Guest Author - Robin Rounds Whittemore
Have you ever tried your best to make a good impression and please someone, only to have everything you do end up disastrous? That is the premise behind the show, “Worst Week”.
On the US version of the BBC series, “The Worst Week of My Life”; the four main characters are Sam Briggs and his now wife Melanie along with Melanie’s parents, Angela and Dick Clayton.
Sam cannot seem to get a break with his in-laws. The mother-in-law seems to like him and is more agreeable than her husband. Dick Clayton’s character seems to know only how to frown and scowl, which cannot make it easier for poor Sam.
Reverend Lowell, played by Phillip Baker Hall, keeps walking in on Sam in all manner of unfortunate times and circumstances. The family thinks the world of him and cannot understand why Sam seemingly keeps trying to alienate the man.
The episode where Sam accidently loses one of Dick’s prized lovebirds when he feed it avocado is hilarious. He has to go through rings of fire almost to replace the bird without getting caught.
Before the wedding when Sam’s parents arrive, it is anticipated that things will not go smoothly, so lies are made up about Dick having had a stroke and that Melanie has diabetes.
Cast of Characters:
SAM BRIGGS – Kyle Bornheimer
Kyle has previously been seen in “Weeds”, “How I Met Your Mother”, “Will & Grace”, “Medium”, and “Monk” among others. He was also Chris Calley in “Jericho”.
MELANIE BRIGGS – Erinn Hayes
A few shows you may have caught Erinn in include “The Winner” as Allison McKellar. She has also appeared in “Kitchen Confidential” as Becky Sharp. She has also been on “CSI”, “Providence”, and “Will and Grace”.
ANGELA CLAYTON – Nancy Lenehan
Nancy has been in many shows, including portraying Nancy Hickey in “My Name is Earl”. You may have also caught her in “The New Adventures of Old Christine” as Mrs. Nunley. Sandy Kelly was her character name in “Married to the Kellys”. She also played Mrs. Sheffield in “Grace Under Fire”.
DICK CLAYTON - Kurtwood Smith
Remember the TV show called “That 70’s Show”? Kurtwood was Reginald, “Red”, Forman. Some other shows you may have caught him in are “The X Files”, “3rd Rock from the Sun”, “Picket Fences”, and he was also a panelist on “Hollywood Squares”.
Fred Willard and Olympia Dukakis have guest starred on the series.