This is the last episode from the Kathy Griffin taping, which means this is our last Kathy Griffin episode. Generally, she had a really nice showing on WL, giving a very active female performance, some great lines, and not making too many selfish decisions. She was everything the producers wanted in a female fourth seater, and she didn’t seem too much like a ‘GUEST STAR’ booking like Whoopi Goldberg. I still wish they would have contacted her for future tapings, but…there were no future tapings.
We have this last episode of Kathy stuff here, and from what I recall there’s still some decent material hiding in here
Drew: “That’s right, if the points were a military power, they would be Canada”
This was done in pickups. Right after this, they did Weird Newscasters, and Colin’s top story was “Canada declares war on Drew Carey.” So it would have been better if they’d actually used WN as an opener so they could have this joke lead into that game
Press Conference: Kathy, Wayne and Ryan interview Colin, the first man to make love on the moon
Colin: “I feel like I’m on top of the world.”
WITH CONTEXT, that really fits
Colin: “I didn’t train for as long as people might think. 10 minutes tops.”
This game is playing directly into Colin’s hand…AS IS THAT LINE
Ryan: “How many times?”
Colin: “Well, 15”
Wayne, inevitably: “Did you have any problem with reentry?”
Colin: “Absolutely not. I read all the manuals, I…worked with all the equipment…”
Ryan, also inevitably: “Kind of a personal question. How was the tang?”
Colin: “Those flavor crystals are amazing. Boy, they just set the tongue a-fizzin.”
Wayne: [breaks at that]
Wayne, who’s doing great in this: “did the Russians watch?”
Colin: “They tried to dock.”
HAAAAAEEEEHHH #1. YOU THOUGHT I FORGOT ABOUT HER, DIDN’T YOU?
Colin gets it spot-on.
Not a bad Press Conference, though this topic had been done before on the UK version.
Sound Effects: Chief of Police Colin [Police Chief Colin??] and an angry leader of the village mob, Ryan, are in a forest one stormy night making their way towards Frankenstein’s castle to hunt down the monster
Valerie’s first SFX is an abrupt laugh followed by a car engine noise.
Ryan: “That’s me, I’m hungry.”
Ryan tries lighting his torch, but Valerie instead emits a squeak noise
Ryan: “My mice are out of flint!”
Ann does a ‘shhhhh’ noise for Colin’s lighter
Colin: “oh, it’s also a water pistol”
As they move through the forest, Valerie throws in a loud, sharp ‘GAK’ noise
Colin: “I JUST STEPPED ON A SHEEP!”
Colin: “I’ll put on my sneaky shoes.”
Ann: “GEEK. GEEK.”
Colin: “I’m sorry, those are my GEEKY shoes.”
Ryan: “Listen to that mob”
Valerie: [high pitched cacophony]
Ryan: “…IT’S ALL WOMEN!”
The SFX are good, AND Ryan and Colin are great at screwing with them. It’s a nice balance
Ryan’s confused as Colin pulls out a gun
Colin, covering: “I just invented it. LISTEN.” [fires]
Ryan: “That’s kind of a cute little gun…”
There’s some great timing from ALL FOUR with the ‘rustling leaves’ sequence, just every time Colin or Ryan moves, Ann throwing in rustling noises and Ryan and Colin have to shush each other. Damn near cartoonish
Colin: “We’ll be quieter on the gravel”
Colin: “no, it’s just like the leaves…”
Ryan: “We’ve gotta get up there someway, the bridge is up”
Valerie: [LOUD SQUEAK]
Ryan: “Look, there’s cats all across the moat!”
They get to the the castle, after several cat noises, and one pained cat noise
Colin: “well, we hurt that last one”
Colin, on getting up the wall: “I’ve got nothin with me”
Ryan: “SUCTION CUPS. I invented THOSE.”
Colin: “there’s the monster down there”
Colin: “he’s pretty quiet”
Ryan: “he’s READING”
[this line gets Colin for a second]
Colin: “Must be a good book, he’s not looking up at all!”
Valerie: [loud Frankenstein noise]
Ryan, breaking: “quick……..make him ha..ppy..?”
Colin: [dances around]
REALLY GOOD SOUND EFFECTS. This actually worked as a cohesive story without the SFX ladies failing too much, and they actually aided in the humor a lot. Generally good one, and it’s a shame you don’t hear about this one too often
Valerie and Ann admit they work at Warner Brothers. Originally, the producers thought this created enough of a conflict of interest to block the game from airing, but apparently it didn’t.
Irish Drinking Song: Graduation v2
This was an earlier IDS than the ‘blood in my stool’ one, but everyone was still very cranky. Colin had preceded this one by saying to Wayne “at least my last line isn’t gonna be ‘cocksucker'”. So this will make sense
Kathy: “my tassle was on the left side”
Colin: “my…pants were on the right!”
Ryan: “Now I work at a fast food place”
Wayne: “Now I work at a bank!”
KATHY’S VERSE IS SKIPPED? WHY? WHY SKIP AN IDS VERSE? DID SHE DO A SLUR??
Ryan: “I wish those days we-were never gone..”
[almost did a ‘with my lar…girl Elaine’ there
Wayne: “…..I UNDERSTAND.”
Ryan: “Things didn’t turn out as I planned”
Wayne, SWERVING COLIN’S HAND: “I became a rock-tucker.”
Kathy, also setting up Colin: “In fact I changed, BECAME A MAN”
YES. Perfect shutdown to Wayne.
Weirdly edited, not the best, but good ending for Colin
Par-taay Quirks: Kathy hosts
Wayne – Kathy’s chatty manicurist possessed by an evil Scottish demon
Colin – Wannabe stud practicing pickup lines in the mirror who screws up when faced with real women
Ryan – Apartment maintenance man who’s come to fix things but behaves as though he’s an action movie hero
Wayne’s is a full-on character performance that he nails, complete with his usually-great Scottish accent
[deep voice] “if I told you your body was beautiful, would you hold it against me?”
Colin: “………NICE BOOBS.”
Ryan: “If I don’t make it back…make sure you get out alive.”
He then plunges the toilet. Yeah, all of these are great
I love Wayne throwing some Michael Jackson moves into his possession as well
Kathy guessing Wayne as “the gay manicurist from Braveheart’ is pretty funny
Colin, in the mirror again: “What’s your sign? Dangerous curves ahead?”
To Kathy, louder even: “NICE BOOBS.”
I’ve watched this one so many times and have never laughed as hard at ‘NICE BOOBS’ as I am now.
Kathy gets ’em all with a little help from Drew.
Pretty good PQ. Wish there was a little more interaction, and wish Kathy was slightly better as host, but still very funny
Helping Hands: Ryan, hands by Colin, is a wedding planner and entertainer who’s running through the last-minute details on the day of Kathy’s wedding
Ryan takes a while to get his costume buttoned up
Drew, explaining the game: ‘the trick is Ryan cannot use his hands”
Colin: “…no kidding.”
Ryan: “You know how many weddings I’ve done? THIS MANY.”
Colin: [sticks out hand]
It’s very impressive seeing Colin catching the bouquet he’s throwing up in the air with a sizable blind spot
Kathy, dropping the bouquet: “I hope that’s not bad luck or anything, I don’t WANNA die alone…”
Ryan ends up feeding Kathy some cake out of Colin’s hand
Ryan, as Colin picks up the champagne bottle: “Of course, I’ll point that AWAY FROM MY FACE.”
Ryan is surprised at the…fact that the champagne is actual champagne and not, like, water
Colin responds by taking a swig of it from behind Ryan
Ryan, on the sandwiches: “they’re just cucumber and some sort of WHITE…THING.”
Kathy, after Ryan spits out a sandwich: “I feel like you’re not being very professional”
Ryan: “I’ll just wash my hands in the bowl”
Kathy: “THAT’S THE PUNCH!”
For a tearful ending, Ryan realizes he has to get down on one knee, so he starts…clumsily coming down with Colin, which is amusing as hell
Ryan, to Colin, as they go down: “GETTHEBOTTLE”
Then there’s a struggle for Colin to actually get the bottle in Ryan’s mouth
Then, Ryan realizes the ring is stuck, and Kathy starts trying to yank it off Colin’s finger.
Then Colin gets his finger stuck in the champagne bottle, which is also silly as hell.
Once he removes it, shaking it all the while, some spurts out at Ryan
A very fun HH scene. Kathy was a game scene partner, Colin and Ryan tried a lot of fun things without resorting to ‘feed Ryan’ abuse, and it was just a very funny one. Better than E27’s.
Themed Restaurant: Kathy and Drew are on a date at the Wizard of Oz themed restaurant, waited on by Wayne and Ryan
I find it very funny that Drew says Colin has a ‘come from behind’ victory, after a game where Colin drank champagne from behind Ryan
Wayne starts out with his munchkin impression, because of course he does
Wayne: “WEEEEEEE…have many specials for you…”
Ryan: “PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE MAN BEHIND THE MENU.”
Lots of baseline jokes for this one. Not much I hadn’t seen before.
Overall: A very mixed bag, but there was still some greatness here, in Sound Effects and Helping Hands, and also in parts of Party Quirks and Press Conference. There was definitely still some signs of a solid taping, and great moments from pretty much everybody. The show’s editing problems, trying to fit so much into 22 minutes, took away from Themed Restaurant and ESPECIALLY Irish Drinking song. So while it’s not a complete success, this was still an enjoyable episode that, at worst, was merely passable, but at best was among the best of this season.
Show Winner: Colin
Best Performer: Colin DOMINATED the first half of the show, and Party Quirks.
Worst Performer: Unfortunately, for the first time this taping, I have to give it to Kathy. The other 3 had more game-saving moments, and she didn’t, sad to say, though she came closest in Helping Hands
Best Game: I’m between Helping Hands and Sound Effects….and I’m going with Sound Effects, just because it seemed packed with more than HH.
Worst Game: Themed Restaurant was a dud.
HAAAAAEEEEHHH FINAL COUNT: 9. A CAREER HIGH.
COMING UP NEXT: I know we just had an episode from the Springer taping with Greg, but…here’s another one. With one more Jerry Springer game, a few S5 odds and ends, and…Colin setting himself up for failure in Greatest Hits