The Colbert Report

Season 2 Episode 46

Harvey Mansfield

Aired Weekdays 11:30 PM Apr 05, 2006 on Comedy Central
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Harvey Mansfield
TONIGHT: Stephen Colbert welcomes the author of "Manliness", Harvey Mansfield!

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  • One of the worst episodes.

    The show opens with a teaser of content from the show, which involves everything from Tom DeLay to deportation.

    Stephen starts off tonight's big show by thanking everyone. He's gotten a lot of support regarding his upcoming baby, a baby eagle at the San Francisco Zoo. Lou Dobbs has even sent over a little something. Stephen opens up a box and pulls out a dead squirrel. He then moves on to talking about tonight's guest, Harvey Mansfield, who wrote a book about being a man. Stephen says there's a war on men, a poorly fought one, of course. He then rolls tape on a Today show piece, which has Matt Lauer and others talking about men crying and when you admit to doing it. Stephen says it's never okay for a man to cry. Instead, men hold in their emotion, which is why we die earlier. He then criticizes Matt Lauer and praises Katie Couric. According to Stephen, Katie Couric is the only reason he watches the Today show. When Stephen's ready to move on to Tom DeLay, Bobby chimes in and tells Stephen Katie announced her plans to move to the CBS Evening News. This clearly upsets Stephen; he breaks down and cries, upset at Katie. The upside is Stephen still has The View. Bobby then again chimes and tells Stephen Meredith Vieira has announced that she's leaving that show to join the Today show, causing him to start crying all over again. To try and help himself cheer up, Stephen asks the director to play something. A video of Tucker Carlson acting like a clown does the trick, and Stephen's ready to go again.

    Moving on, Stephen turns his attention to Tom DeLay, who recently retired from Congress amidst a criminal investigation. DeLay managed to compare himself to Jesus in a recent quote, which brings us to tonight's edition of "The Word," which is "martyr." Stephen continues DeLay's comparisons in a very short segment.

    Back from commercial, Stephen debates the issue of immigration with himself in a new edition of "Formidable Opponent." When Stephen realizes he may lose his job to a Spanish Stephen who will do his job for a fraction of the cost, he panics and asks the other Stephen to get rid of the Spanish Stephen, assuring him of his job security.

    Back from commercial, Stephen welcomes tonight's guest, Harvey Mansfield. The guys have a very funny discussion on manliness and Harvey gives his opinion on what a woman's role is in American society. Some of the women in the audience take exception to some of his opinion, particularly the part about them doing at least 2/3 of the housework.

    I'm not a big fan of tonight's show. The opening was about average, and the rest was a bit of a waste of time. The "Formidable Opponent" segment is a bad idea. It's not improved over the several times it's been on. I'd rather see them bring in Steve Carell so they can revive their old segment from The Daily Show.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Stephen Colbert: Tom DeLay leaves Congress, and judging by the smile on his face, he's at least as happy as when he got arrested.

    • Stephen: I have a bigger beef with this interview: why is Matt Lauer doing it? First off, he doesn't know the history of psychiatry; Tom Cruise does. That's been proven to my satisfaction.

    • Stephen: ...which brings us to tonight's Word: Martyr. Someone who makes the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of his cause. Just as Jesus died for our sins, Tom Delay's congressional career has died for Jack Abramoff's sins. (Also Scooter Libby's sins….) With Delay out of the race (…and Michael Scanlon's sins…) democrats can't run against his scandal, (…and his Deputy Chief-of-Staff's sins…) they have to run strength of their own causes, (…and probably Karl Rove's sins…) and Delay knows the Democrats don't have a cause. (…and of course, his own sins.) Delay is like Jesus in other ways too. Both came from blue collar backgrounds, Jesus was a carpenter and Delay was a pest exterminator. (Texas was infested with Democrats) Folks, they called Delay the hammer, and what is a hammer but the tool of a carpenter. (Delay is a tool) Folks, like the death of all martyrs, Delay's political death give hope to some many in Washington. ("I hope this ends the investigations.") Let us not mourn the passing of Congressman Tom Delay, he may be leaving Texas, but he's going to a much better place. (Virginia?) And, if you keep the faith, by next Easter, Tom Delay will rise again. (As a lobbyist)

      And that's the Word.

    • Stephen Colbert (to Harry Mansfield): You're a conservative at Harvard. Isn't that like being a Danish cartoonist in a mosque?

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