After sixteen episodes over 2006, ABC Family stopped producing new episodes of Whose Line. After 8×16, it was presumed to be the end of the road for the beloved show.
And then suddenly it wasn’t.
From overseas, reports came of five ‘lost’ episodes going into circulation, airing in markets like Australia and such, that counted as Season 8 material. Some of it was, like most of S8, Season 1 stuff, but there were a few exceptions. And as clips from these episodes hit Youtube [thanks again, Spence], one of those exceptions, which was incidentally the first to hit ABC Family, was a Season 3 taping.
In December 2007, a year after the last S8 episode aired, these episodes started airing on ABC Family. I was already a fan by this point, and I watched these episodes as the clips came on youtube. Even from the first one, I knew that we were privileged to be getting these at all.
And that’s where we are. A Kathy Greenwood taping from Season 3, notably giving us 3×38 with Ryan’s fateful neon light accident, and some other lesser shows. And now we’re seeing its last gasp, as well as the last aired episode from Kathy Greenwood on Whose Line. I’ve spoken at length about her legacy, about how neither the fans nor the editors seem to give her any modicum of respect. I hope after reading all these you feel a little better about Kathy’s place in Whose Line history.
For the record, the desk is lit when Drew comes down.
Let’s Make a Date: Kathy must choose from Wayne, Rocky training for a fight, Colin, Shapeshifting Terminator who becomes an evil version of whoever he touches, and Ryan, Turning into a protective mother penguin catching food for her young
Wayne’s Stallone isn’t bad. It’s not GREAT, but he gets some parts right
Colin absorbs Wayne, leading to his marginally-better Stallone, and goofier motions
Ryan waddles over to Drew and starts drinking from his mug. I dunno, the second he goes over to that desk, I get worried, both for the safety of Ryan AND the desk..
We don’t get an official 2nd round, we just cut to Colin absorbing Ryan and murdering Wayne
I love the bit where Ryan and Colin start nuzzling each other and feeing each other. Very silly.
An okay LMAD.
Drew: “I’d like another soda please…since Ryan stuck his NOSE in mine…”
Whose Line: Peter Pan, Ryan, has flown into Wendy’s, Colin, bedroom for the first time to ask her for her help in NeverNeverLand
Drew: “Ryan is Peter Pan, and Colin is…”
Colin, knowing this show: “…WENDY?”
Drew: “Colin knows just what we think of him ’round here…”
Colin’s initial british accent [‘sorry peetuh’] cracks up Wayne instantly
Ryan: “I got a message from you earlier that said ‘Dear Peter…”say hello to Little Elvis”
Colin, sighing and going with his gut: “…little Elvis visits me once a month.”
Colin: “Mother explained the facts of life to me, did you know…’here’s a trick I picked up in the Navy”
Ryan: “When they ask ‘why didn’t Wendy come with you’, I’m gonna look at them and I’m gonna say ‘You don’t sweat much for a fat girl.”
Colin: “I AM JUST RETAINING WATER, THAT IS ALL.”
Ryan: “Is it because of Little Elvis.”
Colin has a little head-shake here, remembering that he did that bit, and not being too pleased with it.
Colin has some good details that save this for me, like pointed out that the last time they flew, she forgot fairy dust ‘and I plummeted’, and then stopping Ryan from flying by remembering how they set up the room, going ‘THAT’S THE WALL’, and turning him around.
I also love Ryan, who built the ending around Colin’s 2nd line, going, smirkingly, “I HOPE IT’S GOOD.”
Colin’s final rebel yell: “SPANK ME HARD AND CALL ME REGIS.”
Not the best WL scene, but Colin helped lift it towards the end.
Props: Ryan and Kathy vs. Colin and Wayne
Some of the ones so far are ideas we’ve seen before, but presented in a fun way. Ryan and Kathy are having a really good time thinking up theirs together.
Colin, gruff voice: “THHEEE LOLLY…”
Wayne: [gives him a look]
Colin, gruff voice: “I’VE BEEN TAKING HORMONES.”
Wayne: [scurries away]
I kinda love that one
Ryan: “I’M EXTINCT?”
For the ‘banjo playing’ one, Wayne brings back his ‘ugly hillbilly’ face from 3×38’s Weird Newscasters
Wayne, with the props as a wheelchair: “I’M IRONSIDE.”
Colin: “…….I’M MARK.”
A fun Props, just from the mood they all seemed to be in.
Ryan teases Drew with the prop before finally throwing it to him. Again, goofy mood. This must have been pre-light-breakage
Greatest Hits: Songs of James Bond v2
Colin sets up an early 50s rock song
Ryan, as usual: “I wasn’t here like you, but I’ve heard about it…”
Wayne’s Chuck Berry song is pretty basic, but he has some good flair to it.
Colin has a setup for a long winded story about roadie-ing, but as Ryan checks his watch, Colin goes “ah screw it” and cuts it short
Wayne’s Aerosmith number is pretty basic too, honestly
Colin talks about dating a lot of female rockstars, “like Sheena Easton, and…oh, Boy George, but that was a misunderstanding..”
It’s actually funny that they have Tina Turner on this one, as she did a GREAT Bond theme in Goldeneye.
Wayne’s Tina Turner number is his best one, as he has the voice, energy, and some really funny Bond-villain lyrics going on [“look at the little british man cry”]
A weaker GH, but not completely without merit.
Foreign Film Dub: Drew and Kathy act out the Hebrew film Meshugganah!; Ryan and Colin dub
If only Mira were here
From Drew’s opening line, which is just a lot of phlegm, it seems he’s mistaken Hebrew and Klingon.
Ryan: “I’m a little stuffed up.”
Kathy: [confused fake hebrew]
Colin: “For a second I thought you were phlegm-ish”
Both Drew and Kathy are shrugging through their layman’s knowledge of hebrew jibberish. Kathy even goes into Polish, and cracks up when she realizes
Drew: “UHHHH…[chuckles]…OY VEY.”
They are REALLY REACHING.
Ryan: “oh, I blew out the candles without making a wish!”
Kathy goes into almost a prayer recitation, sing-song, with extra phlegm on the end
Colin: “…why do birds suddenly appear…”
This cracks up Drew and Kathy
Kathy: [does another phlegm-filled line]
Colin: “…as my Scottish mother used to say…”
HA. Oh good lord, at least they’re having fun with this
Drew, absolutely out of fake-Hebrew: “…VELL, I GUESS DAT’S IT DEN.”
Ryan, without options, does his line in fake Hebrew. THAT is a fun idea I’ve always loved.
Okay, not a GREAT round, but this was very funny, and I love that the patheticness of the fake Hebrew factored into the scene in general.
Overall: Very okay. Nothing truly bombed, but nothing truly succeeded, either. At least games like Props, Whose Line and Foreign Film Dub were amusing in how much fun the performers were having despite the quality not being up. A weak sendoff for Kathy, though she did well in the small roles she was given.
Show Winner: Wayne
Best Performer: Colin pulled away in FFD. Wayne was very close.
Worst Performer: Kathy came up short for me.
Best Game: Foreign Film Dub got the most laughs out of me.
Worst Game: Greatest Hits disappointed me the most.
Should This Have Aired in S3?: Not really, no.
COMING UP NEXT: One more Season 4 taping, if you can believe it. There a bit more from Jeff Davis’ second taping of those sessions. Thankfully, I don’t have to say goodbye to Jeff for very long after this one.