The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Season 10 Episode 121

Dr. Irwin Redlener

Aired Weekdays 11:00 PM Sep 26, 2005 on Comedy Central
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Dr. Irwin Redlener
TONIGHT: Director, at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Dr. Irwin Redlener. Plus, Stephen Colbert in "This Week in God".

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  • Definitely missed the God Machine, mmmm.... avian flu!

    Loved the Katie Couric clip of her pulling tools out of her tool belt and finally her \"most important tools\" lipstick and blush! Missed the God machine.... I want my beep beep boop! Loved the lead into the tomorrow\'s episode... Viggo Mortensen.... in for a handsome off against George Clooney.
  • No God Machine? Oh, come on.

    Jon starts off the show by playing with his papers. Jon claims the show is entirely about the hurricane, except for the commercials, of course.

    Jon gets right into Hurricane Rita. It proves sequels just don't compete with the original. Jon shows some videos of the victims, and one man said it was scary, but there was no damage to his house, which made Jon laugh. The joke about sequels was hilarous, I loved the writing for this bit.

    Jon moved to videos of Anderson Cooper, Miles O'Brien, Geraldo, and Shephard Smith, all who were all busy saving people and dogs. Jon just couldn't believe what he was watching. Newscasters, once again that they're not journalists.

    Jon then goes to Senior Hurricane Analyst, Ed Helms, in Beaumont, TX, who is busy saving saving a man, a stuffed animal, and even attempting to siphon flood waters back into the ocean. Why was Ed doing this? He's hoping to get his own show, like Geraldo, Shephard Smith, Anderson Cooper, and Miles O'Brien. Ed's segment is a little silly, but when he brought out the siphoning hose, I couldn't help but burst out laughing.

    After commercial, it's time for Stephen Colbert, in This Week in God. Instead of bringing out the "god machine", he goes to the real "god machine", Hurricane Katrina. Some religious people are claiming God is making these hurricanes because of our abortions and gay people. Stephen strays from the theologians, and goes to a wacky group of characters, meteorlogists, who believe the hurricanes are formed by high ocean temperatures and our planet's rotation, and sarcastically dismisses them. Stephen ends his segment with a little note about a new sponsor, Pat Robertson, who is pushing his great tasting drink, which Stephen says is "debatable". I don't know what it is about Stephen Colbert, but time and time again, he gets the best material, and delivers it well; I just with Samantha Bee would get some good material.

    After the commercial, Jon brings out Dr. Irwin Redlener, Director, at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness. Dr. Redlener was brought on to discuss the problems with the organization aspect of the hurricane and terrorism response. The good doctor wasn't able to reassure Jon that the government was doing a good job, or that things are really improving on the big picture. We're still extremely vulnerable against the avian flu, for instance, and Jon even brought up monkey pox, which wer'e not exactly safe from either. Nothing new here; the doctor pretty much said everything I already knew.

    There was a little too much "hurricane" in this for me. This reminds me of the media, this is all they are reporting on. The lack of the God Machine in "This Week in God" was disappointing. I love the God Machine. I remember the first segment, Stephen couldn't keep a straight face when the sound effects came on. I'd love to see that original segment again.moreless
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  • QUOTES (2)

    • (Regarding preparing for Hurricane Rita to hit Texas in reference to the mistakes made with Katrina)

      [clip of President Bush]

      President Bush: What I am gonna do is observe the relationship between the state and local government. I wanna watch that relationship. It's an important relationship. I need to understand how it works better. (grin)

      [end clip]

      Jon Stewart: So President Bush is gonna look into state and local governments to see how they function in, oh, i dunno, Texas -- the state where he was (shrugs) the Governor. (rubs his eyes with both hands.)

    • Jon Stewart: We begin tonight with Hurricane Rita which proved the old rule: no matter how anticipated, sequels are always less compelling than the original.

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