Season 4, Ep. 21: “The Loooove Boat”

The theme of this episode is men are assholes, especially Jason.

In the wake of Sandy’s death, there’s no mention of him at all. Makes sense given the type of the show this is, but it’s still kinda weird. They were probably thinking it would be bad for re-runs.

Mike and Julie are continuing to keep their relationship a secret. The rest of the Seavers come home with Wally and Irma. The weird thing is Mike, who was making out with Julie before they came home, felt the need to go into another room. It’s not like he could’ve just been hanging out with Julie. Irma and Wally are getting married on the same cruise that they met, and the rest of the Seavers (including Julie) are coming along. read more

Season 4, Ep. 20: “Second Chance”

Oh my god, this episode! They do something really big. The bad part is it’s pretty much just for a plot device and to have a message. I knew this was coming, but I was still interested to see how they do it. Turns out it was really disappointing.

The episode starts in the kitchen. Sandy (Matthew Perry) and Carol have a date tonight. Ben and Mike are real assholes in these episodes. They keep making fun of Carol, but it’s gotten so old at this point. It’s like how I was saying making fun of Mike is getting boring. Carol and Sandy are getting pretty serious. Carol doesn’t think of Sandy as a boyfriend, but that’s just because Sandy hasn’t said anything about. Sandy comes, and then Carol and him leave. read more

Season 4, Ep. 19: “Show Ninety — (Who Knew?”

The beginning of this episode made my ears bleed. There are all these different sounds going on at the same time. Carol’s trying to talk to Sandy (Matthew Perry), but Ben has the TV on too loud. Then Julie comes in and tries to talk to Carol but she can’t hear her. Jason comes in from his office complaining about the noise, but it all stops when Mike comes in when he asks Jason to look at his Psychology homework.

Mike got a C-, but he feels like he deserved a B. He really studied hard and claims the professor has it out for him. Jason and Mike look at the test. One of the things Mike did that deducted points was that he had the right word, but he spelled it differently. read more

Season 4, Ep. 18: “The Recruiter”

Carol wants to go to Columbia over Boston College, which is the school her parents went to and want her to go through. She practices telling them this on Ben. It’s suppose to be one of those situations where you think she’s telling Maggie and Jason, but it’s obvious she’s not talking to them. The writers thought they were being clever.

Carol is in the living room telling Jason and Maggie about her decision. They don’t let her finish, because they automatically assume, by her choice of words, that she wants to go to Boston College. Carol doesn’t want to tell them the truth, because she doesn’t want to hurt their feelings. read more

Season 4, Ep. 17: “Double Standard”

There’s a plot aspect of this episode that’s really weird. Ben really wants to date this girl, Amy, but he can’t until he turns 13. That hasn’t stopped him before. I know the role could’ve always been there and Ben just ignored it, but he’s really concern about it now. It’s nice though that the entire episode isn’t about this, as we’ve seen this type of plot line on the show multiple times. He asks Mike who just suggests Ben to use the loopholes in their rule. Then Julie walks out and Ben asks her. She’s really there just so we can Mike and her flirt hinting at their relationship only them and the audience currently knows about. Ben just decides to not tell Maggie and Jason. read more

Season 4, Ep. 16: “Fortunate Son”

Mike is late for dinner due to his part time job of working at a car wash. He gets home complaining about his job saying he’d take another one in a heartbeat. Here we go with the foreshadowing. He does enjoy payday, but that doesn’t really matter now because he owes Carol $20 and Jason the last two months worth of rent.

Ben and Mike are hanging out playing an arcade game at this convenience store. Ben sees that Mike would rather have a different job than the car wash. You really could’ve started the episode here. Ben asks one of the employees to see if they’re hiring. The employee is Indian and has trouble understanding Ben. This is another way that the plot is set up subtly. Mike meets with the manager and he gets hired. He’s taking the night shift, so he’s starting right away. read more

Season 4, Ep. 15

First of all sorry, I didn’t realize this wasn’t posted.

This episode isn’t that great. It has potential at the beginning by how everything is set up and the sorta dark humor. Main problem of the episode is after a certain point it doesn’t really have any structure. Nice title though. It sounds like a bad reality show. Even though I don’t even know why it’s called that.

The episode starts out with Jason cooking Breakfast, and he gets a call from Maggie’s parents. Since we last saw them they’ve been living life on the road. Now they’re coming for an impromptu visit. Screen Shot 2016-01-06 at 11.12.41 PM Now they’ve decided to move into an apartment in Boston, but it won’t be done for a month. That means they have to stay with the Seavers for a full month. What a nightmare. That isn’t actually the case. Turns out they’re there for a surprise anniversary party for Maggie and Jason. I liked how they handled this in that Carol and Mike both get scenes setting up the surprise party with Ed Malone. It’s different than just having one scene with them all together. In order for Maggie, Ben, and Carol to set up for the party.
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Maggie’s parents take Jason and Maggie out for dinner. read more

Season 4, Episode 14: “Feet of Clay”

Feet of Clay sees the return of Jeff, from Who’s Zoomin Who? Yeah, you’d think that, since Brad Pitt’s in this episode, but he’s playing an entirely new character here. Here Pitt plays a rockstar that Ben idolizes and gets to meet in the episode. I read the plot summary before watching the episode. It seems so predictable that it hurts. I predict Ben will end up meeting Jonathan Keith and he’ll turn out to be a dick or something. That’s how a lot of these plot lines go. Will I be right? Let’s see! read more

Season 4, Episode 13: “Semper Fidelis”

This is a big episode for multiple reasons.

Boner and Mike are studying for their Science final. Boner’s freaking out and really thinks they need to get to studying. Mike, on the other hand, doesn’t care and is just screwing around.
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Boner then gets into how he’s been thinking and wants to tell Mike something, but Mike cuts him off and we don’t get to hear what he has to say.

A week later, The grades are being sent home from Boner’s and Mike’s first semester at college.
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Turns out Boner called too and wants him and Mike to open their grades together. How they’re doing it is like how a teacher sometimes have you grade your test, by someone else in the class grading it. Boner looks at Mike’s and sees he got all D’s, while Mike looks at Boner’s and sees all F’s.
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The episode seems like it should’ve started here. I know they needed the setup, but I think they could’ve still done it while still starting it here. The pacing at the beginning of this episode is just a little awkward. Maybe it’s just because of the subject matter. read more

Season 4, Episode 12: “Mom of the Year”

This is a really shitty episode. It’s a Maggie centric episode. As soon as I figured that out, I was already dreading it. There’s also this extremely unnecessary sublot with Carol, which I’ll get to. That being said, it does deliver the best bit of the episode. Otherwise, this episode can go to hell.

Maggie’s covering this garbage strike. She’s also supposed to be at this ceremony honoring her as working money of the year. What a stupid award. The problem is that she has to wait outside the building, where a deal is being negotiated to end the strike, in her van with her co-worker Ron. Maggie calls Jason, who’s at the ceremony with everyone else. She’s suppose to accept her award after some these fat women get done dancing and singing about Bananas. I’m serious. Ron offers her half of his sandwich. This is where she reads her awful speech which gets her into how she got into this whole situation in the first place. We get like around 7 minutes of content, but it really could be covered in less than half of that. read more