All I Wanna Know Is Does the Camel Know Someone Took Its Eggs?
In an episode that is nothing short of fascinating viewed post 9/11, the Harts are embroiled in assassination plots and Arab culture with their old friend, King Rashid of FakeMiddleEasternCountry. The teaser set the tone with a very unappetizing brunch of, um, camel eggs? Alrightythen. The sound was off in the shots outside the mansion where the Harts go to visit the King, and I ENJOYED that it was off, because I'd rather have bad sound in real locations than good sound in fake ones. I also liked the mosque-y set design, especially the wall that comes down when the alarm goes off. Nice, authentic touch. I also loved the little scene in J&J's bathroom where Jennifer asks who he'd be married to if not her, and he said if he weren't married to her, he'd want to be married to her. Natural, flowing, effortless acting in this conversation. And with Season 4, there's a lot more directness in the sex and not as much innuendo. Jonathan embraces Jennifer trying to get a quickie in there, and she's like, oh come one, we just don't have time, and Jonathan's like, "pleeeease?!" Adorable. Alas, Jennifer is caught snooping, and wouldn't you know it everyone is embroiled in the intrigue. This was as good episode. Forget the fact that no head of state would be left alone with anyone in the wide open ether of LA like the King here is, who cares, this is a great episode. I didn't dig the fez ("from Turkey") and the wacko coffee pot (A "samovar," apparently? From Russia?). But I really loved RJ in this one. He was so authentic and just really great. Every facial expression, every look. He's not an out there kind of actor; underrated as a result, I think. But his subtleties speak quite a bit to his ability. BLOOPER ALERT --> The champaign is flowing to the Lion, the lion laps it up, but the floor is sparkling clean after. A lot of bad dub work, terrible handling of propwork, and the security beams were probably good FX for the time; but, on the other hand, a lot of great stunt work from the actors, themselves, hysterical placement of a champaign glass, and the use of the word "schmendrick." And Max gets the disguise work in this one! In the end, I was surprised by a twist that left me saying, "wuh?!" But then, again, the unlikelihood of the treatment of a head of state. But who cares, this one was cool. Quite nicely done!
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