And at the end, the company survives with only 18 houses! KNOCK ON WOOD~~~~!
Another great episode. Stiller was hilarious in his guest role.
I'm interested in selling my youngest daughter into slavery as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. She's a Georgetown sophomore, speaks fluent Italian, always cleared the table when it was her turn. What would a good price for her be? While thinking about that, can I ask another? My Chief of Staff Leo McGarry insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly says he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself or is it okay to call the police? Here's one that's really important because we've got a lot of sports fans in this town: touching the skin of a dead pig makes one unclean. Leviticus 11:7. If they promise to wear gloves, can the Washington Redskins still play football? Can Notre Dame? Can West Point? Does the whole town really have to be together to stone my brother John for planting different crops side by side? Can I burn my mother in a small family gathering for wearing garments made from two different threads? Think about those questions, would you? One last thing: while you may be mistaking this for your monthly meeting of the Ignorant Tight-Ass Club, in this building, when the President stands, nobody sits." --- President Jed Bartlett, The West Wing
-Tom Jane [as Tom Jane] "I just want my kids back." -Martin Mull [as Gene Parmesan] -Ed Begley Jr. [as Stan Sitwell] -Christine Taylor [as Sally Sitwell] -Rob Corddry [as Moses Taylor] -Martin Short [as Jack Dorso] -Julia Louis-Dreyfus [as Maggie Lizer] -Amy Poehler [as Wife of GOB] -Carl Weathers [as Carl Weathers] -Ben Stiller [as Tony Wonder]
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-April 3: Michael meets Ann's parents (Ione Skye & Alan Tudyk) in "Meet The Veals" -April 10: Zach Braff guest-stars as the creator of the hit video series Girls With Low Self-Esteem as GOB shoots another video...during SPRING BREAK!! -April 17: The second season wraps up with an episode entitled "The Righteous Brothers"
This show is too good for words. The gags stay sharp on repeated viewings, and I swear I always catch a new thing.
I was watching the Maggie Lizer 2 parter from a few weeks back. I caught "Skip Church's" on a Sunday morning the first time, but is was only this (3rd) time through that I caught the name of the Chinese place where Barry eats on Friday nights. Miss Temple's. Genius.
This is the only show that would make me want to buy a Ford Escape or eat at Burger King.
Originally posted by DJ RanThis is the only show that would make me want to buy a Ford Escape or eat at Burger King.
This is also the only show on TV whose writers I really wouldn't want to piss off. Re-watching this week's episode, I realized how bitter the barbs at FOX were when you heard them without the effect of surprise or initial shock. I mean, I got them the first time; it's just that they seemed less acidic then.
Anyway, I can't remember where I was reading it, but supposedly the Burger King and Ford Escape jokes were both writer backlashes against network "notes." Supposedly, they were encouraged to include more products in the shows (I'm guessing as inducement for better ad deals in the future: e.g. "Hey, [company], our show already mentioned you on the air twice!"), so the writers did so in the most obvious manner possible. This tradition supposedly goes back to "Pier Pressure" from the first season. Apparently, FOX wanted a family friendly "very special episode," where Michael taught George-Michael a valuable lesson. Suddenly you have J. Walter Weatherman, arms falling off and a whole lesson about not teaching lessons.
Of course, I can't corroborate any of this, mainly because I'm lazy. (Maybe someone else can. Justin, I'm looking at you, here.) But it's nice to think that the writing staff isn't afraid to call stupidity and tackiness on the carpet and absolutely refuses to take orders. Though if the show is canceled and never again appears on TV, I wonder how good I'll feel about that.
Originally posted by Lund cancerI can't remember where I was reading it, but supposedly the Burger King and Ford Escape jokes were both writer backlashes against network "notes." ... This tradition supposedly goes back to "Pier Pressure" from the first season. Apparently, FOX wanted a family friendly "very special episode," where Michael taught George-Michael a valuable lesson. Suddenly you have J. Walter Weatherman, arms falling off and a whole lesson about not teaching lessons. Of course, I can't corroborate any of this, mainly because I'm lazy. (Maybe someone else can. Justin, I'm looking at you, here.)
The teaching lessons stemming from network notes is now legendary; I hadn't heard that the oh so subtle product placement jokes had directly stemmed from notes as well but that makes delightful sense. I *do* remember that the original title for the episode Motherboy XXX was "Tendercrisp Chicken Comedy Half-Hour," which just rules the schools.