Eastbound & Down: Season 3, Episode 6 “Chapter 19” (B+)
If Kenny’s father didn’t explain enough about the foul-mouthed, hot-tempered baseball player, then his mother certainly does. Within her first few minutes onscreen, she establishes herself as a similar soul, punching her bowling opponent in the face just to prove a point. Kenny’s father being present at Kenny’s return changed things considerably, since, for better or worse, it appears that Kenny and his mother have had a fairly positive relationship. I enjoyed learning that her trophy room was full of prescription and illegal drugs, and that she was prone to getting mad at Kenny for smoking - without her. The dual apologies that came out of the bowling lane gutters were entertaining, and it’s good to see these flawed characters strive for, and come somewhat close to, redemption for their many continued sins. As he narrates his life, it’s clear that Kenny has many obstacles to overcome before he gets to a true point of contentment and satisfaction, and one would think that would be fast approaching as the show is set to end for good with a mere two episodes left in the can. I liked that Casper was given a bit of personality in this installment, even if it was depraved, since Stevie has gone off the deep end and Eduardo is no help. I’m hopeful that, in the final two installments, we’ll see a return of some familiar faces, most notably April, but also Dustin and Cassie and all of the other people that, though he’d never admit it, have helped Kenny to get where he is today.