After solving the world’s problems (or so he claims) in his first HBO spec, Tom Arnold examines male-female relationships in his second. Quickly paced half-hour isn’t for everybody, but its resolutely blue-collar humor should entertain fans of the Arnolds and maybe even win a few new ones for the special’s star.
After a fight with his wife, Roseanne, Tom searches expert advice. Looking for “a Jason Priestley or Marky Mark type,” he winds up with portly “Saturday Night Live” comic Chris Farley, who amusingly demonstrates how not to pick up teenage girls in a local mall.
Subsequent sequences find Arnold coached by sex therapist Dr. Irene Kassorla and long-marrieds Steve Allen and Jayne Meadows. More advice comes from non-experts Red Buttons and Sandra Bernhard, whose comic talents aren’t explored in their brief time onscreen.
While all above performers appear as themselves, Dana Gould, Ricki Lake, Dawnn Lewis and “Roseanne” Emmy winner Laurie Metcalf portray different characters (last three as Arnold’s wives in dream sequences).
Show has its moments, the funniest of which play with public’s image of Arnolds’ marriage. Male and female genitalia form a subtext in much the same way that criminals form a subtext in “America’s Most Wanted,” or country music forms a subtext in “Hee-Haw.”
Tom Arnold gets to indulge his rock ‘n’ roll fantasies in parodies of “Like a Virgin” and the Knack’s “My Sharona.” Bruce Springsteen needn’t look to his heels.
Tech credits are unambitious, but OK.