Television Review: The Bill Engvall Show: It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
by R.J. Carter
Published: November 14, 2008
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and The Bill Engvall Show is ready to add its tribute episode to an already daunting collection of sitcom salutes to the season.
First up, however, is "Honey Do," in which Bill (Bill Engvall) feels emasculated when wife Susan (Nancy Travis) begins to get things done around the house -- tasks that were his but which he never got around to. Worse, she's actually enjoying the work, looking for even more fix-it necessities to be done. When Bill responds by taking over some of Nancy's traditional chores, like cooking dinner, his plan to create a similar jealousy in her to wake her up to how he feels goes predictably awry.
Meanwhile, the Pearson children -- Lauren (Jennifer Lawrence), Trent (Graham Patrick Martin) and Bryan (Skyler Gisondo) -- have finally been awarded the giant glass jug of pennies their father has been accumulating, and they begin reenacting "The Treasure of Sierra Madre" as they try to decide the most equitable means of distributing the loot -- a contest that only heats up when they realize that there's not enough copper cash for any of them to get what they really want, but there's enough for one of them to buy their heart's desire.
TBS's back-to-back Bill Engvall night then proceeds from greed to giving with "The Night Before Christmas." Okay, so perhaps it's not the most inspired episode title ever, but nobody but television reviewers know the name of these things anyway until the DVD sets are released. This yule-themed script finds Christmas inspiring Bill to do what Bill does best -- act like a little kid. He's absolutely giddy that it's Christmastime again, as he sets about preparing for the traditional Christmas Eve activities.
But traditions aren't always important to younger people, so Bill and Nancy have their patience tested when Lauren wants to spend Christmas Eve with her boyfriend, Trent wants to go on a snowboarding trip, and Bryan sulks that his highly anticipated Christmas present is delayed in the mail.
Things continually fall apart for Bill, and he's just about ready to throw in the towel. But a visit from a curmudgeonly neighbor kicks off an inexplicable series of Christmas miracles, setting everything right once more.
Episodes "Honey Do" and "The Night Before Christmas" of The Bill Engvall Show premiere on TBS Saturday, November 15, 2008, at 8:00 and 8:30 ET.