The Chris Isaak Show

Season 3 Episode 1

The Family of Man

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Jan 08, 2004 on Showtime
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The Family of Man

A happy Chris begins building his cabin in the mountains near Bear Valley, only to discover a Native American artifact during the construction. The contractor stops all work until it can be verified if they're excavating sacred Indian land. Nervous that he may lose his land because of the find, Chris agrees to perform at the nearby Kahoosh Indian casino in hopes of enlisting support from his indigenous neighbors. He also wants to impress singer/songwriter Bret Michaels, who, because of an earlier misunderstanding, thinks he's selfish.

Meanwhile, Anson's on the warpath when he discovers that his recently identified Native American ancestors met a gruesome fate, and goes hunting for retribution.

On the rebound after breaking up with her boyfriend because he allows his family to control his life, Yola meets Ben – a handsome guy completely without familial ties. Unfortunately, after meeting some of Ben's friends, Yola soon discovers that some patterns might be just too hard to break...


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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • 1.  Like we saw in the episodes for season two, Chris' house has undergone yet another change this season.  The kitchen now sports green tile instead of the blue that was installed for season two. Bimbo's as well, seems to have had a bit of
        a face-lift, and we actually see much more of it this season than we have in the past. Where in previous episodes
        the showroom appeared larger with room for tables to be placed around the floor, the place now has booths along the sides and toward the back of the venue. Both areas are on raised platforms with lights around the borders. In addition, Kenney's platform now has a wooden façade in front of it, as opposed to the black drape that covered it in season two. The dining room, as well, has been spiffed
        up a bit. There are new drapes hanging on the walls, some of the lighting has been changed, and the booths appear new,
        as well.

        2.  Okay, so I know
        it's only for effect…  ;-)  But, when Chris opens the drapes on the
        window frame for his new cabin in the woods, we see that the drapes actually
        open on what would eventually be the outside of the cabin.  We can clearly see the foundation forms
        through the window as Chris tells Kenney, "Step out on the patio in the mornin'
        and have your tea with the pines." 
        Granted, he could be looking out the window to the patio, but there is
        next to no space behind the pair as they step through the window frame and onto
        the ground that will eventually be the inside of Chris' new cabin.

        3.  As the bus carrying the band pulls up to the
        front of the casino, the name "Oasis Hotel and Casino" (in large, likely
        lighted letters,) can clearly be seen on the far-right wall of the
        building.  This side is awash in
        sunlight, making the name very easy to read. 
        It's also possible to read the word "Yomo" in very small letters, right
        in front of the word "Hotel" on that same side.  It's unsure at this time whether that was added to the building
        for this episode, or not…  The front of
        the casino, says "Yomo Hotel," though that side of the building is in shadow,
        thereby making the name difficult to see. 
        The name "Yomo Hotel" can be seen more easily on this side of the
        building in the closing scene as the band heads for home after the gig.  For what it's worth, both names appear to be
        fictional, as is the "Kahoosh" tribe.

        4.  As Roly and
        Hershel make their way through the Casino (presumably after they've checked
        into their rooms,) we see behind them a stage… that's already set up with the
        band's equipment.  It would appear that
        the "Yomo Hotel and Casino" is SO small… they don't have a proper
        showroom.  :-)

        5.  Honestly, I've
        never seen oven mitts for sale at a Chris Isaak concert…  at least, not during the period of time that
        would coincide with the filming of this episode.

        6.  As Chris and the
        band leave the casino, a day or two after their arrival, the same two quartets
        are seen exiting (or already outside) the casino, both groups wearing the same
        costumes seen in the band's arrival sequence. 
        While this may be fine for the group in the red and white striped
        costumes, it's not correct for Ben's group, "The Fremont Four."  Why? 
        In an earlier scene, Ben tells Yola that his group didn't make it to the
        finals… if this is true, why would they need to be in costume at this point?

        7.  On a side note,
        the agency Chris and Kenney refer to in their discussion in the green room at
        Bimbos, "the board of Indian Affairs," doesn't exist, at least not at the
        federal level.  There is, however, a
        "Bureau of Indian Affairs," and you can find them at:  Their responsibility is the administration and management of 55.7 million
        acres of land held in trust by the United States for American Indians, Indian
        tribes, and Alaska Natives.  So, Chris'
        issue with the artifact found on his property, would have been handled by this

    • QUOTES (0)

    • NOTES (1)

      • Songs featured in this episode:

        "Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing"
        Live rehearsal setting at Chris' house.

        "American Boy"
        Live concert setting at the Yomo Hotel and Casino with Bret Michaels.

        "Ain't She Sweet"
        Chris and the band having a go at a little barbershop-style harmonies – at Yola's expense...

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Chris: "I never miss an Anthony Quinn movie."

        Chris says this to Mona in an effort to show her how supportive and understanding he is of Native Americans.

        As for Quinn, himself? He was an amazingly accomplished actor who found himself type-cast for certain roles. After becoming disheartened with the whole Hollywood scene, Quinn left it to work in Italy for a while. During that time, he had this to say in an interview with the Associated Press: "What could I play there [Hollywood]?  They only think of me as a Mexican, an Indian or a Mafia don." 
        You can read a wonderfully detailed biography about him at: