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The Chris Isaak Show

Season 1 Episode 3

Crimes and Punishment

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Mar 26, 2001 on Showtime
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Crimes and Punishment
From Showtime: In an attempt to win favor with his new love interest and duet partner, movie star Minnie Driver, Chris agrees to take care of her English sheepdog, Otto. Unfortunately, Chris forgets Otto's special food. Before he knows it, the pet rabbit, Mr. Whiskers, who belongs to the little girl next door, lies dead and covered in dirt, apparently a victim of the hungry and oversized dog. Desperate, Chris tries to cover for Otto, washing the dirt from the bunny's fur and blow-drying him to make it look as though Mr. Whiskers died of natural causes. Meanwhile, Chris's manager Yola and his keyboard player Anson are having their own troubles. Yola's got problems in the boardroom when her hot-shot colleague Cody makes her feel old and out of touch. Anson's problems are in the bedroom. His latest girlfriend Carol, is hot, but she's deeply religious and she's wracked by guilt whenever they make love. Anson finds her innocence and tortured spirituality strangely arousing, until he too gets the feeling that God is watching them.moreless

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • 1.  In Chris' guilty dream sequence with Otto,
        the painting of the rabbit behind Otto in the highchair was also used in Chris' room at the Gallop On Inn where the band shot the "video" in the first episode.

        2.  In this episode, we see that Chris actually has a backyard, not just a patio/balcony area (that can be accessed through the set of French doors in his living room,) though we don't necessarily see how he gains access to the ground from the house. Additionally, we see several shots of the front of the house, which has light-colored siding (possibly gray,) yet as Chris brings the missing Otto his dinner, we see that the back of the house is
        a dark green.

        3.  It's probably important to note, at this point, that as Chris brings Otto out into the backyard, there is what appears to be a flight of stairs leading up to another
        balcony/landing area of his house. Unfortunately from the outside shots of the house, we see that there is
        likely a basement of some sort directly underneath the living room, and that the back of the house seems to sit closer to the ground. (The house appears to have been built on a hill, with the front of the house actually having two stories, while the back of the house doesn't.)  This would mean
        that the steps leading down from the back of his house aren't exactly accurate... The conclusion? The front exterior shots are not of the same house used for the backyard shots.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Anson to Chris, worried that his relationship with Carol is sinful in the eyes of God: "Do you believe in signs?"

        Chris: "What are we talkin' about here, Anson?"

        Anson: "Signs, man, like locusts, floods, snakes with two heads, that sorta shit."

        Chris: "I don't believe in that superstitious stuff, I'm a Catholic."

    • NOTES (1)

      • Songs featured in this episode:

        Live concert setting at Bimbo's.

        "This Love Will Last"
        Live concert setting at Bimbo's with Minnie Driver.

        "La Vie En Rose"
        Live in the green room at Bimbo's with Minnie Driver.

        "Eyes of Texas"
        Live rehearsal setting at Chris' house. (With Chris on the piano.)

        "Forever Blue"
        Chris playing live, relaxing at home.

        "Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing"
        Live concert setting at the Fillmore.

    • ALLUSIONS (0)