TV Show of the Week
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“What happens in Vegas stays in
Vegas?” Not as far as NBC is concerned. The network consistently brings the
most sensationalized examples of debauchery and hedonism into living rooms
across America each and every Friday night. The January 25th episode
of Las Vegas glorified strippers, and treated as comic fodder unfaithful
spouses deceiving their partners and makes a mockery of marital vows.
The show opens with an extended
sequence in a strip club. One stripper is shown completely topless from the
front, with only tasseled pasties covering her nipples. (This was the third
instance in two weeks of tasseled pasties being shown on NBC during prime-time
As the peepshow ends, casino
hostess Sam offers to help some of the strip club’s patrons with a problem. The
men have spent the evening with strippers and are afraid their wives will find
out due to the state of their clothing. Sam calls “The Cleaner,” who
specializes in cleaning garments and helping people lie about their
whereabouts. He is able to tell which strip club the men have been at just by
smelling their shirts. When the men learn about The Cleaner’s skills at
covering up their unfaithful indulgence they tell their friends. In an instant
The Cleaner is swamped with clothes from dozens of men, who don’t want their
wives to know what type of sexual activity they have been participating in.
The Cleaner tells Sam that he
can’t continue under the workload that he has unless Sam can convince his
grandson, a cleaning prodigy, to join him. The grandson is initially hesitant
because he is committed to working for women’s rights, but he ultimately gives
in. At the end of the show the grandson decides to leave the woman’s group for
good when a group of wives approach him about cleaning their panties. They come
to his door holding their panties in hand explaining that they were at the
“Thunder Down Under” show and that they got “a little naughty.”
In a separate plot, a drunken
Piper and Mike get married. The next morning they wake up in bed together.
Although they can’t remember anything from the night before, it is implied that
they had sex. The two seek an immediate annulment as the staff of the casino
laugh at them. At one point Mike wonders whether he should commit to Piper, but
his best friend Danny quickly reminds him to look around at all the other
beautiful women in the world, discouraging Mike’s decent impulse to take
responsibility for his actions.
The show’s twisted happy ending
takes place at an annulment party Delinda throws for the happy ex-couple.
Popular rapper Ne-Yo guest stars and sings at the party, ensuring that younger
viewers will understand that it is cool to have your marriage annulled.
This episode of Las Vegas
is yet another example of the entertainment industry’s false depiction of
reality, and demonstrates Hollywood’s commitment to undermining our culture and
desensitizing viewers to the most offensive and harmful of content. Stripping
is not family entertainment. Infidelity is not without consequence. Marriage is
not an insignificant action, to be entered into nonchalantly. Further showing
the industry’s contempt for its audience, this episode was rated TV-14 D, with
no “S” descriptor, in spite of the graphic depiction of strippers and implied
drunken intercourse. For all these reasons, Las Vegas is truly the
Worst of the Week.
Worst TV Show
of the Week
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