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Chucky and Tiffany Valentine's twins, Glen and Glenda, weren't the only guests showing up for Season 2, Episode 4 of USA Network and SYFY's "Chucky." While fans finally got to see Lachlan Watson take on both roles for the first time onscreen, longtime Jennifer Tilly devotees were also in for a treat due to several exciting guest stars.
The episode, "Death on Denial," takes place in the in-world Jennifer Tilly's Los Angeles-based mansion. Tiffany Valentine (Jennifer Tilly), who's possessing Tilly's body, wants to throw a birthday celebration for her kids, but her plans go a bit awry when Tilly's friends and sister show up to stage an intervention of sorts. They've been worried about Jennifer — she's not acting like herself. (Probably because she isn't, but that's on a need-to-know basis.)
The group, a mix of former co-stars, friends, and family, is a who's who of Easter eggs from Tilly's career and reality show royalty. While there's plenty of bickering and violence amongst the group in the episode — including a (ahem) tiff between two of Tilly's friends who happen to have romantical-type feelings for her that results in one of their deaths — the episode is grounded through Glen and Glenda's eyes as their screwy mostly found family is reunited.
"Jennifer is always really game for all of this insanity," series creator Don Mancini recently told "Variety" about creating the wildly meta episode. "When I pitched this to her, she basically said, 'Let’s round em’ up! Let’s see if we can do it.' I had met Meg a few times over the years through Jennifer, and I’ve known Gina for many years through a friend. I had not met Joe before, but I had met Sutton a few times, so there was a slight familiarity all around. It did take a bit of convincing, which I understood especially when they are portraying versions of themselves. I understand they want some control over the content of how they are portrayed. But they also all were in the spirit of making fun of themselves."
To get the lowdown on the murder mystery party that ensues to cover up Tiff's latest victim and keep the Jennifer Tilly act going, you can watch the episode on USA Network and SYFY's websites. However, before diving into the madness once again, we wanted to take a moment to appreciate the talent who joins Tilly onscreen.
Meg Tilly — a Golden Globe-winning, Oscar-nominated actress for her role in 1985's "Agnes of God" — is also Jennifer Tilly's younger sister. In the episode, she makes plenty of jokes about their age difference (a mere two years, it should be noted) but the pair are actually quite close in real life. All you have to do is check out Meg's Twitter account to see proof of how proud she is of her sister. When she's not gracing the small and silver screens alike, Meg Tilly is a novelist. She published her first book, "Singing Songs," in 1994 and has since written a handful of others, including a trilogy of romance thrillers that we can't help but think Tiffany Valentine would enjoy.
Gershon's "relationship" with Tiff (aka Jennifer) in this episode is a direct nod to the actress' onscreen relationship in "Bound," for which this episode serves as a kind of impromptu reunion. In the 1996 thriller, Tilly's character, Violet, falls in love with Gershon's ex-con character, Corky, and the pair scheme to screw over Violet's abusive ex-boyfriend. Beyond "Bound," Gershon is known for her roles in "Cocktail" (1988) alongside Tom Cruise and "Face/Off" (1997) with John Travolta and Nicolas Cage.
Pantoliano is another familiar face for fans of "Bound," as he portrays Violet's horrible ex — the one involved with the Mafia.
(Side note: Doesn't Joe and Gina fighting over Jennifer's love feel all the more appropriate now in this episode?)
Known for his over-the-top character work, fans will likely recognize Pantoliano for his work in "The Goonies" (1985) as the villainous Francis Fratelli, Captain Conrad Howard in the "Bad Boys" trilogy, "The Matrix," "Memento," and many, many more films.
As Tilly's IRL best friend, no surprise party would be complete without "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Sutton Stracke. In an interview with USA Insider's Stephanie Gomulka, she shared what it was like to see her closest friend in her element.
"It was so very cool for me to step into Jennifer Tilly's world," she said. "We go to fashion shows, we go to lunch ... we're silly all the time and to watch her work ethic was really incredible when you see a friend do that and you've never gotten to see it before ... she's so professional and she's such a leader on set and I got to learn from her and, of course, all of the other actors that were there."
You can catch new episodes of "Chucky" Season 2 on USA Network and SYFY on Wednesdays at 9/8c. Season 1 is currently available to watch on Peacock.
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