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Ben Convinces Crystal to Confront Her Lost Love, James Taylor, on 'Mr. Sunshine' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 17th 2011 4:11AM
'Mr. Sunshine' - 'Lingerie Football'Crystal struggled with a human emotion this week on 'Mr. Sunshine' (Wed., 9:30PM ET on ABC), while Ben just struggled with unfulfilled lust. As he continues his quest to be a more friendly person to his co-workers, Ben found himself helping Crystal reconnect with a lost love.

Only, he thought Billy -- played by James Taylor -- had left Crystal. "You said you turned around and he was gone," he said.

"No, I left the bar with another man one night, Billy chased after our car for a few blocks, but eventually I turned around and he was gone," Crystal clarified.

Every year on their anniversary, she's struggled with something she couldn't explain. "I don't know if there's a name for it," she said." You know that crazy feeling some people get when they don't approve of their own behavior?"

"Shame?" he suggested, and that was it exactly.

While 'Mr. Sunshine' remains an uneven show, Allison Janney is so committed to the callous craziness of her character, she is proving to be incredibly entertaining to watch. After all those years on 'The West Wing,' it's fun seeing her play such broad comedy.

With moments of comedic brilliance, we still believe 'Mr. Sunshine' could tighten up into a great sitcom, much the way 'Cougar Town' eventually found its way. It just needs to get it together right away, or hope ABC has patience enough for a renewal.

'Parks & Recreation' survived a subpar first season to come back stronger and funnier in its second year for NBC, and now it's doing great creatively. Does 'Mr. Sunshine' have all the pieces in place to be that funny? The characters are solid, the cast is turning in good work, and the premise lends itself to lots of guest roles and unexpected comedy moments.

Now, it's just a matter of the writing stepping up and making these characters really shine individually and collectively. Make this a must-see ensemble as so many other shows have done. We need to believe that they all work together and care about one another, in some capacity.

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