Happy Endings (Season 3 Episode 1: Cazsh Dummy Spillionaires)
The hysterical and the unbearable.
As a proud Miamian, I enjoy sore losers who complain about the Miami Heat’s “lucky” championship run as much as I revel in the ecstasy of laundry day, and while Jane’s (Eliza Coupe) derisive comment towards my beloved b-ball team stung, nothing compares to the aneurism-inducing train wreck that is the Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) and Dave (Zachary Knighton) show.
Whether they’re apart, together, or casually kinda seeing each other but not really, the irritation caused by these vapid personas knows no bounds. If I had heard “cazsh” (as in “casual”) one more time during the 22 minute showing, I would have sworn off of television altogether. But enough of the ugly.
Fortunately, the supporting stars Eliza Coupe, Casey Wilson, Damon Wayans Jr. and Adam Pally seamlessly churn out the laughs, ultimately comprising an endlessly entertaining counterpoint to the caricature on-again, off-again couple. This week, Penny’s (Wilson) attempt to reinstall her broken doorknob by means of her mouth was priceless, downright guffaw-inducing. And though her “abbrevs” are the linguistic embodiment of the phrase “acquired taste,” Penny’s dynamic with Max (Pally) is fun for any chuckle-seeker. Watching Max whip out the Lunesta (“Nature’s Ambien”) on Penny, soon followed by his A+ imitation of a cardboard evil mastermind reminded me of the show’s greatest achievement, something it boasts even now in its third season. Creator David Caspe’s latest endeavor is relatable, sure, but moreover, it leaves viewers wishing for a similar intimacy with their respective friends… so that they can engage in similar stunts, of course.
The whole sequence with Max locking up his supposed “best friend,” whom he “loves and barf,” was amusing. Nothing screams “laugh-worthy” like a grown woman in a full upper-body cast. The decision to drug her and then reveal that she had done the same thing to Max (paralleling cast, drugs and motivation), while unbelievable, was still plain funny.
Brad (Wayans Jr.) and Jane’s (Coupe) interactions are equally hysterical. Their eccentricities and explicitly kinky sex drive keep audiences in stitches. Seeing a white woman encompass “politically incorrect” and a black man “metrosexual” is comedy at its best. This episode’s dinner interaction was particularly enjoyable, as Jane becomes increasingly inappropriate. Initially she addresses Brad as her “stay at home husband,” as he has allegedly decided to take a break from the workforce; later she dubs him “wife,” and then of course “my bitch!”
Gender reversal is always funny.
Happy Endings doesn’t travel any uncharted paths, oftentimes emphasizing cliché plotlines and life lessons. But it’s still a good laugh, and the resolutions are heartwarming enough. So give it a shot Tuesdays at 9 on ABC.
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