Thanks to a close friendship with series regular Shannon Woodward, “Raising Hope” managed to score quite a coup in casting for Tuesday night’s episode. Katy Perry is arguably one of the five biggest pop stars on the planet right now, and the only other show to score her for a guest role before this was “How I Met Your Mother” (which has developed quite the reputation for casting big-name singers).
During this episode, we have to give Perry some credit — she totally knocked it out of the park. Playing a prison guard, the “California Gurls” singer was virtually unrecognizable as she the stay of Woodword’s Sabrina in prison (which was due to an occupy protest gone horribly wrong) a miserable one. Why? Sabrina was her friend in 6th grade, but kicked her to the curb as soon as she became “popular.”
While Perry was only present for a few minutes of the episode (as much of the rest of the half-hour was focused on the alcoholic mayor and Cloris Leachman taking her clothes off), she managed to do more on that span of time than she did on “Mother” or even during her hosting gig on “Saturday Night Live” last fall (one that we have already tried to forget about). It was genuinely funny, and it did not seem like the obvious stunt casting that it was.
As for how the story ended, the mayor was basically bribed into letting Sabrina go from prison, but then the twist came when we learned that Perry was never actually a childhood friend of hers at all. Instead, she was just playing a rather dirty trick to get the inmates to do whatever she wants. With this, the door is feasibly open for a return appearance … even if it is unlikely.
What did you think about Perry’s performance?