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 Tubi!
Roll with the city guys!
Episode 3.12 “Yoko Oh-No”
(Dir by Frank Bonner, originally aired on December 3rd, 1999)
Apparently, the show’s writers remembered that Dawn and Al are a couple before they wrote this episode because it opens with Dawn giving Al a hard time about buying her a “gold” bracelet that turned her wrist green. Seriously, Dawn, you can do so much better. DUMP HIS ASS!
The majority of this episode, however, dealt with Jamal and Ashley (Trina McGee). Ashley, as you may remember, was Jamal’s girlfriend who spoke with a ludicrously exaggerated southern accent. Trina McGree is probably best known for playing Shawn’s longtime girlfriend on Boy Meets World. She appeared on three episodes of City Guys while she was still on Boy Meets World. If I remember correctly, she was actually pretty good on Boy Meets World but was she ever awful on City Guys.
Jamal’s friend tell him that they think he’s letting Ashley control his life. At first, Jamal says that they don’t know what they’re talking about but then he realizes that he’s wearing the clothes that she likes and that he’s carrying around a beeper
because he’s a drug dealer so Ashley will always be able to summon him. Jamal realizes that he has to break up with Ashley but, after Ms. Nobel says how proud she is of him for having a committed relationship, Jamal decides that he can’t break up with her. (WHAT!? HOW MUCH CONTROL DOES MS. NOBEL HAVE OVER HER STUDENT’S LIVES!?) So, Jamal tries to arrange for Ashley to fall in love with L-Train instead. It doesn’t work.
While this is going on, Dawn decides that she wants to see All-4-One in concert. (All-4-who? They were big in the 90s.) Because no one on this show can do anything the simple way, Al pretends to be dying in an effort to get them to give him free tickets. The band — which, for some reason, come to meet Al at the diner owned by Jamal’s father — are not happy with Al’s deception. Al confesses that he has to impress Dawn. The band, who I guess are super forgiving and have nothing better to do with their time, agree to give Dawn a private concert.
Meanwhile, Jamal and Chris decided to use their radio show to try to get Ashley to dump Jamal. They ask listeners to call in with their romantic problems. L-Train calls in and says that his girlfriend picks out all of his clothes and forces him to carry a “peeper.” L-Train then calls in a second time, pretending to be his girlfriend. “You go, girl!” Ashley says, which leads to Jamal announcing that he’s sick and tired of her bossing him around. Uh-oh, Jamal — you’re on the radio!
Jamal rushes over to Ms. Nobel’s office and apologizes for breaking up with Ashley. Jamal, were you required to turn in your balls when you enrolled at Manny High? Seriously, I can’t believe I just typed that but Jamal is just annoying as Hell in this episode. Anyway, it turns out that Ms. Nobel doesn’t care because Ms. Nobel is a middle-aged woman with a school to run.
At the diner, All-4-One performs for Dawn. Were All-4-One one of those bands that Lou Pearlman screwed over? “They’re all for real!” Al announces.
This was a dumb, dumb, dumb episode. This is actually the second Peter Engel-produced show to feature an episode called Yoko, Oh No! It worked better for California Dreams because, in the case, the title actually referred to someone dating the lead singer of a band. In this case, it’s just dumb. Jamal is not John Lennon.
Let’s move on.
Episode 3.22 “Party Like It’s 1999”
(Originally aired on December 3rd, 1999, directed by Frank Bonner)
On New Year’s Eve, the kids gather one the roof of Manny High and think about all of their previous adventures and — oh crap, it’s a clip show.
Anyway, the neat guys will see you next week!