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Corner Gas S1 001

  
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  Season 1  

Premiere: January 22, 2004 — Finale: April 28, 2004 — # of Episodes: 13    
Summary: Having moved from Toronto to Dog River, Saskatchewan, Lacey re-opens the Ruby Cafe and tries to fit in with the quirky locals.


Season 1 of Corner Gas featured 13 episodes, premiered on January 22, 2004 and concluded on April 28, 2004. The first season was released on DVD in Canada on October 19, 2004.

Cast

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Episodes

S01E01-The Ruby sign    "Ruby Reborn" January 22, 2004
Directed by: David Storey - Written by: Brent Butt & Mark Farrell

Lacey Burrows moves from the bustling metropolis of Toronto, Ontario to the small farming community of Dog River, Saskatchewan when she inherits her aunt's coffee shop, which is connected to Corner Gas, run by Brent Leroy. Lacey also meets Brent's parents, Emma and cantankerous Oscar, police officers Davis and Karen; Wanda, and Hank, the local idiot and Brent's best friend. Lacey's renovations on the coffee shop are met with disapproval from Hank until Brent intervenes.

S01E02-Drey w Brent Lacey    "Tax Man" January 29, 2004
Directed by: David Storey - Written by: Brent Butt & Mark Farrell

When a tax man comes to audit Corner Gas, Oscar and Hank plot to humiliate the auditor. Unfortunately for them, Emma's excellent record-keeping throws the whole operation into chaos and Hank learns you shouldn't carry out a humiliation plan after you've been drinking. Meanwhile, Lacey's approach to selling coffee doesn't fly with Davis.

S01E03-Looking into casket    "Pilates Twist" February 4, 2004
Directed by: David Storey - Written by: Mark Farrell & Paul Mather

Lacey offers free Pilates classes to the people of Dog River but the town is strangely hostile to the idea. When Brent and Hank wear the same shirt, so Hank comes up with a way of making sure they never steal each other's fashion thunder again. Oscar takes steps to avoid being buried in a cheap looking coffin.

S01E04-Brent messy Wanda    "Oh Baby!" February 11, 2004
Directed by: Henry Sarwer-Foner - Written by: Brent Butt & Andrew Carr

In an effort to impress Lacey, Brent agrees to babysit Wanda's troubled six-year-old, Tanner, and the town takes an unusual interest in the outcome. Lacey comes to Brent's rescue but not for the reasons Brent thinks. Oscar tries not to destroy the gas station in Brent's absence and Hank deals with his own disturbing memory of babysitting Tanner.

S01E05-Water tower    "Grad '68" February 18, 2004
Directed by: Rob W. King - Written by: Mark Farrell & Paul Mather

A poorly spray-painted "Grad 68" on the Dog River water tower has been an eyesore for years. But when Karen makes it her mission to crack the graffiti cold case, she finds many of the locals united in a conspiracy of silence. Brent throws Dog River into chaos when he changes Corner Gas' bathroom signs. And when Lacey's column is rejected by the Howler, she becomes desperate to be published.

S01E06-Giant hoe    "World's Biggest Thing" February 25, 2004
Directed by: David Storey - Written by: Brent Butt

Hank thinks Dog River should put up a big object as a tourist magnet but the town can't decide on what until Helen, Fitzy's grandmother, comes up with an idea with an unfortunate double meaning. Oscar thinks Lacey has a crush on him and she tries to find a way to let him down gently.

S01E07-Lacey Brent eat dog    "All My Ex's Live in Toronto" March 3, 2004
Directed by: Henry Sarwer-Foner - Written by: Mark Farrell

When Lacey's ex-fiancee from Toronto comes to visit, the people of Dog River take matters into their own hands to protect Lacey from her past. Emma uses strong-arm tactics to get Oscar to the doctor. Karen gets to know her billy stick and just about everyone gets a tour of the Police station's new interrogation room.

S01E08-Carl Brent talent show    "Cousin Carl" March 10, 2004
Directed by: Rob W. King - Written by: Chris Finn

Brent's successful cousin Carl, now working in England, comes back to visit Dog River and everyone seems to love him except for Brent. At the town's talent show, Brent's dislike of Carl is justified. Davis' love of puppetry turns sour after the talent night and Oscar tries to get a refund for his old beer bottles.

S01E09-Davis Brent small phone    "Cell Phone" March 17, 2004
Directed by: Robert de Lint - Written by: Paul Mather

When Brent gets a new cell phone, Davis is determined to keep up with him. Lacey tries to join Dog River's Chamber of Commerce and proving she has community spirit, tries to prevent a historic landmarks from being torn down, not realizing there might be a good reason for it. Oscar develops a passion for a claw machine and stuffed toys.

S01E10-Hank on stage    "Comedy Night" March 24, 2004
Directed by: Mark Farrell - Written by: Brent Butt, Mark Farrell, Paul Mather

Brent develops a grudge for an out-of-town comedian who performs at a comedy night in Dog River. Hank, on the other hand, is star struck with the guy and arranges to be the M.C. for the night. Unfortunately, Hank gets a little carried away after Lacey gives him a crash course in heckler management. The women's book club expands its reading list when they recruit a man.

S01E11-Karen kisses Hank    "Hook, Line and Sinker" March 31, 2004
Directed by: David Storey - Written by: Mark Farrell, Paul Mather, Iain MacLean

Karen and Hank go on a fishing trip together and she learns that he's a different person when he fishes. Brent and Lacey engage each other in a battle of wits with the help of the new roadside sign. Oscar tries to prove that his memory is as good as it ever was, prompting Brent and the whole town to have a little fun at his expense.

S01E12-Brent Hank gear    "Face Off" April 21, 2004
Directed by: Robert de Lint - Written by: Brent Butt & Andrew Carr

The Dog River hockey team, the Riverdogs, find out that their goalie, Brent feels unappreciated and is considering playing for a rival team. With no coach either, Lacey steps up and helps the team play one of their best games ever. Emma pressures Oscar to get rid of his clunker of a car, but Oscar insists that the car's fine and the only clunker is Emma.

S01E13-Brent Lacey near kiss    "I Love Lacey" April 28, 2004
Directed by: David Storey - Written by: Brent Butt, Mark Farrell & Paul Mather

On their way to the Grey Cup in Regina, the gang hits a few snags. Emma gets physical with a cashier while shopping with Wanda. Oscar and Hank visit Oscar's crazy old buddy who has a surprise for them. Karen and Davis try to buy tickets from a scalper. Brent realizes there may be more to his relationship with Lacey than he thought.

Awards & Nominations

Writers Guild of Canada

Leo Awards

  • WON Music, Comedy, or Variety Program or Series: Best Direction for David Storey
  • WON Music, Comedy, or Variety Program or Series: Best Music, Comedy, or Variety Program or Series for David Storey and Brent Butt.
  • WON Music, Comedy, or Variety Program or Series: Best Performance or Host(s) for Gabrielle Miller in "Face Off."
  • WON Music, Comedy, or Variety Program or Series: Best Screenwriting for Brent Butt and Andrew Carr.
  • NOM Music, Comedy, or Variety Program or Series: Best Performance or Host(s) for Brent Butt in "Face Off."
  • NOM Music, Comedy, or Variety Program or Series: Best Performance or Host(s) for Fred Ewanuick in "Cell Phone."
  • NOM Music, Comedy, or Variety Program or Series: Best Performance or Host(s) for Nancy Robertson in "Face Off."
  • NOM Music, Comedy, or Variety Program or Series: Best Performance or Host(s) for Janet Wright in "Ruby Reborn."

International Emmy Awards

  • NOM Comedy for Vérité Films and 335 Productions.

Gemini Awards

  • NOM Best Comedy Program or Series for Brent Butt, Mark Farrell, David Storey, and Virginia Thompson.
  • NOM Best Costume Design for Brenda Shenher for "I Love Lacey."
  • NOM Best Direction in a Comedy Program or Series for Rob W. King for "Cousin Carl."
  • NOM Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Program or Series for Brent Butt, Fred Ewanuick, Nancy Robertson, Gabrielle Miller, Janet Wright, Eric Peterson, Tara Spencer-Nairn, & Lorne Cardinal for "Face Off."
  • NOM Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series for Brent Butt and Mark Farrell.

Directors Guild of Canada

Canadian Comedy Awards

  • WON Television - Pretty Funny Direction - Series for David Storey, Robert de Lint, Rob W. King, Henry Sarwer-Foner & Mark Farrell.
  • WON Television - Pretty Funny Performance - Male for Brent Butt.
  • WON Television - Pretty Funny Writing - Series for Mark Farrell, Brent Butt, Andrew Carr, Paul Mather.
  • NOM Television - Pretty Funny Direction - Special or Episode for Henry Sarwer-Foner in "All My Ex's Live in Toronto."
  • NOM Television - Pretty Funny Performance - Female for Gabrielle Miller.
  • NOM Television - Pretty Funny Performance - Female for Janet Wright.
  • NOM Television - Pretty Funny Performance - Male for Eric Peterson.
Corner Gas Season One Episodes
Ruby RebornTax ManPilates TwistOh Baby!Grad '68World's Biggest ThingAll My Ex's Live in TorontoCousin CarlCell PhoneComedy NightHook, Line and SinkerFace OffI Love Lacey

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