The Chris Isaak Show

Season 3 Episode 2


Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Jan 15, 2004 on Showtime
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Chris's sense of civic duty is aroused when his favorite free parking spot at the public beach he frequents is suddenly designated a red zone. Chris vows to fight for the public's civil liberties and, with the support of Michelle Branch and his band, decides to run for parking commissioner – much to Yola's chagrin...

Meanwhile, Yola's maternal instincts are awakened when she volunteers to look after Megan, her six-year-old stepsister, for a week. Though anxious to put her parenting skills to the test, she soon finds that the job is hardly the walk in the park she thought it would be.

Anson comes into a bit of money and suddenly finds himself in a constant state of worry over what to do with it. When the guys in the band bombard him with unsolicited advice on how to protect his cash, he's consumed with worry and indecision, until he comes up with his own stellar solution.


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    Michelle Branch

    Michelle Branch


    Guest Star

    Tom McBeath

    Tom McBeath

    Charles M. Smoltz

    Guest Star

    Haile Page

    Haile Page


    Guest Star

    Dan Joffre

    Dan Joffre


    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • 1.  The major goof
        with this episode involves the missing Jimi; Yola's Springer spaniel dog.  This would have been a great episode to
        allow Jimi to interact with Megan. 
        Additionally, it would have been interesting to see how Yola handled
        both child and dog under her roof…

        2.  In the "Meet the
        Candidates" scene, the moderator identifies the incumbent as "Carl Schmoltz,"
        not "Charles Schmoltz" as he appeared in the credits.

        3.  The clips of
        Chris boxing in Cody's commercial actually came from season one's episode 11,
        "The Professionals."

        4.  The movie Megan
        watches at Yola's house is the same "Princess Electra" flick that Anson finally
        settles on as he flips through the channels at Chris' house in season two's
        episode 11, "Gimme Shelter."  In that
        episode, Hershel comments, "I think I've seen this episode."  So, is this a film, or a TV serial?

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Quote #1:

        Chris, talking to Mona about the injustice of his parking ticket:

        Chris: "Do you know the history of the Barbary Coast? Do you know who founded this city? It wasn't a bunch of snivelin' bureaucrats. It was bootleggers, and whalers, and whores."

        Mona: "Oh, my!"

        Chris: "My kinda people."

        Quote #2:

        Kenney to the band as the election results for Parking Commissioner are displayed on the TV screen:

        Kenney: "Thirty two votes? That's not even a Tupperware party."

    • NOTES (1)

      • Songs featured in this episode:

        "Til I Get Over You"
        Live concert setting at Bimbo's with Michelle Branch.

        "Notice the Ring"
        Soundtrack music – Yola gets dinner for Megan at Bimbo's.

        "Money" (The Flying Lizards)
        Soundtrack music – Anson looks for an appropriate hiding place for his stash.

        "Waitin' for the Gin to Hit Me"
        Roly and 'Megan,' singing in the green room at Bimbo's.

        "Nothing to Say"
        Live concert setting at Bimbo's with Michelle Branch

    • ALLUSIONS (0)