The Critic

Season 1 Episode 6

Eyes on the Prize

Aired Sunday 12:00 AM Mar 02, 1994 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Eyes on the Prize
Jay celebrates his 1,000th episode, but the episode is less than successful. Ratings get worse so Jay seeks image consultant, Adolph Hitmaker, for advice. The advice is unsuccessful and Jay is fired. Jay gets a new job on a show which teaches English for cab drivers but Jay is unhappy so he decides to win himself another Pulitzer Prize.moreless

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    Adam West

    Adam West

    Voice of Himself

    Guest Star

    Jimmy Breslin

    Jimmy Breslin

    Voice of Himself

    Guest Star

    Phil Hartman

    Phil Hartman

    Voice of Adolph Hitmaker/Bernie Wasserman/Prof. Blowhard

    Guest Star

    Tress MacNeille

    Tress MacNeille


    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (12)

    • QUOTES (16)

      • Jay: Well, we're out of time!
        Adam West: I just got here!
        Jay: When we come back I'll have...
        Assistant: (off camera) Lorne Greene!
        Jay: Lorne Greene's dead!
        Adam West: Man, I wish I had his agent!

      • Marty: Don't feel bad, Dad. You still have your America's Cup!
        Jay: Son, I've been lying to you...that's not the America's Cup, that's your Uncle Calvin's ashes.
        (Marty screams and drops the cup)

      • Adam West: Well Jay, one of my most amazing films is The Happy Hooker Goes To Hollywood. It came out in 1980, it's one I'm sure you enjoyed all the way to the end.

      • Nurse: Arthur, I'm afraid you have acute cerosis...
        Dudley Moore: And you have a cute little butt, ahaha.
        Nurse: No, you don't understand, your pancreas is swollen to the size of a basketball.
        Dudley Moore: Oh, no wonder I dribble so much!

      • Adolph Hitmaker: If you want the world to love you, you must be big and jolly like Santa Clause, or Rush Limbaugh.

      • Professor Blowhard: Jay, you weren't meant to create.
        Jay: I wasn't?
        Professor Blowhard: No! You were born to tear apart! Nitpick what others have put their heart and souls into!
        Jay: I shall, I shall!
        Professor Blowhard: Be a truth teller!
        Jay: I will, you pompous windbag!
        Professor Blowhard: Learn from this man, class. We should all be such independent thinkers!
        Class: (slowly and in unison) Be an independent thinker.

      • Jay: It's very simple: if you stop going to bad movies, they'll stop making bad movies.
        Movie Producer: Uh-oh, the jig is up. (jumps out a window)

      • Duke: I came here to swallow my pride, admit I was wrong, and beg you to come back to work for me again. But then I figured I'd take a moral shortcut and write you a check.
        Jay: You think you can put a price tag on my humiliation? (Duke hands Jay a check) Wow, that's it to the penny.

      • Jeremy Hawke: Go for it mate. Climb the highest eucalyptus tree you can find, guzzle life's beer until you chunder.
        Jay: Wow, that is really inspiring.
        Jeremy Hawke: Yeah, I gave that speech in my after-school special "Days of Beer and Chundering."

      • Duke: Jay, you've got a very valid point. But on the other hand, shut up.

      • Jay: Hey, Bernie, my favorite agent.
        Bernie: favorite guy or girl?
        Jay: I'm a man!

      • Jay: I can't believe this. You don't even know me, and I stuck by you when everyone said you were a sleazy, incompetent leach.
        Bernie: Bulls-eye, that's Bernie all over.

      • Jeremy Hawke: I was in a student film once. Well, it wasn't a student film, actually. Although it had several women dressed as cheerleaders. I played professor Spankem.

      • Bernie: I've got this one job, but I think it's below you.
        Jay: I'll take it! Believe me, I'm at the end of my rope. Wait a minute, it's not on Fox, is it?

      • Orson Welles: (doing a commercial) A rich, full-bodied wine sensibly priced at a dollar a jug. And now for a little magic, I will make this jug disappear. (chugs wine)

      • Orson Welles: Rosebud... Yes, Rosebud frozen peas: full of country goodness and green pea-ness. Wait, that's terrible. I quit.

    • NOTES (6)

      • According to the audio commentary for this episode, when the producers tried to sell the series to FOX, they screened this episode for them and the only thing they liked was Doris, Jay's make-up lady.

      • Movies Criticized on "Coming Attractions":
        - "Arthur 2: Revenge of the Liver"
        (This is a parody of Dudley Moore's Arthur.)

      • Guest voice Adam West was one of their nicest, most charismatic guest stars. He flew out at his own expense to be a part of the show. He was deeply hurt and offended at how he was treated in the script, but Jon Lovitz (Jay) was able to charm him into doing the episode anyway.

      • After ABC cancelled The Critic, the producers took it to FOX. This is the episode they played for FOX. It only got an average rating from the FOX executives, who thought (among other things) that it wasn't controversial and/or dirty enough! Fortunately, they agreed to pick it up anyway.

      • Al Jean and Mike Reiss urged the writers to base the "1000th Episode" opening on the Tonight Show anniversary celebrations, due to the fact that they used to write for it.

      • Opening & Closing Gags
        Phone Call: "Jay, this is your ex-wife. Your alimony check is eighteen minutes late, no... nineteen minutes. That's it, I'm calling my lawyer."
        Movie Parody: James Bond
        Response to Usher: "Is the snack bar still open?"

    • ALLUSIONS (8)

      • Stubby Kaye
        Jay getting confused for Stubby Kaye throughout the episode is because of their simillar "short and stout" physical appearance. Stubby Kaye was an actor and singer that is best known for being the original Nicely-Nicely Johnson in both the stage and screen versions of Guys and Dolls and his role as Marryin' Sam in Li'l Abner.

      • Mr. Smith Goes To Washington
        Jay's reading of his essay "If the Movie Stinks, Just Don't Go" on "English For Cab Drivers" is a reference to Jimmy Stewart's filibuster in Mr. Smith Goes To Washington.

      • Saturday Night Fever / Flashdance
        Jay's flashback to his celebration of his first Pulitzer Prize is a combination of John Travolta's dance in Saturday Night Fever and the song "Maniac" from Flashdance.

      • Citizen Kane
        The "Rosebud Green Peas" commercial that Professor Blowhard screens for his class opens with a reference to the opening shot of Orson Welles' Citizen Kane.

      • Orson Welles Commercials
        Orson Welles did commercials for Paul Masson Wineries as well as hot dogs and correspondence courses. A bootleg tape exists of him reading commercials for frozen fish sticks and frozen green peas. At the end of the green pea reading, Welles can be heard criticizing the writers and directors of the commercial before storming out of the session. The commercial for "Rosebud Green Peas" that Professor Blowhard shows his class is based on that incident. (The fish stick reference shows up later, in episode 2-8, "Frankie and Ellie Get Lost".)

      • Jay's Student Film: "L'Artiste est Morte" (which means "The Artist is Dead") Jay's pretentious film contains the following references:
        - The baby carriage rolling down the steps is from Russian director Sergei Eisenstein's 1925 film The Battleship Potemkin.
        - Death leading a procession along a ridge is from Swedish director Ingmar Bergman's 1957 film The Seventh Seal.
        - The banjo-playing cow is Clarabelle Cow from several short Disney cartoons.
        - The man swallowing his nose is based on a popular 1970's poster of a girning man. ("Girn" is a Scottish word meaning "To contort one's face" or "grimace").
        - The man in a raincoat falling over on the tricycle was a running gag on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In from the late '60s and early '70s.
        - The giant ape atop the Empire State Building was, of course, King Kong from Merian C. Cooper's original 1933 film.
        - The dancing black man was a novelty act named Christopher, who straps four life-sized dummies to himself and mimics the Village People and who is still performing in Las Vegas.
        - The smiling pitcher bursting through a wall is the Kool-Aid Man. The commercial image is mixed with the image of the 1945 White Sands, New Mexico, atom bomb test.
        - The final chord played over the word "fin" ("end") is the final chord from The Beatles "Day In the Life."
        - The song playing is Dies Irae from Mozart's Requiem.

      • Here Come the Brides
        The lone fan at Jay's 1,000th Episode Banquet has confused him with Bobby Sherman, a teen heartthrob from the '60s. Jay sings the song "Seattle" to her, which was the theme song to Bobby Sherman's TV series, Here Come the Brides.

      • The Shining
        Jay's "book" was nothing more than hundreds of pages with the line "all work and no play makes Jay a dull boy", typed over and over again. Jack Nicholson's character, in the classic Stanley Kubrick 1980 film The Shining, similarly worked on a book which was discovered to be nothing more than the sentence "all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" over and over for hundreds of pages.