Last night, Franklin & Bash shamelessly put Mikey from The Goonies on trial for manslaughter. In “Viper,” Peter and Jared attempted to save Sean Astin‘s superhero/crime-fighter character from going to prison for a very long time. Jane Seymour also dropped by as Pete’s cool momma. But her presence created tension between Bash and his new hot cop girlfriend.
- Director: Timothy Busfield
- Writer: Dana Calvo
- Cast: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Breckin Meyer, Malcolm McDowell, Tricia Helfer, Reed Diamond, Kumail Nanjiani
Episode Title: “Viper”
This week, Jared and Peter try their first manslaughter case. They defend wannabe crime fighter Viper (guest star Sean Astin) who is accused of chasing down a man that jumped to his death. Meanwhile, Peter’s mom (guest star Jane Seymour) arrives with some news that results in a change of living arrangements for her son. And Pindar seeks Carmen’s help in battling his phobias.
- Inappropriate Mom: The beautiful Ms. Seymour shows up as Colleen Bash, Peter’s hot and inappropriate mother. She’s sort of like Jennifer Coolidge in everything. She’s not ashamed to do kegel exercises in front of her son’s nemesis Damien Karp. Not only that, she even talks him into doing some — gross! Still, Seymour is lovely in the role. She’s the “cool mom” who gets her son booty calls and hits on his friends. Is it a tired character type? Yes, but Seymour’s effortless charisma makes her fun to watch. On a side note, one question we’d like to know the answer to is what happened to her husband/Peter’s dad? There’s no mention as to why she’s been alone for the past 10 years. What’s going on there?
- Goodie Basket: Stanton Infeld continues to be one of the funnest characters on this show. We’ve also come to realize that we still don’t know what his deal is. He’s so enigmatic. One of the best moments in “Viper” comes when he oh-so-enthusiastically digs through a gift basket (“Oh! Chocolate covered espresso beans!”) that wasn’t meant for him. When he finds out it was for someone else, he says, “Nonsense! What?” and throws the little note away.
- Outdated References: Remember when planking was a thing… in like the 1950s? Okay, not that long ago, but you get the point. That planking references was lame. Also sort of lame? Making a whole episode based on a guy who thinks he’s a real life superhero. It’s fun, but Kick-Ass was so two years ago.
- Superhero Case: Sean Astin was great as Viper, but the case was insanely ridiculous and not very funny. First off, how did the police not catch that “piece of Viper’s cape” at the crime scene? It was a giant chunk of deep blue cloth. Also, Peter and Jared had finally started taking on big, out-of-their-league type cases (see “Strange Brew”), but now they’re back to pro-bono nut jobs? They’re taking one step forward and two steps back.
Both Seymour and Astin were great guest stars in “Viper.” But the weak cases and outdated references made the episode quite forgettable.
Franklin & Bash airs every Tuesday night at 10 p.m. on TNT!
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