Dax Shepard ("Parenthood") takes the reins on the latest installment of "Punk'd" (Thu., 10 p.m. ET on MTV). It was a return for Shepard, who used to be a co-star of the original iteration. And he proved just as fun and clever with this second appearance as well.
He put Chloe Moretz into the middle of an awkward love triangle with her limo driver. Metta World Peace, the athlete formerly known as Ron Artest, also faced Shepard head on and failed to recognize him. Shepard accosted him in a parking garage asking for an autograph and picture. But he saved the nastiest for Lauren Conrad ("The Hills").
Conrad and her friends witnessed as a woman fell into a trash dumpster and then got dumped into a trash truck. When the driver refused to believe them that there was a woman, Conrad and her friends had to hear the woman shouting that she was being crushed "like 'Star Wars.'"
The woman was rescued, and even had a big trash-covered hug for Conrad for helping "save" her life. It was certainly a lot of fun, with the pranks a little more elaborate and longer-running than much of what has been seen so far since this reboot.
"Punk'd" continues Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.
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