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 Posted:   Sep 16, 2023 - 1:34 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

SEASON 1:

I used to watch this show back when it was new. I never have seen every single episode. Given how much I enjoy David Spadem I decided to go back and check it out to see if it holds up.

The show began in 1997.

The scoring (made up mostly of transition cues) was provided by Korban Kraus, John Adair, and Steve Hampton, who also provided the opening theme music and did the needless song for the closing credits (sung by Lauren Wood).


NO LOAD FOUND.

Unaired Pilot

In the original pilot, there was no Dennis Finch character, instead a flamboyant guy named Connor. The pilot was reshot and Dennis Finch was created. With no load of the failed pilot, I cannot make comparisons.



"Back Issues"
https://ok.ru/video/3075657108154

Good opening episode that sets up who the characters are well.

Rating: *** *** *

Dennis Finch: "Eewww, looks like one strayed from the heard..."

Dennis: Looking threw a fresh female model's portfolio, "WHOA, nude shot. Bad idea. You get famous and this will come back to haunt you."
Blonde Female Model: "Really?"
Dennis: "Oh yeah. You don't want this getting into the wrong hands..." pockets the photo.



"The Devil and Maya Gallo"
https://ok.ru/video/3075657042618

Fairly standard episode that never really realizes its full potential.

Something I noticed: Dennis walks into Maya's new office and sees Jack, "What are you doing on Persky's office?". So ... what was Dennis doing in Persky's office? And later Dennis knows where Percy is and that he's been wandering around. Knows a lot of about Persky's going's on's. And, surprisingly, Persky isn't a one-off joke character -- he'll be back for five more episodes over three years.

If they ever decide to continue the series and see this thread, things we know about Jack's company: he apparently owns the whole office building, as the 18th floor is storage (and that floor is "down" from what ever floor the main Blush area is). And they have a company yacht. Also a ski chalet.
Jack plays the banjo. Since the actor who played him is now dead, maybe the banjo can be something in Maya's office in a continuation of the show.

Rating: *** ***

Jack Gallow: "Oh, damn -- the baby threw up breakfast."
Nina Van Horn: "Well, that makes two of us."



"Secretary's Day"
https://ok.ru/video/3075656780474

Another rather standard episode. And the whole snakes subplot goes nowhere; appears to have been pointless filler.

Rating: *** ***

 
 Posted:   Sep 23, 2023 - 9:37 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Finishing SEASON 1:




"Nina's Birthday"
https://ok.ru/video/3075656911546

An extra star for the little rivalry between Dennis and Eliot.

Rating: *** *** *

Maya Gallow: "OH, you are SO full of ... wisdom."

Dennis: To Elliot, "What is it -- your uncanny resemblance to an aging Charlie Brown?"



"In Your Dreams"
https://ok.ru/video/3075656846010

Surprisingly, only five episodes in and they are already trying to expand upon Dennis' character. And he's been with Jack for eight years. Still a fairly standard episode, though.

And as sexy as Laura San Giacomo was at that time (often way better looking than a lot of the "models" on the show; she was in her mid 30's back then), I don't think I could have made it through the entire short first season without David Spade.

Jay Leno does a little guest starring, as himself hosting his show.

Rating: *** ***

Nina van Horn: "Large breasts seem to be back in this season."
Elliot: "Yeah, well, I'll never understand why they went out."

Maya: "What's wrong?"
Dennis: "I got a bad case of screwthisplace-itus."

Elliot: Looking at Nina's new large fake breasts tester, "You got a building permit for those?"

Nina: "I just wish I had pie for lunch, 'cause I think I'm going to barf."



"Lemon Wacky Hello"
https://ok.ru/video/3075656977082

Funny episode that probably would have fallen apart without David Spade in it.

Rating: *** *** *

Jack: "I've had marriages shorter than that story."

Jack: "What the hell is a Smurf?"
Dennis: "That little blue man on your wife's lunchbox."

Dennis: "Sooo, a sex dream. How was I?"
Maya: "Absent."





Yes, the season finale. Only six episodes for the first season.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 24, 2023 - 10:57 AM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

I used to love this series & I remembered that I bought the complete DVD set a few years ago in a sale (still in its shrink wrap). Anyway, I thought I'd miss out season one & go straight to two & I watched a few episodes, & they were sort of okay, so I went to season three, & every episode on disc one was great (& I remembered them all). So I'm going to carry on & go through the whole series, & just to shake things up, I'm also going through How I Met Your Mother from the very first episode (I bought the DVD box set for only £4 in a charity shop). All excellent watching...& I'm thinking of a re-watch of Son Of The Beach next smile

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 24, 2023 - 11:42 AM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

Hey Justin I saw the title of your post and have a question:
Would you like to shoot me now or wait until you get home?

 
 Posted:   Sep 24, 2023 - 2:34 PM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

I was another casual viewer. Never made an appointment to watch the series but if I saw it on I'd watch it.
Enjoyed it enough at the time. From the quotes above its a show that would never be made today!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 25, 2023 - 12:43 AM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

I was another casual viewer. Never made an appointment to watch the series but if I saw it on I'd watch it.
Enjoyed it enough at the time. From the quotes above its a show that would never be made today!


Yes, there's a LOT of those (more's the pity). I'm also watching How I Met Your Mother, & that would be quite different if made now...& don't even mention Married With Children (made in the days when the world had a sense of humour).

 
 Posted:   Sep 25, 2023 - 5:24 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

I was another casual viewer. Never made an appointment to watch the series but if I saw it on I'd watch it.
Enjoyed it enough at the time. From the quotes above its a show that would never be made today!


Yes, there's a LOT of those (more's the pity). I'm also watching How I Met Your Mother, & that would be quite different if made now...& don't even mention Married With Children (made in the days when the world had a sense of humour).


Funny, FOX network was all about "Shock and Awe". Its what put them on the map and made them stand out from the other three networks.

I don't know why but I like the comedy series "Mom". Found the show on someones TV at work. Damn I had no idea how long that shows been on the air! Anyway if I see it on I'll stop and watch it. But again, I don't make an appointment to watch it.

 
 Posted:   Sep 25, 2023 - 11:25 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Hey Justin I saw the title of your post and have a question:
Would you like to shoot me now or wait until you get home?


Will you take an I.O.U.?

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 25, 2023 - 12:09 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

heh heh

 
 Posted:   Sep 30, 2023 - 11:43 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

SEASON 2:

The broken animated pencil from the opening theme has been removed, though the electric guitar bit was kept for the first episode, changing on the second episode to a two-note work more in line with the music.


"The Experiment"
https://ok.ru/video/3075799845562

Things are more witty and paced better now. And the whole subplot with Dennis and all, worked well.

Rating: *** *** **

Dennis: Talking about Maya's father, "This guy couldn't dial Information if you spotted him the four."

Dennis: "Hey, I just remembered something: You're boring, and my legs work."

Maya: "I don't care -- I'm keeping him!"



"The Assistant"
https://ok.ru/video/3075800631994

I thought this was a good episode. It had all the characters doing what they do best and the plot with Maya dealing with her idiot assistant was a highlight.

Note: Dennis says Maya's dad has a hundred thousand dollars put away to freeze his head. If the show ever got a continuation and she went to see her dead dad, it would be a funny touch if it wasn't at a burial plot, but cryogenic storage building where his head is.

Rating: *** *** **

Dennis: "Five bucks says the lesbian decks her."

Dennis: "Hey, can I have a cookie?"
Maya's Idiot Assistant: "Trade ya for a smile."
Dennis: "Hahaaaaa..." takes a cookie, "OH, bill me."



"Old Boyfriends"
https://ok.ru/video/3075801156282


Rating: *** *** *.5

Elliot: "Nina, you of all people should know that pants don't just open by themselves."

Jack: "I have very little in common with 90 year-old women, other than a fondness for vanilla wafers."

Maya: "And what about you? Dating a twenty-year old new model every week -- how do you explain that?"
Elliot: "In a loud booming voice to every guy I meet."



"La Cage"
https://ok.ru/video/3075800042170

I enjoyed the whole Dennis gets his turn, but she's a whack job plot, but in the end it wasn't enough to edge my rating up to seven stars.


Rating: *** ***.5

Dennis: "If you're waiting for a hug, you might want to pack a lunch."

 
 Posted:   Oct 7, 2023 - 1:13 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Continuing SEASON 2:




"King Lear Jet" (5)
https://ok.ru/video/3075800369850

One extra star for simply trying to be clever with the plot in an atypical way.

Carmen Electra guest stars as herself.
Man, there's a blast from the past. She use3d to be a thing back in the 1990's, but seeing her again made me wonder: What has she been up to? Well, looking over his wikipedia page, she's still doing film and television to small degrees, and still is a sex symbol. Born in 1972, she's 51 years old today and still smokin' fuckin' hot. She's got the body of a 32 year-old woman, and the face of a 37 year-old woman. Granted that's probably some plastic surgery and very expensive make up at work, but both those can only do so much at a certain point; she's just fucking hot.

Rating: *** *** *

Maya: "And hopefully that concludes Mutual of Ohama's Nipple Safari."

Nina: "I hated Shakespeare in high school."
Dennis: "Why, did he write something mean in your year book?"

Elliot: "Mr. Finch, please don't squeeze the Carmen."

Carmen Electra: "Elliot, I wouldn't trust you in a well-lit room."



"My Dinner with Woody"
https://ok.ru/video/3075800566458

I think Maya is a little older than Woody i used to...

Eight stars for the plot idea and execution. And the actress playing Maya did such a god job at making it believable.

NOTE: This episode does not have an opening theme or closing end credits song. And the score is completely atypical for the series.

Rating: *** *** **

Dennis: "'My Dinner with Woody'. What's next, My Pedicure with Paul Simon?"

Dennis: "Good morning, Blush, under-paid phone monkey speaking."

Woody Allen: "Please, just call me the great Woody."

Dennis: "Just keep it above the neck, cowboy."



"Twice Burned"
https://ok.ru/video/3075800697530

Maya's birthday is January 1st.
She can also play the violin, but not the piano.

"Time in a Bottle" is Dennis' all-time favorite song.

Spade was really cranking out the jokes this episode.

Donald Trump is named dropped, but simply as "Trump".

This episode is dedicated to the memory of Robert Caramico, who was the director of photography on the show until he died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 64. He did the photographer on films and some popular TV series such as "Dallas".

Rating: *** *** *

Jack: "I am the Can-Do king!"
Maya: "Says who?"
Jack: "This mug," holds up a mug that says Can Do King.

Dennis: "Do you guys mind if I wait in here? Some fifth graders are picking on me in the hall."

Jack: "I don't want you to lie, just have some fun with the truth."



"Sweet Charity"
https://ok.ru/video/3075800238778

Enjoyable episode that shows that for all the high and mighty talk from Maya, she's really not that different from her father and wants the notoriety and awards, too.

Donald Trump is name dropped again, twice. Once when Jack calls him to brag that he's the Humanitarian of the Year winner, and another time when he bends over to show his butt and says "This one is for Trump.".

Rating: *** *** *

Dennis: "I just gave blood."
Maya: "Where?"
Dennis: "Okay, sperm."

Elliot: "You've hung on to artsy and aloof people for so long that you forgot how to relate to Jimmy Crack Corn over there from Lunchmeat, Kansas."

Dennis: To Elliot, "You look like Sling Blade in a turtle neck."

Elliot: "I'm creepy?"
Dennis: "Like a back rub from grandma."

 
 Posted:   Oct 14, 2023 - 8:21 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Continuing SEASON 2:




"Jesus, It's Christmas"
https://ok.ru/video/3075800959674

Funny enough episode.

Sadly, it was between this episode and the next that Chris Farley died. Spade doesn't really show it in the episodes.

Rating: *** *** *



"Elliott the Geek" (10)
https://ok.ru/video/3075800107706


Rating: *** *** *

Maya: "Finch, you want to get smacked?"
Dennis: "Kind of. I'm not proud of it."

Dennis: "You couldn't score in a monkey whore house with a bag of bananas."



"Sewer!"
https://ok.ru/video/3075800959674

Fairly standard episode.

Rating: *** ***



"In the Company of Maya"
https://ok.ru/video/3075800500922

Funny episode where Maya is accused of sexual harassment. Watching this made think: this could work as a plot on "Seinfeld"; Elaine is accused of sexual harassment, and George is dating a hemorrhoids commercial girl.

(Note to Me: Left off suites on this episode)

Rating: *** *** *



"Pass the Salt"
https://ok.ru/video/3075799714490

Dennis has two brothers, collects ceramic kittens, and can "play the harp like an Angel."

Not only did Maya's room mate from the first season disappear, but in this episode when Maya is robbed, there's not even a comment of where he is, or that if he had still been her room mate ... he just vanished without explanation. Maybe he's in Maya's freezer.

Trump Tower named dropped (when Jack suggests finding Maya a nice place there).

Trivia: There is no film called "No Son of Mine" starring Fred Dryer and Jason Priestley. And, for additional trivia, I decided to look up if either of those actors ever appeared on this TV show -- nope.

Rating: *** *** **.5

Dennis: "Dad, I'm not gay. Is this because I look like Ellen?"

 
 Posted:   Oct 21, 2023 - 9:00 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Continuing SEASON 2:




"The Walk"
https://ok.ru/video/3075800763066

Good touching end. One of those series where the cast just comes together in a believable way.

Rating: *** *** *



"Nina in the Cantina" (15)
https://ok.ru/video/3075799911098

Michael Des Barres guest stars, memorably portraying the fake super star singer. This character never returns. He's still acting. His last two credits were playing some made up character on the "MacGyver" remake series. Both episodes feature the remake villain Murdoc -- a character played by Barres in the original series.

And Dennis trying to destroy the vase is some of the character's funniest moments.

Rating: *** *** *

(Note to Me: 053/gif)

Maya: "Nina, you have something in your teeth."
Nina: "Damn, the one day that I eat."



"College or Collagen"
https://ok.ru/video/3075801221818

The whole little side plot of Jack and Dennis was a funny twist on the old cheating partner plot.

Rating: *** *** **

Jack: "Damnit -- you've got me thinking with my deck!"



"Nina's Bikini"
https://ok.ru/video/3075800435386

This episode gives me an idea for a continuation of the series (why not -- everything else is getting rebooted): I said before that Maya would be older and in charge, since Jack is long dead (his banjo would be hanging in the office; maybe Dennis makes a joke that it looks like Andy Griffith's office). In this episode Maya felt so bad about being naughty that she went to church. So, in a continuation of the series, Maya is still the good girl, but Blush is suffering. Maya can't negotiate and lets people walk over her, trying to be the good person. Dennis shows up one day, having been fired by Maya long ago after her dad died, trying to find something (maybe he hid something in Jack's office and since remembered). He finds out of the issues with Blush and tells her she has to be the bad guy, essentially, but she doesn't want to/doesn't really know how, so she apologizes to Dennis and re-hires him, and it's not part of his job to be the bad guy and help get Blush back up.

Rating: *** *** *

Maya: "Yeah, I know when ever I go to a restaurant the first thing I do is check the emergency exits."
Dennis: "Ew, I bet you do, thrill monkey."

 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2023 - 9:25 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Continuing SEASON 2:




"The Kiss"
https://ok.ru/video/3075801287354


Rating: *** *** *

Dennis: "Where are you going?"
Nina: "Home. I'm staying in tonight to read a book."
Dennis: "Oh. I don't want to ruin the ending, but, ah, Waldo's in the upper left corner."

Elliot: "Every night is a Folk night at a lesbian coffee house!"



"Bravefinch"
https://ok.ru/video/3075799976634

I really like this episode. It has so much going for it, including how all the characters come together to protect one another.
I wonder if this assistant is anything like the rejected Connor character from the unaired first pilot.

Dennis has a fear of owls.

Rating: *** *** ***

Dennis: "I'm a perfect size four. It's a blessing and a curse."

Jack: "Two assistants and I'm not sleeping with either one of them. Man, times have changed."



"Jack's Old Partner" (20)
https://ok.ru/video/3075800173242

A good episode.

Rating: *** *** **

Herb: "What gets you up out of bed every morning?"
Jack: "I'm sixty years old -- what do you think?"



"Amblushed"
https://ok.ru/video/3075800828602

Another particularly good episode.

And you get the added benefit of seeing the actress who plays Mya, cracking up and unable to stop herself from laughing while Spade is giving his Academy Award/Nina speech. Two things I've gleaned from the show: she clearly finds David hilarious, and I get the very strong impression something was going on between of the two of them in real life. Can't blame David, she was hot stuff.

Rating: *** *** **

 
 Posted:   Nov 4, 2023 - 8:50 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Finishing SEASON 2:




"The Emperor"
https://ok.ru/video/3075800894138

Dana Carvey guest stars.

And I'd love to have an uncensored version of that ending...

Rating: *** *** *.5

"It's soy. Everything is soy. These people are freaks."

Milos: "Let's have a parade for Mr. Sash."



"Rescue Me"
https://ok.ru/video/3075799780026

This episode references Maya's experience from the pilot at her old job.

We see Dennis' previous job and how he met Jack (which also gives us a chance to see Jack's previous wife).

We also see where Elliot was before Blush and how he met Jack.

Of course we also see what Nina was doing before and how she came to work at Blush.

And all of this comes home to really expand upon Jack's character. I only hope if there is ever a continuation of the show, that Maya turns out to be as unspokenly kind as her father was.

This was a good episode. One of the series' best, in my humble opinion.

Rating: *** *** ***

Nina: "So, how's business?"
Jack: "Never better. I just spent five grand on this thing called a 'fax machine'. I can't wait for someone else to get one."

Jack: "I'm cuddly and once a year I float a rumor about profit sharing."



"Eve of Destruction"
https://ok.ru/video/3075800304314

We learn that "Nina Vanhorn" is a stage name.

I was a little disappointed for the main plot -- I was kind of hoping it would turn out differently with Maya's mother. But the sub plot with the guy Jack knows ... that was fun.

Rating: *** *** **

Dennis: "What's wrong?"
Jack: "Not much, except according to my heart monitor I'm clinically dead."
Dennis: "Well, let me be the first to say you were a great great man. And dibs on your wife."



"War and Sleaze"
https://ok.ru/video/3075801090746

Amusing enough episode. I think the episodes should have been shuffled and "Rescue Me" should have closed out the season.

Rating: *** ***.5

 
 Posted:   Nov 10, 2023 - 1:02 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

SEASON 3:

The theme music has been re-done a little and the image and scribble all replaced.



"What the Teddy Bear Saw"
https://ok.ru/video/3076233300666

I really don't like this episode. It goes against what we know about the characters, and turns them into horrible people in ways that betray what we already know. I felt insulted by this episode. Plus the Dennis and nanny plot does not get resolved by the end of the episode; we're instead left to decide what happened.

Dennis owns a cat which has won blue ribbons at cat shows. We don't see the at or get its name.

Trump named dropped again (in reference a present Trump gave to Jack).

Rating: *** ***



"Steamed"
https://ok.ru/video/3076233628346

Good episode. Good twist at Maya getting back at her father.
But I bet we never hear those kids again...

Continuity Issue: the early season one episode "The Devil and Maya Gallo" indicated Jack Owned the entire building and that the 18th floor was storage.

Continuity: they remembered that Dennis plays the harp. In this episode he mentions he has a "harp recital tonight".

Trump name dropped again. This time after Maya says Jack's steam room will be stupid, Jack replies Trump's will be stupid and that his will have a statute of himself.

Rating: *** *** **

(Gif: 16:27)



"The Mask"
https://ok.ru/video/3076232055482

A Halloween episode.
Maya looks adorable in his pink fairy costume.
And we finally goes somewhere the Nina's friend Vinney -- mentioned over and over again for most of the episodes (early on I think a different friend name was used).

One of the things I like about this show is that it goes deeper with characters and emotions and doesn't glance over and give just enough to impress upon people its more that it is and to keep coming back. Jack's words to Maya about not being able to change the past and trying to do better now, is a good example.

Rating: *** *** *.5

Elliot: "When I was twenty-one I shaved my head and went as Mr. Clean. Seemed a lot funnier back then..."



"Funny Girl"
https://ok.ru/video/3076232841914

The thing about Dimitri the creepy security guard is ... we never saw him beforehand. And he was never mentioned. If there had just been some episodes earlier with him and his oranges, it would have been a nice touch.

And my goodness -- I had to go back and look and sure enough -- you DO see Maya take the soda! The writers cleverly had you looking at one hand while the other hand did the dirty work -- magician style.

Rating: *** *** **

Immigration Office Employee: "Sir, we don't play favorites at Immigration. That's because 'those damn Canadians' as you call then, don't blow stuff up."

 
 Posted:   Nov 18, 2023 - 9:27 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Continuing SEASON 3:




"Two Girls for Every Boy"
https://ok.ru/video/3076233235130

As close to a series' best episode as the series has gotten. The only thing that could have gotten it to ten stars is if the Jack and office staff subplot had been funnier and gone somewhere rather than coming across as filler.

Trump named dropped again. Apparently Jack goes on and on about Trump (which has never been a thing on-screen).

I caught an error: both Maya and the lesbo girl -- both single unmarried women -- are wearing wedding rings. Both actresses forgot to remove those apparently. So, who was lucky to be married to that sexy little Laura San Giacomo back then? Divorced now, actor and singer Cameron Dye. They divorced during the show's run. Maybe that thing I think her and Spade had going on had something to do with it.

Oh, and speaking as a guy, in real life I'd say a good 30 to 40% of guys would do that for another guy who had such an opportunity.

Rating: *** *** ***

Dennis: "All women are two drinks away from a girl-on-girl adventure."
Nina: "According to who?"
Dennis: "According to any movie on Cinemax after dark."

Dennis: "I'm a frustrated male secretary; God owes me!"

Maya: "You're going to have to grab your own happiness."



"The Withholder"
https://ok.ru/video/3076233431738

Trump name dropped again. Jack and him are friends. Despite that, he never appeared on the show. And it's not like he was too busy, as he made some appearances as himself in other projects and shortly after the series was cancelled, Trump starred as himself in an episode of "Dead Like Me". That was his first regular television series appearance (not counting news shows, documentaries, etc.). He did not do any regular television series again until "The Eighties" series years ago. Maybe a continuation one day will have him finally make an appearance, to talk about Maya's dad and give her advice.
We do see briefly the side of somebody at the golf game who looks like Trump, but clearly somebody in a bad wig. No actor is credited and I looked around and didn't find anything on who did that uncredited role.

Trivia: This is the second and finally appearance as the character Courtney, played by actress Megan Gallivan. She had an acting career going all the way back to 1987, but with this episode, she called it quits for some reason. I looked around and didn't find any info' on why she did or what she's doing now.

Rating: *** *** *

Maya: "How was Jamaica?"
Dennis: "Just like Florida, except everyone speaks English."

Nina: To Dennis, "Shouldn't you be at the North Pole making toys?"

Nina: "Oh, Jack, if I weren't on so much Prozac, I could just cry."



"Puppetmaster"
https://ok.ru/video/3076233497274

As predictable as the whole puppet plot was, it was nonetheless highly enjoyable, making it one of the best episodes of the series.

Dennis thinks Footloose is the greatest guy film or all time.

Rating: *** *** ***

Charlton Heston: "I'm Charlton Heston. Ted Kennedy's car has killed more people than my gun."



"The List"
https://ok.ru/video/3076233366202

Trump named dropped yet again, as Dennis says to Jack, "Your buddy Donald Trump".

Mark Hamil guest stars as himself (which is perfect for his live-action acting range!).

Rating: *** *** *.5

Nina: "Guess what I have!"
Dennis: "Why -- are they baffled down at the clinic?"

 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2023 - 9:03 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Continuing SEASON 3:




"How Nina Got Her Groove Back"
https://ok.ru/video/3076233169594

Donald Trump named dropped again. Dennis mentions a sandwich is named after Trump, which touches off the main plot of this episode -- Jack wants his name on something. And the result is a perfect ending to the episode.

I guess the actress playing Nina's competitor was okay, but I can't help but feel this should have been a role for Tyne Daly.

Rating: *** *** *.5

Jack: "Damnit, Dennis, Trump has his name on everything -- what about me?"



"How the Finch Stole Christmas" (10)
https://ok.ru/video/3076233038522

This episode also features a surprisingly involved and animated-special like score, something different, where the composers gave more.

Kelsey Grammer narrates.

CinemaSins voice: "Sudden boy Maya tutors is sudden!"

Trivia: J. Crew is indeed not a real person and was a made up name in an attempt change names and re-brand a company. It worked.

Rating: *** *** *

Jack: "Check it out -- lollipops shaped like Jesus!"
Elliot: Reads a lollipop wrapper, "'My Sweet Lord' ... somebody's going to Hell."



"Slow Donnie"
https://ok.ru/video/3076232121018

Elliot tells Maya not to wear make up because his mother will call her a "whore", so sure enough we see what appears to be actress Laura San Giacomo wearing no make up a little later in the episode. She's still hot.

I would have loved to have heard Spade say, "Could there be any more birds in here?"

This episode features not only more episode during the end credits, but the instrumental-only part of the end credits song.

Rating: *** *** *

Donnie: "My pants are tight!"




"A Spy in the House of Me"
https://ok.ru/video/3076233104058

Things we learn about Nina: she carries a gun, and she was on an episode of "COPS" (with her face pushed into the ground so you can't tell it was her).

Rating: *** ***

 
 Posted:   Dec 4, 2023 - 7:56 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Continuing SEASON 3:




"Lies & Dolls"
https://ok.ru/video/3076232579770

Nina has never voted and was peripherally involved in the abduction of Patty Hearst (which is a real and disturbing story of a young woman who joined a Left-Wing domestic terrorist group: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patty_Hearst ).

Continuity Error: Elliot shows Dennis and old class photo and asks Dennis which one is him; Dennis examines it and says, "God, didn't you ever have hair?". However, the writers already established in one of the final season two episodes -- "Rescue Me" -- that Elliot had hair less than a decade ago when he met Jack.

Special note to the score cues at 8:32 and 20:07 in, where the composers do their takes on a "Six Million Dollar Man" score cues.

This episode shows what happens when you try to do the right thing in life, which can often backfire on you. I know because I've experienced the backfire more than once. Just recently I had a prime example: it's night, I am at a gas station. I hear a phone ringing, sounds like it's coming from across the street. Some big fat lady and her big fat friend pull it at a gas pump, start accusing a guy of stealing her phone, saying they tracked it there. I mention to her I hear a phone ringing. Eventually she goes in the direction, but the phone turns out to be in the parking lot behind me a few feet. She walks by, tells me to give her back her wallet. I have no clue what she is talking about. She starts filming me. She calls the police. A cop shows up. She claims the phone was in her wallet. Claims I have stolen both. Spend an HOUR on this shit. The police officer obviously believes me, but can't say it. She's just the kind of person you think she is when you look at her, hear her speak, and how she carries herself: an ignorant dumb fuck. Spends her time making snide remarks at me, informing me she cancelled the credit cards.

Next day I hear from am employee of the gas station: she or the police called. The fat fucking landwhale found her wallet ... in the pants she was wearing that night.

NEVER AGAIN. Never again do I help. That's what helping gets you.

If there is any consolation to be had, she cancelled her own credits cards. Serves her right.

Next time, I don't say anything. Phone, wallet, what ever, say nothing. Won't even care if I run if over.

Rating: *** *** *.5

Dennis: "It's a mint condition action figure. Did you ever stop to think what a collector's item that is?"
Elliot: "No, actually, I was too busy dating women."

Elliot: "That's weird, I kind of feel guilty."
Dennis: "Yeah, just walk it off."

Maya: "I don't want this man thinking I'm a crazy freak in bed."
Dennis: "Well, then sleep with him -- that'll teach him a lesson."



"Nina Sees Red (Part 1)"
https://ok.ru/video/3076232383162

Trivia: Model Tyra Banks. Gosh, I completely forgot about her. She was a thing back then. And she was hot. So, I decided to see what she's up to now and what she looks like. She's turning 50 years old this year. She's retired from modeling. She's left TV this year for unspecified business commitments. She also apparently does guest lecturing. Doesn't appear she's up to much. Probably enjoying her life with her family. For a 49 year old, she's still very attractive.

Rating: *** *** *



"Nina Sees Red (Part 2)" (15)
https://ok.ru/video/3076232710842

And this two-parter marks the only appearances of Banks on the show. Elliot never gets his chance for redemption and not looking like a weirdo. Perhaps a revival of the series would give him that chance.

Trivia: Jack says John Wayne gave Ernest Hemingway a set of golf clubs. I decided to see how much -- if anything -- was true about that. Best I Can tell without a deep dive, they didn't know each other. And The Duke wasn't much of a golfer.

Rating: *** ***.5

Jack: "Do you think Spider-Man eats bugs?"

Dennis: "Nina is sucking the life out of you."
Dad: "Hey, hey, hey, hey -- what we do behind closed doors is none of your business."

Dennis: To Nina, "I'm afraid of your saliva; I just rented 'Outbreak'."

Dad: "Dennis -- you're the saucy girl from 'Growing Pains'!"



"Hostess to Murder"
https://ok.ru/video/3076231989946

It takes a bit to get into it, but eventually the episode finds its footing, lead by Spade.

Odd thing: Actor Fred Willard plays ... an actor named Larry. Why couldn't he just play exaggerated version of himself? That's more of less what other guest stars playing themselves have done.

The blonde with the boobies in the French maid outfit is actress Dina Spybey (now Dina Spybey-Waters). She's still acting, but she's had a rash of bad luck being a lead on shows that failed (for the most part), and it looks like she hasn't done anything since 2019.

Rating: *** *** *.5

Maya: "[...] it would be nice to spend an evening doing something intellectual and stimulating."
Dennis: "Hum, intellectual and stimulating ... I could read Shakespeare while you spank me."

Nina: "As my mother always said: Stay away from my man."

Dennis: "Well, as luck would have it, I just received a fresh delivery of wood..."

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2023 - 9:02 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Continuing SEASON 3:




"Toy Story"
https://ok.ru/video/3076232252090

Maya's secret passion is video games, which just doesn't make sense with the character we know so far three seasons into the show.

I don't know what is happening on the set of this show, but everybody seems off and on edge in this episode. There must be an insider story to tell here.

Dennis says Maya's neighbors are actually having sex and I am left wondering who they are? The older lady from season one? The old guy who died the previous episode? What neighbors?

This episode includes an extra scene (which underneath uses the instrumental-only of the end credits song).

Rating: *** *** **

Dennis: "You and fun ... that's not tracking."

Perskey: "My uncle owns a porno store."
: "What?! Why didn't you tell me that five years ago??? You could have saved me a hundred thousand bucks!"

Nina: "What are you doing?"
Dennis: "Sorting Jack's M&M's. He doesn't like the blue ones, says they're unnatural."




"Miss Pretty"
https://ok.ru/video/3076232645306

That whole short scene with Elliot confusing the Asian guy to be delivering his food from an Chinese restaurant ... cringe worthy (and other scenes like it. Seriously, fuck this shit. This is the first episode where it feels like the writers are trying to poke the viewer in the eye, while enjoying themselves.

Continuity Error?: Referring to lesbianism, Nina says he "bus doesn't stop there", but some episodes back Dennis said Nina has had at least four women and it sounded like he was being serious.

Possible Continuity Error: It was just the prior episode where Dennis was sorting out blue M&M's because Jack thinks they are unnatural, but here he is drinking blue slurpies throughout the episode. I'm not sure what to make of this. Does he not like blue-colored M&M's because of the color? If so, wouldn't he not want to drink a blue slurpy? Jack even says "Yeah, blue is the best".

Oddness: The first name of the lady playing Carol, is ... Twink. So, I had to look this up. What is the origin of Twink as a first name? What does it mean as a first name? Best I can tell after about ten minutes of looking around: there is neither an origin nor a meaning to the first name Twink. It appears to be made up. Must be a stage name, which is makes it even more odd because she is a woman and the word is started showing up in the 1950's to describe homosexual men, so why would she take on such a name? Makes no sense. Maybe she's just not that bright and thought "Twink. That sounds pretty! Like Tinker Bell!".

And woowee, I would have liked to have been David in that last scene...

Rating: *** *** **

Dennis: "That's not my job."
Maya: "What is your job"
Dennis: Creepy Biden whisper, "no one knooowwwsss..."



"Maya's Nude Photos"
https://ok.ru/video/3076232448698

Not a bad episode, I just feel it is sort of just there.

Looks like Spade is wearing the same shirt and hair style from the previous episode. Maybe these two were filmed back-to-back.

Rating: *** *** *** *

Nina: "Don't take this the wrong way, but you're not pretty enough to be this useless."



"And the Femmy Goes To..."
https://ok.ru/video/3076231924410

Jack says its been ten years since anybody there has won a fashion award, yet he says it at the table with only two of the main cast (Elliot and Maya), and out of them only Elliot has been there the longest and I think that is not even a full ten years in-universe.

I appreciate the humor, but I just found the plot of Elliot and the circus photo to be insulting.

You know, I like the character Dennis and I was disappointed he didn't get the girl. I know it's not unexpected, but still.

This episode reminds me of the awards episode in "Newsradio".

This episode includes an extra scene (which underneath uses the instrumental-only of the end credits song).

Rating: *** *** *** *

Dennis: To Elliot, "You better rest that finger, tomorrow's a work day."

Nina: "Well, I did it -- twelve years in a row."
Dennis: "What? Turn forty?"

Nina: "Finch, that better be a bread stick..."

 
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