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Jake in Progress: The Lying, The Watch, and Jake's Wardrobe

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jan 11th 2006 9:09AM

Jake in ProgressWhen this show first started getting promoted around this time last year, ABC billed it as kind of a male response to Sex and the City. They used some cheesy tag along the lines of "same city, different sex." Needless to say, I thought it sounded ridiculous and chose to ignore it. After watching last night's episode, I kind of wish I hadn't because John Stamos was pretty good and I even laughed a few times which is rare for sitcoms these days, save for How I Met..., AD, and The Office.

We pick up with Jake living in a hotel room and worrying very much that he's never going to find another woman as good as Annie. She ditched him at the altar three years ago after she thought he was flirting with the caterer. So Jake is trying to move on with a complete ditz named Bethany and at the suggestion of Patrick, he donates all the things that remind him of Annie to some Jewish Woman's center. The only reason he made the suggestion was so he could go and take some of Jake's expensive suits. Now this isn't extraordinarily funny, but I feel like that's something I would do... so I laughed.

Annie shows up at Jake's. She wants back a watch she gave him - it was her grandfather's and she wants to give it to her fiancée... what?!! Yep, Annie is getting married, but Jake acts like it's no big deal. Liar. Too bad he gave the watch to the charity center. So Jake is forced to run down Patrick and knock him around in order to get the watch back. Now this doesn't sound funny, but afterwards Patrick has an interview at the bank to get a loan. He has a band-aid on his face and at one point he smiles causing blood to drip down his cheek. Again, I laughed. This entire time, Naomi is recovering from child birth. When she finally gets home, she carries the baby in through the front door as a man would his new wife and she whacks the baby's head on the door frame. I probably shouldn't have laughed at that, but I did.

All in all, I was impressed because I went into this with very low expectations and was surprised at how much I liked it. I'll come back for seconds. High five to John Stamos.

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Bec

All right people...there is a difference between:

"Same sex, different city" - The L Word
and "Same city, different sex" - Jake In Progress

I'm likeing this one better than the last because of the dry humor and it's much more of an adult comedy. I crack up every time Patrick appears. A mature, well rounded cast. Liked the opener very much!

January 12 2006 at 9:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jonathan Toomey

Actually chuck, it wasn't a tagline for The L Word. That wouldn't make much sense since The L Word would be the "same sex" as Sex and the City, just different preferences. I looked into it, it went along with the Jake season one promotions.

January 11 2006 at 3:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mase

"Jake in Progress" is definitely better then expected. Patrick is definitely a primary reason to watch (like Barney on "... Mother"), but all the main characters have a good rhythm together. It will be interesting to see how Annie affects it all (and whether the poor ratings will make it all irrelevant).

January 11 2006 at 12:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chuck

"same city, diffrenet sex" was a tag line of the "L" word!

btw, season 1 was much better.

January 11 2006 at 12:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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