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Chris and Craig open this weeks episode with a discussion about the Winter Olympics. Chas attempts to boost the ratings of the Today show, by making 'special' appearances on Sunrise, the morning show in direct competition with Today. There's Kim Beazley as The Biggest Loser and his front bench as well as falling popularity polls. Julian hits the street with a poll that may turn things around for Kim.
The Famous Faceoff this week included newsreaders from Sky News and the ABC battling their way through tongue twisters. Chris and Julian discuss boneheads - and then Julian attempts to do a news feed to see how long it took for a bonehead to appear. Charles Firth in the US meets and greets with US citizens... and their guns. Craig and Julian discuss the news and Chris brings it home with his Tropfest entry and it's lack of being accepted by the judges plus other regular segments listed below.

Segments from this week include: Another Saddam Outburst, Surprise Spruiker, What Have We Learned From Current Affairs This Week? Mr. Ten Questions

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x2
Airdate: Friday February 24th, 2006

Alternate Airdates:

UK (BBC FOUR) Jun 30, 2009

Guest Stars
Tom CruiseTom Cruise
As Himself

Tony WaltersTony Walters
As Himself
Episode Notes
The man helping Chas hold up the TV playing Today outside the window of Sunrise is Tony Walters. Tony is best known as playing a character known as Womp on the ABC comedy series Double the Fist. On Double the Fist Tony starred alongside Doug Bayne, who does the graphics and credits on The Chaser's War on Everything (and also did the same on Double the Fist).

Episode Quotes
Craig Reucassel: And finally in the good news story at the end, Tony Abbott was punched this week during a visit...(audience breaks out in applause)...during a visit to a psychiatric facility. The psychiatric patient has since been released after his actions proved he was totally sane.

(Charles is learning to fire a gun in an American indoor firing range)
Charles Firth: A quick lesson from Keith, and it was my turn for the sweet taste of American freedom, (firing at a Bin Laden target) giving Osama Bin Laden the Dick Cheney treatment. This is Charles Firth reporting from the safest country in the world.

(Random people are being surveyed as to whom they'd prefer as Prime Minister: Kim Beazley or another option. In this case, a steaming turd)
Man: Aw, I think I'd actually go with the turd, there.
Julian Morrow: Really?
Man: Yeh.
Julian Morrow: Why's that?
Man: Well, I dunno, just, at least you know where it's coming from.

Cultural References

Chris Taylor:Now as you may already know Tropfest is on again this weekend, the short film festival set up by John Polson
Chas Licciardello:Yeah you'll be there won't you?
Chris Taylor: No, I'm boycotting this year. I'm staging an official boycott after my own Tropfest entry was completely snubbed by the judges.

Tropfest is a short film festival held in Australian state capitals Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth and Hobart each year. Every year a Tropfest Signature Item (TSI) is required to be included in the film. Films must be no longer than 7 minutes and filmmakers are urged to be creative with the inclusion of the TSI for that year.

Craig's film contained many creative references to the TSI for 2006 which was Bubbles.

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