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"According to Jim" Heaven Opposed to Hell (2009)

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According to Jim: Season 8: Episode 18 -- When Jim chokes on a shrimp puff, he dies and arrives at Heaven's gate.


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Original Air Date:
2 June 2009 (Season 8, Episode 18)
Jim chokes on food and is passing out. In a dream sequence, he talks to God and the Devil who are about to decide his fate of where he will spend his after life. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

James Belushi ... Jim Orenthal (as Jim Belushi)

Courtney Thorne-Smith ... Cheryl

Larry Joe Campbell ... Andy

Taylor Atelian ... Ruby
Billi Bruno ... Gracie

Conner Rayburn ... Kyle

Kimberly Williams-Paisley ... Dana

Dan Aykroyd ... Danny Michalski

Lee Majors ... God

Erik Estrada ... The Devil

Mitch Rouse ... Ryan

Bruce Jarchow ... Gate Keeper

Jackie Debatin ... Mandy
Willie Amakye ... Willie
Jesse J. Donnelly ... Man (as Jesse Donnelly)

Madison Dirks ... Delivery Guy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aidan Gonzales ... Tanner
Greg Goldstein ... Choking Orphan Father (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
James Belushi  (as Jim Belushi)
Writing credits
Tracy Newman (creator) &
Jonathan Stark (creator)

John D. Beck (written by) &
Ron Hart (written by)

Produced by
Chris Arrington .... associate producer
John D. Beck .... executive producer
Warren Bell .... executive producer
James Belushi .... executive producer (as Jim Belushi)
Suzanne Bukinik .... executive producer
Jesse J. Donnelly .... associate producer (as Jesse Donnelly)
David Feeney .... consulting producer
Marc Gurvitz .... executive producer
Ron Hart .... executive producer
Robert Heath .... co-executive producer (as Bob Heath)
Trevor Kirschner .... co-producer
Christopher J. Nowak .... producer
John Peaslee .... executive producer
Judd Pillot .... executive producer
Original Music by
James Belushi  (as Jim Belushi)
Glen Clark 
Cinematography by
George Mooradian 
Film Editing by
Kris Trexler 
Casting by
Allyson Bosch 
Production Design by
Michael Hynes 
Set Decoration by
Lynda Burbank 
Costume Design by
Bernadene Morgan 
Makeup Department
David Abbott .... makeup artist
Roxanne Baker-Sarver .... department head hair stylist
Jackie Dobbie .... makeup artist: Jim Belushi
Lydia Milars .... makeup department head (as Lydia Millars)
Production Management
Robert Heath .... unit production manager (as Bob Heath)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lauren Breiting .... associate director
Dennis Capps .... first assistant director
Sean Mulcahy .... second assistant director
Art Department
Gilbert Spragg .... property master (as Gil Spragg)
David Needham .... leadman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Kerry Boggio .... production sound mixer
Jack Donato .... re-recording mixer
Charlie McDaniel .... re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Adam C. Eichhorst .... best boy grip
John O'Brien .... video controller
Casting Department
Lisa Miller Katz .... original casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alice Daniels .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Chris Poulos .... assistant editor
Jay Steinberg .... on-line editor
Music Department
James Belushi .... composer: theme music (as Jim Belushi)
James Belushi .... performer: theme music
Glen Clark .... composer: theme music
Johnny Lee Schell .... music coordinator
Other crew
Chris Arrington .... production coordinator
Hayden Ghaffary .... script supervisor
Jonah Kuehner .... production staff
Liza LaLomia .... production staff
Fay Moss .... production accountant
Mike Murphy .... production staff
Tracy Newman .... consultant
Laura Pierce .... production staff
Chris Poulos .... production staff (as Christopher Poulos)
Gail Russell .... production staff
John Schwab .... production staff
Sung Suh .... story editor
Michelle Walker .... production staff
Barbara Bass .... studio teacher (uncredited)

Series Crew
These people are regular crew members. Were they in this episode?
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Curtis Chin  staff writer
Tracy Newman  creator
Brent Piaskoski  staff writer
Jonathan Stark  creator

Produced by
Jason Fisher .... supervising producer
Sylvia Green .... co-producer (2006)
Makeup Department
Carol Collini .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dusty Dukatz .... second second assistant director
Sound Department
Jesse Dodd .... foley mixer (as Jesse K-D. Dodd)
Richard Luckey Jr. .... sound
Visual Effects by
Rick Cortes .... visual effects
Ken Clark .... stunt double
Tanner Gill .... stunts (multiple episodes)
Caryn Mower .... stunt double: Courtney Thorne Smith
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Anderson .... director of photography: additional photography
Chris Bangma .... Steadicam assistant
Jerome Fauci .... Steadicam operator
Larry Gaudette .... camera operator
Joshua Jenkins .... best boy electric
Michael A. Johnson .... Steadicam operator
Tracy Kilbourne .... jib operator: "b" camera
Todd Mielke .... dimmer board operator
Bob Myers .... rigging grip
David Yellin .... lighting technician
Casting Department
Carissa Chapman .... casting associate
Geralyn Flood .... casting assistant (2002-)
Neely Gurman .... casting associate
Jason Harrington .... casting associate
Justine Hempe .... casting associate
Cathy Reinking .... casting associate
Stacey Tenenbaum .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tricia Yoo .... costume assistant (season 1)
Editorial Department
Jonathan Auzenne .... post-production assistant
Lenny Duge .... post-production duplication
Abraham Park .... post-production: Touchstone Television
Other crew
Mark Amos .... accounting clerk (as Mark Adam Amos)
Susan Chastain Hulbert .... production accountant
Jeannine Dupuy .... script supervisor: "Big Guy" tv spots
Daniel Egan .... production assistant
Charissa Gilmore .... publicist (2003)
Mark J. Greenberg .... production executive (2003)
Chris Lehman .... production assistant
Danai Maraire .... production assistant
Nicole Marostica .... publicist (2003)
Omar McClinton .... post-production finance: Touchstone Television
Phyllis Nelson .... production executive (2003)
Jennifer Reed .... audience switcher
Kiyana Williams .... production assistant
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

22 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Heaven Opposed to this episode !, 14 February 2013

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(According to Jim) isn't an excellent show. Though, it's sometimes well written, and all the time has a good message; concerning marriage, fatherhood, or else. However, this time, in the show's finale, while having some good writing, it has impudence as well. Unearthly, rather hellish, impudence !

Good things first. The idea of Jim being dead and getting confused between heaven and hell is fantastic. Many laughs were produced through situations (Jim tries to work his way to heaven by cheating), or lines (how do you know someone that evil ? I wasn't talking to you !). The cameos of (Dan Aykroyd, Erik Estrada, and Lee Majors) were surprising and refreshing. All the cast did right, especially (Larry Joe Campbell) as (Andy) in his hysterical paroxysm as lower / witness / the witness's mother / the witness's father !

Then, to the bad things. The plot of a trail for the show's finale, where the main character gets "judged", was done before in the end of another, more than little-known sitcom named (Seinfeld). Yes, the (According to Jim) writers added heaven and hell, made the show's characters as the court's members, and ended it differently than (Seinfeld), but still, using the finale's plot of a wildly successful show proves something uncreative around. Nevertheless, this is the slightest problem around !

Now to the deeper, uglier, problems. If embodying god is usual in the American TV or cinema, then this is one of the worst times ever to do such a deed. I mean how to agree with embodying god as a horny man ?! The moment of (Courtney Thorne-Smith) as (Cheryl), resorting to seduce god, was extremely awful. I hated the shameless blasphemy of it. It's unacceptable and unfunny.

Moreover, the episode's message. Oh God. It's about "I'm not changing", "I'm fine with what I am". This is like the worst message at all, regarding any body (so how about – of all people – our Jim ?!). And when all of Jim's family stipulates going to hell with him; it is the top of naivety for sure. I know. It's all in Jim's head. And he imagines his own trail and maybe the salvation he wants. But com'on. He, along with the writers, must have some conscience, so Jim may see his faults, and LEARN himself a moral lesson from them, because honestly the message in hand, about praising selfishness, justifying faultiness, yet falling in love with that, is so unbearably immoral !

Despite its good side, I see that with blasphemy, and such a dumb message, this episode suffers from a heavy load of impudence. Hence, it has to go straightly to the hell of the most terrible art works I have watched. And that's According to me, not Jim !

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