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Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List Episode: "No Time for Siestas"

Season 4, Episode 6
Episode Synopsis: Kathy continues to ramp up her D-list "empire" by launching the Kathy Griffin Leadership Academy in Mexico. She also tries to score hefty corporate donations.
Original Air Date: Jul 17, 2008

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Season 4, Episode 6
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Length: 44:33
Aired: 7/17/2008
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First of all, congrats to Kathy since she was just nominated for two Emmys: Outstanding Reality Program for Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List (which she won last year) and Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special for Kathy Griffin: Straight To Hell. Yea, Kathy and Team Griffin! Now, onto this week's episode... Proving that she really does want to be the "red-headed Oprah," Kathy took Team Griffin to Mexico to start the Kathy Griffin Leadership Academy. Oh sure, the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy School For Girls is a school for poor, underprivileged little girls in South Africa and Kathy's is just a refurbished library in Mismaloya, a not-so-poor and not-so-underprivileged town in Mexico. But Kathy can at least say she's a " mini-Oprah." It was immediately funny when Kathy admitted that she wasn't exactly going to a "bad" part of Mexico. No. Kathy had to go to Mismaloya, a city in Mexico that was close enough to one of her favorite vacation spots: Puerto Vallarta. The only problem with making it so close to PV was that Kathy fell asleep in the hot sun while laying out by the swanky pool and got a really bad sunburn. So bad that she allowed us to see her for the first time without a stitch of makeup on. But in true self-deprecating Kathy form, she made several jokes about her appearance, like saying she was scaring some of the Mexican children, accompanied by hilarious visual and sound effects (one was a high-pitched scream). Kathy looked so bad that she said: "It's like that joke: 'Does your face hurt? Well, it's killing me.'" And killing is what this episode was doing to me. Some of the many other highlights included: - Since Oprah prefers to have Stedman join in on special episodes like "Oprah's Favorite Things," Kathy had to have her Stedman, Steve Wozniak, join her journey to Mexico, along with Woz's trusty assistant Julie (OK, Julie got there days before Woz). Per Kathy's request, Woz donated four brand new Mac computers to the library. Even though Kathy claimed the kids were using the computers to view porn, it looked as though their favorite thing was shooting a video and putting it on YouTube. - Mama Maggie called Kathy "the D-List Oprah or a little above" and was willing to donate some of her books to Kathy's new project, but not money. Kathy said if she runs into trouble with her adventure, she'll rename it the Maggie Griffin School For Girls. - Kathy felt she had to ask her Spanish-speaking housekeeper Minerva to come along to Mexico. Someone had to help clean things up. Kathy: "I can't even clean my language, much less a school!" - Kathy, describing the computer-less Mexican children: "They haven't even seen Internet porn. What kind of country is this?" - Kathy, while having to clean the library: "I never had to do this on Suddenly Susan." - Kathy desperately tried to remove a wire that was sticking out of a wall by a window without success. Then a little boy named Christian came and pulled it out right away. Kathy to the kid: "Well I loosened it!" - Kathy: "I don't remember Oprah ever cleaning. I'm sure she had Gayle try it." - I loved when Kathy related to the one shy young chubby gal who Kathy figured was picked on by the mean girls like Kathy was as a child. This was made even funnier when they superimposed Kathy's head over the girl. Payback is a bitch named Kathy because now Kathy can make fun of those mean girls and she "can buy and sell all of them!" - I also loved when Kathy called Christian her new love interest and referred to it as a May-December forbidden romance a la The Thorn Birds: "But I'm the priest and Christian is Rachel Ward." - Kathy, continuing to struggle through the cleaning and fixing of the library, knew that Oprah would've yelled for Gayle and everything would've gotten fixed: "Gaaaaaaaayle!! Fix the biblioteccaaaaaaaaa!!!" - Kathy, noticing that the kids starting getting used to her after a few days: "The kids like me more today. I should be in the UN. You know what? Take that, Jolie!" - Since Maggie couldn't make the Mexican trip and Kathy knows we adore Maggie, she simply had to have Maggie phone it in. Kathy: "I think my Mom thinks that Oprah and Jesus are one and the same." Maggie: "Everything Oprah does turns out like roses, but your's are like everything falls flat. You should open a school in Ireland." Kathy: "Pom Pom is with me. We're not going to just switch countries." - Kathy, under pressure to finish getting the library cleaned in time for the opening: "It's too late to turn it over to Kathie Lee Gifford which was my B-plan. I would feel terrible if it turned into a sweat shop." - Only three press people showed up for the opening. Kathy: "One guy was a gay guy who happened to have a microphone...which is how journalism started." - Kathy was amazed that the Mexican children had never heard of Oprah: "I'm moving here. I found a magical land where they don't know who Oprah is." So, of course, Kathy had to joke with them: "Oprah is a powerful woman who tortures Mrs. Kathy. She's a bad, bad lady who hurts people." Then she admitted she stole the idea from Oprah. - The episode concluded with some impressive before and after shots of the library. Kathy was thrilled but surprised that the children were "excited about both the books and the computers. I never was. I was interested in a book called People magazine." - But at the very end, Team Griffin got sweet revenge on Kathy by making a Kathy piñata, even dressing it in an outfit resembling Kathy's Emmy dress. When the kids went crazy clobbering the Kathy piñata, Kathy said: "My staff has thrown me under the bus as usual and they have committed what I would consider to be a hate crime." Kathy insisted that the children, encouraged by Team Griffin, used the piñata as a replica of "the odd lady with the burned face." Did I leave anything out, Kathy fans? Let me know below. 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First of all, congrats to Kathy since she was just nominated for two Emmys: Outstanding Reality Program for Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List (which she won last year) and Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special for Kathy Griffin: Straight To Hell. Yea, Kathy and Team Griffin!Now, onto this week's episode...Proving that she really does want to be the "red-headed Oprah," Kathy took Team Griffin to Mexico to start the Kathy Griffin Leadership Academy. Oh sure, the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy School For Girls is a school for poor, underprivileged little girls in South Africa and Kathy's is just a refurbished library in Mismaloya, a not-so-poor and not-so-underprivileged town in Mexico. But Kathy can at least say she's a "mini-Oprah."It was immediately funny when Kathy admitted that she wasn't exactly going to a "bad" part of Mexico. No. Kathy had to go to Mismaloya, a city in Mexico that was close enough to one of her favorite vacation spots: Puerto Vallarta. The only prob... read more

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