Retro Television Review: City Guys 4.6 “Students of the Bride” and 4.7 “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems”

Welcome to Retro Television Reviews, a feature where we review some of our favorite and least favorite shows of the past!  On Thursdays, I will be reviewing City Guys, which ran on NBC from 1997 to 2001.  The entire show is currently streaming on YouTube!

This week, Ms. Noble gets married and her students get involved for some reason.

Episode 4.6 “Students of the Bride”

(Dir by Frank Bonner, originally aired on October 7th, 2000)

Ms. Noble’s wedding day is coming up and, because Ms. Noble is the most unprofessional educator in New York, she allows her students to find out that she doesn’t have a dress, a venue, a cake, a florist, or a wedding band.  Jamal, Cassidy, Dawn, L-Train, Al, and Chris step up to help Ms. Noble plan her wedding.


Are you freaking kidding me?

Look, I love weddings as much as anyone.  I love planning them and I love telling people what they have to wear and I love coming up with the song list for the reception.  But seriously — MS. NOBLE IS THE PRINCIPAL!  Add to that, she’s an adult and so is the man she’s supposed to marry.  Why are they incapable of planning their own wedding?  Why are a bunch of high school students throwing a bachelor party for Billy?  Doesn’t Billy have any friends his own age?  Speaking of which, does not Ms. Noble have anyone her own age to help her plan her wedding?  Do neither of these two have any family in New York?  How does this make any freaking sense!?

Anyway, it turns out that having a bunch of high school kids plan your bachelor party is a mistake because Ms. Noble gets upset when she sees Billy dancing with the hula girls that L-Train brought to the school.  (Of course, they have the bachelor party on the roof of Manny High.)  Ms. Noble and Billy fight and say that maybe they shouldn’t get married.  The kids make it their mission to make sure that Ms. Noble gets married to Billy.  “Ms. Noble’s getting married if I have to marry her myself!” Jamal says.  SHE’S YOUR PRINCIPAL, YOU WEIRDO!

Oh!  And Jamal and Cassidy briefly fall in love but then they realize that it’s just because they’ve been working on the wedding and they’re both in a romantic mood.  Remember when Cassidy was dating Chris?  Whatever happened with that?

God, this is a stupid episode.  Ms. Noble does get married at the end of the episode so yay.  Let’s move on.

Episode 4.7 “Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems”

(Dir by Frank Bonner, originally aired on October 14th, 2000)

L-Train invents a glow-in-the-dark basketball.  Al, Chris, and Jamal form a company to sell the ball.  Al lets the power go to his head and he learns an important lesson about how to treat his employees.  Good for him.  I think the more important question raised by this episode is why they allowed this to happen with Chris’s hair.

I mean, Scott Whyte was not a bad-looking guy but he spent the majority of City Guys with the least flattering haircut imaginable.

While Al is learning an important lesson about business, Dawn is getting cast in a commercial and Cassidy’s getting jealous.  Cassidy gives Dawn a lot of bad advice, which Dawn believes because Dawn could be an incredibly stupid character.  After Cassidy comes clean, Dawn steps aside so that Cassidy can fulfill her dream of acting in a commercial.  Of course, this all leads to Cassidy getting hit in the face with a pie.  Ugh.  I hate pie gags.  They always look so messy.

This was a fairly middling episode but Steven Daniel did get a chance to show off his physical comedy skills when L-Train was left alone in the basketball factory.  That was definitely a plus.  As well, no one was roped into helping Ms. Noble plan her honeymoon so that was another plus.

Next week, the neat guys continue to be smart and streetwise!

2 responses to “Retro Television Review: City Guys 4.6 “Students of the Bride” and 4.7 “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems”

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