Christine Baskets (Louie Anderson) is about to meet a real-life shark. Lori Greiner of Shark Tank, that is.
The QVC queen plays herself in FX’s comedy Baskets in next Tuesday’s upcoming episode, offering some crucial advice to the worn-out Baskets matriarch, whose rodeo business turned out to be much harder to control than she thought. In the episode, Christine and Martha (Martha Kelly) head to Las Vegas for a women’s conference — Woman BusiCon 2018! — where Christine can’t help chatting with Greiner when she spots her.
“We wanted to send Christine off to an empowering women’s event,” showrunner Jonathan Krisel tells EW. “The whole season is about her taking a step into the business world, and we imagined there’s gotta be this guest speaker who just embodies powerful women and business savvy… [Lori] lines up perfectly.”
In these exclusive images (above and below), Christine makes her way to Greiner, only to talk her ear off about the rodeo and get dragged away by Greiner’s handlers:
Still, at least Christine has Martha, who tags along for the conference and for “a bonding weekend,” Krisel says. (The pair even head to a strip club for a Magic Mike-type show, which sounds like a great idea.) And for Anderson, a Shark Tank devotee, getting to meet Greiner in real life was a highlight. “She and Louie just hit it off,” Krisel recalls. “Louie was pitching her so many products, right there on set, and she was shooting all of them down.”
Though Greiner didn’t walk away with a new product to back, she did get a chance to flex her improv muscles on set. “I was like, ‘Lori, there’s this whole scene between Christine and Martha that’s happening while you’re giving your big keynote lecture. I didn’t write anything for it, because it’s in the background,'” Krisel remembers. “She was like, ‘Oh no problem! I can write something.’ And she nailed it.” Because of course she would.
The episode, titled “Women’s Conference,” airs Tuesday, March 6, at 10 p.m. ET on FX.