Directed By: Various
Written By: Various
Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Chris Pontius ...
Running Time: 30 min
Air Date: 13/01/2001
There's not much point writing an individual episode review for this one, since they're all pretty much the same. Either you'll love Jackass or you'll hate it, it all depends if you can get into the right frame of mind. It is what it is -- I won't argue with anyone who says it's completely dumb. Yeah, but it's dumb fun.
They're inventive, anyway. They always know how to take a stupid stunt and give it a slight twist to make it that much more entertaining. Recreating the egg-eating scene from "Cool Hand Luke" (turns out there should have been lots of vomit in that movie), turning a portable toilet upside down (while somebody's in it) and playing a live rock concert in your parents bedroom (while they're asleep in there) are all sketches that come to mind. Most of all they seem to understand the true nature of reality television, and why it really is the end of civilisation as we know it. Nice. Nice.
The "American Werewolf" skit starts off with a cut-away 'transformation' right outside a famous landmark (see top photo) performed by Chris Pontius. He then runs around making a, yup, jackass of himself. But in a werewolf mask, to a punk rock soundtrack. So it's all good, clean fun. At least in comparison to most of the other sketches on this show.
He runs through the underground in a nice reference to the famous subway sequence in the movie, and everyone around him looks vaguely annoyed and not even slightly amused. As you'd probably expect from Londoners travelling home late from work on the tube (their eyes roll and suggest "damn tourists"). He gets a better response running randomly through the streets, and he then wakes up naked under a tree as if he's just transformed back to human form. It might have worked better if it had actually been Halloween, but it surely wouldn't have been half as amusing. There's also a brief extra bit of this skit after the end credits, involving a subway musician.