Chelsea managed to keep the political portion of the show down to a minimum as Ms. Handler paid tribute to the “soon-to-be-departing” president and his family. She also pointed out Michelle Obama’s impressive guns.
The highlight of this episode was definitely Lea Michele, although Plaschke and Miller, both Reggie and T.J. were a close second. The former Glee star and regular on FOX’s Scream Queens was a brilliant first guest.
She was on the show principally to plug her second season appearance on Scream Queens. Lea talked about getting naked in front of Chelsea. They also talked about her nude cover for the UK edition of Women’s Health.
Chelsea congratulated her on the cover, where she shows a bit of side-boob and her bare bum, and Lea talked about how easy the shoot was. Although she did admit that appearing naked on the cover was not thought through very well.
She was relaxed on the photo shoot and explained that she had been naked on Broadway. The actress spoke of zeroing in on audience members who looked uncomfortable with her nudity.
Michele also revealed that for the session she did not put a pasty over her “pikachu.” Chelsea explained that she would never feel comfortable enough to bare her pikachu. Talking about going to the beach, she explained about sand and Lea agreed.
After talking about partying and that Lea seems to be a “goody-two-shoes” they moved on to talk about Scream Queens. Chelsea revealed that co-star Taylor Lautner will be on the show later on and about John Stamos not aging.
Lea told stories about working with men who have to take their shirts off and how they frantically diet before hand. Michele then moved on to the insecurity of men, “especially if they have weird d*cks.”
The interview finished with mutual admiration from both women and Lea praised Chelsea’s “t*ts. Michele jokingly said she had the chest of a 12 year old boy.
Next up was Seymour, Chelsea’s father. He asked when she was going to have a baby.
Sports was represented by Reggie Miller and sports journalist for the LA Times Bill Plaschke. The two men were a brilliant double act. Despite Lea Michele being a hard act to follow, both men gave good interview.
The subject of Colin Kaepernick came up and Reggie, an Air Force “brat” and he professed that he is 100 percent Team Kaepernick. After Chelsea throws a magazine at Bill, they moved on to most valuable player in women’s basketball and Reggie’s sister Cheryl Miller beating him regularly at one-on-one.
Finally, T.J. Miller arrived in a dog suit, which seemed to have two tails, and Chelsea introduced the actor as a polymath. Miller seemed to be somewhat distracted before they played a game where Chelsea asked him trivia questions.
Miller’s portion was entertaining and he trotted out facts that impressed the audience and Chelsea.
This was an impressive episode. Every single guest delivered in terms of being amusing, with the possible exception of Bill. (Chelsea did describe the man as being the most unfunny person in the world.)
Lea Michele set the tone of the show and all the other guests stepped up their game. Laura Wasser appeared to explain what “off the record” means in the “Know Your Rights” segment.
Chelsea airs Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays on Netflix.