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The Guest Book is an American anthology comedy television series created by Greg Garcia. Season one starred Charlie Robinson, Carly Jibson, Lou Wilson, and Kellie Martin, while season two starred Jibson, Eddie Steeples, Kimiko Glenn, Jimmy Tatro and Dan Beirne.

The Guest Book
GenreComedy
Created byGreg Garcia
StarringCharlie Robinson
Carly Jibson
Lou Wilson
Kellie Martin
Eddie Steeples
Kimiko Glenn
Jimmy Tatro
Dan Beirne
Theme music composerhoneyhoney
Composer(s)John E. Low
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Greg Garcia
Alix Jaffe
Running time21 minutes
Production company(s)Amigos de Garcia Productions
Studio T
CBS Television Studios
Turner Entertainment Networks
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original networkTBS
Original releaseAugust 3, 2017 (2017-08-03) –
present
External links
Website

The series centers on the lives of the employees and visitors to vacation rental properties: season one focuses on the renters of Froggy Cottage, in the small mountain town of Mount Trace,[1] while season two follows the renters of Barefoot Retreat, in the oceanside town of Mabel Beach.[2] The regular cast plays residents in the town(s), while each episode is focused on a different guest star who plays an out-of-town vacationer. Garcia, who based the show on his habit of writing fake guest book entries while on vacation, wrote all the episodes,[3] and makes brief appearances, in season two, as street beggar Homeless Jack.

The series premiered on TBS on August 3, 2017. On September 13, 2017, TBS renewed the series for a second season, which premiered on October 23, 2018.[4]

Contents

Cast and charactersEdit

MainEdit

  • Charlie Robinson as Wilfred, the caretaker of Froggy Cottage, the mountain rental (Main Season 1, one guest appearance Season 2)
  • Carly Jibson as Vivian “Tickles” Williams, the owner of Chubby's, the local strip club near Froggy Cottage, the mountain rental. In season 2, she is a waitress at Emmy Lou's Grill, the restaurant near Barefeet Retreat, the beach rental.
  • Lou Wilson as Frank, Vivian's stepson (Main Season 1, one guest appearance Season 2)
  • Kellie Martin as Officer Kimberly Leahy (Main Season 1 episode 3 onward, one guest appearance Season 2)
  • Eddie Steeples as Eddie, Wilfred and Emma's nephew (Recurring Season 1, Main Season 2)
  • Kimiko Glenn as Nikki, Tommy’s fiancé and a waitress at Emmy Lou's Grill (Season 2)
  • Jimmy Tatro as Bodhi, Eddie‘s friend and target of Vivian‘s lustful desires (Season 2)
  • Dan Beirne as Tommy, manager at Emmy Lou's Grill and caretaker of his mother's beach rental, Barefeet Retreat (Season 2)

RecurringEdit

  • Aloma Wright as Emma, Wilfred's wife (Season 1, one guest appearance Season 2)
  • Garret Dillahunt as Dr. Andrew Brown
  • Laura Bell Bundy as Jessica, Andrew's ex-wife
  • Trace Garcia as Bryce, Andrew and Jessica's son
  • Margo Martindale as Alice, Kimberly's mother
  • Arjay Smith as Arlo
  • John Milhiser as Woody
  • Tipper Newton as Sinnomin, Vivian's employee (Season 1, one guest appearance Season 2)
  • Melanie Mosley as Kombucha, Vivian's employee
  • Jack Donner as Walter, an elderly patron of Chubby's
  • honeyhoney as Chubby's house band, a mailwoman (Suzanne Santo) and an exterminator (Benjamin Jaffe). In season 2, they relocate to Mabel Beach, take jobs as a food cart lady and a lifeguard, and play at Emmy Lou's Grill.

EpisodesEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
110August 3, 2017 (2017-08-03)September 28, 2017 (2017-09-28)
210October 23, 2018 (2018-10-23)December 18, 2018 (2018-12-18)

The intended fifth episode of the series was originally intended to air on August 24, 2017, but was held back as it "contained elements that were deemed too sensitive" at that point in time.[5] At the end of August 2017, Garcia noted on Twitter that the held episode would not be made available "for awhile",[6] and that he hopes that it will be released at a later date.[7] In mid-September, Garcia again posted on Twitter and confirmed that the episode would air the next Thursday as the eighth episode of the season, albeit in an edited form to fit its new place in the show's continuity.[8]

When the episode aired, the sensitive elements were revealed to be in relation to the Unite the Right rally which took place two weeks before the episode was originally due to air. The episode depicted an Alzheimer's patient regaining his spousal abuse tendencies and racist personality - going as far as sewing and wearing a KKK outfit with the intention of attending a rally, while also revealing he once murdered an African American while burning down a local black church.

Season 1 (2017)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
11"Story One"Michael FrescoGreg GarciaAugust 3, 2017 (2017-08-03)1.33[9]

Tim and Sandy travel to the cottage wanting to spice up their relationship. After feeling the pressure from Sandy, who is upset at the lack of creature comforts available to her, Tim visits a local strip club owned by Vivian and is unaware that her stepson Frank is filming the encounter. Frank shows Tim the tape and tells him that he wants money in exchange for keeping his secret. Tim knocks out Frank and locks him in his car. The next day, Tim throws Frank's car keys onto the side of the road as he departs with Sandy.

Guest stars: Danny Pudi and Lauren Lapkus
22"Story Two"Michael FrescoGreg GarciaAugust 3, 2017 (2017-08-03)0.97[9]

Jill and her husband decide to drug their son Ethan's atheist fiancee Lynn at the cottage to perform a baptism. Lynn awakens the next day to discover her leg has become infected and learns that she could lose it. After a short stay at the hospital, Lynn makes a full recovery and begins to accept the possibility of God. Jill abandons her religion as she believes her prayers went unanswered.

Guest stars: Stockard Channing, Henry Zebrowski and Mary Lynn Rajskub
33"Story Three"Eyal GordinGreg GarciaAugust 10, 2017 (2017-08-10)1.21[10]

Phyllis decides to help a woman in a polygamous relationship leave her husband to avoid her uncomfortable stay at the cottage with her husband, his boss and wife. She allows the woman to stay inside her husband's bosses truck, but awakens the next day to find it stolen. After they depart, the woman calls the cottage to tell Phyllis that she had borrowed the truck to return to her husband, but has accidentally driven it into a lake.

Guest stars: Michaela Watkins, David Zayas, Stephnie Weir and Mikaela Hoover
44"Story Four"Samir RehemGreg GarciaAugust 17, 2017 (2017-08-17)1.08[11]

Christy visits the cottage with her boyfriend Paul and his 8-year old daughter. After becoming apprehensive about her relationship, Christy eats a pot brownie and spends her time high writing inside the guest book inside a crawl space. Paul reports Christy missing and discovers that she used to be a pornographic actress. Ashamed of her past, Christy reconciles with Paul and becomes a mother figure to his daughter.

Guest stars: Jaime Pressly, John Ortiz and John Hennigan
55"Story Five"Samir RahemGreg GarciaAugust 24, 2017 (2017-08-24)1.10[12]

Federal Agent Trina brings witness Blake to Froggy Cottage to hide him from his ex-girlfriends's drug cartel connections. Blake attempts to escape only to discover that he and Trina share a love of poetry and they decide to run away together. However, Blake ditches her, only to have Trina track him down at a Mexican cantina.

Guest stars: Kimberly Hebert Gregory and Tommy Dewey
66"Story Six"Michael EnglerGreg GarciaAugust 31, 2017 (2017-08-31)1.16[13]

Nerdy, obsessive compulsive, middle-aged Adam has a crush on his younger co-worker, Gillian, and creates a fake party invite to entice her to come to the cottage. It backfires when she brings another co-worker, Theo, along with her and Adam must then invite the townspeople to his party. Despite having a good time at the party, Adam has an allergic reaction to peanuts and also overhears Gillian and Theo confessing their feelings for one another. As the party ends a stranger, who received the fake party invite by accident, arrives, but Adam finds her obsessive compulsiveness weird and shuts the door in her face.

Guest stars: Michael Rapaport and Kate Micucci
77"Story Seven"Eyal GordinGreg GarciaSeptember 7, 2017 (2017-09-07)0.98[14]

Tommy wants his girlfriend Marla to do two things: 1) finally accept his marriage proposal and 2) get off crystal meth. He takes Marla to the mountains for a vacation, hoping it'll give her a chance to break her meth habit. They break into the currently vacant Froggy Cottage, where Tommy flushes Marla's meth down the toilet. While they are fighting, a bear breaks into the cottage. After surviving the bear visit, Marla agrees she doesn't need the crystal meth and asks Tommy to marry her.

Guest stars: Andrew J. West and Shannon Woodward
88"Story Eight"Michael EnglerGreg GarciaSeptember 14, 2017 (2017-09-14)1.14[15]

Medical researcher Laurie brings Edgar who is diagnosed with Alzheimer's to study the effects of an alternative therapy involving recreating the past life the patient is likely to be familiar and comfortable with. Edgar responds well by reliving several memories and reveals himself to be a white-supremacist supporter of KKK. He mistakes the accompanying black male nurse to be a handyman and Laurie to be his wife, treating her misogynistically. Laurie and the nurse find out that Edgar caused an unsolved case of arson from the 1950s that killed the same handyman, based on the fact that Edgar is planning to set the same church on fire that night.

Guest stars: Jenna Fischer, Orson Bean and Affion Crockett
99"Story Nine"Greg GarciaGreg GarciaSeptember 21, 2017 (2017-09-21)0.98[16]

Amish boy Jacob goes on a tour for his Rumspringa. After mistaking Brittany Murphy from 8 Mile to be alive and wanting to marry her, he arrives at the mountain town and rents Froggy Cottage to meet with God. Not finding God in the cottage, Jacob spins his revolver to find answers and concludes that he should commit suicide to meet God. As there were no bullets in his gun, he attempted various ways to kill himself before breaking his leg and being taken to a hospital. While recovering, Jacob watches Marcia Brady from The Brady Bunch and falls in love with her. He sets off to California where he meets Maureen McCormick who had played Marcia.

Guest stars: Sebastian Schier, Aylam Orian and Maureen McCormick
1010"Story Ten"Greg GarciaGreg GarciaSeptember 28, 2017 (2017-09-28)1.16[17]

Vivian (the strip club owner) was shot with an arrow in her breast while trying to kill Wilfred (the caretaker of the cottages) as revenge for destroying the tape she used to blackmail him. Wilfred ties Vivian to a chair while Dr. Andrew returns with supplies from the hospital. When Andrew tries to talk to Vivian, she bites him and is sedated by Wilfred. She wakes up later and tries to draw attention to the Froggy Cottage while Andrew is at the strip club talking to Frank and Wilfred is with his wife. A suspicious Officer Kimberley investigates and discovers Wilfred trying to hide Vivian in the closet, and is upset she has to arrest Andrew. However, Andrew's son chances upon the story of Tim from Story One in the guest book and Kimberley contacts Tim to ask him to testify against Vivian for blackmailing him.

Note: numerous guests (thus, guest stars) who stayed at Froggy Cabin throughout the season are seen in flashbacks

Season 2 (2018)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
111"Finding Reality"Greg GarciaGreg GarciaOctober 23, 2018 (2018-10-23)0.98[18]

A couple rents a beach house to work on their marriage, but the husband's obsession with virtual reality gets in the way and ultimately betrays him.

Guest Stars: Nat Faxon and Kether Donohue
122"Under Cover"Greg GarciaGreg GarciaOctober 23, 2018 (2018-10-23)0.69[18]

A couple rents the beach house to help an addict reach her rock bottom, and help someone else in the process.

Guest Stars: Will Arnett and Martha Plimpton
133"Counting Problems"Rebecca AsherGreg GarciaOctober 30, 2018 (2018-10-30)0.87[19]

A compulsive counter comes to the beach house to admit a secret to his family, but when they cancel, he finds a makeshift family to admit his secret to, only for his real family to arrive and complicate things.

Guest star: Michael Rapaport, reprising his role from season one, episode six
144"Killer Party"Greg GarciaGreg GarciaNovember 6, 2018 (2018-11-06)0.95[20]
A man returns to the beach house to reminisce about a party he held at the beach house last year where he had an unexpected party crasher that ends up leaving a lasting impression.
155"Two Steps Forward, One Step Back"Samir RehemGreg GarciaNovember 13, 2018 (2018-11-13)0.86[21]
A man rents the beach house for this family and it costs more than he expects.
166"Invisible Son"Greg GarciaGreg GarciaNovember 20, 2018 (2018-11-20)1.02[22]

A loner gets invited by his family to the beach house for a weekend and asks a stripper to pretend to be his girlfriend. He neglects to tell her that they are reality TV stars... and they are not really his family.

Guest Star: Pete Davidson and Lisa Rinna
177"Tonight You Become a Man"Samir RehemGreg GarciaNovember 27, 2018 (2018-11-27)1.00[23]

Parents leave their son alone for the first time in the beach house while they attend a concert. Their son has his own adventures and learns what it means to be a grown up.

Guest Star: Nadine Velazquez
188"Let Me Put You on a Brief Hold"Rebecca AsherGreg GarciaDecember 4, 2018 (2018-12-04)0.85[24]
The beach house is rented to a man whose phone is not working. He calls technical support and remains on hold as technical support deals with life or death issues only to learn a lesson.
199"Everybody Loves Clark"Greg GarciaGreg GarciaDecember 11, 2018 (2018-12-11)0.91[25]

The beach house owner surprises his fiancee with a wedding. Old friends visit looking for Eddie. Vivian and Bodhi have a lot more in common than they realized.

Note: Officer Kimberly, Wilfred, Emma and Frank, joined by Dr. Andrew (on a video call), main characters from Season 1, visit Vivian and Eddie
2010"Someplace Other Than Here"Greg GarciaGreg GarciaDecember 18, 2018 (2018-12-18)0.93[26]

A man works up the courage to pull the nuclear option on his marriage only for fate to get in the way and sets him on a new path.

Guest Stars: Kerri Kenney-Silver, Matt Walsh, and Michael K. Williams

ReceptionEdit

Critical responseEdit

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 64% based on 11 reviews, with an average rating of 6.33 out of 10. The site's critical consensus reads, "An outstanding cast and sporadically sharp humor make The Guest Book worth checking out, even if its anthology formula leads to a bumpy journey from episode to episode."[27] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 55 out of 100 based on 9 reviews.[28]

RatingsEdit

Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired Avg. viewers
(millions)
18–49 rating
(average)
Date Viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
1 Thursday 10:30 pm 10 August 3, 2017 (2017-08-03) 1.33[9] September 28, 2017 (2017-09-28) 1.16[17] 1.11[29] 0.39[29]
2 Tuesday 10:30 pm 10 October 23, 2018 (2018-10-23) 0.98[18] December 18, 2018 (2018-12-18) 0.93[26] 0.91[30] 0.30[30]

ReferencesEdit

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