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The Chris Isaak Show

Season 2 Episode 17

Charity Begins at Home

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Jul 09, 2002 on Showtime
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Charity Begins at Home
From Showtime: At the request of his mother, Dr. Dorothy Isaak, Chris agrees to organize a charity benefit concert at Bimbo's. The night of the event, during a torrential rain storm, he shares the stage with an amazing line-up of talent – among them Green Day, The Goo Goo Dolls, Art Alexakis, Trisha Yearwood, Stephan Jenkins, Gavin Rossdale, comedian Kathy Griffin, and, possibly, Tina Turner. Throughout the soggy, star-studded evening, Chris catches glimpses of a gorgeous naval officer whose gaze keeps eluding him. Yola has a reputation for canceling personal plans at the last minute. So she hurries to take care of some final details for the charity concert before leaving on a long-awaited vacation to Hawaii with friends. But her obsessive need to organize and manage every last detail of Chris' professional life ultimately causes her to miss the plane. Yola must finally admit that she has trouble letting go of her work. Meanwhile, Anson is fervently necking with his on-and-off girlfriend Tanya in a broom closet at Bimbo's when she confides to him that she's being harassed by Gordon, a guy she used to date. Anson boldly gives her his best advice on how to handle the situation, and ends up in the parking lot after the concert, dealing with Gordon, fist to face.moreless

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • 1.  This goof is really to be expected, though at the time, I doubt that anyone connected with the show thought it would be. Sometime around episode 9 "Hell is Other People," the stage setup at Bimbo's changed somewhat The set seems to have been made larger (wider, more than anything,) blue neon light tubes were added to Kenney's drum platform, and a Persian-style rug was added to the floor in front of his kit. Unfortunately, the scenes
        in this episode that featured Art Alexakis, Green Day, Stephan Jenkins, and the Goo Goo Dolls were all shot when those artists were on the set filming their individual episodes. (Basically, none of the artists who'd appeared on the show previously were brought back to film their scenes for the season finale. This also explains why none of these many acts are seen anywhere backstage during the show.) The Bimbo's set for those performances is as it was for those earlier visits. Gavin Rossdale's and Trisha Yearwood's appearances on the show were after episode 9 "Hell is Other People," and the Bimbo's stage set is seen in those scenes in its updated state. Cases in point...

        During Bush's performance as the concert opener in this episode, Chris makes an effort to kick a bucket (which came out of nowhere...) to catch rain from the leaky roof, right up next to his microphone stand about
        halfway through the song.  The bucket is not seen again, even after five other musical acts perform there, until Chris and the band close the show with "Two Hearts."

        Art Alexakis' performance right after the opener with Bush shows a distinctly different set.  This is contrasted sharply because it's sandwiched between Bush and Trisha
        Yearwood's performances – the only guest performances for this episode that were filmed on the new set.

        Green Day's stage set is also exactly as it was for their episode, and it's interesting to note that they were the only visiting group to ever fully replace the usual Silvertone setup on stage.  Kenney's drums are gone from the platform, in place of Tre's kit – exactly as it was in their original episode...

        Finally, the only concert performances that include the carpet on the floor (aside from scenes of Chris and Silvertone alone,) are the performances with Bush and Trisha Yearwood. 

        2.  After Chris and Anson make a valiant, if ridiculous effort to patch up the roof at the club, the next scene is a front-view of Bimbo's with a small crowd of people standing outside the venue as the rain continues to fall.  Unfortunately, one of the cars we see driving up the street past the club is a convertible... with the top down...

        3.  Again after the roof incident, Chris and Anson are back on stage; with remarkably dry (and well styled) hair for having spent several minutes traipsing around on a roof during a storm...

        4.  As Chris' elusive Lieutenant leaves the concert, she apparently puts a note on the windshield of Chris' car.  How she knew the Nova was his, wasn't explained.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • As Chris holds the soggy piece of paper with the smeared number of his elusive Lieutenant, his mom approaches to say good night to him:

        Dr. Isaak: "You should be so proud of yourself."

        Chris: "I should?"

        Dr. Isaak: "Yes, you made so much money for the Center tonight. And you had the guts to get up on that stage with all those talented musicians."

    • NOTES (1)

      • Songs featured in this episode:

        "Two Hearts"
        Live rehearsal setting at Bimbo's.

        "Just What I Needed"
        Live concert setting at Bimbo's with Gavin Rossdale and Bush.

        "I Will Buy You a New Life"
        Live concert setting at Bimbo's with Art Alexakis.

        "I Don't Paint Myself into Corners"
        Live concert setting at Bimbo's with Trisha Yearwood.

        Live concert setting at Bimbo's by Green Day.

        "Crystal Baller"
        Live concert setting at Bimbo's with Stephan Jenkins.

        "Somebody's Crying"
        Live concert setting at Bimbo's with The Goo Goo Dolls.

        "Two Hearts"
        Live concert setting at Bimbo's.

    • ALLUSIONS (0)