The Class: The Class Goes Trick or Treating
But then I saw Lina in an FDR costume and Kat being Kat, and I just went, "oh crap."
The ironic thing is, like last week, the Kat/Ethan storyline had the best lines of all of them, even though not much is really going on beyond the development of their freindship. This time, Lina had some of the best stuff, trying to get Kat to figure out that she's going a Halloween party dressed as FDR. "What am I gonna do about World War II?" she asks as a big clue. "Will you look at that? I've got polio!" was also good.You can tell where Ethan and Kat are going, though... even Lina sees it. Ethan holds Kat in a headlock and tries to get her to call him Superman for the entire episode (he was wearing a Superman costume... Kat was going as "snarky photographer"). Just when you think this is the dumbest plot ever, Lina lets fly that she thinks her sister and Ethan are kind of sweet on each other. Of course they are. Why would they be together otherwise? We've been watching sitcoms too long to not see this development coming a mile away.
It was funny to see Yonk not get Richie's sarcasm, and it was cool to see Richie gamble for the first time. Even Duncan had a good line... when Richie tells Duncan he wants to get Lina a trumpet for their one-month anniversary, Duncan goes "I used to get them flowers... or drunk." And Richie's first reactions to gambling in Atlantic City were OK. But I really thought the show was going to go down a really dark road when Yonk, a compulsive gambler, started gambling through Richie. And when Richie, determined to get Lina that trumpet, decided to keep on gambling after he goes broke, I was thinking "Oh, crud... he's a cheater, suicidal, and now they're going to make him a gamblaholic?" Luckily, he was able to get that trumpet. The reason why Lina wanted to use it was unexpected and kind of cute.
I haven't mentioned the Holly storyline, where she kills a bunny in a petting zoo with her high heels, because there isn't much to say; it was clumsily written, and the way it forced Kyle and Aaron into the story unnecessarily was even worse. There was no reason for them to be there, especially when they went to the zoo with Holly and Gay Hubby so she can film an apology.
Interestingly, if they decided to get rid of Gay Husband (who tells Holly he's an "ass man" in the most groan-inducing line of the night), Holly might actually become a sympathetic character. You can see the humanity coming through in Lucy Punch's performance, but it's being smothered by the cartoonish story.
Anyway, this episode was a slight improvement over the last two, but not much. Strip away some storylines, or skip a story every week, and the show might actually find its comedic legs. But right now, it's too much of a mess to be a good show.