Welcome to season 4, which is the best season of the show in my opinion. All the characters are clicking and pretty much every episode is a classic!
So NBC aired a special Sunday night. Celebrating the 90th anniversary of NBC (including radio). The Paley Center sucks, I always hate their specials. This one was, not as bad. They did manage to hit almost everything they should have. But as you may guess there was no way to get everything in there, and there were some glaring omissions.
In sitcoms, you can’t really have villains. So antagonists take other forms. They can be bullies who like to inflict harm on our main characters (see Newman on Seinfeld, or Louie on Taxi) or they can be rivals who are always bickering but deep down care for each other (Alex and Malory on Family Ties, Will and Carlton on Fresh Prince, Carl and Urkel on Family Matters, Sheldon and…everyone on Big Bang). Or they are just obnoxious people who have no respect for things like privacy, but damn it we love them anyway (Schneider on One Day at a Time, Charlie on Empty Nest, Lenny and Squiggy).
It’s not unusual for an actor to leave a series at some point, forcing the show to replace the character they played. Hopefully people like the new character as much as the old (Kirstie Alley for Shelley Long on Cheers for instance, or Sandy Duncan for Valerie Harper on The Hogan Family, Ashton Kushter for Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men, and Lisa Bonet leaving A Different World actually helped that show). Of course replacing the main cast usually doesn’t work, take The Dukes of Hazard as a prime example (who here remembers Coy and Vance?) or Three’s Company (did anyone work after Suzanne Somers left?).
So I thought it was only appropriate to take a second and talk about the Everybody Loves Raymond crossover’s. CBS actually loved doing this back then, and so Ray appeared on a few shows. Let’s discuss them real quick:
Cosby, “Lucas Raymondicus”
Yeah no pic for this one. Hilton contacts Ray Barone after Ray writes that his father one a championship that Hilton actually won. Ray says Frank has been telling him that his whole life. At first Hilton is willing to along with the lie until Frank hogs to much glory. Peter Boyle obviously also appears, and this episode is a great example of what happens when you take a character and put him on a different show with different writers. All of Frank’s likeability is gone, and he’s just an insufferable ass! I have no copy so am going by memory from the one time I watched this episode, and hated it.
The Nanny, “The Reunion Show”
This was really just a quick cameo, probably to plug ELR, as Fran runs into Ray Barone at her high school reunion. Ray gets out some stand up lines regarding living near his parents and Fran notes how “everybody loved raymond!”. The funny thing is that Drescher and Romano really did go to the same high school together. My favorite part is the end of the bit, Fran notes that his wife (offscreen) looks annoyed that he is talking to them. Yeah sounds like Debra.
Actually meant to post this yesterday, oh well.
Let’s resume season 2 with some good episodes, well except one.
Season 2, Episode 6
Plot Summary-At Marie and Frank’s anniversary Ray learns that the two almost got divorced when he was a kid.
There are some music artists out there that I love so much, I can listen to their entire album and enjoy it. So maybe this year it’s time to go over some them, artists that I love and albums I adore. Today I wanted to start by discussing the master of song parody, Weird Al Yankovic
Welcome back to Underrated Trek, where I take a special look at Star Trek episodes that I love…which may not be the most popular or even liked by most. Sometimes an episode is delayed, causing another episode to be rushed to fill the slot. What we end up with is a less then stellar episode that is more a miss than a hit. This is: