Like I mentioned the other day, I'm pretty sure this double whammy of episodes is a plan to kill this show dead. That's a really sad thought. It bums me out so much that I have a hard time watching this show now. It's sort of like Community that way. Dreading its demise makes me depressed and that makes it harder to just sit back and enjoy the laughs of "Ordinary Extraordinary Love" and watching Max try and find his specific gay community. Maybe I'm just in a weird place. Anyway, this episode was stronger than the one that aired on Sunday, but still felt a little off. A lot of good zingers, but not an episode that will stick out in my brain as one that was really laugh-out-loud funny. That said, I may be inclined to put that infectiously poppy song on my iPod if it is available.
It might have been the bizarre post-Revenge timeslot (because there's never a better time for goofy comedy than right after a show about duplicitous people trying to murder each other) or it might have just been that the episode was thematically weird, but "Fowl Play/Date" didn't really make me laugh the way this show normally does. When you're rooting for the guy at the diner who told the group to shut the hell up, there are problems. Sure, there were a few great lines sprinkled in, but the whole thing was weird, kind of like when shows do a post-Super Bowl episode and all you can think is, I'm not in the mood for quirky at this time of night. It would be fine if this was just a one-off thing they were trying, but now that ABC is running two episodes a week (this late-Sunday night one, and the normal Tuesday timeslot) for the next several weeks... it really just seems like a good way to kill a show. Anyway, here's what worked... and what didn't.
Penny makes lists of people's faults so that when they split up, she'll feel better about it. Maybe we should start doing it with this show... on the off chance it ever falls into How I Met Your Mother horribleness down the road. But it was hard to find much fault with "To Serb With Love." Even the corny Serbian jokes were fine because, really, how often do you hear Serbian humor on American television? The one gripe we have is why Alex's dad (Christopher McDonald) seems to give Dave so much grief about having to pay for the botched wedding, when Alex was the one that ditched Dave. But someone's got to be the scapegoat, and at least it allowed Alex's mom (Julie Hagerty) to try to use eunuch as a verb to describe what happened to Dave.
Lots of visual humor in "P & P Romance Factory", which isn't a bad thing. We'll never tire of Casey Wilson pratfalls -- all the subsequent gifs make our Tumblr really happy. But on the down side, there were less laugh-out-loud lines. Still, we welcomed the return of Rob Corddry as the Car Czar, and learned the art of a turkey handshake.
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