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NewsRadio: Sweeps Week

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 22nd 2006 10:32PM

Janeane Garofalo(S01E07) Along with Mary Tyler Moore and Amy Sedaris, I've always had a crush on Janeane Garofalo. I remember being happy when this episode came on, since I had loved her standup and her work on The Ben Stiller Show (with Andy Dick). She plays Nancy, Dave's ex-girlfriend who seems nice on the outside but is really kind of a nut. She comes to New York City to be with Dave, who never quite told her that they were officially broken up.

Meanwhile, Jimmy meets a business and technology "visionary" named Tom at a conference and arranges for him to be interviewed by Bill, but that doesn't turn out quite as Jimmy or Dave had hoped...

Dave introduces Nancy to everyone, and everyone immediately loves her. She even buys pastries for the gang, but after her and Lisa are alone, she tells Lisa to stay away from Dave or she'll kill her. At first Lisa laughs and thinks Nancy is kidding, but Nancy turns all serious and tells her she's not. Dave and Nancy go to lunch, and Lisa tells Beth what happened. Beth says that Nancy just said the same thing to her, then adds, "you didn't eat your donut yet, did you?"

After interviewing "Tom the computer expert" and not letting him get a word in at all, Phil decides quickly that the guy is a fraud. When Dave confronts him and asks him why he didn't let the guy talk, Bill says that he can spot a phony a mile away. Dave reschedules the interview for the following day with Catherine.

Dave tells Nancy about him and Lisa. And she starts crying but then gets hold of herself and tells everyone about Dave and Lisa's secret affair before she leaves. Everyone looks shocked, until Matthew says that he owes Lisa an apology. Nancy really is crazy! Imagine, Dave and Lisa, who are always arguing, having an affair!

Tom comes back to be interviewed by Catherine, but it turns out Bill is right. This Tom guy thinks the future of business is "computers." They're really neat, and when he gets one, he's going to be really successful. Jimmy talks to Dave about it, and wonders why Bill couldn't figure out quickly that this guy was a phony because he's usually good at that.

Quotes:

"Yes, you are. That's why I wanted to tell you not to even think about moving in on my boyfriend or I'd kill you." - Nancy, to Lisa, after telling he she seems like one of the nicer people at WNYX.

"No, it doesn't bother me. It's just that I've seen tobacco company lawsuits settled more quickly than this interminable security desposit spiel." - Dave, to Lisa, wondering why she has to keep calling her ex-boyfriend Stuart.

"And for Lisa...a plain donut." - Nancy, after getting the gang pastries that matched their personalities.

"Oh, I'm sorry, that was presumptous of me. Do you have a special 'person' in your life?" - Bill, who asked Dave if he had a special woman in his life.

"The next time you 'discuss the promos' maybe you should close the blinds so you don't get busted." - Beth, about Dave and Lisa's code phrase for making out.

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Jennifer

Do you happen to know why Nick at Nite removed Newsradio from its Monday marathon spot? Was it not getting good viewership? (I emailed Nick but got no response.)

August 18 2006 at 8:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mark Stevenson

I personally enjoy the reviews of reruns that you've been doing. I had not watched this series for quite some time, and enjoy the recaps. I think it is motivating me to go out and buy some of these shows on DVD (these reviews and the futurama ones have been great). Keep it up.

July 24 2006 at 10:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Akbar Fazil

Dear Jim,
No need to read the entry if you don't like it. Some of us enjoy reviews of shows of yesteryear. Who says blogging about TV only has to be what is on right now?

July 23 2006 at 7:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim

Dear TV Squad,

Please stop reviewing old TV shows.

Jim

July 23 2006 at 9:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ted

A crush on this pig...surely you jest?

July 23 2006 at 3:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gavin

I saw this episode the other night when Nick At Night was doing a News Radio maratho of sorts. She looked really good in the episode, and it makes me ponder how sometimes she can appear really dowdy and other times she makes me feel all happy in my special place. The fact that she is smarter than just about 98% of the women on TV doesn't hurt either.

Yeah, I've had a crush on Garofalo for years. Nice pic of her you chose!

July 22 2006 at 11:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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