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V - I - C - T - O - R - Y!!! Nov 07, 2003
By B. Ward
The episodes for Strangers With Candy Season 2 are:
1) Yes You Can't! - During Career Week at Flatpoint Mr. Jellineck quits to follow his dreams of being a painter, while Jerri tries to discover just what her dreams are.
2) Behind Blank Eyes - Jerri falls for an ambitious blind boy named Alan who, despite staunch opposition from the school, aspires to play football for Flatpoint High.
3) The Virgin Jerri - Jerri reclaims her virginity and fights with her animal instincts as a date with a notorious cherry popper threatens to end her mission of purity before it's begun.
4) The Goodbye Guy - The Blanks are stricken with a death in the family, and now Jerri must learn how to deal with the loss of an important figure in her life.
5) Hit and Run - Jerri and Mr. Noblet must deal with intense guilt after playing a part in a horrible hit and run accident which has robbed Mr. Jellineck of his most prized possession, his own face.
6) The Blank Page - With dreams of becoming a cheerleader, Jerri attempts to learn how to read, and overcome the shame of her illiteracy.
7) To Love, Honor, and Pretend - The lines of reality begin to blur during a fake marriage exercise in Health Class led by Coach Wolf and Mr. Jellineck who act as an example of a "good marriage" for students, including a clueless Jerri, to follow.
8) The Blank Stare Part 1 - Looking for love in all the wrong places, Jerri drops out of Flatpoint High for a freaky cult.
9) The Blank Stare Part 2 - The Flatpoint faculty kidnaps Jerri in a desperate attempt to deprogram her from a cult clone back into a high school drone.
10) A Price Too High for Riches - When an expensive sneaker takes Flatpoint by storm, a financially challanged Jerri learns that sometimes money is a girl's best friend.
There you have it! All 10 episodes from the second season of Strangers with Candy completely commercial free. There is episode commentary by Stephen Colbert, Paul Dinello, and Amy Seadris on Behind Blank Eyes, The Goodbye Guy, Hit and Run, and The Blank Page. There is also an exclusive interview with Stephen Colbert, Paul Dinello, Greg Hollimon, Amy Sedaris, and Executive Producer Kent Alterman called The Museum of Television and Radio Interview. As most already know this is a 2-disk set and the DVD box format is the same as Season 1, which is very nice considering some of the cases for DVD's out there today. This season also unveils a new animated introduction to each episode, which is quite funny and fits perfectly with the show. Now, you have no more excuses to not buy this DVD. Do yourself a favor and purchase this as soon as possible and if you haven't picked up season 1, get that as well. I still can't understand why this amazing show was ever cancelled, but I suppose we have season 3 and the Strangers With Candy movie to look forward to. In closing, I want to say Thank You to the very creative and always funny Amy Sedaris, who I am a huge fan of, and a wonderfully talented cast for bringing Jerri into our lives...
15 of 16 found the following review helpful:
Almost there...we just need Season 3 now!!!! Oct 01, 2003
The best season of one of the best TV series ever made is finally coming to DVD. Its hard to say whether Season 2 or 3 is better, but Season 2 scrapes by as bit better. I can't express my jubilation at the release of this series on DVD. I love this show so much. Get this season, get all the seasons. The show will change your life, and the replay value of these episodes is infinite. This show is so good, despite its tragically short tenure on Comedy Central, that it is being made into a theatre-released MOVIE. Get very excited. Here are the episodes.
-The Virgin Jerri
-Behind Blank Eyes
-Yes You Can't
-The Goodbye Guy
-The Blank Page
-Hit and Run
-To Love, Honor and Pretend
-The Blank Stare (Part 1)
-The Blank Stare (Part 2)
-A Price Too High for Riches
My favorite episode is Hit and Run. Noblet and Jellineck are priceless in this one. This whole season is better than good, its gooder. ...
12 of 13 found the following review helpful:
arguably the best season of this short-lived series Feb 18, 2004
By Travis L. Michael
this is black comedy at its greatest. the first disc of this second season DVD collection houses, quite possibly, the most creative, hysterical episodes of the entire series. "yes you can't", "the blank page", "the goodbye guy", and "the virgin jerri" are my personal favorites. the only weak episode on in this collection is "a price higher than riches," although that episode still manages to be ruthlessly hilarious (as a shoe salesman, jerry asks a man in a wheel-chair "how he wore the last pair out")
in an age where the vast majority of non-sitcom comedy shows are parody humor (i.e. SNL, MadTV) it's a breathe of fresh air to see something so inventive, creative, and politically incorrect; the central theme to this show is the satiring of the "after-school special" mentality; where in the end, the protagonist discovers some new enlightening, cathartic revelation about life and everything is okay again, but it's much more complex than that. the writers toss in some of the most bizarre dialogue, often laced with double negatives and contradictions (such as "must be great to hope for the things you wish you wanted", etc ...)
all in all, this show is certainly not for everyone. as amy sedaris (jerri blank) said herself in an interview: "I'm glad everyone doesn't like it, that would mean i was doing something wrong." amen.
11 of 13 found the following review helpful:
She's starting her life all over again... again! Oct 01, 2003
Season 2 finds Jerri Blank just out of jail (again) and starting freshman year again (again). In this season she deals with the death of her catatonic father. We learn about choosing a career, helping the handicapped, virginity, illiteracy, and cults. And it is all presented by the most lovable 47 year old freshman ever, Jerri Blank, along with her gay art teacher, her gay history teacher, and her African-American egotistical principal, Onyx Blackman. Just thinking of some of the dialog brings a smile to my face: 'What was going through your head as those rabid dogs knawed on it? Did you see me eating the hot dog?'
In many respects the second season of Strangers with Candy is better than the first. The characters are fully realized and their behavior becomes even more outrageous. The dialog is sharp and the scenarios more absurd. The writing and directing for this show does a fantastic job of playing up to the talent of the principal actors. Throw in some fantastic guest stars and this season is not to be missed.
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
Completely under-rated show. BRING IT BACK! Feb 22, 2005
By Christopher J. Sugar
"I've got something to say!"
I loved this show when it first aired on Comedy Central back in 1999. I'm surprised to see it on DVD but love the fact that it is. Either you think this is a funny show or you don't, there really isn't any inbetween. It's dark, edgy and racey and some people don't like that kind of humour. If you do, then get this or at least check it out. The premise of a bad after school special fits it well and I think that the movie (coming out in the summer of 2005) will cause a resurgence in the show.
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