The Chris Isaak Show

Season 1 Episode 17

Behind the Isaak

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Jul 02, 2001 on Showtime
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Behind the Isaak
From Showtime: When VH1's "Behind the Music" arrives to do a segment on Chris, the record company sends over Dana, a woman who works in publicity. Knowing that "Behind the Music" loves tragedies and stars with feet of clay, Dana is determined to dig up all the dirt on Chris. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be much dirt to dig into. Then Chris meets up with Maria, a photographer who dumped him nine years earlier and who now has an eight-year-old daughter, Chloe. He starts to notice that he has a lot in common with Chloe – they both love to surf, they like old music, they both hate broccoli – and, after doing the math, he comes to the inevitable conclusion that he must be the little girl's father. But what if Dana finds out? Dana, meanwhile, is getting busy with Anson, whose slovenly habits and sleazy style seem to be a strange sort of turn-on for the classy executive. And Yola is wracked with guilt after her complaints cost Gwen, a deaf-and-blind masseuse, her job.moreless

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • 1.  The scene where Chris tells Dana that he's never had an accident while surfing isn't entirely true. There are at least two documented cases where he had close calls. Once where he found himself out too far as a storm swept in at Ocean Beach in San Francisco. He barely made it back alive, breaking his board in the process. A second incident (in late September of 1996,) resulted in a torn
        hamstring muscle (and a trip to the emergency room...) just hours before he and Kenney were to board a flight to Australia to promote the release of "Baja Sessions." (Chris was also scheduled as a presenter at the country's ARIA music awards show.) He made the trip and appeared on several Australian TV programs tenderly favoring his injured left leg.

        2.  When Yola visits Gwen at her house, Gwen tells Yola not to worry about her having been fired. Unfortunately, it's not explained how Gwen, a deaf and blind woman, knew that Yola was at the door, or why she was there.

        3.  In an unusual stage scene, we see, for perhaps the first time, Chris playing his red Fender on stage at Bimbo's. He typically plays Gibsons, and has said in several interviews that he plays them exclusively on
        stage. (See the "Acoustic Guitar" interview from August 2002 in the Files folder on the Baja Beach Club.)

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Chris talks to Mona about his episode for "Behind the Music:"

        Mona: "There's a lot to be said for a normal, ordinary life."

        Chris: "Normal? Excuse me? I'm Chris Isaak. I don't think anyone would call me 'normal'."

    • NOTES (1)

      • Songs featured in this episode:

        Live concert setting at Bimbo's.

        "I Believe"
        Soundtrack music – Viv and Yola talk about Yola's massage.

        "Only the Lonely"
        'Chloe' plays the piano for Chris.

        "Lover's Game"
        Live concert setting at Bimbo's.

        "Two Hearts"
        Chris duets with 'Chloe' live in his living room.

        "Wicked Game"
        music – Played as part of the mock "Behind the Music" episode.

    • ALLUSIONS (0)