Clerks Season 1 Episode 2: The Clipshow Wherein Dante and Randal are Locked in the Freezer and Remember Some of the Great Moments in Their Lives
Welcome to the second episode of the greatest shortest cartoon ever. This episode was written by David Mandel & Kevin Smith & Paul Dini with an amazing premise. Normally I am not a fan of flashback episodes but the fact that they had the second episode as one was a brilliant idea. I mean what the hell are you flashing back too? A few minutes before? Its ludicrous and works so well.
Like the last time we start off with a live action Jay and Silent Bob introing the episode, Silent Bob is giving a cursing Jay a massage pool side at a mansion they are saying is their own. Damn lies I tell you, lies.
Once the episode starts instead of a previously on we have a next week on Clerks. The cops call Dante and tell him that the store was robbed. It turns out that they just didn't clean the store when they left. Lazy bums. Randal shows up late, as always as Dante is hiring someone to lock the back room so that no one can break in. Dante goes inside to test the room but Randal goes in with him, because he is an idiot sometimes. Randal points out that if they were a sitcom, they are a cartoon so close enough, that they would start flashing back to old episodes.
Almost at once they flashback twice to the first episode. Dante points out they were both the same time and Randal keeps flashing back to that time. Dante tries to suggest another flashback from when they first met but Randal still goes back to the first episode.
Finally we get the lamest flashback ever of them being introduced. Dante then asks if Randal had a lemonade stand, it turns out that they did meet as kids but Randal was too distracted by porn to notice. Now the show starts to make new flashbacks to fill out the episode. They are all crazy and far fetched.
Out of nowhere Jay and Silent Bob show up in the back room and get locked in with them. Randal starts worrying about running out of air almost at once. I love how Jay calls a door a metal thing with a knob. He's such a dumbass. And why the hell does the show keep flashing back to the same scene from episode one where Randal and Dante are climbing up the building batman style.
We find out that Caitlin Bree use to cheat on Dante even more than we thought. And always with some random painter. Randal once tried to order a mail order bride and became the bride himself. Funny beyond words. Something like that could only happen to Randal. It's scenes like this that makes me love this show so much. Kevin Smith's humor is the definition of funny.
Silent Bob breaks them out of the freezer and grants them freedom. Before Randal and Dante could get out of the store they break the key off in the lock and get locked into the store where the A/C breaks, making the whole store much like a freezer. Talk about Irony.
While locked in the store they flashback to all the other countries they visited and how each one was worse than the last. Turns out Randal and Dante were both on the Real World TV show. Randal gets bored with his own life and starts flashing back to Happy Days episodes.
I love this ridiculous show so much. It ends with them talking to their friends about what happens before they get locked into an outdoor pin that they could easily escape. In order to get out of it they end up locked in another Burn ward. These guys have horrible luck.
Far in the future Jay writes it all down much like in Stand By Me. It's a really funny moment. This show just gets better and better as it goes on. Why on Earth did it end?