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