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'The Good Guys' - 'Bait & Switch' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jun 8th 2010 11:20AM
The Good Guys: Bait & Switch
(S01E02) "I've gotta tell ya ... worst date ever." -- Jack to Kiersten as they're being held at gunpoint

Ever since I recapped the pilot episode of 'The Good Guys' a few weeks ago, I've been impatiently waiting for it to return. It's comical, it's different, and it's got the great pairing of Colin Hanks and Bradley Whitford. What more could a girl want? It's escapism TV at its best.

This episode had pretty much everything in terms of great lines, fast cars (even if they were sitting in a warehouse), hot girls and, of course, great chemistry between Jack and Dan. OK, so the stolen cars story was a little clichéd, but at least it led to some funny separation anxiety for Dan and the Trans Am, his own personal version of T&A.

Dan's love for the car is much purer than his pervy antics with the girls involved in his cases. Last week, he slept with the woman who had her air conditioner stolen. This week, he insisted on re-creating the crime scene where the rock came through the window. You just knew things were going downhill fast when one of the girls said she and her roomie were in bed together watching a movie.

I'd be lying if I didn't tell you that Dan's relationship with the Trans Am reminds me of Dean and the Metallicar on 'Supernatural.' And then with the Scorpions' 'Rock You Like a Hurricane' at the end ... well, Dean and Sam won't be back for a while, so I'll take it where I can get it.

Did you catch that Kiersten was a dirty cop (and not in a good way, as Dan put it) at the beginning? That came as a surprise to me. She didn't seem like one of the bad guys, but that's OK. Plus, it helped build things up a little between Liz and Jack, although I appreciated that Jack did the cop thing and went out with Dan for oysters and beer to celebrate.

I'm not surprised that Dan knows nothing about computers, but it resulted in some very funny lines that actually made me laugh out loud. Yes, LOL, people.

Jack (after Dan's been looking at porn on the computer): "It's been infected with a virus."
Dan: "Computers can't get sick."
Jack: "Yes, they do, Dan. The computer's frozen."
Dan: "Which is it? Is it sick or is it cold?"

"We gotta get some medicine for the computer machine!" - Dan, after realizing that his car is gone and the tracking device isn't working

"Good work, Julius. It's like you're the computer whisperer." - Dan, who'd been waiting for the computer to do something on its own after realizing that Jack had tripped the tracking device to tip him off to their location

And then finally, Dan used the computer to rig the accelerator on Jack's car and send it crashing through the glass into the warehouse. Well done!

A few quotes:

Dan: "So Jacklyn, tell me somethin'. After she took your manhood, where'd she put it? Like, In a jar some place?"
Jack: "Are you implying that I'm no longer a man because I'm going out with Liz and her friend?"
Dan: "Jack, she said goodbye by punching you in the arm. Come on. The only place a woman should punch a man is in the face."
Jack: "OK, there's a story there and I'm not asking you what it is."

Jack: "Are you really gonna let the bad guys go because you're worried about your car? Come on! I thought you were all about busting punks."
Dan: "I have heard tell that if you love something set it free ... and then track it down. OK, I'm in."

"You know me. If I could hack your leg off, I would." - Dan, on having Julius and the tracking device on his ankle climb into the trunk of the Trans Am.

"What kinda English? Keith Richards English or Elton John English?" - Dan, when Julius says he heard English people in the car while he was in the trunk.

Dan: "WE should be going out tonight. You don't celebrate a bust with your lady friend. You celebrate it with your partner."
Jack: "You do realize that we are not LIFE partners."

Jack: "You do know that you're only supposed to eat the part in the middle, right? You know, the peanuty part?"
Dan: "The shell's the most nutritious part."
Jack: "You know that the shell is like 80 percent cellulose? That means, essentially, you're eating tree bark."
Dan: "Salty, delicious tree bark."
Jack: "Enjoy ... but peanut shells are what they use to make drywall, Dan. Dry. Wall."

Your thoughts on this episode? Do the time jumps bother you? They bothered me at first, but I grew to love them by the end.

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Funny show. Unfortunately, I don't think it's going to catch on, despite Fox's committment. I suspect a lot of former West Wing fans are having a problem accepting Bradley Whitford (their beloved Josh) in this very, very different role.

June 08 2010 at 11:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

And I actually love the silliness of the show!

June 08 2010 at 8:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This episode actually made me laugh out loud too, a lot. I love Bradley Whitford and I'm definitely sticking with this show. Hilarious. (And I can't believe you thought of Dean and the Impala too! I was gonna comment about that!)

June 08 2010 at 8:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I watched for the first time last night and loved Bradley Whitford!! But I feel this show is a little too silly for me. I'm willing to give it a couple more tries but it need to get better.

June 08 2010 at 4:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Key Rick

I agree with Europa & Mike above - Bradley Whitford's played his part in this episode more like he's functionally mentally handicapped rather than arrested development like he played it in the pilot episode. Based on the pilot, I give this another episode or two, but if last night's had been the pilot, I'd pass.

June 08 2010 at 3:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ummm, the author of this articles states that Dan "slept with the woman who had her air conditioner stolen" and I believe it was actually a humidifier/"humidifinder". Also, I believe the quote above stating: "Good work, Julius. It's like you're the computer whisperer." was actually: "Good work, Julius. It's like you're the computer *machine* whisperer." Sorry... super nit-picky I know but those sorts of details bug me. And I love this show. It's quirky, retro, fun and a nice change of pace. Bradley Whitford & Colin Hanks are a great fit. Thank you Matt Nix for this one!

June 08 2010 at 2:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Best line of the night:
"Your dad called and he wants his seed back."
Really looking forward to using that one.

June 08 2010 at 2:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Did anyone else notice Bradley's little Sorkin-style 'walk and talk' through the police station, like Josh used to do? He was even walking like him during it.

June 08 2010 at 1:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think Bradley Whitford is trying too hard with the accent and the creepiness. Ratchet both back and you have a show.

June 08 2010 at 1:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kol. Panic

This non-linear narrative gimmick has annoyed me for years. That said, I still love this show.

June 08 2010 at 11:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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