This is the Pilot, the first show ever done that started the whole world makeover craze. Obviously there were some things different. New York wasn't the first town used. Only 2 of the FIVE stayed on for the series. It happens, Capt Kirk didn't have his butt planted in the chair on that pilot. The five at the time were:
Ted Allen: Food and Wine
Carson Kressley: Fashion
Charlie Dabour: Interior Design
Sam Spector: Grooming
James Hannaham: Culture
More on the Strange three later, on with the show..........
The Science Project
Lawson Clark, friend of Producer and able to take 3 days off of work. He's 30, 6'2", 180 and a Ad Copywriter ©. His main squeeze is Gable. A Saint!!! a BABE Saint!!!. She has dated this slob through thick and thin, Porn and Scum Pea walking in his sleep, DNA deposits on his sheets, A bathroom that moves on its own. This idiot wore a t-shirt that said "I only date crack whores" when he met her mom for the first time. Braindead is a good description for him. This guy is such a pig he probably flicks boogers on his bathroom wall while sitting on the toilet. The guys invade and start taking stock and going through shock. James disses Billy Joel and Randy Newman....this guy is Culture? The only good group he mentioned was Funkadelics... but then again, George Clinton is the only good Clinton there is Bow,wow,wow, yippie yo, yippie yay! Sorry, I digress.... Charlie gets some ideas and the first is that the Gorilla print has to go. Ted finds the fridge is the usual bachelor disaster, no fresh fruit, no fresh milk, but lots of fresh mold. Carson has his turn with the wardrobe and started his act of defenestrating the clothes back then. Now whatever is wrong with Hawaiian prints is beyond me, and the bowling shirts were ok, if you want to be Retro Man.
The Dork Drag
Things are different for the first show. Lawson went to a day spa with Sam and Carson. He waxed and sprayed and worked over by the salon crew and Carson, who left to go clothes shopping alone. Ted, James and Charlie were all alone in their pursuits of the day too. Glad to see they drag the Wreck along now. Carson did get Lawson in an upscale retro style shop that I have to look up in Bean town when I go to smack Rahb there :phhht .
Back at the ranch
Charlie was busy turning a late Teen home into an Adult hacienda. He did a great job!!! The place is great, the bathroom shines and all is organized in the kitchen. An easy fondue lesson by Ted, some music and freebies from James and the fashion show with Carson and out the door we go. Lawson gets his mess in shape, cleans up nice and goes to meet Gable. She is understandably shocked to see him come around the corner at the movie theater. She gets more stupified when she goes back to his place. Nothing says impresssed as when a woman admits she will use your bathroom without reservations!!
The lessons have carried on, Lawson is sticking on the program, bragging about Carson and crew whenever he can to this day. Gable said "yes" and they are on the way to the altar. Even back then, success was realized.
The different Three
Charlie Dabour: The interior Design specialist proved that he knew his craft!! The place was lifted up three dozen levels from the squalor that it was. He could have given Thom a run for his money on that slot.
Sam Spector: This could have been due to editing, but Sam didn't go into the grooming aspects at the spa like Kyan does, and his grooming tips lacked something. There was something about his demeanor that irritated me just a bit, like a soft itch that you just cant get rid of. It doesn't drive you nuts, but it is annoying in a background sort of way.
James Hannaham: I am glad Jai has this slot. I just didn't warm to James at all. It's like he tried to change his tastes in music totally cold turkey. He didn't take in consideration what Lawson liked and select some artists that would flow with that and are new to Lawson.
I liked seeing the pilot. And if you notice in the opening now, Charlie and I think Sam, are still used in the scenes.