Tracey Ullman's State of the Union

Season 1 Episode 1

Episode 1

Aired Monday 12:00 AM Mar 30, 2008 on Showtime
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Episode Summary

Episode 1
Tracey Ullman portrays a host of characters in day-in-the-life sketches about various U.S. residents that includes Arianna Huffington, Tony Sirico, Rita Cosby and David Beckham. She also plays Lindsay Lohan's mother, the wife of a death-row inmate and an "undocumented worker from Bangladesh" who's employed by an elderly racist. Scott Bakula guest stars and Peter Strauss is the narrator.moreless

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  • "state of the union"

    I watched trcey takes on, the show she used to do, and i loved it. but, her new show "state of the union" doen't live up to her unique brand of comedy. although it was funny twards the end, it did not impress me as much as i had hoped for.on the other hand Her character, Padma, the Indian pharmacist, is the funniest thing I've ever seen. but thats one of the few i loved the rest was kind of blah, hopefully this next episode will do better in inpressing me. i still love tracey, i just think she can do much better.moreless
  • The first episode of Tracey Ullman's State of the Union.

    Not bad at all. I was a little disappointed because the beginning was sort of "eh" and I expected some of the funnier parodies that were shown in the promos to be done in the pilot but only part of it was. I didn't find the impersonation or the skit of the Bangladesh woman to be that funny nor the skit about the death row inmate.

    I guess it was just because these characters weren't interesting and nothing new. As the episode wore on, the parodies got a lot better. In the promos for the series, we saw the impersonation (done brilliantly) of Tony Sirico (Paulie from the Sopranos). This skit as he was about to play an Alaskan Fisherman (done in a wiseguy fashion) was hilarious so my mood changed here.

    THe David Beckham parody was great I wish it would have gone on longer but from the preview of the next episode we'll get to see more parodies of Beckham.

    Ullman also pokes fun at Ariann Huffington and this was done well too. The Nancy Pelosi getting Botox sketch was also funny.

    All in all there were more laughs as the episode wore on. Tracey Ullman is great in whatever part she plays. I can't wait to see more episodes of the show.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof-Continuity: In the bar scene, as Dina Lohan, Tracey's hand is empty, then a shot glass appears and disappears several times through the scene. In one shot she is clearly holding an iPhone, next shot she is holding a shot glass.

    • Tracey portrays the following characters in this episode:
      -Sindra Mataal (an undocumented worker, who's working as a servant for an elderly woman)
      -Linda Alvarez (a fictional news anchor for a morning show in Buffalo)
      -Lacy Harris (a wife of a farmer from North Carolina)
      -Laurie David (environmental activist)
      -Arianna Huffington (founder of The Huffington Post)
      -Nancy Pelosi (United States of America's Speaker of the House)
      -Irma Billings (a mid-America housewife, with a fascination about Ryan Seacrest)
      -Padma Perkesh (an Indian drugstore pharmacist)
      -Tony Sirico (best known as "Paulie Walnuts" on The Sopranos)
      -Gretchen Pincus (wife of a prisoner, who's on death row)
      -Rita Cosby (investigative journalist)
      -David Beckham (international soccer star and underwear model)
      -Campbell Brown (CNN Anchor)
      -Sally Knox (a fictional investment banker who's having an affair with her boss)
      -Dina Lohan (mother of Lindsay Lohan)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • [On the phone, talking about a Gabor sisters movie]
      Arianna Huffington: Yes, I read the Gabor sisters script. You know, I really think I'd make a better Eva, than a Zsa Zsa, 'cause she was the smart one, no?

    • Ruth Katzman: Now Misses Kay, you're gonna go out today. We're gonna have to cut your toenails, so you can get your shoes on.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Tony Sirico: I wanna show my range and my agent, Vinnie Boombots, called me with this script, I read it, I read it and it blew my f*ckin' mind.

      Vinnie Boombots is a fictional character, made famous by Rodney Dangerfield in his stand-up act.