Cut to a news broadcast, featuring what I'm sure sixty-five million emailers will tell me is a real-life New Jersey anchorman. He describes Janice as a local woman "with ties to the mafia," and then throws it to a field reporter by asking if the "other mother should go into the Soccer Mom Protection Program." Oy. Is there a Lame Local News Copy-Writer Protection Program anywhere? Because I watch HBO specifically so that I never have to hear shit like that. The field reporter fills us in on the details while Blondie gets checked out by some paramedics behind her, and then Not Janeane Garofalo gets her one line of the episode: "I just feel so bad for the kids." Hmm. Given how political this show has become of late, I can only assume that's some sort of oblique reference to Air America. On the other hand, remember when Janeane Garofalo really was on this show? Yeah. That was a good episode. This one? Not so much. We switch to Camcorder Man's footage of the actual incident, and even though I hated this entire episode, I do have to admit that what comes next is one of the funniest single shots this show has ever had. A screeching Janice gets chased into the frame by a cop, who then brings her down with an open-field tackle that would have done LT proud. Hee hee. Rewind. Rewatch. Rewind. Rewatch. After positively identifying Janice one last time as the "sister of reputed New Jersey mob boss Anthony Soprano," we go to an interview with noted psychologist "Bela Kakuk." Heh. In an effort to exposit our primary theme for the evening, Bela explains, "Psychologists are finding that certain individuals are particularly prone to rage. Almost any frustration, inconvenience, or perceived inconsideration will set them off." In an effort to set our approximate level of wit for the evening, Kakuk delivers this information in a dry, emotionless monotone, whereas Tony reacts by smacking the set and yelling "motherfucker." Do you get it? Do you? Yeah, well you'd damn well better, because I'm getting really fucking sick of explaining shit to you motherfuckers! Or, you know, something like that.
Episode Report CardAaron: C- | 580 USERS: C+
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