“The Looney Tunes Show” review: “Off Duty Cop”

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After a bit of a gap between episodes, we finally got a new installment of “The Looney Tunes Show.”

Plot: Daffy becomes a 70s style police detective like the character on his favorite 70s TV show, “Off Duty Cop.” Meanwhile, Bugs tries to quit drinking coffee.

This one’s a pretty typical installment—you know the drill: sitcom style writing, low amount of slapstick (though this episode actually *had* some), backup segments the best part of the show.

The episode’s high points:

  • The opening to “Off Duty Cop” (on YouTube within the show…sure it’ll turn up there in real life, too), in all its 70s style glory. The show itself looks like a cross between 70s detective shows/movies (“Dirty Harry,” “Starsky and Hutch,” “The Rockford Files,” etc.) and some now-obscure 60s detective show, “Burke’s Law.” “Burke” was about a police detective who solved crimes while being chauffeured around in a Rolls-Royce… and I only know that much about this show after a web search/recalling its parody on an episode of “The Flintstones.”
  • Porky becoming Daffy’s “chauffeur,” complete with carrying a cassette-player boom box around playing Daffy’s theme music.
  • Daffy noting how eager Porky is to tag along whenever anyone asks.
  • Bugs trying to escape from a pursuing Daffy (and slamming Daffy’s head into a photocopier, in another bit of slapstick).

Could’ve done without a naked Yosemite Sam(!), or seeing Bugs addicted to something other than carrots (a plot about Bugs trying to quit *carrots* might be funny…).

As usual, the best part of the show’s the Road Runner short (no Merrie Melodies short this week). In “Butte E. Fall,” the Coyote tries to climb up the side of a butte to get his prey. Best part: the elevator scene (and Wile E.’s reactions).

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