Picks and Pans Review: The Drew Carey Show
This venturesome sitcom yields to no other series when it comes to sweeps-month stunts. Last November brought a live episode. In a February two-parter, Drew went into a coma, his soul floated heavenward and he wound up trapped inside the body of his newborn nephew.
Can May 23's hour-long, season-ending cliffhanger top all this? Not quite. Drew gets a promotion coveted by the hideous Mimi (Kathy Kinney), his office nemesis and sister-in-law. So Mimi drives Drew certifiably insane and moves to steal his new job after he's tossed in the booby hatch. Unfortunately, the mad goings-on at the Mary Todd Lincoln Mental Institution are not as funny as comatose Drew's February dream, in which he tested his trivia knowledge against that of Mary's husband, Honest Abe. "Ah, this is gettin' so old," Drew correctly observes when orderlies forcibly sedate him a second time. But don't skip the hospital visit or you'll miss one of the season's comic gems: Drew's encounter with a deluded patient who has taken on the personality of a famous CNN interviewer and USA Today columnist. Hail to David Ruprecht for cleverly mimicking the King of Talk.
Bottom Line: Crazy, but could be funnier