The Class: The Class Goes to a Bar
So, now that things are a bit smoother and less cluttered, there'd be more room for the funny right? Well, that's what you might think, but you'd be wrong.
I've got to tell you, when I realized that we wouldn't see Holly and Kyle, I was praying that their elimination would make the episode better. But the only thing it did was make it less cluttered. The episode had a much more measured pace than previous episodes because two of the main characters were gone, but it also seemed less irritating because they dispensed with the storyline that had a) the most annoying characters and b) the least potential to go anywhere. Problem was, the other storylines weren't that funny.
Even the Kat/Ethan story wasn't that good. Hijacking blind dates was a good idea in theory, and of course Kat had a couple of good lines as usual. But the story hinged on Ethan needing to keep the charade up because he really likes his blind date. Jeez. All of Kat's bad influence hasn't gotten to him yet, though Ethan likes being Dan Slutzky, because he can be a more exciting person than the one he really is. But at this point, I'd really like to see Kat and Ethan's relationship explored a little more. There's still very little to hold them together as friends, and it seems like the two of them are just there for comic relief, because the other storylines are much heavier.
Of course they are: both Duncan/Nicole and Richie/Lina involve deception and adultery. Fun stuff, right? Sure, Richie's wife (or whatever she is) treats Richie like dirt, but we don't know why she does; Richie could have completely screwed her over. Lina seems to be an innocent victim here, but it's not like she hasn't been warned; Kat thinks Richie's bad news, even so many weeks after the accident, and tries to tell her. But Lina's just happy he calls her his "girlfriend" while fending off the slutty waitress. And they are cute together, as we saw when Richie picked Lina up and danced with her. But this is going to get ugly quickly, especially now that Sara Gilbert's character knows about Lina.
Duncan/Nicole is Ross/Rachel. That's all there is to it. His band gets back together; she blows off a football wives' function and goes to the dive bar where he's playing. He writes a song for her; she makes doe eyes at him. They try not to say what they really want to say (at least Nicole does), but her actions say otherwise. And then we see that Duncan has slept with said slutty waitress.
Whoopdee-damn-doo. I mean, is that a bad thing? Who's he cheating on? The ex who's married to a former football star and doesn't want to cheat on him again? After playing the song and seeing Nicole leave, he was so fired up he grabbed an easy lay. Fully within his rights. But the writers want to make this plot point seem like a gaspworthy moment, when it really isn't. The funny thing is, even though Andrea Anders and Jon Bernthal have chemistry, I really couldn't care less if these two ever get together. That's not a good thing to see a third of the way into the season.
I'm pretty much done with the show, if you can't tell at this point. It should be getting better, but it's getting worse. If I do cut this loose, I'll let you know. But I can't write weeks and weeks of the same mediocre review. It's just not that interesting to me, know what I mean?