Retro Television Reviews: City Guys 4.24 “El-Brain” and 4.25 “Pier Pressure”

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, the city guys finally leave the city for a while.  Drama follows.

Episode 4.24 “El-Brain”

(Dir by Frank Bonner, originally aired on December 16th, 2000)

On Wikipedia, this episode’s plot is described as follows: “El-Train enters the Science Fair to prove that he’s smarter than everyone, including Jamal, who thinks he isn’t.”  Unfortunately, this is one of the episodes that is not streaming anywhere online so I haven’t been able to watch it.  Interestingly. the title of this episode would seem to indicated that I’ve been referring to L-Train by the wrong name all this time.

Well, he’ll always be L-Train to me.  And I hope he did well at the science fair.  I’m also going to assume that Jamal learned a lesson about judging people.

Episode 4.25 “Pier Pressure”

(Dir by Frank Bonner, originally aired on December 16th, 2000)

Chris has got access to his father’s vacation home for the weekend so the kids are going to the Hamptons!

Everyone is super excited about the idea of going out on Chris’s father’s yacht.  The only problem is that the yacht’s captain has called in sick.  Fortunately, Chris knows how to sail.  He, Cassidy, Dawn, and Al take the yacht out for a spin.  As you can probably guess, this leads to one disaster after another.  First off, Al forgets to pack the food because he’s tired of Dawn trying to micromanage his life.  Secondly, Chris and Al turn out to be not quite the expert fishermen that they claimed to be.  Third, after turning off the engine, Chris can’t figure out how to drop the anchor.  Fourth, the boat floats until it hits a sandbar.  Fifth, the boat runs out of gas.  Sixth, the boat runs out of power.  Seventh, Al announces that everyone is going to starve to death.  That does seem like a distinct possibility but at least they’ll get to experience a little bit of the yacht life before they die.  Plus, if they die, the show will be over and I can start watching something better.

Meanwhile, Jamal and L-Train invite two women up to the house, which they now claim to own.  The women make themselves comfortable in the living room.  Suddenly, Ms. Noble and Billy show up!  What are they doing there!?  It turns out that they’re spending the weekend at the Hamptons as well and they just decided to stop by.  Seriously, school’s out.  It’s the weekend!  No one wants to see their principal on the weekend!  And really, I am kind of suspicious of any principal who would decide to just drop in on their students during they’re own vacation.  That’s weird.

Fortunately, it all works out in the end.  Jamal suddenly notices that Chris, Al, Dawn, and Cassidy haven’t come home.  The coast guard is called.  Everyone lives!  Yay!  This is the type of episode that I can’t stand, where every problem is the result of people just being unbelievably stupid.  But at least it only lasted 30 minutes or so.

Next week, season 4 ends!

One response to “Retro Television Reviews: City Guys 4.24 “El-Brain” and 4.25 “Pier Pressure”

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