The Chris Isaak Show

Season 3 Episode 7

Rivals

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Feb 19, 2004 on Showtime
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When Michael Bublé stops by to perform at Bimbo's with Chris and the band, his beautiful manager, Olivia, immediately catches Chris' eye. Though clearly attracted to one another, both initially have concerns about mixing business with pleasure. Chris shares his interest in Olivia with Yola, whose lukewarm response to the match is taken as approval by a love-struck Chris.

Yola, meanwhile, is distraught over the disappearance of her dog, Jimi, after he runs out of her apartment when the front door is accidentally left open. As Jimi begins a dog's-eye tour of the city, Yola calls Chris and enlists his help to look for the runaway. It soon becomes apparent though, after the pair spends several days ringing doorbells, talking to strangers, jumping over fences and falling in mud puddles that little Jimi may not really want to be found.

Anson also has issues of his own to deal with, at the moment. It seems his dad volunteered him to help an opera singer prepare for a recital; something he's reluctant to do until he meets the beautiful young woman. Unfortunately, her protective mother blocks every attempt he makes to be alone with her, a problem that, as it turns out, has an unexpected result for the frustrated accompanist.

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • 1.  First time this
        season we see "Jimi," Yola's dog…

        2.  First time in the
        series we see the outside of Yola's apartment.

        3.  In the scene
        where Jimi gets off of the first truck he hitches a ride with (within that hour
        and a half or so that Yola says she first noticed him missing,) we see that two
        of the trees he passes on his way down the street bear the yellow "LOST DOG"
        flyers that Chris and Yola are seen posting up…  in a later scene…

        4.  In the scene
        where Jimi comes across the local dogcatcher, we see him running down a
        sidewalk in what is supposed to be San Francisco.  Unfortunately, he passes a restaurant with a sign hanging over
        the door that says "Vancouver's Best Burgers…"

        5.  As Jimi begins
        what becomes his trek home, we see him stop along the sidewalk and pee on one
        of Yola's yellow "LOST DOG" flyers that has fallen on the ground.  Additionally, we see several other flyers
        still posted on trees and lampposts behind him.  This would indicate that, after gallivanting around the city and
        (apparently) spending the night there, he was already very close to home at
        this point.  (Chris had told Yola
        earlier that they'd covered the neighborhood within a three-block radius with
        flyers.)  As he continues his journey,
        he gets onto the back of a flatbed truck heading toward the coast.  Once at the dock, he runs down the pier and gets
        aboard a small red and white colored boat just as the driver starts up the
        engine and heads out away from shore. 
        (The cityscape in the background is obviously not San Francisco…)  In the next scene, we see Jimi arriving at
        what appears to be a different dock area AND disembarking from a DIFFERENT
        vessel…  No explanation how that
        happened…)  Next, he climbs into a red
        wagon that's being pulled by a young boy riding a bicycle, who conveniently
        stops right in front of Yola's apartment. 
        So, while this isn't beyond reason, Jimi left home and found himself in
        or near downtown San Francisco where he spent the night, managed to get himself
        back to within a three-block radius of home a day or two later only to set sail
        two or three times, wind up back on shore to wander around some more, and find
        himself back where he belonged…  Okay,
        so, he's a dog…  ;-)

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Chris and Olivia, talking about their relationship, and how difficult it'll be in their industry.

        Olivia: "This whole business; it's too incestuous."

        Chris: "This is America. Incest is what makes us great."

    • NOTES (1)

      • Songs featured in this episode:

        "Somebody's Crying"
        Live concert setting at Bimbo's with Michael Bublé.

        "Gone Ridin'"
        Soundtrack music for Jimi's jaunt around the neighborhood.

        "Sway"
        Live rehearsal setting at Bimbo's with Michael Bublé.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Chris: "You ever seen a picture of Liza Minelli and David Gest together? They're as happy as a couple of little clams."
        Chris says this to Mona as he argues the logic of an artist dating a manager. Clearly, this was episode was filmed before the couple's breakup in late 2003...

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