MADtv (season 9)
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|MADtv season 9|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||25|
|Original run||September 13, 2003– May 22, 2004|
The 9th season of MADtv aired from September 13, 2003, to May 22, 2004, with 25 episodes.
After Debra Wilson left the show at the end of season 8, season 9 became the first season without any of the original castmembers from season one. Former featured players Ike Barinholtz, Josh Meyers (who would later leave the show to appear on the FOX sitcom That '70s Show), Ron Pederson, and Paul Vogt were upgraded to repertory status.
Among season 9's new cast members was Daniele Gaither, a member of The Groundlings who was trained by Michael McDonald, was on the short-lived WB sketch show Hype, and appeared on a MADtv sketch before becoming a cast member (Gaither appeared on a season two sketch as one of "Bob Dolemite's" women). Her celebrity impersonations included rapper Eve, MTV VJ La La, and supermodel/talk show host Tyra Banks. The second new cast member was Nicole Parker, who became known for her impersonations of Britney Spears, Celine Dion, Ellen DeGeneres, Renée Zellweger, and Judy Garland (as the character Dorothy in several Wizard of Oz parodies).
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele joined the show as featured cast members. Peele created several hilarious characters (such as Funkenstein) and offbeat impersonations (such as Ja Rule). Originally, FOX executives hired Key and Peele in the hopes of picking one black cast member over the other, but after Key and Peele demonstrated that they had comedic chemistry (particularly in the Superstitious Knights sketches), FOX decided to keep the both of them.
New cast members Melissa Paull and Gillian Vigman (known for celebrity impersonations including Charlize Theron, Jennifer Aniston, and Christina Aguilera) were introduced in the 9th season, but left at season's end.
Season 9 included the show's 200th episode. Several former cast members returned to mark the occasion. Orlando Jones appeared as Andre 3000 of Outkast performing a parody of "Hey, Ya." Nicole Sullivan reprised characters such as the Vancome Lady and Judith from "The Literally Couple", along with her impersonation of Meg Ryan. Alex Borstein made her first appearance since season seven and portrayed the beloved character Miss Swan and Dot Goddard's brainy twin sister, Karen. Will Sasso revived his impersonations of Bill Clinton and Kenny Rogers. Cast veteran Artie Lange (now a regular on The Howard Stern Show) recorded a monologue of his life since leaving MADtv. Former original cast member Phil LaMarr also appeared during season 9 as character Kalvin Mudflap Clarke in the Real Mother****ing Talk sketch.
Season 9 introduced a recurring sketch, The Lillian Verner Game Show, with Paul Vogt playing flamboyant host Dale Priskett. This mock game show involved contestants vying for products that are spoofs of Lillian Vernon products. A recurring character, Gail Cinder (played by Stephnie Weir), would often return as the show's reigning champion. This sketch also featured MADtv writer Michael Hitchcock as the game show's announcer, Simian Dyson (Hitchcock's only character on MADtv).
The 7am Condo Report,a sketch about retired elderly people residing in a Florida condo, debuted; it featured Stephnie Weir as Muriel (a woman who suffers recurring strokes), Ron Pederson as Clifford (an angry, bitter old man in a motorized scooter), Daniele Gaither as Jelly (an old African-American woman who is obsessed with her grandchildren and black culture), and Paul Vogt as the nurse.
Other season highlights were appearances by Jessica Alba (Honey) as pop star Jessica Simpson, Tommy Davidson and Fred Willard as the hosts of Real Mother****ing Talk, boxers and WWE wrestlers (including Gregory Helms and Trish Stratus), professional skateboarder Tony Hawk promoting his fictional restaurant, Jeff Probst hosting a celebrity edition of Survivor, Cedric the Entertainer (Johnson Family Vacation) co-starring in a blaxploitation version of Frankenstein as Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, Frankie Muniz (Agent Cody Banks 2) returning in a sketch with Stephnie Weir's Dr. Kylie Johnson, Tom Bergeron in a parody of his show Hollywood Squares, and Groundlings alumnus Jennifer Coolidge.
Mo Collins announced that she would leave the show at the end of the 9th season.
The title sequence begins with the MADtv logo appearing above the Los Angeles skyline. The theme song, performed by the hip-hop group Heavy D & the Boyz, begins and each repertory cast member is introduced alphabetically, followed by the featured cast. The screen dissolves into three live-action clips of an individual cast member. The three screens multiply until they occupy the entire screen. A still photo of the cast member appears on the screen with a caption of his/her name superimposed on it. When all cast members and guests are introduced, the music stops and the title sequence ends with the phrase "You are now watching MADtv".
|197||9.1||"Episode 1"||Andy Dick, Mýa||September 13, 2003|
|50 Cent (Spears) raps about lackluster summer blockbuster films in parody of "P.I.M.P"; Madonna (Collins) and Missy Elliott (Spears) promote their new line of Gap clothing; Marvin Tikvah (McDonald) hopes to sign two girls (Gaither, Weir); Connie Chung (Lee) hosts a live taping of the California Governors Debate; Rod Roddy (Caliendo) gets divorced at a dinner; Dot (Weir) is a guest on a Mr. Wizard-type children show; Matthew the Bible Dude (McDonald) fights the sin of online music piracy.|
|198||9.2||"Episode 2"||Phil LaMarr||September 20, 2003|
|Parody of Joe Boxer commercials has references to black slavery; Lorraine (Collins) tours Venice Beach; Shaq (Spears) introduces a cartoon called Shaq and The Super Lakers; a father (Meyers) takes his insecure son (Pederson) to Dr. Kylie's office; Jewel's (Collins) new video reveals that she sold out to the mainstream; Phil LaMarr guest appears on Real Motherfucking Talk Emmy Special; Clifford (Pederson) and Muriel (Weir) deliver the 7 A.M. Condo Report; Ike Barinholtz and Aries Spears interview celebrities at premiere for The Fighting Temptations.|
|199||9.3||"Episode 3"||Don Cheadle||September 27, 2003|
|Parody of Olive Garden commercial has mediocre Italian cuisine and loud, drunken families; a parody of Matchbox Twenty's "Unwell" centers on Kobe Bryant's rape case; Sean Gidcomb (McDonald) harasses "sneaky snakes" and gets in accidents; QVC hostesses (Vigman, Weir) insult plus-sized models; Don Cheadle plays a counselor who solves marital problems with a three-way; Mo Collins and Paul Vogt conduct red-carpet interviews at the Emmys.|
|200||9.4||"Episode 4"||Tony Hawk, Chingy||October 4, 2003|
|Wade Boggs (Barinholtz) promotes Oldsmobile cars; a parody of Celebrities Uncensored; Michael Jackson (Spears) gets his house and himself remade by the Queer Eye for the Straight Guy cast; Bill O'Reilly (McDonald) welcomes Gray Davis (McDonald) to The O'Reilly Factor; Freddy vs. Jason and Snuggle commercials merge into a parody; Stuart Larkin (McDonald) sees a therapist (Pederson); Tony Hawk guest stars in a sketch as the owner of a sports-themed restaurant; Leona Campbell (Weir) chats with the wife (Vigman) of a bungee jumping accident victim.|
|201||9.5||"Episode 5"||Jessica Alba||November 1, 2003|
|John Madden (Caliendo) offers to promote Vagisil; Angela (Weir) tries to submit a video to America's Funniest Home Videos; SuChin Pak (Lee) fears for her life when interviewing rapper and bullet magnet 50 Cent (Spears); a law agency helps out couples who fight; Jessica Alba plays Jessica Simpson in a parody of Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica; Chris Martin (McDonald) wreaks havoc while walking backwards in music video parody of "The Scientist"; two macho guys (Barinholtz, Meyers) question their sexuality during a football game; Clifford (Pederson) and Muriel (Weir) host the 7 A.M. Condo Report; parody of The Powerpuff Girls has fame whores Tara Reid, Brittany Murphy, and Paris Hilton as superheroines; Ike Barinholtz and Aries Spears interview celebrities at the premiere for The Matrix Revolutions.|
|202||9.6||"Episode 6"||Orlando Jones, Artie Lange, Nicole Sullivan, Alex Borstein, Will Sasso, Tommy Davidson||November 8, 2003|
|A music video parody of "Hey Ya!" commemorates MADtv's 200th episode; Nicole Sullivan reprises her role as The Vancome Lady; Kenny Rogers (Sasso) hosts his own variation of Punk'd; Artie Lange records a toast to MADtv; Stuart Larkin (McDonald) buys new shoes; Judith (Sullivan) and Clyde (McDonald) make jokes about Dennis Rodman; Miss Swan (Borstein) gets her driver's license reinstated; Karen Goddard (Borstein) is reunited with her family after returning from space; Real Motherfucking Talk.|
|203||9.7||"Episode 7"||David Arquette||November 15, 2003|
|A parody of "Me Against the Music" has Britney Spears (Parker) on the run from a vampiric, desperate Madonna (Collins); Bae Sung (Lee) is a translator for a North Korean ambassador; Sean Gidcomb (McDonald) is thrown a surprise party; David Arquette plays one of the contestants on Wheel of Fortune; Lily Hubsher (Weir) pretends she's a werewolf; Trina (Collins) tries to get a dance partner at a costume ball; a terrorist (Barinholtz) becomes too well-adjusted to life in America to join his sleeper cell partner (Meyers) in destroying it; Ike Barinholtz and Ron Pederson interview celebrities at the premiere for The Cat in the Hat.|
|204||9.8||"Episode 8"||Tom Bergeron, Kathy Griffin||November 22, 2003|
|Ray Barone's sister (Caliendo) gets her own TV show; TRL premieres a video from profane rapper Emcee Escher (Spears); Connie Chung (Lee) interviews Paige Davis (Collins); during a football game, a marriage proposal goes awry; Tom Bergeron hosts a special edition of Hollywood Squares; an international skateboarder (Meyers) shares drugs with his new roommate (Pederson); the Schenk family (Barinholtz, Collins) get into arguments on Thanksgiving; Kathy Griffin invites Entertainment Tonight to her D-List Celebrity Thanksgiving Special, where she forces her parents to work on gift bags and sings "Shortenin' Bread" with David Hasselhoff (McDonald), Justin Guarini (Peele), and John Test (Meyers).|
|205||9.9||"Episode 9"||December 6, 2003|
|The anchors of Today dance to the music of P. Diddy (Spears) and Lenny Kravitz (Peele); Mofaz (McDonald) tells his troubles to another passenger (Parker); a fiesta band insults the patrons at a Mexican restaurant; Andy Rooney (Caliendo) gets censored during commentary on expression origins; Spishak promotes a deer zapper; Patrick McCallister (McDonald) makes fun of his Special Olympics competitors; the Lakers welcome their first gay basketball player (Peele) in order to combat news of sexual misconduct against female fans; Dr. Phil (McDonald) can't handle his guests' problems; Mo Collins and Aries Spears conduct interviews at the Vibe Awards.|
|206||9.10||"Episode 10"||John C. McGinley||December 13, 2003|
|The Lord of the Bling saga comes to an anticlimactic end; after a shopper (McDonald) gets hooked on Abercrombie & Fitch clothing, he becomes an employee; a news anchorman (Barinholtz) attempts to correct the frequent mistakes in his reports; The Lillian Verner Game Show; Wynonna Judd (Weir) makes an emergency call in a parody of OnStar commercials; Lorraine (Collins) calms down a wailing infant; John C. McGinley plays a disgruntled postal worker who goes on a murder spree, only to be showed up by other postal workers planning a rampage; Connie Chung (Lee) reports live from the baby shower of Kate Hudson (Vigman); Smash Mouth plugs a new commercial jingle on Access Hollywood.|
|207||9.11||"Episode 11"||Sara Rue, Westside Connection||December 20, 2003|
|A Christmas special with Elizabeth Smart (Parker); the Power-Slut Girls save Christmas so the media will focus on them; Michael Moore's (Vogt) newest documentary blames the Bush family for everything; Renée Zellweger (Parker) and couple Woody Allen (Pederson) and Soon-Yi Previn (Lee) announce their Christmas wishes; Suge Knight (Spears) promotes a court-ordered Christmas album; Marvin Tikvah (McDonald) entertains kids while dressed as Santa Claus; a teenage housesitter (Rue) becomes paranoid after watching a news report about a serial killer who goes after housesitters; the Schenk family continue their dysfunctional tirades during Christmas.|
|208||9.12||"Episode 12"||Nicole Ritchie||January 10, 2004|
|Chingy (Peele) raps about Michael Jackson's (Spears) child molestation charges; commercial parody of Sprint phones; Nicole Ritchie shares a hole with Saddam Hussein (McDonald); Britney Spears (Parker) makes an emergency call from Las Vegas; Dorothy Lanier (Weir) caters to the homeless; Celebrity Injustice host Renton Rice (Spears) fumes over the show's bellowing announcer (Vogt); a man (McDonald) begs his sick girlfriend (Weir) to have sex with him; a Snow White impersonator (Parker) known as The Disney Girl auditions for a movie.|
|209||9.13||"Episode 13"||Shane Mosley, Jeff Probst, Nicole Sullivan||January 17, 2004|
|John Madden (Caliendo) reviews the latest movies; Shannen Doherty (Paull) scares transvestite Andra (McDonald); Dr. Kylie Johnson (Weir) checks on a couple (Barinholtz, Paull) who are having problems conceiving a baby; Jeff Probst hosts a special celebrity edition of Survivor; a coach (Barinholtz) tries to explain his team's failure at a press conference; Michael Jackson (Spears) and Scott Peterson (McDonald) move into a ranch in a parody of The Simple Life.|
|210||9.14||"Episode 14"||Aisha Tyler, Ruben Studdard||February 7, 2004|
|A parody of Gilmore Girls is wrapped up in cuteness, pop culture references, and nonstop walking; Kobe Bryant (Spears) has thoughts of white co-eds hitting on him in Expedia.com commercial parody; Leona Campbell (Weir) expresses her concern over Donald Trump's hairdo; Kim Jong-Il (Lee) hosts his own talk show; Stuart Larkin (McDonald) and his mom (Collins) bother their next-door neighbor (Vogt); Aisha Tyler stars in a parody of blaxploitation films; Celine Dion (Parker) stars in a parody of car commercials.|
|211||9.15||"Episode 15"||Snoop Dogg, Don "Magic" Juan||February 14, 2004|
|Abercrombie & Fitch employees don't like their new co-worker (Lee); Jovan Muskatelle (Key) reviews his generation of raving lunatics; The Lillian Verner Game Show; a vacation at Disneyland turns sinister; critics give reviews of Two and a Half Men; Snoop Dogg and Don "Magic" Juan appear on an episode of Real Motherfucking Talk; violent events are featured in an evening newscast; the Phillip Morris company underhandedly glorifies smoking; Patti LaBelle (Gaither) guest-stars in a sitcom with an overly-long opening sequence.|
|212||9.16||"Episode 16"||Anna Faris||February 21, 2004|
|Mike Tyson (Spears) tries to reclaim his boxing championship; Jay Leno (Caliendo) shuffles through all his guests; Star Jones (Gaither) has trouble fitting into her shoes; Game Show Network presents an episode of The Price is Right; Anna Faris films a samurai movie with Bae Sung (Lee); Lorraine (Collins) and her relatives crash the campsite of another couple (McDonald, Weir); a business deal to save a sweater factory goes awry thanks to static electricity.|
|213||9.17||"Episode 17"||Bill O'Reilly||February 28, 2004|
|A woman (Weir) with commitment issues fails to impress her friends with Crest White Strips; Dot (Weir) competes in a spelling bee; Rusty Miller (McDonald) makes nice with Oscar-nominated celebrities; Bill O'Reilly joins Al Roker (Key) and Paula Zahn (Vigman) to decide who should become the next president; characters from Cold Mountain and The Lord of the Rings compete in a game of Family Feud; the Olsen twins get ready for the school dance while the perverted male staff waits for them to turn 18; a drug dealer (Key) incriminates himself with confessions of past crimes to prove that he didn't rob a bank.|
|214||9.18||"Episode 18"||Chris Jericho, Eddie Guerrero, Kevin Smith, Trish Stratus, Big Show||March 13, 2004|
|Trojan promotes contraceptive patches for females; Wayne Brady (Spears) welcomes Celine Dion (Parker) to the last episode of his show; a parody of Cold Case; a Taco Bell employee (Key) makes a scene and gets disciplined by his boss (Gaither); a wedding singer (Pederson) mispronounces the names of the guests; Jay Leno (Caliendo) tries to get wrong answers from WWE wrestlers; Kevin Smith plays a pirate for a kid's birthday party; Connie Chung (Lee) interviews the cast of Frasier.|
|215||9.19||"Episode 19"||JC Chasez||March 20, 2004|
|A parody of The Wizard of Oz; Regis Philbin (Caliendo) revitalizes his show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire; Disney turns their It's A Small World ride into a horror movie; The 7 A.M. Condo Report; an urban parody of Crossing Over; a traveler (Barinholtz) must rely on Bae Sung (Lee) to claim his baggage; Bruce Banner (Barinholtz) transforms into a flamboyantly gay monster known as Gay Hulk (Vogt); JC Chasez is a guest on The Kim Jong-Il Show; Barbara Walters (Weir) tries new ventures beyond The View.|
|216||9.20||"Episode 20"||Elisha Cuthbert, Vanessa L. Williams||April 10, 2004|
|John Madden (Caliendo) recounts his wild spring break vacation; the announcer of a commercial (Meyers) claims that money is the cure for depression; Elisha Cuthbert finds herself in a parody of 24; Geert (Meyers) begins work at a sunglasses store; Vanessa L. Williams appears on another installment of QVC's Fashion Corner, where the hostesses make fun of middle-aged women; a villain (Peele) working as a supermarket clerk runs into his rival (Barinholtz).|
|217||9.21||"Episode 21"||Cedric the Entertainer||April 17, 2004|
|A trailer for a generic thriller Ashley Judd (Parker), Morgan Freeman (Peele), Laurence Fishburne (Key), and Samuel L. Jackson (Spears); a classic episode of The Price is Right; during a trial, Bae Sung (Lee) is called to the stand as a translator for the defendant; Cedric the Entertainer stars in another installment of Funkenstein; a therapist (McDonald) is baffled when his patients claim they see aliens.|
|218||9.22||"Episode 22"||Rachel Bilson, Adam Brody, Benjamin McKenzie||May 1, 2004|
|An alternate ending to The Wizard of Oz; Marvin Tikvah (McDonald) goes on a date with a "chubby chaser" (Weir); stars of The O.C. appear in a parody co-starring former American Idol contestants Clay Aiken (Pederson), Justin Guarini (Peele), and William Hung (Lee); Sean Gidcomb (McDonald) insults his employees' kids that were brought to work; a chef (Vigman) on The Food Network goes insane after spending 22 hours cooking nothing but egg-related dishes.|
|219||9.23||"Episode 23"||Jennifer Coolidge, Frankie Muniz||May 8, 2004|
|Whoopi Goldberg (Peele) promotes Slimfast products; Frankie Muniz stars as a hypochondriac who visits Dr. Kylie Johnson (Weir); Coach Hines (Key) threatens students at an assembly; The Lillian Verner Game Show; a wife (Weir) wants to know if her husband (Barinholtz) talks in his sleep about how ugly she is; Jennifer Coolidge stars in a sketch about sexual harassment; a drunk man's fantasy world is vastly different from his reality.|
|220||9.24||"Episode 24"||Tom Bergeron||May 15, 2004|
|Parody of UPS commercials creates disgusting innuendo from the word "brown"; Mofaz (McDonald) takes his daughter (Barinholtz) to her prom; Tom Bergeron hosts an episode of Hollywood Squares; a man (Meyers) tries to escape from his wife (Collins); Dominic Sandy (McDonald) catches insults from customers while working at a restaurant; a man (Key) who's been shot in the head tries to make a doctor's appointment; a promo for a sexual enhancement drug is advertised in metaphors; the Kappa Kappa Kappa sorority girls make over an ugly co-ed (Vogt); a reporter (Pederson) lands in hot water while interviewing a man (Spears) about the death of his brother.|
|221||9.25||"Episode 25"||David Alan Grier, Fred Willard||May 22, 2004|
|Abercrombie & Fitch employees help deliver a baby for a pregnant woman (Weir); the "Man-Up" Brothers (Peele, Key) break jinxes before a basketball game; Morgan Freeman (Peele) and celebrities read Civil War-era letters; Stuart Larkin (McDonald) annoys his neighbor Harvey (Vogt) during a poker game; David Alan Grier and Fred Willard appear on Real Motherfucking Talk; Game Show Network premieres an episode of The Price is Right set in prehistoric times; Dr. Funkenstein (Key) and his monster (Peele) team up with the Invisible Man (Spears).|
Season 9 of MADtv has not been released on DVD. However, several sketches culled from this season appear on a compilation DVD called MADtv: The Best of Seasons 8, 9, and 10 (first released on October 25, 2005).