NewsRadio (1995–1999)
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Complaint Box 

Mr. James going on a fishing vacation, but in order to still be at the office Joe sets up a two-way satellite box, which drives the staff crazy as they have to take it around the office. A ... See full summary »

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Episode complete credited cast:
... Dave Nelson
... Jimmy James
... Matthew Brock
... Lisa Miller
... Beth
... Joe Garrelli
... Catherine Duke
... Bill McNeal
... Brian (as Bill Stevenson)
... Lawyer
Jon Simmons ... Dave's Lawyer
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Mr. James going on a fishing vacation, but in order to still be at the office Joe sets up a two-way satellite box, which drives the staff crazy as they have to take it around the office. A new complaint box is installed and promptly abused. Written by Justin Boggan

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29 January 1997 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Dave and Joe talk trucker/C.B. radio-style with Jimmy over his satellite hookup and Dave says, "Looks like we have ourselves a convoy," and Joe says, "Ain't she a beautiful sight." These are lyrics from C.W. McCall (real name Bill Fries)'s 1975 hit single "Convoy." See more »

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While discussing complaint box abuse at the meeting table, in a few seconds Beth goes from muted red-faced laughter in one shot, to straight-faced and pale no laughter. See more »

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[Catherine is recording on a recorder Joe made himself]
Joe: Hold it. I'm hearing some background noise.
Catherine Duke: I don't hear anything.
Joe: It's like a clicking noise. Take off your bracelets, that might help.
[Catherine does]
Joe: Now take off your rings.
[Catherine does]
Joe: Now your blouse.
[Catherine hits Joe upside the head]
Joe: Now I'm hearing a clicking and ringing noise.
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References Shaft (1971) See more »

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Taking things too far has never been funnier
14 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

It turns out annoying Dave Nelson makes for reliable subject matter, because that's a great deal of what's going on with 'Complaint Box', which is pretty much the show at peak performance. Mr. James is off fishing (present only through satellite link), leaving Dave in charge of handling each and every grievance filed by the staff (with each one growing ever more petty by the second).

It's pretty common sitcom material and has been used a hundred times since this episode aired ("The Office" did a great one), but it's still as fresh today as it was 20 years ago. And on top of that, when you throw in a bunch of classic Bill one-liners and Stephen Root being every bit as funny as usual (as nothing more than a disembodied voice), every last piece of this puzzle works in complete harmony.

This is perfect "NewsRadio".

10/10


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