So instead of a one-hour special, this week we're treated to some tried-and-true to-be-continued fare. There's a reason why comedies have historically been kept to a half hour while dramas get the hour-long treatment - those are the formats in which each work best. This episode's storyline probably had enough substance to hold up in an extended form (unlike last week's), but isn't it more fun to have a little suspense?
The prison warden (
Craig T. Nelson) was up to it again tonight, offering Earl a five-weeks-off certificate in exchange for organizing a "scared straight" event at a local school. Of course, Earl's up for the challenge and begins holding inmate auditions. But when he hurts Randy's pride trying to protect him, his bumbling brother begins to make things difficult by exacting revenge in an effort to prove he's top dog.
I say good for Randy. He's definitely been playing it a little smarter recently - maybe due to Joy's coaching earlier this season - and he more than held his own in a battle of wills with Earl. But he probably picked the wrong time to let his pride get injured. We're talking prison, where people are stealing his weapons regularly and doing questionable (to say the least) things with his hand when he tries to feed them. Earl was in the right.
This whole situation highlights my favorite aspect of Randy in Season 3 - he's become much more assertive, yet he expectedly uses his new confidence in the goofiest ways possible. For instance, late in the episode, he decided to take some prisoners for ice cream. Concerned that they might mess up his order, he talks tough, saying, "Don't screw me on this." Also, while torturing Earl by making the cafeteria worker serve him unusual meals, he says, "Kosher meal. Enjoy your Muslim food."
Meanwhile, Joy's more than fed up carrying her past-due pregnancy, and I'm right there with her. It'll be nice to see her back to normal. And only Joy would come up with some of the labor-inducing ideas she had. Eating peppers, angry trampoline jumping, and furiously screaming, "Get out, get out, get out, get out!" But I knew the birth wasn't happening when blasting "Magic Carpet Ride" didn't work. If Steppenwolf won't convince a baby to emerge into the world, I don't know what will.
There's no convincing necessary, though, to get me tuned in next week. Will Randy and Earl make amends? I have no doubt they will, but of course, especially in comedy, it's the journey and not the destination that counts. I'm definitely excited for more
Michael Rapaport, whose escape was surprising to me. And will Joy be truly happy when the baby's finally born and given to its parents, or will she have trouble letting go and try to pull some sort of power play? There are as many humorous possibilities as there are hours to spend waiting for next week. I'm looking forward to some old-fashioned to-be-continued anticipation.
More highlights, anyone?
" For his audition, a rather sizable prisoner says, "Do you like to cuddle? I like to cuddle." Earl immediately hires him.
" Joy doesn't like the idea of having a birth scar to match her "prom scar."
" Darnell scoffs at the
Apollo 11 mission. "
Alleged moon landing." Who doesn't love a conspiracy nut?
" The warden calls the prisoner escape "not the kind of thing that's going to get me laid at home."
" When the warden sends Randy to get Earl, Randy says, "The principal wants to see you again."
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So instead of a one-hour special this week were treated to some tried-and-true to-be-continued fare Theres a reason why comedies have historically been kept to a half hour while dramas get the hour-long treatment those are the formats in which each work best This episodes storyline probably had enough substance to hold up in an extended form unlike last weeks but isnt it more fun to have a little suspenseThe prison warden Craig T Nelson was up to it again tonight offering Earl a five-weeks-off certificate in exchange for organizing a scared straight event at a local school Of course Earls up for the challenge and begins holding inmate auditions But when he hurts Randys pride trying to protect him his bumbling brother begins to make things difficult by exacting revenge in an effort to prove hes top dogI say good for Randy Hes definitely been playing it a little smarter recently maybe due to Joys coaching earlier this season and he mor