Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Take Three: Episodes

Episodes: Season 1, Episode 3 “Episode Three” (B+)

It’s about time we had an episode where we got a chance to get to really know Matt LeBlanc, the fictionalized version of the well-known “Friends” actor. I don’t think I expected Sean to actually bond with Matt, but it does make sense given Matt’s lifestyle and Sean’s status as the one in the marriage who lets himself get carried away with ideals rather than emphasizing common sense. Of course Sean openly defying Beverley by telling her outright that he agrees with Matt about the librarian not being a lesbian so that she and Matt’s character can have some hope of a relationship in season four is a bigger and far more serious deal. Merk is quite a funny character, and I enjoyed him telling Sean and Beverley that the table read was “bloody fantastic” and then being considerably less committal when asked privately by Carol as they were walking to their next meeting. I absolutely love Kathleen Rose Perkins, who plays Carol, and she did a marvelous job of handling herself when Merk came in and wanted to get frisky, and her response to Merk suggesting Matt LeBlanc for a lead role in a pilot other than “Pucks” was pretty great. The funniest part of the episode, by far, was Matt’s own explanation about his extraordinary endowment. He set it up brilliantly by positioning himself to be able to condescendingly (and somehow with a straight face) say “My eyes are up here - I’m not a piece of meat” to Beverley. Entirely hilarious.

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