The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show starts with a parody of To Tell The Truth where we have to guess which of the people on the stage is George Kennedy. The two fake Kennedys are Ron Howard and Regis Philbin. We "lose the camera feed" and have to restart only to lose the feed again leading to another restart followed by another camera outage. George Kennedy then rushes to the production booth to find that everyone has had a heart attack, so he steps in as a hero to pilot the show. This was the perfect set up for him to announce, "Live from New York..." only it never ends up happening.
We then go to another installment of Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood where we meet Mr. Landlord and learn what an eviction letter is as well as what the words Scum Bucket mean. We also go to the land of make-believe where citizens from the projects get to ask the president about his policies involving the poor.
Next, we go to Studio 54 where George as himself tries to get in only to find out that he's not on the list because of his age which leads him to sing the tune 53 At Studio 54.
A Few Minutes With Andy Rooney is another installment in the series parodying Andy Rooney's observational segment from 60 Minutes. It's pretty much the same as the last one, funny but not fun enough to note all of his observations, only this week we meet Rooney's wife.
We then get an update from Mr. Bill who is now hanging out in LA and loses everything when Mr. Hand and Sluggo make him buy a ton of cocaine which leads him to decide to move back to New York, only to be eaten up by an earthquake.
Once again, Brain Doyle-Murray and Mary Gross give us the news. They're both fine but both are a little too low key, and they've yet to establish any chemistry as a broadcasting team. This week, Eddie Murphy does an editorial about how people aren't having as much sex because they've grown to be too picky about appearances. John Candy also drops in to do the weather in what seems to be a rotating cast of meteorologists. Though he's Canadian, he plays a Mexican Weather Man and the segment isn't all that funny but it was a great surprise.
La Cage Aux Folles '81 is a parody reboot of the classic La Cage Aux Folles where the central joke is how funny George looks with this silly recasting.
Up And At 'Em is a short film where we watch a dog eat peanut butter for several minutes which may have been funny a quirky then, but it's lost all of the artistic obnoxiousness to it now that we have YouTube.
Miles Davis then hits the stage to perform Jean Pierre.
Next, we go to a Western-like atmosphere where Robin Duke asks a hired hand named Jake about his giant scar. He starts to tell a wild story only to end on the fact that he cut himself shaving. George then steps in as the sheriff and wants to take the land, and Jake steps in to save the day with a theme song of sorts that plays every time he announces that he is Jake The Hired Hand. I don't like Westerns, so I don't like this sketch, it just seems to keep going on and on and on. Jake shoots Robin for some reason, but she comes back to life only to be shot again. Jake and George then attempt to duel but get distracted in the process, and it feels like this sketch is never going to end. Please end this... end this now... Oh, thank you, it's done.
We then get An Editorial Reply were Mary Gross plays Marilyn Monroe and sings Downers Are A Girls Best Friend... I'm not sure what the editorial reply has to do with this when it is more of a parody music video.
George then plays what looks to be a maintenance worker who drops in on a typist for lunch. She complains about trying to figure out the keyboard after being a punch card operator because apparently their keyboards are designed differently. The two then go on to have an everyday conversation, that at best is sort of interesting, but it's not funny and fails to be sentimental enough to win me over with its charm.
Finally, George Kennedy closes out the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.