is great, as they’re both well into the scene.
Jeff: “Have ya ever seen 10 gallon pants before?”
Wayne: “have you seen a 4-gallon butt before?”
Wayne: “Where’s the sheriff when you need him?”
Jeff: “…….OVER THERE.”
Drew mistakenly buzzes Wayne on an actual question
Wayne: “WHY’D HE RING THE BELL?”
Ryan brings back his piano-player character from whenever there’s a western-set QO: “WHEEERE HAVE ALL THE BUFFALO GONE…”
Colin: “Don’t you know any other songs?”
Ryan: “What would you like to hear?”
Colin, taking Ryan’s usual: “…do you know the way to San Jose?”
Ryan, figuring out something: “WHO LET THE DOGS OOOUT?”
YES. Not only does this place this taping in early 2001, but it’s a very silly move from Ryan
Ryan: “Haven’t ya heard Black Bart’s out to get ya?”
Ryan, not expecting that: “…uhh, I dunno…”
Jeff, to Wayne: “…so why DO they call you Black Bart?”
Wayne: “have you seen my home videos?”
Wayne and Colin end up confusing each other about whether Wayne’s really Colin’s father, and Colin asking “shouldn’t you know, cause you’re the donor whose sperm…”
A very good, very substantial QO playing, with great work from all 4.
Oh yeah, this is the $100 bill taping. So when Drew awards 1000 points, Ryan, wanting money, goes “…points don’t really mean anything…”
Infomercial: excessive arm hair
Colin, with an amazing opening line: “ARE YOU TIRED OF PEOPLE GIVING YOU BANANAS, MISTAKING YOU FOR A CHIMP?”
Ryan promises that this will get rid of hair “IN 30 DAYS, OR YOUR MONEY…well, it stays with us, but we’ll…”
Colin: “WE’LL SEND AN APOLOGY. A nice note…”
Ryan first uses a clip apparatus on Colin’s actual armhair, and doesn’t hurt Colin until he begins to yank it back a little. Then, Ryan rips it away and Colin visibly winces.
Colin: “we wanna come up with a PAINLESS WAY, DON’T WE?”
He then pinches Ryan’s arm in retribution
Colin pulls out a ‘Betty wig’
Colin: “As you know, Betty is the god of armhair…”
Colin tries the wig on, and:
Yeah, that’s a great visual
Ryan, to Colin in the wig: “FIVE MINUTES, MISS RENO.”
Ryan gets another object to attack Colin’s armhair with
Colin: “Can I tell you right now how sorry I am I wore short sleeves?”
The ‘plucker’ device that Colin pulls out made me happy as a kid, as I had that exact grabber toy as a kid. So I could say I owned something that was used on Whose Line
Colin pulls a dove out from under the desk as a magic trick. Ryan responds with, apparently, a Tippi Hedren impression. Such a goofy reference
Colin, explaining the ‘suction’ device, and handing the top half to Ryan: “get someone who…can really suck…”
Ryan, after a bit of that, coughs up a hairball
A very fun Infomercial, one where it seemed like Ryan and Colin were right there with each other, and even if Ryan got to screw with Colin more than the inverse, Colin had enough fun things to do
Two Line Vocabulary: Colin’s a jungle expedition leader desperately trying to get his colleagues to set up camp before darkness
Ryan’s lines: “should I use my gun?” and “what was that?”
Jeff’s lines: “I resent that” and “Oh my god, that’s enormous”
Ryan, patting Colin on the back: “YOU GET TO PLAY A GUY!”
I’m guessing this taped after Sound Effects
Ryan: “Should I use my gun?”
Colin: “No, he’s just tired. Don’t shoot him, we’ve lost 5 guys already!”
Jeff, going over to Ryan’s gun: “OH MY GOD, THAT’S ENORMOUS.”
Ryan, confused: “…should I shoot my gun?”
I love the whole round of Colin trying to convince Ryan and Jeff to shoot at an airplane.
I love how after Colin mentions this idol weighs 15 tons, Ryan does a lifting motion and asks “should I use my gun?” That’s a nice, inspired way of putting that
Colin: “…how would that help?”
Jeff, noticing Colin’s arms:”Oh my god…that’s enormous…”
The scene really gets good when a poisonous snake arrives, and Colin has to convince Ryan to shoot at it. There’s so much good back and forth there.
Colin: “SHOOT IT. SHOOT. SHOOT IT.”
Ryan: “SHOULD I USE MY-”
Colin: “AGH. Okay, you took too long.”
I didn’t write everything down, because the best moments here were done really quickly, but that was a really good Two-Line. Jeff’s great at this game, as he’d later be great at Mixed Messages. And Colin’s great at bouncing off these guys.
Greatest Hits: Songs of the Motorcycle
This is the cleaner of the two playings of this.
The intro to this game CLEARLY happened in the wake of the other playing’s incident, as Ryan and Colin are still cracking a bit as Colin, with nothing, interrupts “Humpty Dumpty…the early years…”
Ryan: “This CD is loaded with songs about motorcycles.”
Ryan: “…apparently Colin’s never ridden one.”
As Ryan intros Liberace, Colin, as an aside, goes “you knew him better than I did…” Which is a very sneaky joke, but it works
Ryan has the perfect segue: “But I think a style I like even more is done by his sister Mary. AND MARIACHI MUSIC…”
Colin just sinks in defeat. THAT is a great pun
Ryan: “A LONG WAY TO GO FOR THAT ONE, HUH?”
Wayne and Jeff’s harmonies, and Jeff’s fluency in Spanish, makes the mariachi one an amusing one.
Ryan: “You’ll notice she was backed up by her brother George in that song.”
Colin: “…George Achi?”
Ryan, sotto: “doesn’t really work, does it?”
Colin: “no, it doesn’t work at all…”
Wayne, in his excellent Bob Dylan: “Tell me what happens, sing this song
What happens when you ride a motorcycle in a thong..”
Jeff, similar Dylan: “I fell down on the highway
now I got a bunch of gravel stuck in my ass..”
That protest number is my new favorite of theirs, just cause it’s a fun style to do, and they both nailed it. It’s very close to ‘Knock Knock, Hello, Slam’ for me.
Ryan: “When I’m feeling romantic to- WITH the wife, OR TO THE WIFE…SOMETIMES SHE’S SLEEPING…”
Both of them are so on edge from the ‘animal porn’ incident that they’re just doing so much funny stuff.
Ryan: “I’ll pour some champagne, I’ll light some candles…and I’ll put on some thrash…”
And Ryan, who named all the songs in this one, does another ‘simply titled’ one: “HHNNNGG-NG-NG-NG-NGGGNNN”
Wayne’s deep-voiced calm metal vocals is always really good in these
Wayne and Jeff are pretty damn in sync when they sing ‘vroom’ repeatedly in each other’s faces
A very strong GH. The banter was funny, and Wayne and Jeff are an awesome singing duo. No complaints at all here
World’s Worst: Neighbor
Drew: “goes up”
Colin, summing up the whole taping: “…here’s 100 bucks, do a Hoedown.”
Ryan: “I got a new stereo. Hope ya like Michael Bolton.”
Jeff, as Steve Irwin: “AND THIS ANIMAL IS MY NEIGHBOR’S DOG, ISN’T HE BEAUTIFUL?”
Ryan, with one of my favorite ever World’s Worst suggestions: “I’m naked, and I’m going to point out all the knots in your fence:”
Drew: “…Oh, me? I’m a jackhammer tester.”
Drew: “…that’d be a bad guy to live next door to, huh?”
Drew: “a JACKHAMMER TESTER.”
Drew: “Cause when he plays his jackha-HE’S USING HIS JACKHAMMER ALL GODDAMNED DAY.”
BUZZ BUZZ BUZZ
A pretty fun World’s Worst, though a little light in points.
Overall: After several consecutive ‘okay’ shows, we finally get another great one courtesy of that awesome 401 taping. Every game tonight was solid and above, and every game stressed how compatible these four were, and how well Jeff fit into the group despite his youth. Questions Only, Greatest Hits and Two-Line were all great uses of Jeff as an integrating force. This was also a good show because Greatest Hits, Infomercial and Two-Line were all insanely strong, and it didn’t even feel too much in the shadow of 4×01, or even the Animal Porn show that’s coming next season. It just felt like a solid, likable show, which is all we could have asked for.
Show Winner: Wayne
Best Performer: Colin Mochrie, barely beating Ryan just for his bizarreness keeping hold over Ryan’s lack of composure. [I point to “get someone who…can really suck…”]
Worst Performer: Wayne, though it was tough, was shut out of a lot of the show.
Best Game: Greatest Hits had everyone on the same page AND killing it.
Worst Game: World’s Worst is weak compared to the rest of them.
COMING UP NEXT: Hey, you know what we haven’t had in a while? A Season 4-era Brad show. Here’s the first appearance of a taping that will lead to a HUGE show later in S4.