This week, Happy Endings became the newest member of the sitcom elite. “Boys II Menorah” focused of Max and Brad’s new venture, and the status of Alex and Dave’s relationship. There were countless can’t miss moments in the episode. So what made it so hysterical?

The Players:

  • Director: Eric Apel
  • Writers: Dan Rubin & Lon Zimmet
  • Cast: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally, Damon Wayans Jr., Casey Wilson, Paxton Anderson, Laura Howard Brown, Gina Cantrell, Ariana Guido, Brandon Klopot, Kiana Lyz Riviera, Chris Williams

Episode Title: “Boys II Menorah”

When Brad’s unexpected prowess as a Bar Mitzvah emcee outshines veteran performer—Max– jealousy rules the day. Meanwhile, in an attempt to spice up their relationship, Dave and Alex turn each other off with romantic gestures.

The Good:

  • 21st Century Cool: Sometimes the best thing you can do is make fun of something ridiculous that’s become commonplace.  For Happy Endings that meant crafting quick jibes about Lasik surgery and holographic concert performances. Penny’s attempt to find the right angle for a cell phone pic was by far the most hilarious (and realistic). In our social media/text-driven society, it would be a miracle if you haven’t seen someone attempting the same thing. 
  • Flirting with the Fourth: It’s not uncommon for a show to rib the audience, reminding us that they’re in on the joke as well. Last nightPenny noted that Brad and Jane, “are not like other married couples on TV.”  When Dave wanted to know what Brad and Penny were up to, Jane gave the frank, “I don’t know, they’ve got their own thing going own this week,” reply.  The moments were brief, but pointed gags like that really resonate.
  • Trends: Eating candles is really big this week. The latest fictional character to fall victim to a delicious wick is Alex. But honestly, are you surprised?
  • Young Jewish Boy Crack: Penny has never had a problem being irreverent or blunt. That’s why she was the best character to have all the young boys fall in love with. Her slightly annoyed yet prideful attitude towards the situation was real, and amusing. But the best part was watching her shut down a particularly bold suitor. They’re never too young to learn the rules in the game of love.
  • Betrayal: It would be impossible not to be enamored with Max and Brad’s Boys II Men parody group. Their scenes were filled with hilarity and spontaneity. Not to mention, an injection of ’90s style that we all miss.

The So-So:

  • Cuffed Kissing: Watching Dave and Alex kiss handcuffed, sitting on the curb was oddly sweet. But yet again, their coupling brought more dead air. Did Alex give us a slew of her patented off-center lines? Yes. Were viewers treated to Dave wearing the same optical shields worn by ninety year old women the world over? Yes. But the two weren’t that great together. Luckily, that cute moment gave us hope that there might be something to this relationship. Maybe.

The Quotable:

  • “I can’t believe I gifted him my virginity.”
  • “Hologram Gram Nash is opening for hologram Hall & Oates. Actually it’s hologram Hall and real live Oates.”
  • “It’s time to put down the challah and get ready to holla for Boys II Menorah.”
  • “Where we’re going we don’t need clothes.”
  • “I just have one commandment for y’all. Thou shalt not…stop dancing!”
  • “You know, I recently came into a lot of savings bonds and like me, they’re going to mature fast.”
  • “Fast enough to get me three kids and a lake view townhouse before I turn 35? Can you be that for me Jake?”
  • “I know this seems awful, but when you consider all the things your people have been through it’s not that bad.”

Overall:

The laughs this week can be attributed to several well placed pop-culture infused remarks, and a few inside jokes. Bringing new things to the table is a good way to keep us interested. Let’s hope they keep it up.

Rating: 9/10

Happy Endings airs Tuesday nights at 9:00 p.m. on ABC.

What did you think of this episode?