The Best Episodes of Corner Gas
Forty kilometres from nowhere and way beyond normal is Corner Gas, an ensemble comedy series about a bunch of nobodies who get up to a whole lot of nothing in the fictional prairie town of Dog River, Saskatchewan. Starring Saskatchewan native and Gemini nominee Brent Butt, Corner Gas is a roadside service station that also shares its name with CTV’s first original narrative comedy series. Corner Gas focuses on the life (or lack thereof) of Brent LeRoy, proprietor of a gas station that is the only stop for miles around and a hub of action on the Prairies. As LeRoy, Canadian Comedy Award winner and series creator Brent Butt returns to his native province to portray the life he would have led had he gotten a real job: pumping gas in a small prairie town. Dog River is a place where everyone knows everyone else’s business. Populated by a group of regular folks, the town's many “distinguished” residents include Brent’s parents Oscar and Emma (Eric Peterson and Janet Wright), coffee shop owner Lacey Burrows (Gemini nominee Gabrielle Miller), his best friend Hank Yarbo (Fred Ewanuick), police officers Davis Quinton (Lorne Cardinal) and Karen Pelly (New Waterford Girl’s Tara Spencer-Nairn) and retail assistant Wanda (Nancy Robertson). The series features cameo appearances by a long list of Canadian dignitaries. Expected to show up in Season Three are Pat Bolland, Lorne Calvert, Vicki Gabereau, Ben Mulroney, Shirley Douglas, Jann Arden and Ralph Goodale, among others.
#1 - World's Biggest Thing
Season 1 - Episode 6
Hank wants to attract more people to Dog River by building a World's Biggest something and roping Brent into it while Oscar thinks Lacey has a crush on him.
#2 - Grad '68
Season 1 - Episode 5
While Karen the cop tries to break a cold case involving graffiti on the local water tower, Brent and Lacey have their hands full trying to revamp the bathrooms shared by the gas station and restaurant.
#3 - Cell Phone
Season 1 - Episode 9
As Oscar becomes obsessed with the new 'Claw' game at the bar, Lacey tries to deal with rats in the field behind the restaurant AND being rejected by the Dog River Chamber of Commerce. Meanwhile, Davis and Brent try to one-up each other by buying smaller and smaller cell phones.
#4 - Crab Apple Cooler
Season 6 - Episode 16
Brent and Hank decide to take a trip down memory lane stealing crab apples from a neighbour’s yard that gets Hank in trouble. No one wants Oscar on their charades team, until he proves his skills. Davis and Wanda find reasons to write angry complaint letters to companies in hopes of getting free stuff.
#5 - Ruby Reborn
Season 1 - Episode 1
Dog River, Saskatchewan is a town where not much happens and the locals like it that way. So, when Brent Leroy starts renting videos at his corner gas station and a big city girl from Toronto moves in to run the coffee shop next door it's either a sign of the apocalypse or a chance for Dog River to finally have a decent cup of coffee.
#6 - Tax Man
Season 1 - Episode 2
A tax man arrives to investigate Oscar about fuel tax irregularities. Oscar plots with Hank to avoid paying any extra taxes. Davis sulks about no longer getting free coffee at the Ruby and decides to lash out by writing all sorts of parking tickets.
#7 - All That And A Bag Of Chips
Season 6 - Episode 5
When Karen forgets to pay for a muffin, she finds out what it's like to be on the wrong side of the law; Hank changes his email password, forcing Wanda to try to get inside his head in order to figure out what the new password is; Brent takes to the kitchen to prove that he can cook dinner as well as eat it.
#8 - Shirt Disturber
Season 6 - Episode 10
Brent and Hank are on the outs after a trip to see their favorite comic book writer goes awry. Lacey's generous donations to the thrift store make the perfect gifts for Karen to celebrate her recent promotion. Oscar and Emma's new home alarm system causes more emergencies than Davis bargained for.
#9 - Pilates Twist
Season 1 - Episode 3
Lacey offers free Pilates classes to the people of Dog River but the town is strangely hostile to the idea. Then Brent and Hank's fashion worlds collide; Dog River's not big enough for two sharp-dressed men, so Hank comes up with a way of making sure they never steal each other's fashion thunder again. Meanwhile, Brent's dad Oscar takes steps to avoid being buried in a cheap looking coffin
#10 - Whataphobia
Season 2 - Episode 4
Lacey's birthday party is ruined when her deepest fear reveals itself. But then it turns out everyone in town has their own unique fears. Everyone that is except Wanda. So Brent and Hank make it their mission to figure out what freaks her out. Meanwhile, Oscar tries to prove to Emma that he can cook which unexpectedly leads to illicit meetings with Karen. And Hank and Lacey both prove to be pretty bad liars.
#11 - The Good Old Table Hockey Game
Season 4 - Episode 14
When Davis buys a classic table hockey game and sets it up at the DRPD, he finds that he's set events in motion that lead to the ultimate showdown... the Summit Series between Karen and Brent. The whole town takes sides in the tournament, and Hank decides that he now wants Karen as his role-model, after watching both her and Brent train. Lacey joins a new club and nominates Emma for some long-overdue recognition.
#12 - Good Tubbin'
Season 6 - Episode 6
When Oscar and Emma invite Lacey to their hot tub party, she is excited to finally be included until she finds out that she's the only person to accept; Davis introduces a new mascot to promote DRPD; Hank suddenly becomes homeless, leaving Brent to wonder where he's spending his evenings.
#13 - Game, Set and Mouse
Season 5 - Episode 9
Oscar is on a mission to get rid of an errant mouse that has found its way into Corner Gas, but Davis has a soft spot for the little rodent. Wanda hurts her back, and both Emma and Karen try to help her, but aren't very successful. Lacey spoils things for Brent and Hank when they come up with a new game.
#14 - Hook, Line and Sinker
Season 1 - Episode 11
To drum up business, Brent gets a sign to put up catchy slogans outside the gas station and coffee shop, but Lacey isn't crazy about his pithy catch phrases. Meanwhile Brent and Emma worry about Oscar's memory after Oscar keeps misplacing his can of Alphagetti. And on a fishing trip, Karen doesn't sleep with Hank.
#15 - Two Degrees Of Separation
Season 4 - Episode 3
Oscar and Emma enter the digital world with a new thermometer, but trying to agree on the right temperature raises the heat around their house, and even drags Hank into their argument. Lacey disobeys a road sign and feels Karen's wrath over it; a new security height sticker on the door of Corner Gas gives Brent a new mission in life.
#16 - Hurry Hard
Season 2 - Episode 11
The Leroy family has long been a proud and ineffective curling dynasty but this year a schism in the ranks has Brent and Oscar skipping different rinks. Then when a local senior's hip replacement creates a shortage of female curlers, Lacey finds herself the hottest rookie prospect in the league. Meanwhile Karen is put in charge of safeguarding the famed curling trophy - the Clavet Cup - which turns out to be harder than she thought.
#17 - Queasy Rider
Season 6 - Episode 14
Wanda's new way of getting around town brings a European flair to Dog River much to Brent's inconvenience. Lacey tricks Karen and Davis into helping her move. Meanwhile, Hank's new greeting puts him in an awkward situation with Emma and annoys Oscar.
#18 - Rock Stars
Season 6 - Episode 9
Brent signs up for guitar lessons, causing Oscar to relive some unpleasant parts of his childhood; Wanda becomes a reporter for The Howler, writing under a pseudonym so she can really speak her mind; Hank follows Karen's workout plan, then tries to prove that he's stronger than Emma.
#19 - Gopher It
Season 4 - Episode 19
Hank has another great idea on how Dog River can increase its tourism, and this one actually works, but has far-reaching consequences. Dog River's sudden fame causes an up-swing in business for both Brent and Lacey, and Wanda finds a new talent that she never knew she had: reporting the news, while Davis takes on some duties as a personal body guard for the movers and shakers of Dog River.
#20 - The Brent Effect
Season 2 - Episode 1
Brent and Lacey try to figure out their relationship; Emma's on the warpath
#21 - Meat Wave
Season 6 - Episode 4
Hank’s mockery of Brent’s air conditioner temperature lands him in hot water at Corner Gas. Karen and Davis win a meat draw but trouble starts when they have no where to store it and trust Oscar and Emma with their stash. Lacey and Wanda unleash their maternal instincts on an unwanted pet left at the Ruby.
#22 - Whiner Takes All
Season 5 - Episode 3
Lacey thinks golfing with Brent and Hank will be all fun and games until a warning by Brent creates a competitive triangle. Oscar and Emma’s new bed causes Emma to question her dreams. Meanwhile Oscar is just happy with position nine. Karen is appalled when Davis accepts a free meal from Wanda in exchange for services un-rendered.
#23 - Dark Circles
Season 5 - Episode 4
Hank tries to freak out the people of Dog River but the result of his prank is a crop circle he didn’t create. Davis is intrigued by this possible visit by aliens but only Karen knows the whole story. The Leroy home gets a paint job driving Oscar out of the house and causing Emma to question her sanity. An accidental wardrobe change by Brent piques Lacey’s interest. And Wanda takes it upon herself to play matchmaker for Lacey.
#24 - Wash Me
Season 5 - Episode 5
Wanda’s happy when her latest crush gives her his number. But her love life soon hinges on whether Hank washes his truck or not. Meanwhile, Brent starts to question his sense of smell in the presence of Oscar and Emma, and Lacey gives the Ruby an artistic touch-up courtesy of Karen, whose drawings seem to appeal to everyone but Davis.
#25 - Jail House
Season 4 - Episode 6
Karen tries to raise money for charity and comes up with an interesting way to do it: she locks Davis in a cell until she reaches her goal. Hank, trying to help, keeps Davis company. Brent doesn't like Lacey's idea to give Corner Gas a new look; Wanda insists on fixing Oscar and Emma's toilet, even though she doesn't really know how.