Retro Television Reviews: Hang Time 4.15 “The Tall And The Short Of It” and 4.16 “Just Friends”

Welcome to Retro Television Reviews, a feature where we review some of our favorite and least favorite shows of the past!  On Mondays, I will be reviewing Hang Time, which ran on NBC from 1995 to 2000.  The entire show is currently streaming on YouTube!

Today, YouTube makes watching Hang Time difficult!

Episode 4.15 “The Tall and the Short Of It”

(Dir by Patrick Maloney, originally aired on October 31st, 1998)

Rico has finally got a girlfriend!  She loves video games and basketball almost as much as he does!  The problem, as far as Rico is concerned, is that Rico is short and Gail (Bree Turner) is tall.  Rico is worried that the team will make fun of him because of the height difference and, from what we’ve seen of the team, he’s probably right.  Then again, Rico was addicted to marijuana just a few weeks ago so maybe he’s still having episodes of paranoia.

When the team starts to suggest that Rico is lying about having a girlfriend, Rico decides that the best possible solution would be pay his cousin, Lisa (Constance Zimmer, who later starred on Unreal), ten dollars to pretend to be his girlfriend.  Knowing Rico, that’s probably not the first time he’s paid a cousin to make out with him.  Needless to say Gail sees Rico with Lisa (who, at least, has a good name) and she breaks up with him.  But then Rico apologizes and dances with her at the school’s 70s party so I guess everything’s resolved.

Honestly, who cares?  It’s Rico. Rico makes Vince seem like an interesting character.

While this was going on, Mary Beth searched for Hammer’s lucky jacket, which she lost after he gave it to her for safekeeping.  Don’t worry.  She found it.

Episode 4.16 “Just Friends”

(Dir by Patrick Maloney, originally aired on October 31st, 1998)

In this episode….


Yep, it’s sad but it’s true.  As far as I can tell there are only two episodes of Hang Time that can’t be found online and this is one of them.  Obviously, I can’t review this episode but I can tell you what apparently happened.

According to the imdb, this episode found the team working, once again, as counselors at a basketball camp.  You may remember that Coach Fuller bought the camp last season.  Fuller’s gone but apparently, the camp is still a thing and now Coach K. is in charge of it.  Did Coach K. buy the camp or did Fuller ask him to keep an eye on it?  I can’t tell you because I can’t watch the episode but, from my knowledge of Hang Time, I have a feeling this question was probably never even addressed.

Anyway, it appears that this episode featured Julie kissing some other guy and realizing that she and Michael were better as just friends.  Poor Michael!  What’s funny is that, at this point, I’m so used to Julie cheating on her boyfriends and then making them feel as if it’s their fault that I feel as if I’ve seen this show without having seen it.

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