The Chris Isaak Show

Season 2 Episode 11

Gimme Shelter

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Apr 07, 2002 on Showtime
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Episode Summary

Gimme Shelter
From Showtime: Chris secretly longs for a few days to unwind when the demands of his work start piling up. Instead, he must prepare for a visit from television host Lucia Kent, who plans to broadcast her show live from his house. To spruce things up, Chris decided to install a fountain and, ever frugal, begins the work himself. While digging in his backyard, he uncovers a hatch leading to a 1950's bomb shelter. Later, excited by his historical find, Chris invites Yola, Kenney, Roly, and Hershel to go below. But when the inside latch breaks off, trapping them all inside, it seems assured that Chris will have an endless holiday! Meanwhile, Anson can't think or see straight when Julia, a hot new waitress at Bimbo's convinces him that he would be more appealing with green eyes. But the new tinted contact lenses don't do anything for his looks, his vision, or his love life. Dejected, he heads over to Chris' house to discover everyone inexplicably missing. Yola isn't sure how she feels when her mother, Betty receives a marriage proposal from a guy Yola used to date. Feeling heavy-hearted and very single, she does her best to help her mom with the wedding preparations while secretly wondering why it isn't the other way around.moreless

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • 1.  The balcony/backyard set doesn't really fly... First off, though the backyard set from this episode matches that used in season one, episode 3 "Crimes and Punishment," we never saw Chris either exit or enter the house from that direction, so we didn't pick up on any
      relationship between what we see of the exterior from the inside looking out. Here, however, we see Anson access
      the backyard through another balcony/landing area on the house, descend the stairs to the ground and wander around the yard a bit, looking for some evidence of Chris. Yet, as we already established in that season one episode, the house is built on a hill; the back of the house (backyard side) is built on the crest, while the front of the
      house (balcony/street side) is built at the base of the hill. Additionally, there appears to be a basement
      (which we never see any evidence of in any of the interior scenes,) underneath the living room at the front of the house. If this is accurate, then the stairs leading down to the backyard belong to a different house...

      Also in this episode, as in season one's episode 9 "Tomorrowland," we see Anson get inside the house via the balcony, which he, by all accounts, cannot access easily. (In both episodes, he appears to have had to climb over the wall to reach the balcony.) As we established
      in the Goofs and Nitpicks for the "Tomorrowland" episode, there is no way that Anson could have scaled the front of the house to climb over the balcony wall. This scene (as Anson exits the house,) is probably the most confusing of the entire series. It leads the viewer to believe that Anson gained access to the backyard through the French doors that lead out to the balcony. If this were accurate, then there would have been no need for him to climb the wall and jump to the balcony floor in either the "Tomorrowland" episode, or this one... He could simply have climbed the stairs and opened the door once at the top. Granted, there are parts of Chris' house that we never (or rarely) ever see, (the spare bedroom is just one example,) so an alternate exterior door is definitely
      a possibility. However, this additional door is never seen, accessed, or referred to again, throughout the rest of the series.

      2.  As Anson flips through the channels on Chris' TV, he clicks past the same prison scene program he watched at Yola's apartment in season one's "Fantasia."

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Quote #1:

      Anson greeting Gavin Rossdale at Chris' house: "Hey man, I like the name of your band." (The name of Gavin's band is Bush…)

      Quote #2:

      Kenney to Yola as she slowly realizes that she's damaged their only means of communication with Anson: "Way to go, Gilligan."

  • NOTES (1)

    • Songs featured in this episode:

      "Only the Lonely"
      Soundtrack music, Yola, alone in her apartment... until her mother arrives...

      "Always Got Tonight"
      Live rehearsal setting at Chris' house with Gavin Rossdale.

      "Working in a Coal Mine"
      Live rehearsal setting at Chris' house with Gavin Rossdale.

      Live concert setting at Bimbo's with Gavin Rossdale on his own.

      "Pretty Girls Don't Cry"
      Chris, Roly, and Kenney, killing time in the bomb shelter, singing to Yola.

      "This Love Will Last"
      Live concert setting at Yola's mother's wedding.