This week things get serious on Happy Endings. No, the show isn’t cancelled…yet, but it’s the end for one lovable couple. Also, Dave (Zachary Knighton) discovers he’s a psychic, Brad (Damon Wayans Jr.) and Jane (Eliza Coupe) aren’t as perfect as we all thought, and Max (Adam Pally) and Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) become taste makers. Oh, and did I mention it’s the return of Derrick (Stephen Guarino) and he’s putting on a musical? DRAMA…literally. Let’s bitch.
I don’t think I am the only one who is shocked and saddened with this week’s demise of the great Penny (Casey Wilson) and Pete (Nick Zano) coupling. How could things go wrong, Pete is so sweet and so damn fine?! Did I mention how gorgeous he is? I had gotten used to these two together, I was even ready to accept Pete as one of the gang. Unfortunately Penny’s gut just doesn’t feel it, so she breaks off the engagement. I really enjoyed this whole arc – not only did we get to see Penny in a stable relationship but in the end the breakup was not because of some crazy situation. Instead, Penny comes to a realization and does the mature thing and breaks it off. Talk about character growth. Way to go Pen.
Of course before any of this happens we get to see them in action as they wipe the floor with Brad and Jane in a couples game night. Penny’s reaction when they get the first question right is so funny I literally spit up the water I was drinking. Looks like Penny isn’t the only stupid, clumsy bitch.
Speaking of Brad and Jane, how great was it that they lost…miserably? They are seriously my favorite couple on TV right now. Ok, maybe tied with Leslie (Amy Poehler) and Ben (Adam Scott) over on Parks and Recreation. I love that they lose, even the best couples aren’t perfect, and seeing these two fail completely at couples games is awesome. What’s even better is the way they fight even as Jane re-affirms that Brad will always be the love of her life. Now that’s true love. Plus, I love me some crazy angry Jane.
Meanwhile, Dave is trying to decide whether to keep his food truck or go work at some fancy restaurant. Unfortunately for him his psychic is no longer in town which complicates his decision making. Unfortunately for us, this storyline is on the boring side and really doesn’t compare to the couples game night. While there are a few moments that make me laugh, mostly thanks to Alex, this storyline doesn’t really hold my interest all that much. But this isn’t the only storyline of the night to take a nose dive.
In the night’s second episode, Alex and Max become taste makers. Poor Alex, stuck with two ridiculously boring storylines in one night. Someone give this girl something better to do. I wish this could be more fun, but it just doesn’t get any momentum going and then we find out they are being scammed. I mean, whut? Kind of lame.
In the other storyline of the episode, Penny is still reeling from the breakup with Pete…or is she? Everyone thinks Penny is not dealing with her breakup, everyone except Derrick. My favorite guest character returns to put on a musical with Penny about a man named Clete and the woman/virus that kills him. And the Tony goes to…no one in this production, yeesh! This is a fun storyline, especially considering it involves Derek, I only wish he was featured more. But the focus really is on Penny and her feelings of guilt over breaking off the engagement. It’s really nice to see the show get a little serious every once in a while, and this is no exception.
These two episodes play well together and give Wilson a wide range of emotions to play, everything from distraught to crazy she-devil, and she nails it. Of course it wouldn’t be Happy Endings if it allowed us to feel sad for more than a minute, but that’s why I love this show, it never forgets that it’s a comedy and it never dwells on the pain but tries to make fun of it.
Best lines of the night:
Brad: “I think there’s glass in my Senior Mints. And my Sophomore Mints.”
Jane: “Now I’m sorry but I’m not hearing the bitchy part, and my bitchdar is pretty rock solid. You are not fooling me one armed surfer girl.”
Jane: “Hey, forgetty and meatballs! Jason Bourne called and he says he remembers more stuff than you.”
Brad: “Oh, honey, why aren’t you at lunch with Penny?”
Jane: “She cancelled. I think she’s avoiding me.”
Brad: “I think she’s avoiding everyone. She’s not even Instagraming anymore. She hasn’t posted a picture of an appetizer all week.”
Brad: “All we can do now is be here for Penny, as brutal as it’s gonna be. And it’s gonna be pretty brutal because Derek as Clete is the biggest miscasting since portobello mushrooms started filling in for burgers.”
Brad: “It is I, the real Clete..who knows how to conduct himself when things go south on stage.”
What did you guys think? Are you sad that Penny and Pete are broken up? Are you crazy about Angry Jane? Did you wish Alex could’ve been given better material? Were you excited about Derek’s return? Sound off below.
Happy Endings airs Friday nights at 8pm and 8:30pm EST on ABC.