Monday, March 27, 2023

What I’m Watching: Party Down

Party Down: Season 3, Episode 4 “KSGY-95 Prizewinner's Luau” (B+)

This show is certainly dialing up the creativity of its party hosts, going from Nazis to a sting operation where everyone there was actually going to be headed to jail rather than to see a performance by Sting. There were great guest stars as usual, particularly Judy Reyes as Sacker and Bobby Moynihan as Mattea. That everyone took mushrooms during the party only made things crazier, and I like that Sackson freaked out the most after deciding to live-stream his trip. Evie and Henry made the episode, discussing the Douglas Fir spinoff “Manputer,” worrying that Sackson was drowning, and Henry confusing John Krasinski with Ted Kaczynski when he was trying to list off people who were worse than Evie. Roman’s paranoia turned out to be very real, and his involvement in the Jeff Daniels was reluctant and unsurprisingly unhelpful. I loved the back-and-forth between Lucy and Ron when she presented her latest item that was most definitely not food and in fact just paper. It’s a wonder that this company is still in business for many reasons, but among the most prominent at the moment is that their chef is actively working to deliver something other than food at every party. The best pre-mushrooms sentiment was how actors don’t need people’s approval when in fact that’s expressly what auditions are. I would have thought this crew would try taking drugs to get through a boring party sooner - and it’s very possible they did and I just don’t remember - but it fit very neatly in this show’s ridiculous world.

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