This week we have Rupaul, Andy Ritchter, a Kerkovich sister war, and two storylines revolving around Dave’s (Zachary Knighton) sandwich truck. Sounds like fun right? Unfortunately the result is more ho hum. And if last week’s numbers are any indication, these friends need to bring out the big comedy guns to get as many viewers as possible.
In tonight’s first episode, Max (Adam Pally) needs a haircut and the gang pulls together in his time of need. He first goes to see Dave’s hair dresser which turns out disastrously, but it does give us one of the great great pile ons of the evening. My favorite said by Brad (Damon Wayans Jr.), “Dude, you look like Suzie Orman if she stopped shaving.” And he does. Luckily Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) and Jane’s (Eliza Coupe) hairdresser comes to the rescue. Krisjahn, played by the ever fabulous Rupaul, restore’s Max’s hair to its natural lusciousness. Unfortunately he appears in one very brief scene. How you gonna play Rupaul like that? Of course not using your guest star to his full potential seems to be a running theme of the night. (see below)
Giving Max a great haircut isn’t the only gift Krisjahn imparts on Max- he also gives him the 411 on how Jane and Alex really feel about each other, and it ain’t pretty. Max of course blabs it to Jane and Alex, even after Brad warned him not to, and the Kerkovich sister war begins. Unfortunately it’s less of a war and more of a staring contest, which is disappointing considering these are two of the most ruthless ladies around. When you have a brilliant mastermind like Jane and a ruthless tough guy like Alex, why would you just leave it at a few stink eyes. This could have been an epic fight, much like the prank war, instead it feels tame and boring. And the resolution is just as lifeless, as the sisters partake in the sisters dance to mend the bridge. Lame! Next time they need to go all out, take no prisoners. Then it would truly be an incident. Although, side note, what’s with Alex and the vaseline?
While Brad, Max, Jane and Alex are embroiled in the sisters war, Penny (Casey Wilson) and Dave are frantically, or maybe just casually, looking for Dave’s truck which has been stolen. This is the first of two storylines of the evening involving Dave’s truck, and spoiler alert, it’s the silliest and most uninteresting. While it’s great to see Dave and Penny back in action together, it’s disappointing that they have so little to do. The fact that the plot plays out in two short scenes doesn’t give them much time to work with but it still feels like they could’ve worked a little harder to get us to laugh. I mean, I guess a guy making love to meat is kind of funny, but it elicited more of a smile than anything else.
The second episode wins the night with more laughs but that ain’t saying much. We get the second storyline involving Dave’s truck which does play out better than the first, mostly because it involves star crossed lovers, Max and Wilson (Alex Quijano). I like that Max is getting more action, especially since Wilson is a bit of cutie. Although that passionate kiss at the end looks a little awkward. Of course, as with most of Max’s love interest this will be the last we see of Wilson, which is a shame, it would be nice to see Max have a semi-serious relationship. Now that Penny is getting married, Max is the only single one left. Get that man a man!
Dave’s war with the Brazillian does have it’s moments, mostly involving Brad’s comparisons to Romeo and Juliet. But at least this war has some action in the form of a giant food fight. I love seeing the friends in action, especially as they assemble to defend Dave’s honor. Plus I’m a sucker for a good food fight.
As the boys go to war, the girls are busy with last minute wedding plans which include figuring out who will walk Penny down the aisle. This allows Penny to get back in touch with her estranged father, played by the hilarious Andy Ritchter. And while he does have a few moments where he gets to show his comedic brilliance, mainly when he’s making awkward jokes, he doesn’t really get to shine which is a shame. As a longtime fan of his, I know how funny he can be given the right material, and this show would’ve been a great outlet for his type of silly and outrageous humor. Much like last week’s episode involving Abby Elliot, the show struggles sometimes to give it’s guest stars quality stuff to work with. Here’s hoping Ritchter gets to come back to show everyone how funny he can really be.
Best lines of the night:
Jane: “No, Krisjahn: K-R-I-S-J-A-H-N. Krisjahn, very common gay, fake-French name.”
Penny: “Stop it, no. Dave Matthews is fine. I mean he’s puffy and he sounds like he’s got a squirrel in his mouth, but he’s fine.”
Brad: “Help me Oprah!” (freaking out as he is being attacked by robo-Brad)
Alex: “Fat people and tiny instruments, you think they’re gonna eat em but then they play em.”
Penny: “Roy and my mom were 17. They were just two kids doing Shakespeare in the park and each other in the parking lot.”
Max: “Dammit Chad! Got me in trouble again. Chad’s what I call my underpants monster. I believe you two have met.”
Max: “Dude this new hockey game is so awesome.”
Brad: “Yeah, it’s so realistic it won’t even let me create a black player.”
Brad: “It’s like Romeo and Juliet, nay Homeo and Dudeliet.”
What did you guys think? Were you disappointed by this week’s offerings? Did you feel like the guest stars could’ve been given more to do? Did you enjoy the massive food fight? Are you hungry for a delicious steak sandwich like me?
Happy Endings airs Friday nights at 8pm and 8:30pm EST on ABC.