The Critic

Season 2 Episode 7

Sherman of Arabia

Aired Sunday 12:00 AM Apr 30, 1995 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Sherman of Arabia
At Marty's slumber party Jay is asked to tell his story in which he got caught up in the Gulf War. Jay tells how he was attending an Iraqi film festival and eventually was thrown in jail where he escaped and lead a troop of men across the desert.moreless

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  • Desert Heat

    This is another favorate episode of mine. I really like how we saw some depth on the Jay character.

    Basically it a bit of a parody on the gulf war. I really liked that part of the begining where we see the kids play some sort of first person shooter which is basically a mindless violent game, their just randomly shooting at sprites are aren't putting up any resistance which is strange. One part of it I thought was just hilarous was when the news was presenting the current feed on Jay and then Jay just kept saying, "I don't want to die" so many times, I don't really blame him.

    And we do see him acting as a corespondant, and we see how the war is taking it's toll on him psychologically. One of my favorate parts was when I saw a scud missle bump him but not detonate. But then it gets down to the excape which was hilarous because we see a choper has a harness that was ment to pull a tank up but unfortunately they can't pull Jay up because of his weight which then lead to them draging Jay certain places where Jay is bumping into all kinds of obsticles. Comic silver on the physical comidy.

    The last thing I liked were where there was some song where all the movie critics from America gathered together to sing a song about saving Jay, it was basically a parody on the chorus song where all famous singers from America were singing for a good cause. I liked the fact that Gene Shalit, Roger Ebert, and Gene Siskel were there. Unfortunately they didn't raise much with that song, man people really don't want Jay to come back home, let alone survive.moreless
  • Excellent!

    The Critic does it again, in their first flashback form episode, the animation in this episode was just brilliant and this episode is in my top 10. I laughed until my sides split on the Cabi Exchange Program Joke, that was so!!!! funny. And the critic aid thing, how much it raised, of course the PNN - Phillips Network News, then other jokes such as how outdated the video games look, that was hilarious and I have forgotten to mention how good the plot was. My favourite moment in the episode was the Green Acres Parody "brown acres" or perhaps: He Haw The Next Gen, Star Trek: Next Gen characters dancing like good old He Haw.

    I love this episode!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • (Speaking of Saddam Hussein)
      Jay: He's everywhere, much like Madonna, except with fewer enemies and a smaller moustache.

    • Jay: I've created a new scale that shows which diseases I'd rather have than watch this movie. Well, let's see, we're past scurvy, leprosey, unidentified yellow discharge, and the winner is: spastic colon! Good night!
      Duke: Hold it, chum! I'm on the phone with the spastic colon people and they're not happy! (on the phone) Uh, can you hold? Oh, you can't...

    • Penny: Tell us, Uncle Jay!
      Alice: Yeah, tell us, Uncle Jay!
      Jay: Oh, I couldn't! It's my best story and I only use it to impress women... wait a minute! You're a woman!
      Alice: What gave me away?
      Jay: If I told you, you'd slap me!

    • Franklin: Mr. President, my son is being held captive in Iraq and I need you to save him. Now, I've given money to the republicans for years and never asked for anything in return.
      President Bush: You asked to be Secretary of balloon doggies...
      Franklin: I didn't ask to be secretary of ballon doggies, the balloon doggies demanded it!

    • Voice: Jay, don't despair.
      Jay: God?
      Voice: No, man, it's me, your stomach.

    • Brown Acres Theme Song
      Brown Acres is the place to be
      Tent living is the life for me
      Sand spreading out so hot and white
      The temperature's 105 a night
      The cultures!
      The vultures!
      Fresh figs!
      Uh... no pigs!
      You are my wife
      Good bye, city life!
      Brown acres, we are there!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Opening & Closing Gags
      Phone Call: (replaced by radio) "This is Howard Stern. I want to apologize to the following groups: Latinos, Native Americans, and Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. I guess the only one I can make fun of is that fat film critic Jay Sherman."
      Response to Usher: "Is the snack bar still open?"


    • What Price Glory, Yankee Doodle Dandy

      The redubbed propaganda film Jay is forced to watch appears to be the 1952 James Cagney film What Price Glory, although the song parodied is Yankee Doodle Boy, sung by Cagney in the 1942 film Yankee Doodle Dandy.

    • International House of Pancakes
      The blue-roofed International House of Couscous that Jay and his friends run to in the desert bears a striking resemblance to the popular chain of pancake restaurants, the International House of Pancakes, also known as IHOP.

    • Dune
      The giant sand worm is from the 1984 sci-fi film Dune, and the man riding it is Bob Hope, famous comedian and actor who also did a lot of USO specials for the armed forces during wars.

    • Taxi Driver
      Jay's cab driver, in Iraq, looks like Robert DeNiro, who starred in the movie Taxi Driver in 1976.

    • Episode Title: "Sherman of Arabia"
      The entire episode spoofs Lawrence of Arabia - the title, the plot, and at one point, Jay blows out a match as Peter O'Toole did as Lawrance from this 1962 David Lean film.