Reno 911!: Season 4
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The officers of the Reno, Nevada Sheriff's Department are back with a fourth season that's full of murder, intrigue and a disturbingly (and mysteriously) pregnant Officer Wiegel. From committing election fraud to donning hot pink uniforms and blowing up various items, the officers give their all.
The beat goes on for Reno 911 with a season that is definitely "off the chain" (to quote one of the officers' curious turns of phrase). Season 4 brings us such developments as Det. Wiegel's unexpected and somewhat disturbing pregnancy, the suspicious demise of the Reno County sheriff ("Avenge my death," he croaks as he's being loaded into the ambulance), and the passage of Proposition C, which may (or may not) result in a pay raise for Wahoe County's self-described "(effed)-up family" of "mostly cordial coworkers." While not at all a bust, the fourth season is more scattershot than previous seasons. Some of the recurring signature set pieces (the traffic stops, the school appearances) are getting stale, but for anyone who has suffered through amateurish local TV commercials, the "Police Tek" product spots are devastatingly spot-on (and, as in the case of the infrared-controlled "Rape Shield" undergarments, all kinds of wrong). There is much "mean-spirited mirth" this season, aimed mostly at mother-to-be Wiegel (Kerri Kenney-Silver), who ends the season going into labor while stuck in a ceremonial cake. Questions about the sexual orientation of Cherisa "I am not a lesbian" Kimball (Mary Birdsong) and Jim "You know what I like" Dangle (Thomas Lennon) are asked, and, in one case, answered in the jaw-dropping cliffhanger season finale.
Every episode serves up at least one inspired bit of cop-show craziness. At one point, Kimball tries to arrest a street magician who keeps breaking free of his restraints. In another scene, Dangle patronizingly frees an adorable Little Leaguer brought into the station only to discover the true, horrible nature of his crime. Guest stars this season include Knocked Up's Paul Rudd as Lamaze instructor Guy Jericho (spelled "Gerricault"), Patton Oswalt as the local Renaissance Faire's Boozehammer of Galen, Oscar Nunez (The Office) as the charming and elusive prisoner "Spanish Mike," and Paul "Pee-Wee Herman" Reubens as Rick of Citizen's Patrol. Always good for a laugh is Nick Swardson as citizen and "attention whore" Terry. Packback, as ever, eludes Dangle and company (as witness their brutal smackdown at the hands of some "Hotties" waitresses, but their misery makes them great company. They may be beyond (or beneath) Emmy consideration, but they are surely worthy of a (Police) Academy award. --Donald Liebenson
- All 14 Uncensored Episodes from the 2006-2007 Season
- Cast Commentaries
- Delete and Extended Scenes
- Character Bios
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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!
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!
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.