Teachers

Season 1 Episode 5

Testing

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Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Apr 25, 2006 on NBC
8.3
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Alice falls for the testing guru Doug and so Jeff as to expose Doug. Dick has to help Tina to save her job at the school.

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  • Simple storyline. Not an exciting show, however, this episode deliver a fairly good entertainment.

    8.5
    In the previous episodes, the main casts of Teachers are as flat as a sheet of newspaper. The only admirable one is Jeff. And in this episode, the character of each cast is builing up. I can sense the progress to see the cast and writer improving. They start to add in wordplay, which is what they really need in such a sitcom. I love the part Jeff and Calvin trying to break in the representative's car. The "this is exactly when a black got caught" part made me laugh so hard!



    However, I am still worried Teachers will be cut off because of the CBS's brilliant new sitcom, How I Met Your Mother. I just put some more attention on this show because of this episode.moreless
  • This show is way too Cliché.

    8.0
    In this episode Jeff, Calvin, and Alice try to make fun of a testing representative. Jeff hates this guy from way back when and so does everything to annoy him. But Alice likes what he is talking about and falls for him. HE tells Alice that her class did the best on the standardize test. Jeff is distort when he finds Alice and his enemy making out, and tries to break into his car so that he can look at the tests which he believes that his enemy manipulated so that Alice would win. When he is caught breaking into the car Alice is very angry with Jeff, and this makes Jeff even more depressed. Also Dick leans that Tina may get fired and so helps her out in a very claver way…must watch to see what happens.moreless
  • Jeff tries to get Alice on his side against a testing instructor, and Tina finds out Dick has a soft side.

    8.4
    This was an interesting episode about testing and whether or not it is necessary to have people teach to a test. The debate over whether teaching to a test is learning is a completely different topic.



    I like the idea that Dick isn't a complete a-hole, but does it bother anyone else that Sarah Shahi is Iranian but they keep calling her Mexican?



    There were some well-timed jokes and the storyline was solid. I'm not sure the plot advanced any, but it did bring up some good arguments for supporting underappreciated public school teachers.



    Some people think that this show is doing a disservice to the profession, but I actually think that it is doing a good thing. Just as Desperate Housewives is a satire on an underappreciated demographic, Teachers is attempting to mainstream a group that has largely been ignored.



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  • Very good episode but not the best.

    8.1
    The last two weeks were awesome for this show. The "shoololympics" and "golf" both were phenomenal.



    This week was not AS GOOD but still very hilarious. I can't remember all the gags but I know Calvin was great as usual. The Dick character keeps on getting more stange, which is good although I didn't really like the story with Tina too much. But everything else with Jeff, Alice and that other guy were really really good.



    I also loved the ending in the bar when Alice and Jeff wanna dance and Calvin plays that horrible music. He got a kick out of that one.



    Overall I really enjoyed it, despite it not being as good as the last two eps.



    Looking forward to the finale!!!moreless
  • Average

    7.7
    This was great but at the same time could of been better, i felt that the consistancy of jokes that they have used in the spisodes before had thinned in this episode, There wernt many really good ones, and as i watched it, it didnt really make e laugh, i did enjoy the bit where dick pretends to be the president of teh school bored on the phone, i know its only been 4 episodes but we can start to see where the production wants the diffrent charactors to go, very good show in general i hope to see much more of it.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Doug: In a perfect world I wouldn't exist.
      Jeff: Woo-hoo! Perfect world!

    • (plays The Devil Went Down to Georgia)
      Doug: You really think that bothers me?
      Jeff: It better because it bothers the hell out of me.

    • Dick: (talking to Tina) You know I got all the news I need about you people on Telemundo.

    • Dick: (talking to the bartender) What do I owe you?
      Tina: Hold on. It's on me
      Dick: Wouldn't that money be better spent on a new bell for your village's church.

    • Alice: Sorry about Jeff. He's such a child.
      Doug: But shorter.

    • Jeff: All we have to do is break into the car and take a look at the test.
      Calvin: Are you serious? You and I break into a car. Who do you think they'll put away?

    • Jeff: I can't believe it. Why would she kiss him?
      Calvin: Sorry man
      Jeff: I mean wouldn't you kiss me before you kiss him?
      Calvin: Well I don't know
      Jeff: Oh never mind. It was a trick question so that I could call you gay.

    • Jeff: (talking about Alice) And we beat Doug. So now all that's left is a celebratory hug, which in an ideal world would lead to an awkward kiss, and then an over the shirt boob raising.

    • Doug: You know what sucks even more than testing?
      Jeff: Maroon 5?
      Calvin: I like them.
      Jeff: (calmly) Me too.

    • Dick: Well I guess you could get fired.
      Tina: Yea.
      Dick: Finally I don't have to lock up my valuables.

    • (Tina takes Dick's scotch)
      Dick: Keep drinking from my glass. I'm sure that sore on my lip is nothing to worry about.

    • Jeff: My students have done better on that test than anybody in 3 years.
      Alice: Really? Why didn't you tell me that before?
      Jeff: Because I don't like to brag.
      Alice: Then why did you tell me you ate 6 pancakes in 10 minutes this morning?
      Jeff: cuz that's probably the fastest anybody's done that. (pause) Ever.

    • Tina: Who are you going to direct all this racism to when I'm fired Dick?
      Dick: I don't know. Maybe that butler that hangs around Jeff.

    • Tina: Look I did all my course work. I just didn't take my final exams because I started getting teaching jobs and it was sunny and I like the beach.
      Dick: Well sure you do. It reminds you of the day when your family floated in this country on their homemade raft.

    • Tina: Wiggins hasn't received my teaching credentials yet.
      Dick: So, they'll show up. It's not like you don't have them.
      Tina: I don't have them.
      Dick: Well then I guess it's a long hay ride back to Tijuana.

    • Doug: That means a better education for every student. Isn't that why we're here?
      Jeff: I'm here for the gym membership.
      Calvin: I'm here for the asbestos.

    • Dick: I can't go back to teaching Drvier's Ed.
      Tina: Oh I think you'd like that. Some poor kid drives you to Pizza Hut, waits in the car while you wuff down a calzone and brings you back.
      Dick: Those are some good times. But being in the same car with that Simmons kid is like a scene of the Fast and the Furious.

    • (Dick coughs)
      Tina: Dick, cover your mouth. It's like walking past a brewery fire.

    • Jeff: I spent 2 hours listening to the difference between a dental technician and hygienist. I turn my back for 1 minute and he's taken her home.
      Calvin: What is the difference?
      Jeff: I don't know. I think one of them wears gloves and the other one is a dirty, dirty slut.

    • Jeff: He's not my rival. I just have a natural aversion to someone who takes away my valuable teaching time.
      Calvin: That and he stole drunk Nancy from you.

    • Ms Wiggins: What did you think of Mr. Diamond's presentation?
      Tina: It's fine.
      Ms Wiggins: (cuts her off) Hands off! Or I'll scratch your eyes out.

    • Dick: (to Tina) You're late! Trouble at the border?

    • Alice: I'm not willing to sit idly by, while injustice is carried out. I intend to be very disruptive in his seminar!
      Calvin: Good for you Alice. I always knew that wild woman inside would come out someday.
      Alice: I will repeatedly clear my throat and only you will know that it's not at all soar. (leaves satisfied)
      Calvin: Well someday.

    • Jeff: You know what? I'm glad Alice is with Doug. Gives me more time to pursue my hobby.
      Calvin: You don't have a hobby.
      Jeff: I got to get a new drink. Maybe that could be my new hobby.
      Calvin: My uncle had that hobby. His new hobby is looking for a liver.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Air dates:
      - Denmark: June 7, 2008 on TV3+

    • Coupling Connection:

      Sarah Alexander played Susan in the British version of Coupling.
      Colin Ferguson played Patrick in the American version of Coupling

      Furthermore, in both series, the Susan character had been the former girlfriend of the Patrick character.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Jeff and Calvin admit to liking Maroon 5, even though they say it's worst than testing. Maroon 5 is the 2005 Grammy Award winning pop/rock group from LA.

    • Dick refers to his teaching experience of Driver's Ed as a scene from The Fast and the Furious. The Fast and the Furious was a 2001 film about street racing, starring Vin Diesel and Paul Walker.

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