Old lady hookers, margarita Mondays and drunken closing arguments were all a part of Wednesday night’s “Franklin & Bash.” The bromance-comedy show took on a life of its own this week. Sexual tensions rose at Infeld Daniels and one of Franklin and Bash’s old high school buddies dropped by for a visit. As always, it was a fun night of twists, which seem to be the speciality of this show. Sure, the photo above may be a little ridiculous for a show about lawyers in court, but don’t dismiss it just yet. It’s campy and silly and cool, geez. And despite ‘the twist’ that occurs in every episode, this show keeps things fresh and that’s mostly due to the lead actors who give great comedic performances every time.
- Director: Jason Ensler
- Writer: Bill Chais, Kevin Falls
- Cast: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Breckin Meyer, Malcolm McDowell, Reed Diamond, Dana Davis, Garcelle Beauvais
Episode Title: “Bro-Bono”
Peter represents Jared’s old high school frenemy in a legal dilemma. With things never what they seem to be, the guys begin to see their client/old friend a different way. Jared is also asked to run lead on a divorce case when it becomes clear Karp and Hanna’s history prevents them from working together.
- Sweet old lady: If only court was as fun as seen in “Franklin & Bash,” people wouldn’t be thinking up ways to get out of jury duty. Sadly, entertaining stunts like the ones seen on last night’s episode don’t happen in real life. This show is all kinds of ridiculous, but it’s done right. The sweet old lady (SPOILER: who also turns out to be a hooker), who takes stand for Peter and Jared’s old high school buddy, for example, gets blindfolded and shows off her photographic memory to the jury. This was a highlight in last night’s episode. It was both unexpected and hilarious.
- Closing argument: In previous episodes, I’ve thought that Gosselaar was the shining star, but in last night’s episode Meyer was all kinds of awesome. I even forgot that he was like 5-feet tall. He was a sweet-talking, drunken mess, yes, but seeing him in ‘Bro-Bono’ I was reminded of why he’s such a beloved actor, a 90s sweetheart. He’s great. I’m glad he’s one-half of this show.
- Love stories: So now that we’re on the fourth episode, there’s some romances developing. First off there’s Peter and Janie, who use to date but not anymore. Although there’s still very little development between the couple (and we still don’t really know what happened/went wrong there), it’s fun seeing the two together on screen, because Peter is obviously still in love with Janie. There’s also a love triangle between Jared, Hanna and Damien. It’s mostly sexual, but it keeps tensions high and the whole situation makes for some pretty good jokes.
- Dana Davis: Out of all of the characters on “Franklin & Bash,” Dana Davis is the only one I’m not sold on yet. I only know Davis from 10 Things I Hate About You and her short-lived character on “Heroes.” I’ve never been too crazy about her. Maybe it’s the characters she plays and not so much her as an actress, but I wouldn’t mind “Franklin & Bash” without her.
Franklin & Bash isn’t a waste of time. Every time I sit down to see it, I know I’m going to see something with as much campiness as something like Caddyshack. Now, I know it’s a bit premature to compare “Franklin & Bash” to an iconic movie like Caddyshack, but like the movie, this show is good and effortless time spent, and I like it. So if you’re the kind of person who prefers something more serious and intelligent on a Wednesday night, then this show isn’t for you. But if you appreciate good actors and ridiculous situations, tune in. It’s totally worth it.
“Franklin & Bash” airs every Wednesday night on TNT!
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