When Polly gets injured training for a 5k, she decides to take advantage of being laid up on the couch. And teach her parents a lesson when they tell her ex to stop coming around so much.
They think she relies on his help too much for a divorced woman, but after trying to do the work of a divorced couple parenting a daughter for a couple weeks, they realize they’re better off not meddling.
Not quite as funny as last week’s episode, but still pretty entertaining.
Murder will out, and boy, does it in this episode! Rayna finds out her mother had an affair with Watty, her manager, and realizes that’s probably the reason her father gave her such a hard time over the years.
Rayna’s sister also finds out that Peggy was the one who leaked Rayna and Teddy’s divorce story to the press. And, not only does Juliette discover her mom has feelings for Dante, her mom finds out Juliette is already sleeping with him.
Unlucky Avery manages to walk in on Dante and Juliette–he did knock, but when there was no answer, he wandered onto her bus and caught them in a compromising position.
As it turns out, Dante is not quite the saint we thought he was. He was so good helping Juliette’s mom at first, but given a little bit of power, he’s turned into a real son of a bitch, so much so that he fires Avery.
When Deacon finds out, he goes on the defensive and tries to put Dante in his place, only getting an ugly sneer in response. It was a little surprising to me that Deacon was so willing to go to bat for Avery, considering how things between him and Scarlett didn’t end all that well, but I’m ok with Avery, so I’m not going to complain too much. He’s trying to get his shit together, not be such a conceited jerk, and then Juliette’s new manager goes and pulls crap like that.
Will turns out to be a worse influence than Scarlett thinks. When he finds out Gunnar hasn’t been writing songs since his brother’s death, he takes Gunnar out for an adrenaline rush to confront death. Gunnar’s pissed off at first, but once the fear wears off and the rush kicks in, his inspiration returns.
I liked Will at first, stereotypical cowboy as he is, but I have a sneaking suspicion he’s going to turn out to be a really bad character in this show.
It’s good that he got Gunnar writing songs again, but at what cost? Gunnar has the potential to become an adrenaline junkie now, and in his state, grieving his brother, that’s probably a bad idea.
Happy Endings “She Got Game Night”
Major shocker: Penny breaks things off with Pete! I was so disappointed! I really liked Pete. After an intense game night with Brad, Jane, Max, and his weird friend Scotty (also Danny on NBC’s Go On), Penny realizes that while she and Pete know each other really well, she can’t see herself spending the rest of her life with him.
I think she’s self-sabotaging. But, what do I know?
Happy Endings “The Storm Before the Calm”
Penny, instead of moping, binge-eating, and not showering post-break-up, writes a play. Starring her as the Black Plague, an evil love-ruining force, and a guy named “Clete”, a hopeless romantic.
The gang is totally supportive until they realize how personal the story really is for Penny, but she doesn’t realize how she connected the story to her own life until she’s performing it at her friend’s community theater a few weeks later.
Not their best. A little cheesy and contrived, though Dave and Brad were hilarious taking up their respective theater roles. Penny has a decent voice though!
I’ll be the first to admit it: Don looks awful. The sleeplessness/restlessness, constant drinking, and perhaps the weight of a heavy conscience is really wearing on him. So much so that he can’t even go into his own house at the end of the episode.
Instead he drops his briefcase, his coat and newspaper, and sits down on the floor, in what I can only assume is a very expensive suit, and buries his head in his hands.
The dishonesty is taking its toll, but I think it’s not that he’s being dishonest that’s bothering him, it’s that he’s still doing the same old stuff he was doing when he was married to Betty.
We get a little deeper look into Pete’s home life in this episode and it turns out it’s not so rosy. He sleeps with a neighbor’s wife in his Manhattan apartment, and it seems she’s told her husband the truth, or he figured it out, and he beats the shit out of her.
The woman comes over to the Campbell’s house instead of to another neighbor or friend, and Trudy takes good care of her, but the second she has a minute alone with Pete, she gives him a piece of her mind. Too right. They were happy once, but they figured out a lot sooner than Don and Betty did that they are no longer happy. I think Pete is fine with it–it’s a way out, and even if it doesn’t mesh with his American dream ideology, it’ll probably be much less pressure for him.
Peggy and Stan are still chatting after hours–it makes me wonder if there’s more than just an amicable old coworker thing going on, but maybe not–and he lets slip a piece of industry news that Peggy and her new firm can use to their advantage.
She tells her boss, realizing too late that she shouldn’t have, and he wants to jump on the prospective new client before they’ve even officially parted ways with SCDP.
Peggy’s having some trouble with her new role as a supervisor/creative head. She’s focused on the work instead of on the people and doesn’t realize how hard she is on her team. On the one hand, she shouldn’t have to apologize for that. If they’re not doing it right, they’re not doing it right. On the other, I’ve been in the shoes of the guys being lectured by someone they don’t feel has earned the right to lecture them and it’s not fun. Hopefully, she can find a good balance between hardass and good teacher/boss.
While it was good to see Joan with a few more lines this episode, I want to know what is going on in that pretty head of hers. We got to see her confront the man whose business is the reason she was made partner for the first time in months, but she’s quite a bit more callous with him than she would have been a few years ago when she was just an office manager.
I’m hoping next week will be a more Joan-centered episode, maybe Joan, Peggy, Megan, and Betty. That’d be good. 🙂 In the meantime, a little Christina Hendricks to tide you over.
BONUS: I saw this on the premiere last week, and I loved it. She’s so classy and beautiful, and she really talked me into getting a bottle of Johnnie Walker. How about you? 😉
CBS Monday is back with all new episodes of How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls, and Hawaii Five-0. The Following and Bates Motel are also new Monday night, meaning I’ll have to skip a couple more episodes. I wish CBS would start running some reruns of 2 Broke Girls for the weeks I’ve missed watching The Following! Most of the reruns they’ve done have been stuff from a few months back that I already saw!
Tuesday night is completely empty for the first time all season! I think I’ll take advantage of the spare time and (gasp) catch up on more blogging.
Wednesday night, it’s a new episode of Psych, plus The Americans, and How to Live with Your Parents. Chicago Fire is off until next week, and Nashville is off for at least two weeks.
Thursday is a light schedule too with only new episodes of Hannibal and Men at Work. Friday has new episodes of Happy Endings, and Smash is all new Saturday. Make sure to check your listings–I think it’s on at a different time from this past week’s episode.
We’re off to a caught-up start to the week! Have a good one!
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