on November 28, 2015
Not as good as season 3 but there are still some laughs here and there. Weigel comes back pregnant from an apparent leave thanks to the sperm bank which apparently a few of the guys contribute to for a few extra dollars. Along the way you'll meet Junior's family as they have a "wild" reunion, witness Carrot Top go crazy, the return of "Spanish" Mike Alvarez (you may remember him tricking them into thinking he was with Homeland Security) as he tries to sweet talk his way out of jail. The sheriff's department gets sponsored by a breastaraunt in which they get free food but have to drive around in hot pink cruisers and uniforms. We find out Kimball is a devout Christian and tries to get Johnson to tag along with her on some gatherings. In the finale we see Dangle getting married to his life partner (the mascot!) but it gets crashed at the last minute. Some of the stuff is wearing a little thin - the cheesy infomercials where they promote crappy products. It was hilarious at first when they were very obviously reading from a script but after a few seasons it lost its touch. Likewise with Juniors footage of pulling people over. Always nice to see Patton Oswalt (Spence from King of Queens.)
Reno 911! is a hilarious spoof of the "Cops" type of reality show; the acting stays strong all throughout and I couldn't stop laughing! They keep the action going, too. If this show is new to you, I recommend you try watching an episode--you just might become hooked! I'm impressed that they went through the trouble of filming some scenes in a real working police substation in Carson, California. Much of what we see is improvised with actors making up their lines as they go along; there is minimally scripted material so we can see just talented these actors are. There is Cedric Yarbrough as Deputy Jones who is forever trying to be the ultimate ladies' man; Niecy Nash as Deputy Raineesha Williams, a remarkably curvaceous cop with an attitude; Robert Ben Garant as Deputy Travis Junior who is something of a redneck; Thomas Lennon as flamboyantly gay (but usually in denial) Lieutenant Jim Dangle; Kerri Kenney as manic depressive, racist sociopath (and now mysteriously pregnant) Deputy Trudy Wiegel; Carlos Alazraqui as Deputy James Garcia who has his own attitudes; Wendi McLendon-Covey as the loose woman Deputy Clementine Johnson and Mary Birdsong as "I Am Not a Lesbian" Deputy Cherisha Kimball.
At the very beginning of the episode, we watch Reno Sheriff die a mysterious and unanticipated death before he can even be placed in an ambulance. His last words are "avenge my death;" and that's exactly what the Deputies intend to do. Look for a very funny scene in which Dangle tries to discreetly take fingerprints at the funeral where the very attractive and young Sherriff's wife shows up with an unknown young man; and their interactions with the coroner are hilarious! Meanwhile, Deputies Johnson and Kimball must investigate a drug trafficking incident nearby a school and officers actually start to take bets on "what" Wiegel is having since she is inexplicably pregnant! Raineesha Williams accompanies Trudy Wiegel to a Lamaze class--and Dangle's brand new "Smith and Wesson Police Tactical Bike" gets stolen yet again! Actually, there's a good deal more that I'll leave out to make watching the episode really great for you.
Look also for terrific performances by guests on the show including Tracey Walter as Sherriff Chechekevitch; Magdalena Zielinska as Mrs. Chechekevitch; Anand Vadehra as the unknown man with Mrs. Chechekevitch; Brian Posehn as Stevie the Coroner; Paul Rudd as Guy Gerricault and Patton Oswalt as The Boozehammer of Galen.
If you like spoofs of reality shows this will appeal to you; and fans of the actors in this episode (and indeed the entire series) will not be disappointed. This is first-rate improvised comedy!
on August 18, 2015
Many of the descriptions on this season are out of order with the actual episode. I'm not sure if the episodes are presented out of order, or just the descriptions. Kind of frustrating when you purchase one episode thinking you are getting the storyline presented in the description, only to find out it is not .
Also, even with Prime I'm unable to purchase the entire season in digital form, just one episode at a time.
The show itself is very funny, though I do agree with the previous review that some of the skits grew thin.
The show gets 5 stars, Amazon gets four for the digital content frustration and confusion.
Reno 911! is an incredibly funny spoof of a "Cops" type reality show; the acting is terrific! They filmed some of the scenes in a real working police substation in Carson, California and they use cars that look like cop cars; they went to great lengths to make this look as realistic as possible. Much of what we see is improvised with actors making up their lines as they go along; there is a minimal amount of scripted material. Stars of the show include Cedric Yarbrough as Deputy Jones who keeps trying to be the ultimate ladies' man; Niecy Nash as Deputy Raineesha Williams, a remarkably curvaceous cop with an attitude; Robert Ben Garant as Deputy Travis Junior who is a redneck; Thomas Lennon as flamboyantly gay (but sometimes in denial) Lieutenant Jim Dangle; Kerri Kenney as manic depressive, racist sociopath Deputy Trudy Wiegel; Carlos Alazraqui as Deputy James Garcia who has his own attitudes; Wendi McLendon-Covey as loose woman Deputy Clementine Johnson and Mary Birdsong as Deputy Cherisha Kimball.
In this episode, the Deputies instruct a bus driver how to deactivate a bus bomb so she can go free; and when the force has so many budget cutbacks that they are really feeling the pinch, they actually get their first ever corporate sponsor--Hotty's chicken wings restaurants! But when "the new Hotty's police cruiser" cop car gets displayed, you can tell things are not going to be the same once they have income from Hotty's. Wait until you see their new uniforms! The Deputies initially enjoy their free food; but Hotty's staff gets unbelievably mixed up with the force before everything spirals out of control.
Moreover, look for a huge surprise when members of a hate group turn up at a carnival--one of them interacts with a black woman with very unexpected and hilarious results! There's even more action when Deputies Wiegel and Kimball respond to a call at a local taco restaurant.
There are great supporting cameos by Damon Jones as Virgil Medlock; Marisa Petroro as Heidi; Angela Little as Tammy; Christian Tallman as Gary and Nick Swardson as Terry.
I recommend this for people who appreciate improvisation comedy, spoofs of reality TV shows like "Cops" and fans of the actors in this episode and series.
on January 23, 2008
Season 4 is not as good as Season 3, but there are still some excellent episodes here, especially the last one but also episodes 8, 9, and 10. Also there are a couple of familiar characters from Season One who show up. The cliffhanger looks like it's going to be an interesting Season 5!
Episode 1--Cliffhangers from last season are resolved. Let's just say skin-to-skin contact is the best way to guard against hypothermia. Wiegel comes back from her personal leave with, as Clemmy calls it, a "gargoyle" in the oven. Dangle tries out for Westside Story...sort of. Carrot Top goes berserk at a hotel. Highlight: Garcia and Jones use a common interrogation tactic called "Good Cop, Black Cop."
Episode 2:--"There's going to be a full set of teeth in the Junior household," as Travis's 3 brothers come for a visit. Garcia works undercover in an illegal worker sting. Wiegel starts Lamaze.
Episode 3--Kimball tricks the guys with a phony race riot. A deputy dies and the officers do what any caring co-workers would--argue over who gets his jet ski. Junior and Dangle look for guns turned in for the "Guns for Toys" drive that Wiegel spilled across the road.
Episode 4--A deputy panty raid goes horribly wrong. The Sheriff's Department has to compete with the citizen's patrol, played by Paul "Pee-Wee Herman" Reubens, to solve crimes. Garcia is visited by the hooker he tried to help in Season One. Dangle and Junior try to get free tacos from Terry.
Episode 5--"Spanish Mike" Alvarez, who tricked the Reno Sheriff's Department in Season One posing as a representative from Home Land Security with a fake training program, returns to Reno to be held before being turned over to the FBI. He tries to get into the officers' heads in his attempts to escape. Will any officer give in? Also, Clemmy choreographs a street dance at a sobriety checkpoint.
Episode 6--The Sheriff is killed and his last words to Lt. Dangle are to avenge his death. Dangle suspects the sheriff's hot wife and her foreign driver and, later, discovers something about the sheriff that may help break the case wide open. Also, the Renaissance Fair guy gets stuck in a toilet.
Episode 7--The Sheriff's Department attend the Sheriff's funeral where Dangle, Wiegel, and Junior have dream sequences. They then solve the case on how he died. The pallbearer scene is hilarious.
Episode 8--The Reno Sheriff's Department is sponsored by "Hotty's"--a sports bar with well-endowed waitresses--which controls what the officers drive, wear, even how they give the Miranda Rights. The officers, also, can only eat food from Hotty's. Let's just say the partnership was a gas. Those Hotty's girls make Trudy Wiegel seem like a Phi Beta Kappa.
Episode 9--Kimball invites Clemmy to a get-together which turns out to be a church social (which follows Kimball's personality--remember how enthused she was by the singing drug dealer who sang religious/drug songs on the street in season 3?). Kimball is happy for Clemmy "showing up as she is: a woman soiled, a woman with a whorish, sinful past." Later, Clemmy gets baptized wearing nothing under her baptismal gown. Churchgoer: "Babies are naked when they get baptized, I think it's all right." Kimball: "Well, babies don't have Double 'D' hooters." Good one.
Episode 10--One of my favorites. It's election day, and Proposition C will determine whether the Reno Sheriff's Department gets a 3% raise. Garcia and Jones work with an undercover female detective who's trying to bust a meth cartel and they keep getting beat up by her to make her involvement with the drug dealers look convincing.
Episode 11--Jones and Garcia join the mounted patrol but Garcia is allergic to horses. Jones won't give up his mounted status to rejoin Garcia. Kimball discovers that Junior's been shot and, at his dying request, kisses him and swears she will make whoopie with him if he pulls through. They then find out they have a connection in other ways.
Episode 12--Kimball tries to arrest a modern-day Houdini. Jones talks to a school about feelings of inadequacy in the shower--"especially some of you--probably the white boys." There is a murdering/rapist kid. Otherwise, it's just the usual stuff. There is no main storyline to follow.
Episode 13--The officers try out the jaws of life. Williams, Wiegel, and Kimball watch a stakeout like a soap opera. Dangle goes to his ex-wife and her husband's anniversary party--and he's the only guest. Weird and this will have ramifications later.
Episode 14--We finally find out who is wearing the mascot getup at the school--and he asks Dangle to be his life partner. Dangle tries to prepare his "bridesmaids"--Jones, Garcia, and Junior--for the commitment ceremony. Even the cameraman gets dressed up. Trudy gets stuck naked in a cake...and her water breaks! Hilarious with surprises and cliffhanger for the next season.
on July 9, 2007
In the fourth season of "Reno 911!," the cast have perfected the quirky personalities of their characters, and find themselves in increasingly strange situations. In the first episode, Lieutenant Jim Dangle (Thomas Lennon) and Deputy James Garcia (Carlos Alazraqui) are found alive, naked and freezing in their patrol car, while the boyfriend of Deputy Trudy Wiegel (Kerri Kenney-Silver) is executed for being a serial murderer. Six months later, Deputy Wiegel returns to work after being out on personal leave, and is obviously pregnant. At the same time Carrot Top, the prop comedian, blows his top in a hotel room. Apparently, the two incidents are totally unrelated.
Deputy Cherisha Kimball (Mary Birdsong), who joined the show in season 3, really comes into her own in the "Christian Karaoke Singles' Mixer" episode. In another episode, Paul Reubens guest stars as citizen Rick, a guardian angel-vigilante who is always one step ahead of the Reno Sheriff's Department. Of course, they resent his presence at crime scenes. Deputy Travis Junior (Robert Ben Garant): "If it was easy to be good at law enforcement, wouldn't we be?" Terry (Nick Swardson), the roller skating waiter at Tacos! Tacos! Tacos! Tacos!, never fails to amuse in his many appearances. Nobody can lie to the police - I mean improvise - as well as he can. Patton Oswalt also appears as the Dungeon Master at the Renaissance Fair in several episodes. Dungeon Master: "This is my winter fat. I have not had enough jousting to work off my winter fat." Deputy Travis Junior: "It's August!" Paul Reubens, Nick Swardson, and Patton Oswalt all appear in the feature film "Reno 911!: Miami."
In the next-to-last episode, Jim Dangle accepts a wedding proposal from his ex-wife's husband, and a gay commitment ceremony is planned. In the last episode, Trudy pops out of a giant wedding cake, topless, in a desperate attempt to make Jim fall in love with her and call off the ceremony. Unfortunately, being extremely pregnant, Trudy gets stuck halfway out of the cake, and her water breaks. They can't break her out of the cake, and she can't fit in the ambulance. She must be wheeled in the cake, topless and screaming, down the streets of Reno, to the hospital. After giving birth, the gay commitment ceremony commences in Trudy's hospital room. The episode ends with Deputy Garcia throwing a monkey wrench into the ceremony, and Trudy whispering to Jim that she knows who the father of her baby is. I can't wait for the fifth season of "Reno 911!" to begin!
on July 19, 2007
I still love this show, but Season 4 displayed some weaknesses. The recurring skits wore thin: the crazy man at the brothel got really old really quick as did Paul Rudd's lamaze coach and it's time to retire the officers at the school auditorium. The mileage on those jokes is way too high to be consistently funny.
What Reno has always done best is the interaction between the characters and their back stories. This season we get to meet the "wild" Junior brothers whose reputation precedes them, Trudy gets pregnant, Deputy Kimball is revealed to be a Christian fundamentalist and Dangle gets a marriage proposal. This last scenario leads to one of the most unexpected twists on the show (though, if one looks back on previous seasons, not completely out of character) in a season finale so funny that it redeems the entire season.
There are less extras on the DVD this time around, and if there are any Easter Eggs, I couldn't find them. There are cast commentaries on several episodes and those are always amusing, but I miss the in-character commentaries we had on previous volumes.
Reno 911! is a hilarious spoof of a "Cops" type reality show; the acting is terrific and I couldn't stop laughing! They keep the action going, too. If this show is new to you, try watching an episode--you may well become hooked! They filmed some of the scenes in a real working police substation in Carson, California; I like that they did that! Much of what we see is improvised with actors making up their lines as they go along; there is a minimal amount of scripted material. The actors include Cedric Yarbrough as Deputy Jones who is forever trying to be the ultimate ladies' man; Niecy Nash as Deputy Raineesha Williams, a remarkably curvaceous cop with an attitude; Robert Ben Garant as Deputy Travis Junior who is something of a redneck; Thomas Lennon as flamboyantly gay (but usually in denial) Lieutenant Jim Dangle; Kerri Kenney as manic depressive, racist sociopath (and now pregnant) Deputy Trudy Wiegel; Carlos Alazraqui as Deputy James Garcia who has his own attitudes; Wendi McLendon-Covey as the loose woman Deputy Clementine Johnson and Mary Birdsong as the somewhat closeted Deputy Cherisha Kimball.
So much happens in this episode that it's like an awesome roller coaster ride. Leslie, Jim Dangle's ex-wife's husband, surprisingly asks Dangle to be his life partner during a performance the cops are giving to school children; and when Dangle says yes just one look at the facial reactions of the other cops is both hysterical and priceless! Of course, this part of the plot progresses throughout the episode with a few unexpected twists that offer sidesplitting one-liners, very humorous situations and a cliff-hanger ending just after a really big surprise! There's definitely something worth special mention: we see an unbelievably funny sequence in which Wiegel tries for one last chance with Jim before his commitment ceremony with Leslie--but even Wiegel hasn't exactly planned for the problem that arises just after she surprises Dangle at his hotel room door.
Meanwhile, the Reno Sherriff's Department has to be ready for anything at the end of a sporting event and we see Deputies Williams and Johnson do their best to get "Frisbee, " his wife and children off of someone else's land. There's plenty more here for you to enjoy; I won't write much more to keep it all interesting and highly amusing for you! Look also for Zach Galifianakis as "Frisbee;" Dave Holmes as Leslie and Nick Swardson as Terry.
If you like uproarious spoofs of reality shows like "Cops" and improvised comedy you really owe it to yourself to watch this episode and all the others! Fans of the actors will love this, too.
Reno 911! is a hilarious spoof of the "Cops" type of reality show; the acting is better than ever and I couldn't stop laughing! They keep the action going which kept my attention, too. If this show is new to you, I recommend you try watching an episode--you may well become hooked! They filmed some of the scenes in a real working police substation in Carson, California; that is impressive! Much of this is improvised with actors making up their lines as they go along; there is minimally scripted material so we can see just how good they are at their craft. There is Cedric Yarbrough as Deputy Jones who is forever trying to be the ultimate ladies' man; Niecy Nash as Deputy Raineesha Williams, a remarkably curvaceous cop with an attitude; Robert Ben Garant as Deputy Travis Junior who is something of a redneck; Thomas Lennon as flamboyantly gay (but usually in denial) Lieutenant Jim Dangle; Kerri Kenney as manic depressive, racist sociopath (and now pregnant) Deputy Trudy Wiegel; Carlos Alazraqui as Deputy James Garcia who has his own attitudes; Wendi McLendon-Covey as the loose woman Deputy Clementine Johnson and Mary Birdsong as the somewhat closeted Deputy Cherisha Kimball.
This episode packs in a lot of action. The cops are on the edges of their seats as Proposition C is voted on; they want a 3% raise and the election results will determine if they get that much wanted raise. After all, Trudy Wiegel wants to put in that wet bar! When Williams and Wiegel stop off to collect and transport the ballots to be counted, they must deal with the seemingly irresistible urge to count the ballots then and there to find out if they got their raise--will they go that far? Watch and find out! At the same time, Deputies Garcia and Jones are repeatedly trying to nab drug suspects who want to resist being arrested in the worst way; and Deputies Johnson and Kimball make fools of themselves yet again when they are clowning around at a live televised press conference before they realize that they are already on the air.
Of course, there's more to the episode than this; but I won't tell you more so as not to spoil it for you! Look for Zach Galifianakis as "Frisbee;" Dana Goodman as "Agent" DeNunzio and Steve Little as "Future Man."
I recommend Reno 911! Episodes and season DVD sets for people who like uproarious spoofs of reality shows like "Cops" and improvised comedy. Fans of the actors will not be disappointed.
It's true, the fourth season of Reno 911! doesn't stir up the same kind of laugh riot that the first three seasons inspired, but that's not saying that there are plenty of painfully funny moments packed in this DVD season set. Foremost this season is the mysterious pregnancy of Weigel (Kerry Kinney-Silver) which ends in quite a bit of a shocker to boot. Other than that main plot point, the insanity engaged by Reno, Nevada's incredibly inept police force is nothing we haven't seen before from the series, but it still manages to provide some hearty laughs thanks to the always wonderful ensemble cast. Thomas Lennon (Lieutenant Dangle), Robert Ben Garant (Junior), and Kerry Kinney-Silver are the ones mostly responsible for the fun of Reno 911!, even though at some spots (like the Amazon review states) some of the skits are starting to grow stale. That aside, there's a horde of guest stars ranging from the great Paul Rudd to Paul "Pee-Wee Herman" Reubens, which makes this season all the sweeter. All in all, the fourth season of Reno 911! is still painfully funny, and still remains the best and most entertaining show involving cops to be found on television today.