Friday, July 27, 2012

What I’m Watching: Franklin and Bash

Franklin and Bash: Season 2, Episode 8 “Last Dance” (B+)

This show just doesn’t stop, keeping things semi-serious by giving Stanton a stalker and then making sure they stay ridiculous by bringing a stuffed bear into a courtroom to determine what is and isn’t art. Damien asking Carmen for support didn’t elicit any especially entertaining scenes, but it’s good to see the whole gang involved on a more regular basis. Stanton and criminal-turned-lawyer Jeffers, played by the usually despicable Todd Stashwick from “The Riches” and other memorable guest spots, did a good job of realizing that they were being pitted against each other while the bank teller sought to ruin both of their lives. Leave it to Stanton to straighten everything out and give the whole crew a happy ending. Jared and Peter tracking the judge down to his gym was a risky move, but it seems to have paid off as their sketch artist held up against the immigration witness who tried to get the husband’s body termed a corpse rather than a work of art. It was good to see Boris Kodjoe, star of the short-lived J.J. Abrams series “Undercovers,” as Nolan, whose chemistry with Hannah was immediate, and though I suspect this is a one-shot guest spot, it would be fun to see him again to help her get some rest and relaxation. The final conversation about what each of the lawyers want to happen to their bodies when they die was entertaining, and the best line, as usual, went to Stanton, particularly for its delivery: “You assume I’m going to die.”

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