Ratings on 01/28: 1.9
Ratings on 02/02: 11.4
Ratings on 02/04: 1.6
Dads had more viewers than New Girl (and Brooklyn 9-9) last night.
Thought Adam Brody was pretty great, but the laugh of the episode came from Winston quietly musing "probably get ham," after taking the free sub coupon.
Honorable mention to Zooey's sobbing in the shower. "This is the worst thing that's ever happened to me. I've led a very fortunate life!"
Another weird continuity issue with this episode: When the show started Nick and Caroline were broken up, and then they got back together for like a day at the end of Season 1 and then Nick realized what a terrible idea that was and the whole driving off into the desert thing happened. Would Caroline REALLY be going that crazy about that?
"Did you see a girl that looks like me, only with chaos in her eyes?"
Making the target of Schmidt's desire an obvious raving lunatic was kind of tedious, but it was worth it for the runner about how Schmidt has taken to monologuing in his isolation, the finely-honed haplessness Johnson brings to his exchanges with Schmidt.
"I'm sorry your girlfriend hates you."
"She doesn't hate me. She's just ashamed of me or something..."
Community still has the best circumcision of the year (in comparison to a baptism, "at least with a bris, there's an element of suspense!")
Here's hoping for a crowded field in this category come awards season.
I guess this season and that episode (I've yet to see it dammit) are really not connecting with audiences this year. They are criticizing the lack of focus - which I see, but for some reason it doesn't bother me. The comedy is so solid I don't really care that they are flying by the seat of their pants. Besides, I'm not sure the grand narrative is something this show has ever considered a priority.
Already sick of the Jess and Nick stuff and it's been two episodes. Dammit, I wish they had decided not to go down this path. This is a show I buy on DVD and I just know I am going to hate sitting through these parts in future viewings. So sick of this cliche.
What's difficult to comprehend is how they can have, in the same episode, Winston's defining characteristic can alternately be that he instantly drains any sexual tension from the room and having such raw animal magnetism that combining him with 6 chords of Carlie Rae Jepsen leads to irreversible Bishopmania. And somehow Lamorne Morris makes this feel viable, since he's so good at playing oblivious weirdness. It almost feels like the writers have realized that the performance gets perversely stronger the less they give him to work with, and have just embraced writing off-kilter sketch comedy pieces for one part of their hangout sitcom ensemble.
So this week's finale was maybe the worst episode this show has done.
The cruise ship safety scene is probably the longest thing I've ever watched in 3 minutes.
I'm starting to feel a little bad for the cast, because it feels like their expected to improve all the good stuff while the writer's just take the afternoon off. I imagine that when the writer's have to write jokes, the scripts are just padded out with stuff like, "Winston says something off the wall" and "Nick says something off the wall". And that stuff's often the funniest thing about a given episode.
Yeah, definitely a pretty shitty episode, but isn't that par for the course with this show? I think last season's finale was barely ok, but the first season finale was absolutely horrible too.
I have a suspicion that because audiences are tuning out in droves the writers are in a panic. These past few episodes have been over the place. They feel like they are written by people that are stressed out and pressured.