9 Funniest Moments from the Thicke/Gottfried 'Celebrity Wife Swap'
When Alan Thicke and Gilbert Gottfried swapped wives, it looked like a classic case of city mouse and country (estate) mouse. Gilbert, the comedian with the one-of-a-kind voice, lives in a Manhattan apartment with his wife Dara, his two kids, and his microscopic entertainment budget. Fancy country mice Alan (the Seaver patriarch on '80s sitcom "Growing Pains"), his wife Tanya, and stepson Carter live on a ranch in Santa Barbara, California and throw formal dinner parties.
Sure enough, much consternation ensued over the differing lifestyles: Tanya objected to the smell of the subway, Dara faced off against the lobster she had to prepare for Alan and Carter's supper, and both families learned that money doesn't always buy happiness… but it can, if you do it right.
What bought our happiness in the episode was all the punchlines. The episode felt kind of rushed, as though it were making room for Gilbert to set up and pay off jokes at the expense of plot -- but we all know more or less how these swaps turn out anyway, and the jokes worked. And not just his! Alan, Carter, and Gilbert's kids Max and Lilly all got off a few good lines too.
In case you didn't get to watch, here's our list of the 9 funniest bits from last night's show:
1. Describing his career, Alan calls himself "the affordable Shatner," and explains that he married a younger woman because "most women my age are dead."
2. Gilbert jokes (repeatedly) that he's looking forward to having sex with "a different woman," but Tanya -- who's a good six inches taller than Gilbert -- isn't having it, muttering that "if we ever really had sex, he'd end up in the hospital."
3. Tanya, arriving at the Gottfried household, surveys it with dismay: "This place is about the size of my bedroom." (For a New York City apartment, it's big.)
4. Gilbert is happy with Tanya's cooking, though: "It's the first time there was anything in this house I could actually eat without getting violently sick afterwards."