- "I am a male model, not a male prostitute!"
- ―Chris Peterson[src]
The Prettiest Week of My Life
"The Prettiest Week of My Life" is the second episode of the first season of Get A Life. It was written by Chris Elliot and Adam Resnick. It was directed by David Mirkin. This is the first episode where Chris displays strong delusions of grandeur and mental illness.
Chris realizes he is in the prettiest years of his life and decides to enter the exciting world of male modeling, but he soon discovers its seamy side when he is forced to model topless.
Chris walks into the kitchen, like he does every episode, and tells his parents that he is in the prettiest years of his life. He found an ad in the newspaper for Handsome Boy Modeling School, ran by Ted Baines (played by Brian Doyle-Murray).
Chris meets Ted in his office and is immediately hooked by the blatant scam that Ted is running. Chris then gets awarded a Handsome Boy Hat and then given a class schedule. His first class will be that night, led by an internationally famous male model.
In class, Chris meets another male model who displays a strong sense of contempt for Chris right off the bat. Upon learning that his newfound enemy is named Sapphire, Chris makes an effort to mock him by claiming his model name is "Sparkles. Ted walks into class, revealing that he is the internationally famous male model because he appeared on several home improvement television shows as "King Plywood". Ted goes on to explain that whoever succeeds the most in the class will have a shot at being a model on a department store runway show.
Chris then trains at the school and graduates, but doesn't seem to be able to get any jobs as a model, much to his dismay. He is then offered his first job, which he eagerly accepts without asking for any details. Upon arriving at the job, it is revealed by the photographer that Chris is doing a fat model shoot for "before pictures". They plan on using his body as a before and then someone like Sapphire as the after. They ask Chris to take his shirt off so they can photograph his physique. This upsets Chris and he informs them that he is "a male model, not a male prostitute" and storms out.
Chris then barges into Sharon and Larry's home, crying about how he has failed as a model. Sharon assures him that he is correct and he interprets this as a way of seeking out success despite failure. He then aggressively insists that he is going to be on the runway show one way or another and that nothing will stop him.
Chris gets to the runway show and bumps into Sapphire, who was actually hired to be in the show. The two get into a fistfight when Sapphire discovers that Chris is crashing the show. Chris then accuses Sapphire of trying to ruin the show in front of the designer of the fashion line, who is offended that Sapphire would say attempt to do something like that and has him removed.
Chris then takes the stage. The audience is appalled and it's at this moment, that Chris' delusions of grandeur are completely displayed for the very first time. He believes that he's doing the absolute best and that everyone adores him. Security rushes to the stage to drag him off, which he believes is an attempt to protect him from his adoring fans.
Chris narrates the following during the end sequence:
"I had finally made it. It was a dream come true. Every penny of the sixty bucks I paid Handsome Boy was up there on that runway. The crowd looked on with a combination of awe, love, and admiration. And I could tell by the faces of my fellow models that I was doing everything just right. I even caught a glimpse of my old instructor, Ted Baines. I could tell he had never been prouder. Everything had come full circle. I could now retire with dignity. But for a few moments, I was a star. I felt like a cross between Sampson, Valentino, and for some reason, Nancy Reagan. It was the single most beautiful experience of my young life, with the exception of the moment when some fat guy threw his sneaker at me for no apparent reason. Before I knew it, security forces rushed the stage to protect me from my adoring fans. Someone once said, the worst thing about climbing a mountain is that once you've reached the top, there's nowhere else to go. Well, I don't know what the hell that means. I think it has something to do with camping. But one thing I do know...is that for a single fleeting moment, I had peaked. I was a winner. I felt like Secretariat the night he won the Indy 500."
- David Mirkin states in the commentary that this is one of the best episodes and that the show peaked very early, much like Chris, and the show was all downhill from there.
- David Mirkin shot the sitcom with three cameras, but with the intention of a single-camera style to create an unnerving cinematography style that he described as "Leave It To Beaver on acid". This is why the episode cuts to jarring closeups of Chris.
- This episode is Brain Doyle-Murray's first appearance on the show. The cast and crew had such a good time working with him that they tried to come up with several reasons to have him back on the show, eventually casting him as Gus in season two.
- The Handsome Boy Hat was intentionally large to look funnier on Chris Elliot's small head.
- The name of Handsome Boy Modeling School was used for a hip-hop group created by Dan the Automater and Prince Paul, who formed the group after bonding over their love for the show and this episode.
- It was difficult to obtain the rights to "Pretty Woman" in the episode. Chris Elliot and Adam Resnick insisted on using the song, despite the efforts. To their surprise, Roy Orbison's widow agreed and allowed the use of the song.