The Critic

Uneasy Rider

Season 1, Ep 12, Aired 7/13/94
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  • Episode Description
  • Jay is asked by Duke to use his show to promote a new product, Savvy Indian Chewing Tobacco. Jay doesn't want to promote tobacco so he tears up his contract and quits. He finds a new career in truck driving where he is praised by the other truckers, but starts to realize the importance of his other job.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Steve Tompkins

  • Alan Smart

  • Rex Reed

    Voice of Himself

  • Charles Napier

    Duke Phillips

  • Christine Cavanaugh

    Marty Sherman

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • A very funny episode.

    By captaindillo456, Jul 04, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • Jay: We'll also be looking at Sylvester Stallone in "Rocky 6: Texas Chainsaw Massacre 4." The audience seemed to enjoy this film, despite some nut in the back of the theater yelling, "Cut off Stallone's head! Cut off Stallone's head!"... All right, it was me.

    • Margot: Hey big brother, how's the job search going? Jay: Some scientists paid me $50.00 to test this new P.M.S. drug... As if that's any of your business Miss Buttinski! Ohh, I'm sorry. I don't know why I say such hurtful things. Oh! Chocolate! (stuffs his face, then stops) Oh, that's going straight to my thighs...

    • Marty: A shooting star! Make a wish, Dad! (A meteor flies down and smashes a poster advertising the movie "Ace Ventura") Jay: Thank you, God!

    • Vlada: (seeing Jay and his trucker friends) Vlada takes all deliveries in the rear.

    • Jay: Well, that's all for our show tonight. If you want to read more about trucking, I'm sorry but there just aren't any trucking books out there.

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    Notes (2)

    • Movies Criticized on "Coming Attractions": - "Rocky 6: Texas Chainsaw Massacre 4" (a spoof on the Rocky and Texas Chainsaw Massacre films)

    • Opening & Closing Gags Phone Call: "Hello Jay, this is you doctor. We've been going over your X-rays, and it seems you're made entirely of cheese." Movie Parody: A man hangs with one arm from the edge of a cliff. With the other arm he is struggling to hold a women. The women is holding a boy. The boy is holding a dog. The dog is holding a cat. The cat is holding a mouse. And finally, the mouse is holding a piece of cheese. (Cliffhanger.) Response to Usher: "I'm stuck in the chair."

    Trivia (18)

    • While driving, Jay passes a French Chefs Convention and Meet Ingmar Bergman for 25 cents.

    • Jay's salary is $271,000 a year.

    • The teenage worker's name tag reads: "Mr. PIZZAFACE Assistant Manager"

    • Savvy Indian Tobacco used to be Savage Indian Tobacco.

    • The TV schedules has "The Best of Chevy Chase" on at 10:00 followed by The News at 10:05.

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    Allusions (4)

    • In the "Philadelphia" parody, "Schenectady", Charles Napier provides the voice of the judge in the courtroom, whereas, in the actual movie, "Philadelphia", Napier plays Judge Garnett in the final courtroom scene.

    • Ingmar Bergman When Jay is driving the truck back to New York the only stop he regrets not being able to make is when he passes a booth that says, "Meet Ingmar Bergman for 25 cents!" Ingmar Bergman was a Swedish film maker that wrote and directed the classic films The Seventh Seal, Persona, and Wild Strawberries. He was known for his use of facial close-ups and dynamic use of light and darkness. His visual style was considered so ground-breaking that the term "Bergmanesque" was coined to reference it when used in other film makers' works.

    • Episode Title: "Uneasy Rider" The title is a reference to Easy Rider, the 1969 film about bikers on a cross country trip.

    • Thelma and Louise Thelma and Louise drive off a cliff just like they do in the 1991 movie Thelma and Louise.

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