The Drew Carey Show departs from its usual format in the series' two-part Season Seven opener (originally telecast as a single hour-long special). Fluctuating between their sitcom characters and themselves, Drew Carey and the cast serve up a crazy cornucopia of quickie sketches, unified by the common theme of "back to school". Part Two features Drew, Kate (Christa Miller) and a little girl in a cautionary fable about "the dangers of cooties"; a lecture from Kate about how being a cheerleader can help you meet politicians in later life; a drug-expose spoof wherein undercover cop Oswald (Diedrich Bader) forgets to take off his uniform while orchestrating a "bust"; and a talking zit, who looks and sounds like Mr. Wick (Craig Ferguson), dispensing sage advice about dating. Musical guest stars include Uncle Kracker, who sings "Yeah Yeah Yeah" and helps Mimi (Kathy Kinney) with a crossword puzzle; Peter Frampton, performing "You Had to Be There" and revealing a past fling with Mimi (the source of his tattoo); and Sugar Ray, whose lead singer Mark McGrath squeezes in a math lesson while joining a rendition of "Answer the Phone". This episode was originally slated to air on September 19, 2001.
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