Lots of great comedy entertained us thoroughly the week of April 18th.
How I Met Your Mother “Hopeless” (CBS) Jerry comes clean with Barney
I’m not a regular HIMYM watcher, but I tuned into “Hopeless.” John Lithgow guest-starred as Barney’s biological dad. The moment I loved most came after Jerry and Barney had this drunken night where they even got arrested. But, it turns out Barney’s dad wasn’t even the slightest bit inebriated. You see, back in the day he was pretty wild. And Barney looked up to that. But, that was then and this is now. And these days, Jerry’s a suburban dad/husband with a quiet, boring life. So, when he came clean to Barney about pretending to be sober, the show gave us flashbacks of how he fooled his son. It was hilarious and I enjoyed Lithgow and Neil Patrick Harris sharing scenes together.
Nurse Jackie “Mitten” (SHO) Jackie Rips into a Random Jerk
Jackie and O’Hara are finally on speaking terms. It was really touch and go there for a while and I didn’t like it. I get why O’Hara was so mad and so hurt at Jackie and she had every right to be. Jackie’s an addict and she’ll do anything to keep getting high. She’s fooled her husband and O’Hara for now but I wonder how much longer Jackie can pull it off, especially since her stash is getting low. It’s been hard not seeing these two friends interact. There’s a lot of love between them but also a lot of awesome judgment about everyone around them. I don’t know if they eat lunch together every day, but this particular day they’re at a new restaurant. Jackie, as usual, is in her scrubs. They overhear some guy being extremely rude to his server and Jackie just can’t keep quiet. She marches over there, pretends to be the server’s manager, and demands that the guy apologize. She totally calls him out and when he questions her attire, she tells him she moonlights. Classic! And, of course, Jackie doesn’t back down. At first the guy apologizes to his lunch date, but that doesn’t mean anything to Jackie. He didn’t insult his lunch date — at least not directly. Jackie gets the apology she was after and gets her meal comped as a thank you. Hello, moment of goodness. I have to admire Jackie for her guts; she’s got them in spades. Sometimes I love Jackie so much for sticking up for the little man and caring about the under appreciated. I just wish she’d get her house in order. I’m totally hooked on this show either way.
Raising Hope “Cheaters” (FOX) Maw Maw Has An Affair…Sort Of
I know my moment is strange but if you watch this show and love it as much as I do, you know what I’m talking about. And for those of you who don’t watch it yet, maybe this will convince you. So, Cloris Leachman’s Maw Maw has Alzheimers. Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it’s sad, and sometimes it’s touching. This week it’s hilarious. Maw Maw thinks her husband Wilfred is still alive, but he’s resting peacefully in an urn at the house. Lately Maw Maw has been somewhat listless and the Chance’s think she just needs to spend some time with people her own age. So they take her to Shelley’s (remember, she babysits dogs, babies, and old people) so she can spend time with people her own age. There she meets Mel, an officer getting ready to ship out to Nam, who also has some missing memories. The cutest moment comes when Barbara June (she can’t remember her last name) rushes to meet her new crush Mel and as they hold each others hands and stare into each other’s eyes they…fall asleep. Yep, you read that right. It’s moments like these that make me love this show so it’s gotta be my moment of goodness.
Modern Family “Someone to Watch Over Lily” (ABC) Alex and Haley bond
Ever since this show premiered, sisters Alex and Haley have been at odds. Haley’s the popular boy-crazy one; while Alex is the sarcastic yet studious one. This season, the arguments between the two have gotten even bigger. So, it was supremely satisfying to have an episode that featured the sisters bonding. Alex skipped her cello class in order to spend time with her sister and her friend. Their adventure involved breaking into the high school — and getting caught. Phil and Claire had to pick them up at the police station. It was refreshing for the girls to not be at each other’s throats. Alex actually wanted to spend time with Haley and Haley ended up enjoying it.
Bonus MOG: Jay dropping Cam at the rock climbing wall. Genius.
Happy Endings “Your Couples Friends and Neighbor” (ABC) Brad’s sexy spa talk
We got a double dose of funny this week (and last) from Happy Endings. I know some people don’t really like this show but I think it gets funnier with each new episode. One relationship I’ve loved from the beginning is Eliza Coupe’s Jane and Damon Wayans Jr.’s Brad. Brad is whipped, but in a funny way. When we meet him in the pilot Jane has him on a crazy, restrictive baby-making diet. It’s killing him but he’s doing it for her. He accidentally finds out Jane has gone off her diet. Watching him indulge in the foods he’s been denied – namely meat – was hilarious. This week in “Your Couples Friends & Neighbor” Jane wants to make friends with a couple who’s been married a while. She wants to learn from them and be friends with them. Brad very reluctantly agrees to go on a double date. He knows the husband from work and although he’s not that excited Brad also agrees to a man-date with Carl. Brad tells Jane he’d rather go to the spa with his wife for a sea kelp face wrap. I love that Jane can’t help but be turned on by his sexy spa talk. Made me laugh. I love that Brad is very interested and engaged in what his wife likes. Sigh. Now that’s a good man. And it’s my moment of goodness.
Cougar Town “Baby’s a Rock ‘N’ Roller” (ABC) Jules realizes Grayson wants kids
First of all, so happy Cougar Town’s back on after a long break. What I gravitated towards in “Baby’s a Rock ‘N’ Roller” wasn’t the most hilarious moment of the episode. In fact, it wasn’t funny at all. It gave us a hint of what’s to come between Jules and Grayson and it’s going to mean trouble for the awesomely quirky couple. While taking care of Ellie’s baby, Stan, we learned Jules and Grayson were of different mindsets. Near the end of the episode, Jules sees her boyfriend being all cute with Stan. This doesn’t change her mind, however. Jules is happy her childcare days are over; Grayson can’t wait to have a kid. After all, when he was married, he wanted the kids and his wife didn’t. Now he’s going to be in the same situation. I can only imagine how much tension this will cause the couple as the season continues. I really don’t want anything to happen to Jules and Grayson because I totally love their relationship. But, things can’t always run smoothly and this drama will make for good television.
Breaking In “Need for Speed” (FOX) Oz hires Dutch
The Moment of Goodness for FOX’s funny new comedy happens at the end of the half-hour. One of my complaints for the first couple of episodes was not enough Michael Rosenbaum and his douche-y character, Dutch. He always had these drive by moments that didn’t last very long. Well, that was taken care of in “Need for Speed.” Dutch, who’s also the boyfriend to the resident pretty girl/tom boy, Melanie (played by Odette Annable), was sucked into the case-of-the-week and did a remarkable job. And as a reward, Oz hired him. So, now we’ll get the former Lex Luthor (although he’ll don a bald cap to play him one more time in the Smallville series finale), on a more consistent basis. Wise choice. Rosenbaum and Christian Slater are my favorite things about Breaking In.
This “clip” show was different in the fact that we were witnessing these flashbacks for the very first time. It was a very entertaining way to put the Community spin on the classic clip show, however, my Moment of Goodness was every time the late not-so-great NBC superhero drama The Cape was mentioned. Abed and Jeff went back and forth either explaining how the show was going to make it (Abed) or was going to have a short shelf-life (Jeff). While Jeff is pretty much the winner of The Great Cape Debate, I love Abed for fiercely defending the low-rated show.
The Office “Michael’s Last Dundies” (NBC) Michael Scott’s co-workers serenade him at “The Dundies”
I don’t watch The Office, however, a friend of mine told me I had to tune into this episode. I understood exactly why when Michael’s co-workers broke out in a group serenade to the tune of Rent‘s “Seasons of Love“: “9,986,000 minutes, we actually sat down and did the math. 9,986,000 minutes. That’s how many minutes that you worked here.” And being someone who never really got into The Office (I know, what’s wrong with me?), I was surprised by my reaction to this. Maybe it’s because I looooove anything to do with Rent (even the movie, don’t judge); maybe it’s because I understand the significance of Steve Carell and Michael Scott no longer being part of the show; but I kind of teared up by the end of the song. I loved Michael’s reaction. I loved the lyrics. I love that the show utilized this emotional song to pay tribute to their outgoing leader.
Parks and Recreation “Soulmates” (NBC) Leslie’s dating woes continue
One of the best things about this show is the depiction of Leslie’s disastrous dating life. She always tells these horror stories. But, now, she finally has someone potentially awesome within her grasp…Ben. But the Parks and Rec writers aren’t going to make it easy. In “Soulmates,” we saw Ben avoiding having anything beyond a work relationship with Leslie. This led her to seek love online, which resulted in her being set up with her “soulmate” — Tom. I loved that she went on a date with him anyway. And what I loved even more is the reason she ended up getting paired with her shallow co-worker — he has a bunch of different profiles. It was his Tom N. Haverford self that shared lots of similarities with Leslie. The “N” stood for “nerd.” So awesome. Anyway, add that insanity to the fact Chris has a no fraternization policy at work and things aren’t looking good for Leslie and Ben. However, the two managed to be cute, anyway. I hope the budding couple don’t adhere to Chris’ rule for long. Because I want these two to hook up. I don’t want a long drawn out “will they or won’t they” kind of thing. Those two deserve happiness and they need to get it together soon.
BONUS Moment of Goodness: How great was it when Ron simply had to grill a no frills BEEF burger — just a patty on a bun — and it completely overshadowed Chris’ turkey burger with one bite? The turkey burger Chris spent hours creating. Hilarious. But not as hilarious as Ron’s version of a turkey burger being a fried turkey leg inside a grilled hamburger. It’s a heart attack waiting to happen but Eater has made it possible. Brilliant.