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Reno 911!: Rick's On It

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 31st 2006 10:35AM

reno 911(S04E04) After a pre-credit opening where the male deputies try to conduct a "panty raid" and end up face to face with a completely naked and pregnant Wiegel, we cut to the first real scene of the episode where a motivational speaker Dangle found on the internet gives the deputies some rather confounding advice, including this diatribe:

"I ask you, does the belt not go through all the loops? You all see yourselves as brilliant little pebbles just waiting for your code word. Well, what if your code word doesn't come, huh? Are you gonna sit around in your cruiser and wind up ejected from somebody's crazy physics package?"

More profound advice I've never heard. Let's move on.

The main plot of this episode centered around a rash of stabbings and thefts in the area. The sheriff's department investigates, but Rick (Paul Reubens), a member of the citizens' patrol, keeps showing up at every crime scene to point out things they're missing, such as absconded cash registers and the fact that one of the stabbing victims is still alive. I figured out right away that Rick was actually behind the slayings, but since I live alone I couldn't brag to anybody about it. I might have said something to my lamp, I can't remember.

I always love seeing Reubens playing non-Pee-Wee roles, and in this episode he definitely uses the "less is more" improv approach of Christopher Guest, which I found quite hilarious. Throughout the episode he speaks in a barely audible whisper, but it's his gestures and facial expressions that really sell the performance. I hope they bring the character back for more episodes.

Speaking of returning characters, Terry the gay roller skater (Nick Swardson) is also in this episode, this time working at a taco stand. Dangle and Junior try to tell him they want free tacos, but Terry doesn't understand. Mat Besser of Upright Citizens Brigade also makes an appearance as a hip hop producer whose CDs are stolen from his home because he got really high last night.

My favorite scene was one where Garcia's ignorance of his own racism ends up biting him in the ass once again. At a school assembly meant to teach kids how to protect themselves, he sets up a scenario involving a "large black man on PCP." Jones asks why the man has to be black, and Garcia says it's because that's what the kids usually see on TV, and besides, "it's in their nature to be violent already." That's when Jones smashes a bottle over Garcia's head.

Best line: "If it was easy to be good at law enforcement, wouldn't we be?"

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