Whose Line Is It Anyway Season 9, Episode 9 (Laila Ali/Jeff Davis) Review

Rating: 8.8

This episode of Whose Line proved to be really engaging and lots of fun, a nice change of pace from the last “just fine” episodes. Even though Aisha did not put a lot of effort into announcing the evening’s performers (her voice seemed newscaster-esque, the intonation not as enthused as it could have been), the energy between the performers was strong nonetheless. (She also made up for it later with some good banter.)

To get the ball rolling fast was Scenes from a Hat, and the players did really well, not being afraid to “go there” with the somewhat suggestive suggestions they were given. For Whose Line standards it was a little more explicit in its humor, and I counted my first of two cast-members-almost-kiss moment. Nothing to complain about!

Though they went on to play Dubbing, which is getting a little old for me, the special guest, boxing star Leila Ali, was giving it her all. She was pro at taking Wayne’s cues, and Colin was “on.” Ryan was quippy and sassy, as per usual, and the chemistry was great.

During props there was incident number two of cast-members-almost-kissing, and I am still waiting for it to happen again. Props was also a disappointing game choice, but the cast kept the energy up. Near the end they were explaining their jokes while trying to make them, and it’s always fun to see them soldier on even when they are running out of ideas.

The show ended with Helping Hands, another sigh-worthy scheduling choice, but Leila Ali was so involved that I couldn’t help but enjoy this playing. The main reason I think I ended up smiling at the end of this game was not the food stuffed in Ryan’s mouth nor the great mess Colin made throwing the remnants around, but the brief moment where the camera angle changed to one I don’t believe I have seen enough times: I could see Colin’s face behind Ryan’s, and it was filled with childish glee. That made the game worth it, getting to see Colin’s face while he messed with Ryan.

The real reason I gave this episode a higher score is not, as you may assume from this whole review, its consistent energy. It was the inclusion of Greatest Hits and its brilliant execution. Jeff Davis and Wayne Brady have undeniable chemistry only matched by Ryan and Colin’s classic announcer couple persona. The song rhymes were clever, the vocal stylings solid, and the Les Miserables spoof “Oh my god”-inducing. I said that out loud while watching it.

I’m very impressed, lady and gentlemen. Keep it going!

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