October 26, 2011

Quick Thoughts: HAPPY ENDINGS, "Spooky Endings"

I'm going to come clean. I'm not a big fan of Halloween, so Halloween themed episodes can be hit or miss. That being said, I was really excited for "Spooky Endings" because Happy Endings is the perfect comedy that could effectively utilize the holiday.

"Spooky Endings" didn't try anything new because it was pretty much about the gang either going to a costume party or staying home to welcome trick-or-treaters. Both are pretty standard Halloween topics that sitcoms have relied on for years, but Happy Endings still brought its wit and craziness to make it all feel fresh.

What was great about "Spooky Endings" though was it was still able to focus on the characters and their relationships. Sure it was fun seeing Penny and Max as a mother with her baby in a bjorn, but we also got to see how much they cared about each other after two potential suitors got in between them. Even Dave and Alex had some nice moments after she was mistaken for a drag queen, and I'm glad the writers are figuring out how to use these two. Again, neither of these are new ideas, but they all worked.

The Jane/Brad B-plot about them house-sitting in the suburbs and giving out candy wasn't as funny as the A-plot, but that doesn't mean it wasn't funny. Both Damon Wayans, Jr. and Eliza Coupe had some killer one-liners, like when Jane commented on the quality of the schools in the burbs based on the threatening notes left by the older kids.

All in all, "Spooky Endings" was just non-stop hilarity and another example of this show firing on all cylinders. I know the ratings aren't lighting the world on fire, but the order of additional scripts, has me hoping that Season 3 is not far behind. Fingers crossed.


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