Reno 911!: Wiegel's Pregant (season premiere)
(S04E01) Here we are with the fourth season of the improvisational cop comedy Reno 911!, and if you've been watching the series up to this point you know that any cliff hangers from last season are going to be dealt with hastily so we can get to what the show is really about: police officers behaving life buffoons.
Nevertheless, let's revisit what happened at the end of season three: Trudy's boyfriend, a convicted serial killer, has been sentenced to death by lethal injection. At the last minute, however, the phone rings in the execution chamber. Could this be the call that will save his life? No, as it turns out it was just someone who called the wrong number. So he's dead, or so we assume. Also, Dangle and Garcia have become trapped inside their cruiser during a violent snow storm, but they find themselves rescued by the fire department at the start of this episode. Also, they're both naked inside the car, which they both claim was because they read something once about body heat, or something ... okay, no one knows why they were naked.
As usual, the plot is rather light, but that's because the show is about improvisation, not plot. During one segment, Jones and Junior send a fake fax to Dangle that claims to be a casting call for a "real police officer" to play in Baz Luhrman's adaptation of West Side Story. They hit the streets with a video camera and tape Dangle as he directs traffic by dancing and skipping around. That moment is hysterical, but nothing cracked me up like the Police Tek 2000 PSA for "rape shield undergarments." During these PSAs, the cast gets to play bad actors, and Clementine's nonchalant delivery about her rape the night before is comedy gold. Dangle adds in the end: "Once you've been 'not raped' twice, Police Tek rape shield undergarments have paid for themselves."
While the Police Tek PSA was the best segment of this episode, the weakest was easily the one involving Carrot Top going berserk in his hotel room and throwing things out his window. It goes on too long, and the novelty of it, like Carrot Top himself, wears thin pretty fast. Thankfully, this is soon followed by a great moment between Jones and Garcia where Garcia wants to interrogate a prisoner by playing "good cop, black cop," not, as the saying should go, "good cop, bad cop." Even after Jones points out his mistake, Garcia doesn't see the difference between the two terms.
Also, Trudy is pregnant, which is revealed in the beginning, but it's fitting I didn't mention it until the end, because none of her fellow officers really seem to care. At least, they don't care until it's revealed she went to the same sperm bank where apparently every male officer on the force have made deposits of their own. Could one of these men be the father of Trudy's baby?