Retro Television Reviews: California Dreams 1.3 “Double Date” and 1.4 “Dream Man”


Welcome to Retro Television Reviews, a feature where we review some of our favorite and least favorite shows of the past!  On Saturdays, I will be reviewing California Dreams, which ran on NBC from 1992 to 1996.  The entire show is currently streaming on YouTube!

The saga of California’s blandest garage band continues.

Is anyone reading this a surf dude with attitude?

Episode 1.3 “Double Date”

(Directed by Don Barnhart, originally aired on September 26, 1992)

Oh, California!  What a confusing place.

When Sharkey (the owner of Sharkey’s) goes out of town, he leaves Tony in charge of the restaurant.  He promises that, if Tony does a good job, Tony will get a promotion and more money.  But Sharkey, isn’t leaving Tony in charge already a promotion?  Anyway, it turns out that Sharkey made a huge mistake because soon, Sly has convinced Tony to hold a luau at Sharkey’s.  Tony spends a lot of Sharkey’s money on the luau.  Sharkey returns home early and demands that Tony pay back the money with whatever is made at the luay.  The luau has to be a success!  It’s a good thing that the Dreams will be playing at Sharkey’s.

Unfortunately, Matt has already booked the Dreams to perform at a wedding on the same night!  This leads to some conflict between Matt and Tony.  The conflict would perhaps be more dramatic if Matt wasn’t a total wimp.

Fortunately, Tiffani suggests that maybe the Dreams could just play both shows, considering that there’s apparently only 2 minutes of distance between Sharkey’s and the yacht club.  (The wedding, of course, is taking place at the yacht club.  Do poor people even exist in California?)

This episode basically felt like it was left over from the Saved By The Bell episodes where Zach and the gang worked at Malibu Sands …. actually, wait a minute.  IT IS!  When Mr. Carossi went out of town, Zach and Stacy booked two parties for the same night and had to throw both parties during the same night.  History repeats itself.  Of course, every time that it does, things get progressively dumber.

For the record, the Dreams would have been a terrible wedding band in real life.  Hire a DJ, like my friend Xander.  He’ll keep your party going.

Episode 1.4 “Dream Man”

(Directed by Don Barnhart, originally aired on October 3rd, 1992)

When Jenny hold a slumber party, Sly and Tony plant a listening device so that they can learn what Jenny and Jenny’s friend Jasmine are looking for in a boyfriend.  This leads to …. WAIT A MINUTE!  THIS IS ANOTHER SAVED BY THE BELL PLOT!  Zach bugged Jessie’s bedroom so that he could learn who Kelly was planning on asking to the school dance.  Jessie figured out what was going on and told Kelly to pretend to have a psychotic breakdown.

Anyway, this leads to Sly wearing an Italian suit and a silk tie in an effort to impress Jenny and the audience going, “Wooooo!”  But, because Jenny knows about the listening device, Sly ends up getting grape juice splashed on his shirt.  “Wooooooo!” the audience continues.

Meanwhile, Tiffani tried to help Matt write a song about a kid named Tommy who can’t swim.  The song is supposed to be bad (which leads to Matt learning a lesson about being honest) but the end result is still better than Friends Forever.

One response to “Retro Television Reviews: California Dreams 1.3 “Double Date” and 1.4 “Dream Man”

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