EPISODE REVIEWS


Matthew Perry / Oasis
October 4, 1997


[OPENING] Spartan Cheerleader wanna-bees Craig & Arianna

I liked the Spartans better this time around than I usually do, possibly because the cheers weren't as forced. They were last funny when Jim Carrey hosted over a year ago, then they spent last season doing cheers in places that didn't need cheerleading. This time around, Craig and Arianna seemed to show some character development, which would make this sketch work again (finally?). Watching them break into the gym a la MacGyver and practicing their cheers overnight made for a few well-deserved chuckles: "Who's that Spartan clinging on to me?" The part about the blow-up doll was funny, too. They should go on a date next time, we're all waiting for Arianna to let her guard down! "Time to cough!"

Grade: B

 

[MONOLOGUE] Matthew Perry

I liked the monologue, but could this have been MORE scripted? Wait ... that's for later! The fountain bit was great, except it would have been great to see this performed with real, unsuspecting participants. However, the guy who immediately took off his shirt was funny: "You know what ... this isn't a TODAY thing."

Grade: B

 

[COMMERCIAL] Cookie Dough Sport Drink

Was certainly in it for the music by Nazareth, but watching everyone quench their thirst with cookie dough was really funny, especially when one of the athletes had the bucketful dumped over his head! Better parody than last week's. Be the dough!

Grade: B+

 

[SKETCH] Celebrity Jeopardy

Excellent! These keep getting funnier and funnier. Of course, Burt Reynolds (Norm!) is always there, as well as Darrell Hammond playing some celebrity ­ this week it's John Travolta ("'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?'" "That's not a question." "That's a question ... who framed him?" Perry as Michael Keaton was great, too ("I'm Batman!"). Lot of great categories, too, including "Numbers," "Words That Rhyme With Dog," and "Shapes." Also, Burt Reynolds breaks and repairs his buzzer, and puts "Kick Me" signs on the backs of Travolta and Keaton. "MISO HORNY!" Best sketch of the night.

Grade: A+

 

[SKETCH] Sarcasm 101

I laughed at this last night, I laughed at it again when I watched it over again ... the effect may wear off, but for being a non-recurring character and non-current events sketch, I thought this was pretty decent. Perry pretty much does his Chandler schtick as the sarcasm teacher. Norm could have requested a bath with Ana a few MORE times, but otherwise the sketch was fun and playful. There was a sarcasm sketch on the second episode of the 1979 season as well: Heavy Sarcasm, with Jane Curtin, Bill Murray, and Eric Idle. If it appears funnier, it's because they passed Perry's sarcasm class with honors!

Grade: B

 

[SKETCH] The Ladies' Man

Tim Meadows being funny, as usual. Funnier the second time I watched it. Tracy Morgan as the cameraman off-screen sidekick was good, too. The calls were funny, and Tim was, of course, insensitive to the real needs of the ladies who called him. Funny idea. Hope it's still funny the next time they use it, and you know they will!

Grade: B

 

[SKETCH] Space the Infinite Frontier with Harry Caray

Funnier last season. The "Would you eat it?" line about the dinosaurs was obviously lifted from "Would you eat the moon if it were made of ribs?" The line made sense with the moon ribs, but was lost on the issue of cloning dinosaurs for food. Will's Harry Carey impression is great, but it just didn't "take off" this go-round.

Grade: C-

 

[WEEKEND UPDATE] with Norm MacDonald

Disastrous last week, but much-improved for this week. Jokes make fun of Yoko Ono, Schwartzenegger, the world's shortest man to have Eddie Murphy's head, and Ellen and Anne Heche who won't be able to have a baby because "they are BOTH women!" Would have liked to see some commentary bits, but Norm's jokes were in fine form this week, even without commentaries. Even the "Note to Self" gag about the cereal theme park worked for a change.

Grade: A

 

[SKETCH] MTV News: Goat Boy press conference

Kincaid seemed a little funny at first, but the Goat Boy thing seemed more to bomb. Julio Iglesias saying, "I do know that I am very sexy" was the only true funny thing in this sketch. Perry as Julio was not bad, but the sketch went nowhere.

Grade: D

 

[COMMERCIAL] The Kevin Franklin Show promo

Shown as two installments, neither one did anything for me. Shorter than Goatboy, might have gotten the same amount of laughs?

Grade: D

 

[SKETCH] "Friends"

It was funny seeing Perry play the part of Matt LeBlanc, and the Phoebe impression seemed accurate, but it's easy to see why this sketch was used so late in the night. Colin Quinn was kind of funny playing Chandler as a "gay foppish guy," but the sketch succeeded only in looking like filler.

Grade: D

 

[MISCELLANEOUS] The Go Lords

I'm sure this wasn't brought to us by Rob Smigel, since he wasn't mentioned in the credits, but it still had some good moments: the Hong Kong whore, the blood and intestines, even President Clinton touching the female puppet's breasts. A lot of it didn't make sense, but it was funnier than most of the offerings after "Update."

Grade: B

 

[SKETCH] Good Morning with Liza

Molly Shannon as Liza Minelli was a good impression, plus it was good to finally see Molly sometime during the show. Perry's Woody Allen seemed okay, and Ana's Andie McDowell appeared to be dead-on. Tracy Morgan as Liza's piano man/lover was funny, too. Liza shaking ferociously while smoking the cigarette was wonderful! For a final sketch, not too bad, and better than some of the other sketches before it.

Grade: C

 

OVERALL

"B-" for having some great sketches in the beginning, but faltering during most of the end. Could have been better, but laughs were earned, and I'm happy. I think Stallone's show was better so far, but I still look forward to the rest of the season.

Grade: B-


Episode Review written by Patrick Lonergan


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