The Critic

Season 2 Episode 10

I Can't Believe It's a Clip Show

Aired Sunday 12:00 AM May 21, 1995 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

I Can't Believe It's a Clip Show
Jay is hosting his 10th anniversary show live from Carnegie Hall where he showcases a number of movie clips from past episodes such as "Jurassic Park 2," "Every Which Way But Lucid," and the infamous "Rabbi P.I." The show is later held hostage by a number of terrorists who threaten to blow the place up with a bomb tied to Jay's waist. Fortunately, everybody is eventually rescued by Milton Berle.moreless

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  • The Critic Clip Show #1

    This is a pretty good episode, and it's a clip show, can you believe I would give a fairly high score to a clip show? Well that's just how good the Critic is, yes they had to make a clip show, because FOX had such a low budget for them. I like most of the clips in this episode, but I was saddened to see they left out some of their best, like the Beavis and Butt-Head parody crossed with Star Trek: The next gen. Once again their plot is brilliant, one of the reasons being they just toke a great plot from a movie, Diehard, which is coincidently one of my all time favourite movies. A really good episode, but not the best.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The ticking clock on Jay's bomb varies several times throughout the countdown having such mistakes as still having 20 minutes left when the terrorist switched the bomb to only 2 minutes.

    • Names, in the field where they dump the giant signs, of actors who pulled out of appearing on Jay's show include: Sly Stallone, Robert DeNiro, Meryl Streep, and Tommy Chong.

    • Complete list of movie parodies and clips used in this episode:
      - "Arthur III: Revenge of the Liver"
      - "Honey, I Ate the Kids"
      - "Chicken"
      - the Jimmy Stewart interview
      - the variety show with Kareem Abdul-Jabar
      - "Jurassic Park II: Revenge of the Raptors"
      - "Smokey and the Spartacus"
      - "JFK: The Director's Cut"
      - "Rabbi, P.I."
      - "The Slidewhistle"
      - "Rocky VI, Texas Chainsaw Massacre IV"
      - "What's Truth Got to Do With It?"
      - interview with Cher
      - "Family Affair: The Motion Picture"
      - "Every Which Way But Crocodile Ghandi"
      - "Hold the Mustard Gas"
      - "Ghostchasers III"
      - "Scent of a Jackass"
      - "Schenectady"
      - "Howard Stern's End"
      - "Home Alone V"
      - "Edward Plungerhands"
      - "RoboClapper"
      - "Pinnochio"
      - "Merchant of Venice Beach"
      - "L'Artiste Est Morte"
      - Orson Welles' pea commercial

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Jay: You can kill me, but let my audience go.
      Doris: Yeah, kill him and let us go!
      Hans Gruber: No one may leave! (to Jay) As for you, show some clips.
      Jay: All right, here's one I dedicate to you called "Scent of a Jackass"!

    • Jay: This is it... I'm about to die... My life is passing before my eyes...! Wait a minute! That isn't my life. It's my student film! Enjoy!

    • Hans Gruber: Wait! Before you render me unconscious I must know your true identity. So quick, so nimble, master of ninjitsu... (ninja takes off mask) Oh, it's Milton Berle.
      Milton Berle: Who were you expecting? Madonna?

    • Squeaky-Voiced Teen: Hey, who are you guys?
      Hans Gruber: We are...caterers.
      Squeaky-Voiced Teen: You're pretty heavily armed for caterers.
      Hans Gruber: We took the subway!
      Squeaky-Voiced Teen: You're pretty lightly armed for the subway.

    • Clarice Starling: Sweetheart, have you seen Timmy, Becky and Alex?
      Hannibal Lecter: I haven't seen them since lunch. We had fava beans, and a nice chianti.
      Clarice Starling: Did you eat the kids again?
      Hannibal Lecter: Clarice, you don't look so well. Let me take your temperature.
      (pulls out a meat thermometer)
      Clarice Starling: That's a meat thermometer.
      Hannibal Lecter: So it is, Clarice.

  • NOTES (0)


    • Episode Title: I Can't Believe It's a Clip Show

      The title of this episode is a parody of the brand of butter substitue "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter".

    • The Simpsons
      The squeaky-voiced teen sounds remarkably similar to the acne-encrusted teen on The Simpsons.

    • Die Hard
      The episode plot resembles Die Hard (1988), complete with a villain resembling Alan Rickman's German-accented Hans Gruber.