I know this is going up kinda late, but after you see how much work I put into it – especially with the schedule for next week, which is a little insane – I hope you’ll forgive me. Enjoy!
I cracked up almost the entire episode. Mostly because of Tyler. He’s just hopelessly adorable.
Though Milo quit to work on his novel, he tries to return once he realizes he can’t collect unemployment if he quits – something the guys all warned him of when he left in a rampage. Myron sends him back home, as he’s already found a replacement, a super-intellectual chick who’s written for the Atlantic and other high-brow type of publications. Her name is Jude.
Tyler is immediately attracted to her, even thinking she’s a model waiting on Gibbs for a shoot, when he sees her in the lobby, but Jude is far less impressed with him than he is with her. He tries to prove that he’s not completely shallow, and manages to redeem himself by helping her make her article more attractive to the sort of readers the magazine has.
Milo is documenting his process of writing his novel, which is to say, he is procrastinating quite expertly. Though his friends worry he’s taken too big a risk quitting and trying to work on his book without a safety net, a short chat with Jude makes him feel better. She applauds his risk-taking and wishes him luck, and Milo realizes that with a little self-esteem boost, now he can actually get some words down.
Neal has been sneaking into Gibbs’ apartment to sleep, because he can’t sleep in the place he and his ex used to share, and Gibbs, convinced his place is haunted, realizes it’s actually Neal who’s been making the noises in the middle of the night. However, Neal uses some reverse psychology to make Gibbs nervous about the ghosts again, and offers to stay and double-team any entities that may or may not be visiting the apartment. Also, he punches Gibbs out. Twice.
First, Gibbs snuck up on him, once thinking he was a ghost, and a second time to get Neal back for knocking him out. What have we learned? Neal has a mean right, and is superhumanly strong when afraid, ergo, don’t sneak up on Neal unless you want to get punched in the face.
Michael Imperioli (Moltisanti from The Sopranos, Fitch from Detroit 1-8-7, and an upcoming role in the new season of Californication!) guest stars this week as a bigamist, happily married to two women in different cities.
Kee tries to defend him, and does a bang-up job at first, showing that he’s a good father, a good husband, and both wives were happy with him before they knew he was married to more than one woman. However, the prosecution turns up a third wife whom Kee and the court previously had not been known about, and he can’t close a case like that.
Kee: Stop marrying people!
Also, when Scarlet calls Kee for getting pulled over for a DUI, he tries to help her out there, but comes on too strong and pisses off the cop, who decides to book her after all. Scarlet is also considering ending her marriage, and confesses this to Kee, but this woman’s so wishy-washy, it’s hard to tell how serious we should take her.
And, Kee seems to have gotten on the mayor’s wife’s radar, in a weird way. At first when they met, it seemed she was siding with her husband and had made up her mind to hate him as much as the mayor did, but now, it seems she’s changed her tune. Not just that she’s cutting him some slack, but she seems to want to use Kee to get back at her husband, or at least, get some enjoyment and entertainment from him for herself. Let me guess: this doesn’t end well.
I’m a little concerned and confused why the ratings are so low for this show. I know people aren’t watching the Olympics. I like it. It’s funny, even if it’s a little predictable at times. I am wondering if other viewers are not responding to the lovable asshole thing as well as I am. Or maybe it’s that there’s not enough star power here. Greg Kinnear is a very big name, but the majority of the other actors on the show are not that well known to most people.
Rake reminds me a lot of shows like Californication or Weeds. David Duchovny’s character Hank does whatever he wants, whatever the consequences may be, but in general, has very good intentions – much like Keegan Deane. On Weeds, Mary Louise Parker as Nancy Botwin basically starts out in a deficit, and while she’s very clever at finding ways out of her problems and her debts, she usually ends up fixing one problem and creating another, which is also what Kee seems to do with every decision he makes.
I love those shows, which is maybe what drew me to a show like Rake as well, but maybe the narrative might work better, and the character might be more forgivable, on a cable or premium network like USA or Showtime. Maybe things will pick up when regular programming returns, and maybe after it has a better lead-in than American Idol.
Next week, pretty much everything is coming back, so fair warning, watching all the double-booked episodes and getting all the recaps is gonna take a while.
The line-up for the week ahead:
There are a few debuts this week of some new series, some of which I discussed a few weeks ago if you want to take a look.
- Monday night, Almost Human and The Following are all new, as are How I Met Your Mother and 2 Broke Girls!
- Tuesday, there are new episodes of New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, but check your listings for the times. It looks like Brooklyn is on after New Girl, though I’m not sure if this is a permanent schedule change, or just for the time being due to American Idol specials. Also, Mind Games, starring Christian Slater and Steve Zahn, premieres on ABC. And, NBC debuts two new comedies in the second hour block, About a Boy and Growing up Fisher, followed by the return of Chicago Fire! Justified is also back this week with a new episode.
- Wednesday, ABC premieres its new sitcom Mixology, in the second hour slot, just before Nashville returns with a new episode. Also, Chicago PD returns with a new episode, but remember, I’m going to skip recaps on that one for a while, mostly because the schedule is just too heavy. Psych, The Tomorrow People and Men at Work are also new this week, plus, the season two premiere of The Americans airs on FX!
- Thursday, Rake is new, and Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal are back with new episodes! Parenthood and Reign also return with new episodes. Also, The Crazy Ones is back with a new episode at a new time, followed by a new episode of Elementary.
- Friday, Enlisted is back with a new episode, as is Hawaii Five-0, and the season two premiere of Hannibal airs in the last/third hour block!
- Sunday, it’s Oscars night! Prepare to be either bored to tears, or moved to them.
BONUS: Sort of
Just to give you an idea of everything that’s double-booked, and why I can’t possibly keep up with all of it, here’s what the week looks like in a time table, done in “blocks” instead of actual times, like 7PM, 8PM, etc, because of time zone differences.
There are 28 new episodes that I’d like to see this week. I’ll probably only be able to watch 13 of them the night they air. Yeah. I’m really going to have to cut some things from the line-up, because this isn’t even everything on the list! Some of the new eps (not to mention, season premieres) don’t return until the first week of March! Unfortunately, most of the stuff I want to cut is on a night that doesn’t have that many conflicts. We’ll just have to wait and see how the week plays out.
|Block 1||Almost Human
How I Met Your Mother
|Block 1.5||Almost Human
2 Broke Girls
|Block 2||The Following||Justified
About a Boy
Men at Work
|Block 2.5||The Following||Justified
Growing up Fisher
The Crazy Ones
|Block 3||Chicago Fire
The Tomorrow People
And, a little bit of NEWS:
The Michael J. Fox show has been pulled from the Thursday line-up, though it’s unclear whether the show has been canceled entirely, or whether NBC will air the remaining 7 episodes, already shot, at some point in the future, and then cancel it for good. I can’t say I’m surprised, I knew the ratings weren’t great, and while I initially really liked the show, it did get a little monotonous and formulaic as time went on. It still has its moments, almost every episode, but that’s not enough to save a sitcom these days.
Also, it looks like Back in the Game has been canceled, with no more episodes ordered this year to round out a full season. It’s too bad about that one. I really did like having such a strong female character in Maggie Lawson’s Terry, but that one was also getting a little predictable, and the characters were starting to retreat into stereotypes instead of becoming more three-dimensional.
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