Fiona is eager to join Kip in his recovery, but discovers that his treatment with Camilla has progressed quickly, and alarmingly, beyond the usual talk and aversion therapy.

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Fiona is eager to join Kip in his recovery, but discovers that his treatment with Camilla has progressed quickly, and alarmingly, beyond the usual talk and aversion therapy.

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Meryl is completely in the zone and makes Camilla Bowner a memorable character
18 March 2012 | by (India) – See all my reviews

"God made me do it!" That's Camilla's justification of 'going-there/entering-there', covering 'front-to-back', 'top-to-toe' to cure web therapist Fiona Wallice's gay husband Kip. Camilla logs in in an 'in-the-zone' mood, seeming extremely gay and dazzled from within, and informs Fiona about the remarkable progress her organization has made with Kip. It is then revealed that Camilla herself used the hands-on approach to stimulate and arouse Kip and often slept with him to make him a man. Fiona, in the beginning, seems more benign herself but gradually realizes that while Kip is heading in the 'right' direction, Fiona may be left out in the process of reconciliation. We also get a taste of how manipulative Camilla is. Most importantly, we get tequila shots of Meryl's wicked humor that tests Lisa Kurdrow's strength as a comedian.

Lisa shines at two moments and is more confident than her act in Aversion Therapy: the first one is the 'touch the shoulder' gag and the second is the look of exclamation that she gives when Camilla describes her bizarre therapy. Meryl has tons to offer however, whether it is improvising the 'insect kingdom' dialog, or the hungry looks she gives thinking about Kip, or explaining with dead seriousness about the two prongs and electricity. She exudes that energy of a "woman who has that 'loved-it!' moment after sex" while describing Kip's progress and talking about arousal and gets so in the mood that I really makes her character Camilla Bowner so memorable.

The wardrobe here is different, with both women wearing white, but Fiona here wears a maidenly dress that according to Camilla, makes her look like a 'German girl', while Meryl looks hot and seductive. She also has a bangle made of white pearls on her arm that made me wonder how she used it while arousing Kip! The writing here is plain brilliance because it appears so natural, unlike some shows where 'punch-lines' are so obvious. Credit again goes to the actresses, especially Meryl, who deliver them with fluidity. In the beginning of the act though, Lisa does appear as if something is stuck in her throat when she is talking about 'seeing the light', and her shaky high-pitched stress on words like 'thank-you', 'good', 'truly', 'down', 'with', which is a very American way of SAYIng it, suggest she needs vocal lessons.

Overall, the skit is a cracker and a brilliant alternative to The Saturday Night Show.

My Rating: 9.5 out of 10


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