In the end, machete guy replaces the father in the photo. He was the father all along? Throughout, the father can never quite show up in any of the family photos. but when he finally does, we then see who he really is.
I think it was a shower idea - just simply the idea of a show sitcom open that doesn't stop. It made me laugh. But I didn't think it could work for 11 minutes so I didn't do anything with it. Then my coworker Jim Fortier (Squidbillies) told the idea to Mike Lazzo (head of Adult Swim) at a party and he laughed. So I decided to go for it. I told Mike I wasn't sure it could work for 11 minutes - just adding actors. Mike said even Andy Kaufmann would only do that for about 4 minutes - and then I needed to start zigging and zagging. He was right.
Typical of the shows it’s imitating, the characters in “Too Many Cooks” is introduced with the yellow title underneath each actor’s face (the names, if you’re curious, are the actual actors’ names) forces each character into a kind of embarrassed acknowledgement of the camera’s attention. This is a kind white, middle-class American noblesse oblige — no one is proud, exactly, to be caught on camera, but they’re willing to grin and bear it. The purpose of a device like this — the actors looking into the camera during an intro — is to invite the viewer into the show’s world. How can we look away when the characters have already acknowledged that they can see us? Not only can they see us, but they are humbled by our presence? It’s not a mere curtain call, where the actors face the camera as though to present a portrait of their characters; we’ve snuck up on them, and while they’re surprised to see us, they’re glad we’re here and chagrined that we didn’t catch them at a more heroic moment.
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