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Boy Basag Takes Over

For nearly two years, Bubble Gang‘s ‘King of Pick-Up’ was Boy Pick-Up. The Ogie Alcasid-portrayed character wore baseball caps, football jerseys, t-shirts, baggy shorts and rubber shoes as part of his character, and he uttered pick-up lines that only a few people can understand. His confidant was Boy Back-Up, portrayed by Eri Neeman, who always gives Boy Pick-Up a round of approval that was supported by audience appreciation, thus giving Boy Pick-Up that aura of invincibility. However, his days of living in the moment were numbered after Neeman left Bubble Gang last May.

May 17’s ‘Pick-Up Lines’ segment introduced viewers to a new character: Boy Basag. Also portrayed by Ogie Alcasid, Boy Basag was a sharp contrast to Boy Pick-Up, sporting skull caps, dreadlocks, sleeveless shirts and baggy shorts. In addition, Boy Basag walks barefoot, was not accompanied by a confidant, and utters his pick-up lines in short bursts. It was Boy Basag who finally shattered Boy Pick-Up’s unbeaten record, helped by the fact that Boy Back-Up (Neeman) was not around to support him and that Neneng B (Sam Pinto) was absent. Two weeks later, Boy Pick-Up decided to leave the segment altogether upon realizing he had no more pick-up lines to offer. It was also at this point that Honey B (Jackie Rice) took over as the moderator while Neneng B moved out of the spotlight.

Which leads us to last night’s ‘Pick-Up Lines’ segment. I anticipated that the sketch would finally get the boot after Boy Pick-Up’s departure, but instead, according to MC Bits (Michael V), a new year and a fresh start beckons. As it has been in most sketches, Dahon (Antonio Aquitania) would make the finals to face the undefeated opponent, which is now Boy Basag. Dahon would bring in his ‘trusted’ back-up Kasuy in an attempt to win the audience’s trust, but in the end, it was Boy Basag who got the victory.

It was a new beginning indeed. a change for the better. Boy Basag is now the ‘King of Pick-Up’, and the viewers need to get used to him. Click on the video below for the entire sketch, which included a spoof for ‘Rescafe’ (Nescafe).

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Boy Pick-Up Gives Up

Two weeks ago, Boy Pick-Up (Ogie Alcasid) suffered his first defeat to Boy Basag (Ogie Alcasid) in Bubble Gang‘s ‘Pick-Up Lines’ sketch. I even predicted that the sketch will be put to pasture after that. But last night the sketch made its return, with Boy Pick-Up given a chance to redeem himself.

This time Boy Pick-Up had to go through the eliminations. His opponent was Push-Back (Boy 2 Quizon), who brought along Sukli and Bagoong (Moymoy Palaboy) as his back-ups. Like the previous sketch, Boy Back-Up (Eri Neeman) did not accompany Boy Pick-Up, instead Boy Bakla (Diego Llorico) subbed in. In another surprise move, MC Bits (Michael V) introduced a different moderator named Inday Why (Ellen Adarna). Throughout the sketch, the erstwhile moderator Neneng B (Sam Pinto) was seen in the background near Boy Pick-Up.

Like in the previous editions, the eliminations start with a game of rock-paper-scissors, something Boy Pick-Up wasn’t familiar with. Two rounds of play commenced, with Push-Back and Boy Pick-Up taking turns. But instead of the familiar ‘Bakit?’, ‘Why?’ was used throughout the pick-up rounds, hence the new moderator’s name. As expected, Boy Pick-Up won the eliminations, giving him an opportunity to redeem himself against Boy Basag, who was joined by his back-up Bisugo (Betong Sumaya).

As expected Boy Basag chose Boy Pick-Up to go first. But like in the previous sketch, no one from the audience were enthusiastic of Boy Pick-Up’s line, while Boy Basag’s was given a round of approval. After only one round, Boy Pick-Up made a surprising decision to quit, saying he does not have any more pick-up lines to offer. Eventually Boy Basag was named the winner, but not before grilling Boy Bakla with an embarrassing pick-up line.

Again I would reiterate that this sketch had run its course. The writers at Bubble Gang had finally made the realization. By telling the story about Boy Pick-Up’s ‘resignation’ from the competition, they also hastened the sketch’s ‘retirement’. For the past few days since Boy Pick-Up’s first loss I thought about the sketch as a ticking time bomb, knowing that the last few sketches will give an idea on how Boy Pick-Up would finally call it a career. Also with regards to Boy Basag, I think he became a perfect foil to the popular Boy Pick-Up, but had he been brought along earlier in last year’s Boy Pick-Up: The Movie instead of Bagwis (Dennis Trillo), it would have made sense. Still, it didn’t mask the fact that the sketch’s days were being numbered.

While I contemplate about the ‘Pick-Up Lines’ sketch and its ‘retirement’, why not you view the clip from last night below.

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