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Reno 911!: Wiegel's Pregant (season premiere)

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 9th 2006 10:35PM

reno 911(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?

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stevie marie

Reno 911's season premire had some very funny moments, maybe not as strong as some of the episodes in the past but that's a tough standard to maintain. Good cop, black cop reminded me of when Garcia brought the chicken and malt liquor to Jones when he was a crossing guard, very funny stuff. The sperm bank ending was very funny too...Dingle knowing the exact amount they paid...Can't wait till next week

July 10 2006 at 7:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jeff stiefer

That comment Jones made about here having a 'V' baby killed me!

July 10 2006 at 6:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rick

I found this episode VERY WEAK comparing it to other season premieres. The only thing you can really name is Trudy being pregnant.

What I do like about Reno premieres is when they continue from the previous season which ends on a HUGE clifhanger but concludes it in the funniest way. I like how they were like "You gotta dial 9 to get out..."

I'm have a gut feeling that this season won't be as good, BUT the season ending will somehow set up the upcoming movie that will be released...

July 09 2006 at 11:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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