In Which My Brain Ends Up At NewsRadio
If you demanded that I tell you my favorite scene from any American television show -- why are you demanding that again? -- I’d probably mention this one.
And speaking of weirdness, I only revisited this scene because a comment thread discussing Kentucky’s Kim Davis included a passing mention of Stephen Root, an actor that you’ll know even if you don’t know him. I went to bat for him as one of America’s greatest treasures, a thought jarred loose by seeing his name and remembering all the things that he’s done. Among his seemingly endless collection of ongoing projects is providing a voice on Gravity Falls, an absolutely wonderful Disney Channel show. From there, I went backwards through Root’s career -- Justified, No Country For Old Men, Dodgeball, The West Wing, King of the Hill, and eventually I got to NewsRadio, a great show whose run was cut short by the grim reality of Phil Hartman’s murder. At the time though, NewsRadio was my favorite thing going, mostly because it was simply so well done.
All of this thinking left me at the moment above, in which Dave and Bill utterly meltdown just nine hours-and-a-half hours after giving up coffee and smoking respectively. That there would be a scene in which two characters yell at a third character blew my mind at the time; I don’t remember yelling being a thing that was done on television shows I had been watching up to then, especially for comedic effect.
In summation, brains are weird.