This week’s New Girl brought about a change that should help refresh the season and get rid of the weird, negative energy that has maybe gotten a bit out of hand: Schmidt is out of the apartment and has moved across the hall in order to make room for Coach’s return on November 4. PHEW. And all it took was a lifetime full of emails from keatonpotatoes@aol.com, mentioned and exploded in one Halloween episode. I thought it was a very good episode! Winston was included in the A-plot, which was nice. Nick and Schmidt had some good moments together. Jess was very funny as batman. Jess and Cece’s batmanmobile bit was very funny, and I wish they got to do funny bits together more often. GOOOOOD. Good episode of a TV show. Speaking of good episodes of a TV show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Halloween episode was also a good episode of a TV show! MAYBE THE BEST ONE YET? (OF THIS SERIES.) (NOT OF ALL TIME.) (THAT WOULD BE THE FRIENDS “PIVOT” EPISODE.) Though, how often can people say that an episode of a TV show featuring a team having to work together also highlights the fact that the cast is best when they work together, as a team? We’ll see! It kind of seems like it will be for the entire duration of Brooklyn Nine-Nine! This week’s episode of It’s Always Sunny, “Flowers For Charlie,” was written by Game of Thrones writers David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. Charlie-centric episodes, thankfully, don’t happen very often, because that makes them all the more fun when they do. (Happen.) This was a good Charlie ep. The reveal that there was no “smart pill,” and that the only thing that changed as a result of the experiment was his arrogance was A+ very funny. Though something that was a bit off was how dumb the Waitress seemed in her encounter with Charlie. (Also Dee was a bit dumber than usual, in the hand-stuck-in-a-wall situation.) While it would have made sense to have Charlie realize that he didn’t have much in common with the Waitress, listening to her go on and on about whatever, we’ve never known her to be as flighty as she was here. But for two dudes who have never written an It’s Always Sunny episode before, I thought generally this one was tonally accurate and blah blah let’s not take all of the fun out of TV, huh? Speaking of fun TV: Comedy Bang Bang is back! And it was great! The Birthday Boys had its premiere episode, which was also very fun. How lucky we are to live in this TV time. The Mindy Project was fine enough. My favorite part was when Adam Pally did his impression of Danny consoling him: “Not for nothin’, but, uh, it is what it is.” Hahah. And uh. The end. WHAT DID YOU THINK?

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  1. I caught the last 5 minutes of Brooklyn 99, but those 5 minutes were good-ish. When is Bob’s Burgers coming back from sportsus interruptus?

  2. Kelly did not mention The League, but they also did a Flowers for Algernon-ish episode where Taco was improved. Given some of the valid criticisms of The League in the past, I thought it was interesting to see some of those things addressed through the enlightened Taco.

    Brooklyn Nine Nine more like Brooklyn More Than Fine. I mean I liked that episode a bunch.

  3. In an effort to save money, I got rid of the sports package on my tv service, which I *thought* I didn’t use. Turns out that FXX was part of that package because it took the place of Fox Soccer, so no Sunny or The League for me! Guhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Fix it before Archer comes back!

    New Girl and Nine-nine were both very good!
    Not a comedy, but we got a pretty great Ichabod-type moment on American Horror Story when super-racist lady-from-the-past Kathy Bates is released and finds out that Obama is president. LOL.

  4. I really want to make a duct tape batman mask.

  5. Some are wondering why a man has been to the moon, but coverage of Pawnee, Indiana can’t be included in NBC’s Thursday night lineup, while this journalist wonders how those two things are related.

  6. I laughed for a very long time at keatonpotatoes@aol.com. Like, an embarrassingly long time.

    Do you guys watch Awkward? That is a show that I like that came back this week.

  7. Is anyone here in the tank for ‘Trophy Wife’? People are saying stuff. Are they right?

  8. I thought this was a weaker Sunny but I still liked it. Charlie’s “smart” voice was pretty good.

  9. Am I the only one who watches, and thouroughly enjoys, Mom? Anna Faris and Allison Janney! It could not be better. Except parhaps for the laughtrack, which makes it all seem so dated. But Anna Faris is funny! “No, it’s CHRIST-y.” is still the best joke I have heard this television season.

  10. “Though something that was a bit off was how dumb the Waitress seemed in her encounter with Charlie.”

    Actually, I thought it was pretty great because we could only conclude that a) she really has been dumb the whole time and it took Charlie’s arrogance to unmask her as such (and thus for the viewer) or b) what we “saw” was really just Charlie’s arrogant POV, which viewed the waitress through a warped lens of assholery.

    So.

  11. Michael Keaton is having some sort of weird moment. I feel like he’s in the zeitgeist again? He’s like that person you’re all like “hey, when did that guy just up and stop being famous?”

    Honestly, Multiplicity is fuckdiculously bad, but wonderful. You can see the perhaps amazing film it could have been.

    It was Harold Ramis’ sort of philosophical followup to Groundhog Day — only this time he was looking at persona, what it is that makes a person who they are. But since Ramis had fallen out with Bill Murray, he had to get a different lead. Keaton, in a way, has a lot of Murray’s general vibe.

    I can imagine Murray in Multiplicity, especially reteamed with Andie MacDowell (I am NOT even going to check if that is spelled correctly). Worth watching.

    Jeb, what is this comment EVEN ABOUT?

  12. South Park was wonderful.

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