“I’m a Manson man.”
“Kool-Aid is delicious, I don’t know.”
“All right, don’t be fucking cool about it, man.”
I was in attendance at this episode, and I was really hoping Bethany would cut my hair. It’s getting a little long, and I’m easy (just a buzz all around), so I’m sure it would have worked out. Oh well. This was quite the efficient segment (a statement rarely applied to The Chris Gethard Show), making for a fun, frenetic time. B+
God Is Real And Will Make Us Rich And Also Please Kill Me Right Now, I Beg You! Promo
Any unexpected mention of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip is a big plus in my book. B+
Scrapbook Sundays Promo
The Writer Who Was Fired From the New Yorker For Being Too Pretentious is one of my favorite TCGS characters, but unfortunately here I found her a little shouty. But fortunately, the Malcolm Gladwell scrapbook was a delightfully pretentious idea, and the tipping point bit was an excellent turn of phrase, pretentious or no. B+
The Unlovables perform “Today’s the Day”
In general, I’m not a huge fan of pop punk, but when you hit on a solid pop punk anthem, it works out for everybody.
Cold Opening – A Message From the Presidents of the United States
I was worried that this was going to your typical staid political cold open, but then the horse and bee puns were delivered with a glory worthy of the presidency. Highlights included “the Gallup poll,” “black, white, Kentucky Derby,” and the one-two punch of “honeycomb laude” and “one equestrian on everyone’s mind.” A-
Daivd Alan Grier was credited but did not appear.
Griffin Newman’s Monologue
The “cast members walk out to the stage and give the host a (fake) hard time” is quite the played-out monologue routine, but you can’t pass it up when gifted with a host with a name like “Griffin” “Newman.” B+
Chris was more enamored with the audience than would typically be a good idea for a sketch show, but that girl was sound asleep. B
-The Jokes: Beekend Uphorse served as the best evidence of the night that Horse and Bee have enough material to do this on a regular basis. Bee’s highlights included “yellow jack-it” and Buzz Aldrin. Horse’s highlights included “thorough bread company” and the football medley. A-
-Andrew “Hot Dog” Parrish: I didn’t have a good view of this segment live at the studio, so it was much better re-watching at home, when I could see the tension between Hot Dog and Horse and Bee boiling over. B+
The Unlovables perform “Dance Party for 2 (Your Room, 3 A.M.)”
This wasn’t quite as anthemic as “Today’s the Day,” but it still had us dancing.
For Bee-ter or For Horse
“I really do like you and I think you’re the glue of this show.”
This started as your typical SNL-esque game show parody, but then it took a turn, and it was a twist I should have seen coming, but somehow it caught me by surprise, and it was of course the perfect way to end the episode. B+
Despite Chris’s constant warnings, the Horse and Bee special was far from a clusterfuck. In fact, I would have loved to have seen another half hour of Saddlebee Neigh-t Hive. And indeed, I would have also loved another half hour of Mystery Boxes. This is easily one of the best episodes of the year.