Kathy picked the perfect way to end her 4th fabulous season - by taking Team Griffin to Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington DC, a rehab facility for recovering soldiers. Since laughter is the best medicine, meeting the men and women who have come back injured from fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan was truly the only way Kathy could top her Emmy-winning season two visit to the troops in combat in Iraq. It would be a no-brainer to predict that
this will be the episode Bravo submits for Emmy consideration
I laughed, I cried, I was inspired and for the final time this season, I will list as many highlights I can think of right here:
- In the opening standup footage, as only Kathy could, she proclaimed: "Oprah apparently can elect a President." I love that Kathy is the only one on TV ballsy enough to discuss the power of the
- Although Kathy's already performed for the troops, she was rightfully nervous to do a show for the hospital patients. But Kathy was up for the challenge - she knew they really needed a laugh and was going to work her very hardest to cheer them up. Even if it meant pimping her two female assistants to "look sexy." After she saw Jessica and Tiffany's "oh-no-you-didn't" faces, Kathy hilariously added "...er...I mean sexi
er." Kathy's best line, alone to the camera: "There are some guys there who don't have legs who might want to see some t-ts. Yeah...I'm a patriot. Let's see if
they are." Then, to Jessica, referring to her "chicken cutlets": "Would it kill you to get one push-up bra for your country?"
- After Kathy asked Team Griffin if she should bring her Emmy along for photo ops with the soldiers and they looked unenthusiastic, it was great that they told her the Emmy would be considered a weapon. Kathy: "Believe me - it will be used against
Ty Pennington or
Cesar Millan. I'll stab 'em all with that Emmy just to win!"
- How many D-listers are able to describe someone as their "old Iraq buddy"? Our Kathy sure can: "Did you ever think you'd hear me say
that?" I enjoyed seeing her get advice from her pal Lt. Colonel Todd via phone before flying to DC. Kathy's #1 rule was to make them laugh, but she also had to promise Todd that she would abide by the army rules. Definitely a rare moment observing Kathy agreeing to follow the rules.
- If you're like me, as soon as Kathy's about to have a scene with her mother, I either think or say out loud: "Yea, Maggie!" And this week, they did not disappoint. Even though she got advice from Lt. Colonel Todd, Kathy knew to turn to Maggie "for one of her famous drunken pep talks that I will then probably ignore." Maggie: "You're a girl. Wave a few pom poms and dance around." Kathy: "Is that
you talkin' or (pointing to Maggie's wine)
that?" Kathy, after Maggie smirked: "I want to wipe that smirk right off your face. Remember when you used to say that to me when I was 15? Back atcha, lady!"
- Since Maggie's advice didn't suit Kathy, she called the person she labeled as "Colonel Comedy":
Joan Rivers, who has performed for the troops many times. Joan: "Try to get some gay people in...some male nurses. I've rarely met a straight male nurse." Joan also told Kathy to only talk about what they're interested in, which was Kathy's biggest challenge (no Britney, no Lindsay). Joan's final two suggestions were to mention "hairy Iraq women...no matter how pretty or sweet she is, she's gonna have hair on her nipples." Kathy: "Perfect!" But most importantly, no making fun of the President.
- Once the eagle had landed in DC, Kathy showed Lt. Colonel Todd how boob-a-licious she, Jessica and Tiffany were going to be to the male soldiers. One of her greetings to them was going to be: "How was I
raq?" (pointing to her own rack at the second syllable). Brilliant.
- You could tell how nervous Kathy was when she visited the Fisher House, a housing facility for recovering soldiers and their families. What really hit her hard was meeting some of the young wives. Kathy: "At their age, I was temping and trying to audition for
Fresh Prince of Bel Air."
- When the head administrator told Kathy "the young men and women did not make the policy - they just carry out the orders of the Commander in Chief," Kathy agreed. Since she herself had no political agenda: "I'm a comedian. I don't make the policy. I'm just carrying out the orders of people who want me to tell foul jokes."
- Kathy's toughest visit was to the Military Advanced Training Rehabilitation Center. She was insistent on not letting the amputees see her cry. When she did have her private cry, away from the soldiers and the hospital staff, I cried with her. Watching all those injured soldiers go through their rehab routines was a rude awakening. It made me think to myself that the next time I complain about my neck or back aching, at least I have all my body parts and I'll tell myself to get over it.
- Although her rehab visit made Kathy even more eager to put on a good show, she was still worried. Not surprisingly, she asked two women soldiers: "If you know any gay guys, I won't tell, just bring them along." Kathy will ask, but she won't tell.
- Meeting more soldiers boosted her excitement, especially Nick, the guy who had suffered five concussions and told Kathy: "Soldiers love you." Further solidifying her struggle to make her material straight-friendly, no one got her
Project Runway references. Per Kathy, one soldier asked her: "Project Runway - what base is that on?" Kathy: "It's on a base called Manhattan with
- Kathy knew that the tattooed Nick was her answer to having a successful show: "That 'F--k me, I'm Irish' tattoo is comedy money in the bank!"
- After Kathy was charmed by the hospital's "therapy dog" named George, I laughed out loud when she added, with a straight face: "I'm gonna feel bad when I steal it."
- Since I appreciate puns more than the average person, I loved when the soldier, holding his fake arm in his hand, said to Kathy: "They told me today it would cost an arm and a leg to talk to you." I would've loved it even more if that line hadn't been featured in the promos.
- Kathy, after she was told her #1 soldier fan Nick wasn't in the audience: "I felt screwed. But here's what I have: t-ts. Two of them. Real. Old school. I'm gonna wear a low-cut shirt and I can force my staff to do it." Even worse, they told her there were four chaplains and up to six children: "Chaplains and children - not the best audience. Couldn't they have had Chaplain Day Care?"
- Since the soldiers were accustomed to dealing with bombs, perhaps it was fitting that Kathy bombed big time for the first portion of her show? But enter Nick, wheeling himself in to save the day. Nick's entrance made Kathy realize that all she had to do was material specifically geared towards the soldiers like showing everyone Nick's tattoo. They also appreciated hearing about the guy who could drink beer out of his hollow leg.
- Towards the end, she proved Team Griffin wrong when the line to get a photo taken with Kathy and her Emmy was really long: "As usual, Team Griffin can suck it!" But I think they were both right. I don't think those soldiers gave a crap about Kathy's Emmy - I think it was
Kathy they wanted a photo with.
- Awesome final scene with Kathy's quick recap of the entire 4th season (thanking her mom, Team Griffin and saying a friendly sayonara to Woz). And how much did you love Kathy referencing to "next year"? Looks like Bravo's giving us a 5th season!
Well, it's been fun blogging yet another season of my favorite reality show. Bravo to Bravo for giving us ten episodes this year - more than any other season (last season it was seven and the first two seasons only had six each). Thank you, Kathy fans, for your comments and if I left any highlights out for this episode, please let me know below.
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Kathy picked the perfect way to end her 4th fabulous season by taking Team Griffin to Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington DC, a rehab facility for recovering soldiers. Since laughter is the best medicine, meeting the men and women who have come back injured from fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan was truly the only way Kathy could top her Emmy-winning season two visit to the troops in combat in Iraq. It would be a no-brainer to predict that this will be the episode Bravo submits for Emmy consideration next year.I laughed, I cried, I was inspired and for the final time this season, I will list as many highlights I can think of right here: In the opening standup footage, as only Kathy could, she proclaimed: "Oprah apparently can elect a President." I love that Kathy is the only one on TV ballsy enough to discuss the power of the O. Although Kathy's already performed for the troops, she was rightfully nervous to do a show for the hospital patients. But Kathy was up...