10 years in, and we’re still going strong. This seems like one of those shows that will never end, but will keep churning out quality episode after quality episode as it finds new ways to mine gold from a simple setup. “The Gang Beats Boggs” is far from the show’s strongest outing, but it’s still a pretty funny one, one that features excellent physical comedy and Wade Boggs and Dee passed out on a conveyor belt. It’s a welcome return after a long hiatus, and I’m glad to see where this season takes us.
In the premiere, the confines of the plane lead to both the main flaws and the main highs of the episode. It’s certainly a great idea to have all our characters share a common goal, and it’s also a great idea to view the shenanigans unfold in an enclosed space; however, the script doesn’t engage with the surroundings as well as it could have. Yes, the show is about the gang, not the passengers on the plane, but the comedy is a bit weaker here when everyone else is simply a passive, one-note observer.
Of course, as I mentioned, the physical comedy on display in this show is always impressive. Whether it’s Frank drunk or Charlie drunk of Dee drunk, the actors find a way to milk a ton of laughs out of facial expressions and body language. It’s also really entertaining watching Mac as the only sober one here–as Bud Selig–and although we’ve seen many variations of the Frank-Dennis “Air Sex Society” contest, it’s still fun to watch here.
In the end, it all comes down to Charlie, who I’d say is the heart of the show. He’s the only one who simply wants to have fun, who takes a break for coke and rum and chicken, who downs the beers and enjoys the experience. That’s why he’s able to break Wade Boggs’s record at the end, and that’s why he gets those hilarious subtitles. As he and Mac walk off the baseball diamond as the episode comes to a close, the new season of Sunny is just beginning.
– “We’re not on a wide-body DC-10 for nothing.” “Right, we bought tickets.” “Yes, but we chose a wide-body DC-10 on purpose.” “To get up in the sky!” “Okay, let me walk you through it.”
-I kind of want an episode now in which the gang tries to find Dee in the baggage carousel.
-Charlie knows quite a bit about Wade Boggs, yet he doesn’t know that he’s still alive.
– “I mistook that girl for Great Plains trash. She’s actually desert trash…I should’ve picked up on all the multiple gecko tattoos, so that’s on me. Anyway, I’d rather stay in this barren wasteland of a state than spend one more minute with that filth.”
-I do not expect to cover this regularly–Wednesday nights will be devoted mainly to The Americans–but I’ll definitely check in if there’s a really fantastic episode later on (I’m sure there will be).
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