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Mark's Guide to Whose Line is it Anyway?


Episode Guide

Series Eight (1996)

8.01 / 8.02 / 8.03 / 8.04 / 8.05 / 8.06 / 8.07 / 8.08 / 8.09 / 8.10 / 8.11 / 8.12 / 8.13C / 8.14C
(C = Compilation)


8.01

First Broadcast: July 12, 1996 - Intro
Steve Frost, Greg Proops, Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles
  1. Questions Only: Shipwreck.
  2. Newsflash: Mongol Hordes. Greg ('Lick Stickley') & Colin ('Horny as a Hippo' - but his name is Tim) anchor, Ryan reports.
  3. Let's Make A Date: Greg questions. Steve - German U-Boat Commander, Colin - A Fly, Ryan - On the verge of a nervous breakdown.
  4. Hey You Down There: How to fly a light plane. Greg narrates, Colin & Ryan act.
  5. Hats: World's Worst Ad Campaign.
  6. Props: Colin & Ryan - red bottle on flexible cord, Greg & Steve - giant oven mitts/bishop hats.
  7. Number Of Words: Wild West Saloon. Steve sherriff (4 words), Greg barman (2 words), Colin troublemaker (1 word), Ryan cowboy (3 words).
  8. Old Job, New Job: Colin patient, Ryan nurse, Steve nurse who used to be a farmer.
  9. Dead Bodies: Somebody seeking somebody's father's permission to marry his daughter. Colin moves, Ryan & Steve start dead, Greg enters and dies.
  10. Hoedown: Bungee Jumping.
Winners: Greg Proops & Ryan Stiles.
Credits: As Beavis & Butthead.


8.02

First Broadcast: July 19, 1996 - Intro
Greg Proops, Rory Bremner, Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles
  1. Let's Make A Date: Greg questions. Rory - Prince Charles, Colin - In love with his own body, Ryan - Former business partner ripped off by Greg.
  2. Secret: Noah and his wife - Ryan & Colin. Secret hidden in the bottom of the boat.
  3. Film Dub: "One Day on the street" - Ryan, Rory & Greg.
  4. Sports Commentary: showing off to a girl at the nightclub. Greg & Rory commentate, Ryan & Colin act.
  5. World's Worst: outtakes from a news/documentary TV programme.
  6. Home Shopping: A book with no pages, banana skin, and unflushable toilet - Ryan & Colin sell.
  7. Dead Bodies: Two cowboys (Ryan & Rory start dead) rounding up the herd, a girl (Greg enters and dies) brings bad news. Colin moves.
  8. Party Quirks: Greg hosts. Rory - Clive Anderson, Colin - constantly dying and being reincarnated, Ryan - gazelle being stalked by a lion.
  9. Hoedown: Being a Tory Politician.
Winner: Rory Bremner.
Credits: As David Attenborough (with the other 3 contestants as animals in the background).


8.03

First Broadcast: July 26, 1996 - Intro
Josie Lawrence, Caroline Quentin, Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles
  1. Film and Theatre Styles: Josie the first person to fly to Neptune, having trouble with her android, Caroline. Baywatch, 70s Cop Show, Restoration Comedy.
  2. Secret: Two members of an orchestra - Ryan & Colin. Secret hidden in the violin.
  3. Let's Make A Date: Josie questions. Caroline - Enthusiastic Girl Guide Leader, Colin - Fancies the other two contestants, Ryan - Outraged tennis player disputing decisions.
  4. Duet: Spanner. Josie & Caroline (blues).
  5. Hats: World's Worst advertising campaign.
  6. Picture: Caroline & Ryan.
  7. Party Quirks: Caroline hosts. Josie - in a deodorant ad, Colin - history of the world, Ryan - food going through the body.
  8. Moving People: Two highly strung chefs having a dispute in the kitchen - Ryan & Colin.
  9. Hoedown: Smelly Feet & Bad Breath.
Winners: Colin Mochrie & Ryan Stiles.
Credits: Colin snaps during the reading and says what he really thinks to Ryan.


8.04

First Broadcast: August 2, 1996 - Intro
Steve Frost, Caroline Quentin, Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles
  1. Here He Is Now: Colin & Steve discuss Caroline (sings a Chinese Opera if you say hello to her and slaps you if you shake her hand or kiss her) and Ryan (goes crazy if marriage is mentioned and makes faces if food is mentioned).
  2. Sound Effects: Scuba 'driving' (diving) instructor. Colin acts, Ryan SFX.
  3. Film Dub: Wedding Party - Steve, Ryan & Caroline.
  4. Secret: Two chefs - Ryan & Colin. Secret hidden in the oven.
  5. Number Of Words: On an airplane. Steve hijacker (3 words), Caroline hostess (2 words), Colin pilot (5 words), Ryan pilot (1 word).
  6. Hats: World's Worst Dating Agency Video.
  7. Props: Caroline & Ryan - giant red cone, Colin & Steve - furry bag.
  8. Changing Emotions: Night before a wedding - Steve, Ryan & Colin. Bottle - angry, Picture - horny.
  9. Scene to Music: At the butcher's - Steve & Caroline. Reflective music.
  10. Animals: Squirrels in a saloon. Colin & Caroline in saloon, Ryan comes in to get his girl.
  11. Foreign Film Dub: "Good Heavens, An Orange" in German. Caroline & Colin act, Steve & Ryan translate.
Winners: Colin Mochrie & Ryan Stiles.
Credits: As compulsive gamblers.


8.05

First Broadcast: August 9, 1996 - Intro
Greg Proops, Niall Ashdown, Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles
  1. Superheroes: Shortage of T-bags. Greg - Super Spud Man, Ryan - Double Take Boy, Colin - Extinct Animal Boy, Niall - Extremely Nervous Compulsive Liar Boy.
  2. Secret: At the butchers' - Ryan & Colin. Secret hidden in the beef.
  3. Song Styles: Mark the Bank Manager. Niall (love song).
  4. Changing Emotions: In a log cabin - Greg, Ryan & Colin. Axe - angry, Torch - touchy feely.
  5. Number Of Words: A bank robbery. Greg robber (1 word), Niall teller (3 words), Colin teller (5 words), Ryan robber (2 words).
  6. Director: Star Wars - Greg & Ryan act, Colin directs. Extremely paranoid, emphasise every other word, constipated, constipated strippers who emphasise every other word.
  7. Sports Commentators: 2 flatmates late for work sharing the bathroom. Niall & Greg commentate, Ryan & Colin act.
  8. Barroom Scene: Niall bartender. Greg - celebrating losing his virginity (in Spain).
Winner: Niall Ashdown.
Credits: In as many accents as possible.


8.06

First Broadcast: August 16, 1996 - Intro
Greg Proops, Caroline Quentin, Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles
  1. Questions Only: Aliens meeting earthlings.
  2. Film and Theatre Styles: Going to the sewers to investigate strange sightings - Colin & Ryan. Baywatch, The Waltons, One Man Show, Swedish Porn Movie, Disney, Lassie.
  3. Film and Theatre Styles: Caroline a store detective, Greg a shoplifter. James Bond, Muppets/Sesame Street, Ballet, Braveheart.
  4. Here He Is Now: Greg & Ryan are going to have to sack one of two employees, Caroline (clucks like a chicken if called by name and goes hysterical if waved at) or Colin (loses bowel control if touched and gives Bible renditions if spoken to in a raised voice).
  5. Props: Ryan & Caroline - pink foam cowboy hat, Colin & Greg - blue foam shields.
  6. Sound Effects: One minute before a date arrives. Colin acts, Ryan SFX.
  7. Let's Make A Date: Greg questions. Caroline - Fergie, Colin - Escaped convict, Ryan - Angry neighbour.
  8. Three of a Kind: In a locker room after a game - Greg, Ryan & Colin. All used to be used car salesmen.
  9. Hats: World's Worst Dating Agency Video.
Winners: Greg Proops & Colin Mochrie.
Credits: As two people looking through the Guinness Book of Records.


8.07

First Broadcast: August 23, 1996 - Intro
Greg Proops, Ardal "O'Hanlan", Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles
  1. Film and Theatre Styles: A fireman (Greg) confronting the owner of a skyscraper (Ardal). E.R., Slash and Stalk, Sci Fi.
  2. Whose Line: Ryan teaching Colin who is 10 minutes away from his debut as a ballet dancer.
  3. Let's Make A Date: Greg questions. Ardal - Human Thesaurus, Colin - Desperate for attention, Ryan - Giving birth.
  4. World's Worst: Outtake from a TV medical programme.
  5. Mission: Impossible: Buying a loaf of bread. Greg briefs, Colin & Ryan act.
  6. Number Of Words: In a casino. Greg croupier (4 words), Ardal loser (2 words), Ryan gambler (1 word), Colin glamourous floosie (3 words).
  7. Superheroes: Moose invasion. Greg - Captain Tact, Ryan - Karate Lizard Boy, Colin - See Through Your Arse Hear Through Your Elbow Boy, Ardal - Agitated Duck Boy.
  8. Party Quirks: Greg hosts. Ardal - TV Weatherman, Colin - gradually getting younger, Ryan - dog going in and out of water.
Winners: Colin Mochrie & Ryan Stiles
Credits: As a mafia supergrass and a police chief.


8.08

First Broadcast: August 30, 1996 - Intro
Steve Frost, Greg Proops, Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles
  1. Film and Theatre Styles: Nude model and sculptor - Ryan & Colin. Slapstick, James Bond, Star Trek, The Fog.
  2. Film and Theatre Styles: Sharing a prison cell - Steve & Greg. Godzilla, Shakespeare, Wallace & Grommit, Romantic Love Story.
  3. Sound Effects: Passionate date in a drive-in burger bar. Colin acts, Ryan SFX.
  4. Mission: Impossible: Dressing themselves. Greg briefs, Steve, Colin & Ryan act.
  5. Home Shopping: Yesterday's newspaper, a cup with a hole in it, and John Major - Ryan & Colin sell.
  6. Film Dub: Moving Ryan's desk - Steve, Ryan & Greg.
  7. Party Quirks: Greg hosts. Steve - Nice cop/nasty cop, Colin - in a haemorrhoid advert, Ryan - agent at a Hollywood party.
  8. Moving People: Spy ski chase - Colin & Ryan.
Winners: Steve Frost & Greg Proops
Credits: As two tabloid headline writers.


8.09

First Broadcast: September 6, 1996 - Intro
Niall Ashdown, Steve Frost, Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles
  1. Questions Only: Scout Camp.
  2. Film and Theatre Styles: Colin has just discovered his goldfish are missing, and suspects neighbour Ryan might have something to do with it. American Sitcom, Addams Family, X Files, Runaway Train.
  3. Song Styles: Catherine the Secretary. Niall (love song).
  4. Number Of Words: In a hospital. Ryan surgeon (1 word), Colin patient (2 words), Steve surgeon (4 words), Niall nurse (5 words).
  5. Props: Ryan & Colin - gold foam hourglass shape, Steve & Niall - orange fishing net.
  6. Sound Effects: Cowboys. Colin acts, Ryan SFX.
  7. Film Dub: Ryan the chief of police dressing down Steve.
  8. Mission: Impossible: Doing the washing up. Colin briefs, Steve, Niall & Ryan act.
  9. Party Quirks: Steve hosts. Niall - on the dambusters raid, Colin - has 15 seconds to live, Ryan - having an orgasm.
  10. Hoedown: Women.
Winners: Steve Frost, Colin Mochrie & Ryan Stiles
Credits: As three men standing in the urinals.


8.10

First Broadcast: September 13, 1996 - Intro
Steve Frost, Josie Lawrence, Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles
  1. Questions Only: Red Alert on a Space Station.
  2. Film and Theatre Styles: Josie telling Ryan that she's pregnant. Muppets, James Bond, 50s Health Movie.
  3. Mission: Impossible: Cleaning the toilet. Steve briefs, Ryan & Colin act.
  4. Props: Colin & Ryan - giant red foam ski boots, Josie & Steve - deflated red whoopee cushions.
  5. Foreign Film Dub: "Jack and the Cucumber" in Spanish. Colin & Josie act, Ryan & Steve translate. An audience member provides the correct Spanish word for 'cucumber'.
  6. Party Quirks: Steve hosts. Josie - thinks Stephen is a wild horse, Colin - wins lottery and then loses ticket, Ryan - going through puberty in 15 seconds.
  7. Psychiatrist: Josie psychiatrist. Steve in France thinks he's a peanut, Colin in Germany is scared of psychiatrists, Ryan in Mexico is in love with a nurse.
Winners: Josie Lawrence & Steve Frost
Credits: As two bad actors, with Ryan & Colin prompting.


8.11

First Broadcast: September 20, 1996 - Intro
Greg Proops, Rory Bremner, Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles
  1. Questions Only: Just before a prison breakout.
  2. Film and Theatre Styles: Two high-tech explorers on the edge of a volcano - Ryan & Greg. Tourist Information Video, Dracula, Woody Allen, Airline Safety Video.
  3. News Report: The Princess and the Frog. Greg - host Salty Basket. Colin - expert Horse Cartright, Rory - interviewer Des Lyneham, Ryan - Henry Sesser (frog breeder) and Princess Diana.
  4. Picture: Greg, Rory, Colin & Ryan.
  5. Stand, Sit, Bend: Wild West Saloon - Greg, Colin & Ryan.
  6. Props: Colin & Ryan - bumpy yellow swimming caps Greg & Rory - giant cardboard flowers.
  7. Newsflash: Penguins at the South Pole. Ryan & Colin anchor, Greg reports.
  8. Superheroes: Shortage of paint. Greg - Impotence Boy, Ryan - Huge Gesture Boy, Colin - Cramp Boy, Rory - Scottish WeatherMan.
  9. Animals: Cats in a soap opera - Colin, Greg & Ryan.
  10. Hats: World's Worst Dating Agency Video.
Winners: Ryan Stiles & Greg Proops
Credits: As two superstuds bragging about their conquests.


8.12

First Broadcast: September 27, 1996 - Intro
Josie Lawrence, Caroline Quentin, Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles
  1. Questions Only: At a lingerie counter.
  2. Film and Theatre Styles: Ryan & Colin have just taken off for an air-sea rescue mission. King Kong, Tom & Jerry, Free Willy, Biblical Epic, Film Noire, Horror.
  3. Foreign Film Dub: "Godzilla Eats the Dust" in Russian. Josie & Caroline act, Ryan & Colin translate.
  4. Props: Ryan & Caroline - ball with two spikes, Colin & Josie - bent yellow line.
  5. Sound Effects: Surgeon doing an operation. Colin acts, Ryan SFX.
  6. Press Conference: Caroline has given birth to an alien. Josie, Colin & Ryan interview.
  7. Fainting Bodies: A couple on the first night of their honeymoon (Ryan & Josie, start fainted), confronted by Caroline (enters and faints). Colin moves.
  8. Greatest Hits: Hits of the Bathroom - Ryan & Colin introduce, Josie sings.
Winners: Josie Lawrence & Caroline Quentin
Credits: As two teenage boys in a locker room.


8.13 (Compilation)

First Broadcast: December 6, 1996 - Intro
Niall Ashdown, Steve Frost, Josie Lawrence, Colin Mochrie, Greg Proops, Caroline Quentin, Ryan Stiles
  1. Questions Only: Trying to join a circus - Steve, Colin, Caroline, Ryan.
  2. Film and Theatre Styles: Caroline is shaving Steve before a big operation. Jane Austen, Australian Soap Opera, Star Trek, Carry On Movie.
  3. Sound Effects: Barnyard Chores. Colin acts, Ryan SFX.
  4. Song Styles: Lynne the osteopath. Niall (reggae love song).
  5. Fixed Expressions: A vicar, Colin (disgusted) is christening Josie (flirty) and Ryan's (shocked) baby.
  6. World's Worst: Outtakes from a religious programme - Greg, Niall, Colin & Ryan.
  7. Props: Colin & Ryan - large green fins, Niall & Greg - stick with a large red circle on one end.
  8. Whose Line: The planet is doomed and Ryan sends his son Colin to find civilisation on another planet.
  9. Newsflash: Jungle with apes. Josie & Colin anchor, Ryan reports.
  10. Superheroes: Loss of hair around the world. Greg - Boomerang Man (Beautiful Martini Man), Ryan - Self Amusement Boy, Steve - Abusive Boy, Colin - No Need To Help Leave Straight Away Man.
  11. Greatest Hits: Songs of Unattractive Men - Ryan & Colin introduce, Josie sings.


8.14 (Compilation)

First Broadcast: December 13, 1996 - Intro
Niall Ashdown, Rory Bremner, Steve Frost, Josie Lawrence, Colin Mochrie, Ardal O'Hanlon, Greg Proops, Ryan Stiles
  1. Questions Only: At the police station - Greg, Colin, Ryan, Ardal.
  2. Film and Theatre Styles: Colin & Ryan roller coaster operators. Styles unknown.
  3. Let's Make A Date: Greg questions. Niall - Show Jumping commentator, Colin - hypochondriac, Ryan - obsessed by erotica.
  4. Psychiatrist: Josie psychiatrist. Ryan in love with sheep.
  5. Secret: Two priests in a church - Ryan & Colin. Secret hidden in a confessional.
  6. Hats: World's Worst Dating Agency Video - Josie, Steve, Ryan, Colin.
  7. Narrate: Colin door-to-door salesman, Ryan housewife.
  8. Press Conference: Colin spent six months living in a whale. Greg, Ryan & Rory interview.
  9. News Report: Pinocchio. Greg - host Long Lovingly. Colin - interviewer?, Ryan - Pinocchio's girlfriend.
  10. Helping Hands: Ryan (Greg's hands) and Colin as two Arctic explorers.
  11. Hoedown: Grandmothers - Steve, Josie, Colin & Ryan.