EPISODE REVIEWS


Ray Romano / The Corrs
March 13, 1999


Hello everybody, it's time for another one of my reviews. I hadn't seen too many episodes of "Everybody Loves Raymond", so I wasn't entirely sure of what to expect from Ray Romano. As for the Corrs, well, I'd never heard of them before, so I didn't know what to expect from them either. I thought it turned out to be a pretty good show.

[OPENING] Barbara Walters looking for phone sex

This was hilarious! Cheri does Barbara Walters so accurately and Darrell's Sean Connery always cracks me up. I totally did not see that Hillary thing coming up in the end, but I loved it. "I'll be the man! Because men can do anything they want and everyone still ends up loving them." Or something to that effect.

grade: A

 

[MONOLOGUE] Ray Romano

As I said before, I wasn't sure what to expect from him, but this was pretty funny, too. I liked his jokes about his kids, and his new "joke" that he wrote after his baby was born. The appearance by his TV parents was pretty good. I liked the old clip that they showed with the dad and John Belushi. The clip of "My Giant" seemed pretty random, though.

grade: A-



[SKETCH] ESPN SportsCenter

I liked this one, too. "Boo-ya!" However, I thought the ending wasn't that great. It seemed like they could have done more with the ending somehow. But all in all, not bad.

grade: B+

 

[COMMERCIAL] VH1 Behind the Music: Meatloaf

This could have been a lot funnier if it was a lot shorter. That's all I'll say. Horatio sure did look a lot like him, though.

grade: B

 

[SKETCH] Roberto Benigni has restaurant in stitches

This was sooo funny! Did anyone see the Screen Actors Guild Awards? When Roberto won the award for best actor he went up on stage and picked Helen Hunt up the way Ray picked up Ana and Chris in this sketch. He had the accent and the whole demeanor perfectly. And the hair, too. I could not stop laughing.

grade: A



[SKETCH] Pimp Chat

This wasn't bad. Pretty funny. Did anyone notice Tim totally cracking up when Horatio came into the limo? Anyway.

grade: B+

 

[WEEKEND UPDATE] with Colin Quinn

Colin's really getting good at this. All of his jokes were really funny. Especially liked his comment on Linda Tripp giving Monica Lewinsky's book two chins up. Molly's Monica Lewinsky book promo started out okay, but then seriously started to get on my nerves. But I loved Cheri's Barbie doll commentary on women. That was really good. I think this is one of the better updates I've seen this season.

grade: A-

 

[MUSICAL GUEST] The Corrs

As I said before, I had never heard of the Corrs before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I kind of liked them. They sound pretty good, and this song was kinda catchy. I liked their little Riverdance-sounding instrumental thing they did after they stopped singing. Not bad.

grade: A-

 

[SKETCH] Suel Forrester at the NCAA

I like Suel a lot. And it's not just because Chris Kattan (my favorite cast member) does him. Something about the whole gibberish thing makes me laugh. He reminds me of a teacher I had a few years ago...but that's another story. This one wasn't bad. I liked the Suel sketch they did on the Joan Allen show better, but this was pretty funny, too.

grade: B+/A-

 

[SKETCH] Office guy resorts to crying

This one struck me as...odd. (I still haven't found a better adjective since I did the Bill Murray review, as you may be able to tell.) I had no idea where this was going. Will's crying got on my nerves after a while, but then when Ray gave him the juice box and he calmed down somewhat it got a little less annoying. The ending was pretty...odd (sorry). Somewhat funny but odd. Oh, and I think the camera guy messed up or something, because I could see a part of the cue card. That ruined it a bit for me.

grade: B-

 

[MUSICAL GUEST] The Corrs

I kinda like them. They're pretty good. I'll leave it at that.

grade: A-

 

[SKETCH] Quit judging my dreams!

Last sketch of the night, so I was kind of expecting it to be bad. However, I didn't know how bad. This was terrible. Terrible, terrible, terrible. Horrible, bad, not good, not funny, what the hell is wrong with the writers, bad, bad, bad. Where the hell did that ending come from. NOT FUNNY. I did not like this at all. And I could see the cue card again. That really ruins the whole sketch (as if it could be ruined any more).

grade: D (very, very bad)

 

Well, that's it for this week. It was a pretty good show, except for the last few sketches. Ray Romano is pretty funny. And the Corrs are pretty good, too. Chris Kattan was back, which made me happy. I'm still wondering where he was on the Bill Murray show. Anyhoo, Drew Barrymore's next week, which I'm looking forward to. I was really young (as was she) when she first hosted SNL so I'm kind of curious to see what she'll do. So, see you next week. Buh-bye!


Episode Review written by Renee Epstein


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