The Comeback (2005–2014)
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Valerie Saves the Show 

When Seeing Red is beset by budget cuts, Valerie offers to let the production shoot some vital scenes at her home, which leads to much drama, expected and otherwise.


John Riggi


Amy Harris (as Amy B. Harris), John Riggi | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lisa Kudrow ... Valerie Cherish
Lance Barber ... Paulie G.
Robert Michael Morris ... Mickey Deane
Laura Silverman ... Jane Benson
Damian Young ... Mark Berman
Rose Abdoo ... Marianina
Zoe Chao ... Shayna
Brian Delate ... Ron Wesson
David Hunt ... Will Parker
Mark L. Young ... Tyler Beck
Doug Bass ... Schaemus
Cheryl Bricker ... Nancy / Set Decorator
Kimberly Condict ... Groundling #2
Chris Eckert ... Groundling #1
Jimmy Fowlie ... Rick


When budget cuts threaten her screen time, Valerie offers up her home as a free shooting location. Annoyed by the overwhelming presence of the production, Mark and Valerie leave and stay the night at an apartment building they own. While there, one of their tenants commits suicide, worrying Valerie after she sees parallels with his reported behavior and Paulie G's. Valerie takes improv classes at The Groundlings to impress Seth Rogen. Mickey learns that he may have cancer, and begins binge eating. Written by Anon

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30 November 2014 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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In this episode, Valerie (Lisa Kudrow) attends a class at the Groundlings in order to brush up on her improvisation skills. In real life, Kudrow trained at the Groundlings before her film and television career began. See more »


References The Rockford Files (1974) See more »


The Tide Is High
Written by John Holt
Performed by Blondie
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26 July 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

The Comeback

The creators Michael Patrick King and Lisa Kudrow is deriving from an already established formula few steps ahead only to not end up with a definite answer. This Eric Rohmer-ness part of the series is what I adore. The rickety chair that this world hinges upon is, against all odds, balanced. Not fair, not sugar-coated, nor surrounded in the pathology that its characters tries to suppress, it is an adequate justice sentenced. The mockumentary theme has been around for a while and reasoning its way in, to the window that is framed as a part of narrative has to be and is pragmatic in here. Addition to that, the writing, the conversations, the small talks, is something that swoops us from the very beginning of the show.

It remains a reality show from head to toe for sure. Every last bit of its cookiness is sprinkled in the sneak peek of show business as an excuse of the character's nature and remains true to its tone throughout this exhaustive journey. It is exhausting, because it is intended to, plus following a character- literally- for this long ought to wear out the formulaic structure it bases the entire series upon. Enters Lisa Kudrow. Her overly hyped narcissistic version of attention seeking celebrity is a gold mine for any actor.

And carving out this character herself, she lives up to the vision she and her co-workers have imagined exceedingly making her the best asset of this show. And if the first season suffered the cliched diseases of such genre, the second one is a polished reboot that overcomes the limitation by first and foremostly dividing the perspective of her journey. Where actually then, supporting characters come under the limelight they deserved completing the series in a whole; The Comeback title stays meta.

Valerie Saves The Show

This is a night out. The detour part of this episode affects our characters personally, not with a shock, but anticipated doom they set upon themselves. And as far as them regretting their deeds is concerned, the makers have given them a vital reason, now.

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