Franklin and Bash

The buds are back in court! Last night, Franklin & Bash premiered its third season with a two-hour event. We were introduced to some new characters including Heather Locklear‘s Rachel King, the boys’ new boss. Both episodes featured cameos by people like Pierce Morgan and Adam Goldberg. But it was Kulmail Nanjiani who stole the show with his crazy agoraphobia.

The Players:

Episode Title: “Coffee And Cream”/ “Dead And Alive”

In the first hour, Stanton hires legal heavyweight Rachel King to help run the firm. Peter and Jared represent a famous magician; Damien intentionally releases a viral video and Pindar finds a termite in his bed. Later, the gang moves into Infeld’s beach house where Peter pursues his new neighbor. Meanwhile, Jared and Peter must prove a veteran is alive after a clerical error wrongfully pronounced him dead. Meanwhile, Karp is concerned about Infeld’s erratic behavior.

The Good:

  • Franklin’s Magic Obsession: Jared’s fascination with magic is let loose when he and Peter get a case involving a magician (Goldberg). His fanboy moments are hilarious, especially when he refers to himself as a “fellow magician.”
  • Pindar’s Crazy Agoraphobia: Pindy’s agoraphobia has winded down. He’s actually been able to leave his house. But, as we saw last night, termites are a huge no-no in his book. When he finds one in his bed, he goes nuts. He hires exterminators, sleeps in his car – where he hears rodents having an orgy – and eventually burns down Jared and Peter’s apartment. He’s a nightmare, but also hilarious.
  • Home Upgrade: Thanks to the firebug (Pindy), Jared and Franklin move into a new home, by the beach! Now their parties are much more fun, or will be in the future (we assume). This new location brings with it a number of possibilities. We’re excited!

Best Lines:

  • “I am a magician.”–Franklin
  • “God, magicians are cool.”–Franklin
  • “I am a magician, Harry Potter was based on me.”–Franklin

The Bad:

  • The Cases: The first episode gave us a case involving magic, which seemed cool at first, but didn’t impress us overall. We were hoping for a Gob Bluth kind-of-magician; instead we got two sad magicians with identity issues. In “Dead And Alive” the boys go with a pro bono case, which again turned out to be too sentimental for this comedy.
  • Infeld’s Impromptu Wedding: What in the world is wrong with Infeld? He’s acting more bizarre than usual. Why is he giving away 800-year-old swords, hiring new partners and getting married to an illegal alien? Something obviously happened on his trip to Africa, and we’d all like an explanation.

Overall:

Franklin & Bash isn’t really about the law, so the fact that the premiere’s cases weren’t that intriguing is okay. Gosselaar and Meyer still have strong chemistry, and their bromance makes the show worth watching.

Rating: 7.5/10

Franklin and Bash airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on TNT.

What did you think of last night’s premiere?