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Super Karate Monkey Death Car 

Andrea wants everybody to take a lie detector test while Mr. James does a book reading of his autobiography.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Catherine Duke
Mark Conley ...
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Michael Raysses ...


Andrea announces she wants to do some tests with the staff. Joe somehow gets hold of the test and discovers it's a lie detector test. Dave lets Beth arrange a lunch in a restaurant so he can tell the staff what Andrea has in reserve for them. In the restaurant, it turns out Matthew is now a waiter and Lisa has done time. Meanwhile, the Japanese translation of Mr. James' autobiography is a hit in Japan. Because the original English version bombed, Mr. James has the book translated from Japanese back into English, hoping it will be a hit this time. To bring attention to the book he does a book reading. Written by Marco van Hoof <>

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Comedy | Romance




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4 November 1997 (USA)  »

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During Mr. James's book reading porn legend Ron Jeremy is one of the audience members. See more »


In the first scene, Bill is pretending to be Matthew. He sits back in his chair and falls backward out of it. You can see his coffee mug on the table has tipped over and is clearly empty. Lisa sets it back upright. In the next scene Bill takes the coffee mug and leans back again. This time coffee from that previously empty mug spills all over him. See more »


Joe: It's a polygraph test.
Dave: Polygraph? You mean a lie detector?
Joe: Sure, if you want to sound like an idiot.
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References Animal House (1978) See more »

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Pure gold!
25 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

This is far and away my favorite title and one of my all-time favorites of "NewsRadio". The title comes from the name of Jimmy James' autobiography - which sold like gangbusters in Japan, so he had it translated back to English. 'Super Karate Monkey Death Car' is the new name for the book, which is funny enough when you're reading it for the first time, but oh so much funnier in context. Mr. James gives a bookstore reading and the broken English comes off just as beautifully as you'd expect:

"I never doubted myself for a minute for I knew that my monkey-strong bowels were girded with strength, like the loins of a dragon ribboned with fat and the opulence of . . . buffalo dung."

It's a glorious train wreck, and Stephen Root wrings every last bit of humor out of the humiliating situation. He is one of the very finest character actors and his comedic timing is on full display here. This thing is worth a 10 for his material alone, but the rest of the episode works just as well; the writing is spot-on, Phil Hartman does plenty with facial expressions alone, and Lisa sweats the polygraph (felonious youth, 'natch).

It's perfect.


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