Andy Richter Controls the Universe

Season 2 Episode 7

Crazy in Rio

Aired Tuesday 8:30 PM Jan 05, 2003 on FOX
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Crazy in Rio
Freddy Pickering just inherited control of Pickering Industries, but Andy and the gang wonder if the unstable Freddy should be in control of anything, especially when his management style is to cause dissension among the group.

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  • Conan O\'Brien and Andy Richter together again. Need I say more?

    Right from the start, it\'s clear that Conan O\'Brien\'s wackiness would complement the show superbly. It didn\'t seem possible that they could improve on the brilliance of previous episodes, but with Conan\'s influence, new heights were reached. That is not to say that Conan carried the show - in fact, my main criticism of the episode is that the other characters are forced to sacrifice their own screen time.

    The story begins with Andy Richter at work, thinking about how happy he is to have such great friends, a brief but significant scene which sets up a key theme of the episode. Then there is a man standing in his office, played by Conan O\'Brien. He says some strange things until Jessica (Paget Brewster) enters and explains his presence. It turns out he is Freddy Pickering and has just become the majority stock-holder in Pickering Industries.

    Subsequently, amid various humorous comments and queries from the gang, the eccentric Freddy imposes strict penalties for breaking company policy and offers $1,000 to anyone willing to finger any such culprit. Paranoia sets in - with amusing results - culminating in a confrontation with Freddy - with even more amusing results - which ultimately lands Andy a job in management.

    Andy grows closer to Freddy, but finds himself drifting apart from his friends. He tries to bridge the gap with a trip to Rio, but does so too desperately, placing them all in danger at the hands of an increasingly irrational Freddy.

    The drama and issues are overshadowed by overwhelming comedy as usual, Conan expertly handling the various levels of insanity. Early, he belittles Jessica, accusing her of laughing at his mother\'s death and then confusing her, saying she has no sense of humor. Later, he attempts to introduce the gang to the cotton candy around his arm. As Freddy descends into madness, he makes Andy wear dark glasses to view his naked body, exclaiming, \"Look at the light I give off...behold my radiance!\"

    Even without Conan, the episode would be worth watching. The usual hilarity is ubiquitous - Keith arguing with Andy about eating faeces, Byron rambling sarcastically and stealing water coolers, the deceased Mr Pickering revelling in the thought of buying murder with water, and the spontaneity inherent in the presence of a leopard.

    A simply unmissable episode, but the same could apply to any episode of this remarkable show.moreless
Jim Meskimen

Jim Meskimen


Guest Star

Conan O'Brien

Conan O'Brien

Freddy Pickering

Special Guest Star

John Bliss

John Bliss

Mr. Pickering

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (17)

    • Freddy: (hand is covered with cotton candy) Cotton candy?
      Jessica: No, thank you.
      Freddy: I wasn't offering it to you. I was introducing you.

    • Freddy: I want to show you something, but you must protect your eyes. (Hands dark glasses to Andy and disrobes) Don't take off the glasses yet, it isn't safe! (brief pause) Look at the light I give off. BEHOLD MY RADIANCE!

    • Jessica: My butt is going to go so tan people will mistake it for a football and pass it around.

    • Freddy: What's on your mind Andy, my right hand man-dy?

    • Wendy: We haven't seen you in over two weeks, other than that time you and Freddy rode those two gigantic women though the cafeteria.

    • Andy: What are you guys doing? I haven't changed, I'm the same guy I always was.
      Keith: Andy, you have a leopard.
      Andy: So what if I have a leopard? That doesn't mean I've changed, I mean, what? Do you guys hate leopards now? Maybe you're the ones that have changed!

    • Freddy: Have research make a dog that speaks Italian. They can either make the dog smarter or Italian easier.

    • Andy: Don't be afraid.
      Freddy: I'm not afraid.
      Andy: I was talking to myself.

    • Keith: We just think that making love in a public place is a very private matter.

    • Freddy: At least she died doing what she loves the most: committing suicide.

    • Mr. Pickering: In my day you could buy a murder with nothing more than tea and tap water.

    • Freddy: So what's on your agenda when you're not kissing my ass?
      Jessica: Actually I hadn't thought beyond that.

    • (After sniffing Andy.)
      Freddy: You've got a good honest smell. Like potatoes.

    • Jessica: Well, look who's back from Fantasy Island.
      Byron: Nice suit. Where'd ya get it, Fantasy Island?
      Jessica: Byron, that's what I just said.
      Byron: (still looking at Andy) Yeah, that's right!

    • Andy: It's a duct tape wedding! Cover your genitalia and run!

    • Freddy: There will be no lying, treachery or stealing.
      Wendy: Why did you look at me.
      Freddy: You're very pretty.
      Wendy: Yeah, but why did you look at me when you said stealing?
      Freddy: Maybe you stole your beauty from the rainbow. And some toner.
      Wendy: I didn't do either of those things.
      Freddy: You're very crafty. Anyone who uncovers a theft will be paid $1000, anyone caught covering up a theft will be fired immediately. (To Jessica) You, how did you feel when I told the thief she was pretty?
      Jessica: ...I'm just so very sorry about your mother.

    • Wendy: Yeah, well, maybe I would have liked to have ridden a giantess.

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