December 6, 2012

Quick Thoughts: Tuesday Night Comedies, Pt. 2

As you can see, it took me longer to catch up on the rest of this week's Tuesday night comedies so I'm just going to do one quick post over the usually individual ones.

Ben and Kate: "The Trip"
I know that I keep harping on the fact that Ben and Kate's not much more than a competent family sit-com, and I usually don't say that as a negative, but Kate and Will's fight was another example of this show being too by-the-book. Of course he's going to be annoyed by her relationship with Ben and the rest. Of course she wasn't going to dismiss her family for some guy. Part of me wonders why waste time on such a familiar topic, but then Kate posed by the window and all was right with the world. Thankfully, we got a decent enough Tommy and BJ sub-plot to keep things going.

Go On: "The World Ain't Over 'Til It's Over"
For the most part, I liked this episode because of all of the great stuff that transpired between Ryan and Anne. Out of the entire ensemble, he's clicked the best with her and I always get a few laughs while watching them verbally spar with one another. Plus, it's nice that he has a friendship with a woman that's not riddled with sexual tension. The rest of the episode wasn't as strong. I didn't care for Yolanda and Sonia trying to sabotage Wyatt's proposal, and Mr. K having a plot all his own was a tad too much.

New Girl: "Bathtub"
"Bathtub" was a pretty sizable step back after "Eggs." The jokes were not as solid, although Jake Johnson once again saved the day because he's Jake Johnson. Speaking of Nick, I have to admit that I'm intrigued to see where this Olivia Munn arc goes. I just hope the show uses this ex-Perfect Couples cast member better than what they did with David Walton. Again, don't care about Schmidt and Cece, and I didn't understand her motivation to give into her mother's need to set her up mostly because I didn't think what Schmidt did was all that wrong. Even a rare Jess and Winston story didn't completely gel even though I liked the re-emergence of Remy. I would like to see more of this pairing though.

Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23: "Whatever It Takes..."
I knew that Season 1 had a few leftover episodes that were scheduled to air as a part of Season 2, but I wasn't expecting them to be so glaring misplaced. Admittedly, things started off normally but it was jarring when Dancing with the Stars was brought back. It did fill in some blanks, like how James became close to June's mother, but overall it was just odd to watch. From the looks of it, we're in store for some more of these out-of-place episodes, which is a pretty clear indication of how ABC views this show's long-term viability. Thankfully, I like watching JVDB in DWTS mode.

The New Normal: "Baby Proofing"
When The New Normal takes time away from its soapbox and focuses on the life-altering event that is becoming parents, it can be a pretty entertaining show. My favorite version of Bryan is the one that's trying to prepare himself for the upheaval that his child's going to bring, so he was on fire during this episode. Also, this show works better when Jane eases up on the politically incorrect rants and acts like a human being (why does that sound familiar?) . It's just too bad that David felt out of character this time around. For some reason I didn't see him as the overly cautious one of the duo, so him freaking out about baby proofing never worked for me.

Sorry for the quick and dirty version of these write-ups, but it is what it is. I'll try to keep up next week.


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