'Eastbound & Down': ‘APOCALYPTO!’
February 27th, 2012
02:31 PM ET

'Eastbound & Down': ‘APOCALYPTO!’

After last week’s premiere, I was hit with the same question by my fellow viewers: “Where is Stevie?”

If the previews were any indication, our beloved sidekick was set to return sooner than later, and much to our delight he came back this week. Oh, and he brought Will Ferrell back with him.

But before we get to the hilarity of the “Apocalypto”-themed cannon ball runs at Ashley Schaeffer’s (Ferrell) house, there’s that whole baby thing.

Kenny Powers was on a mission to return Toby to April and bypass fatherhood, and thus that's where our adventure began. (Quick tip: If you ever run out of pampers, a little tape and some washcloths go a long way.)

KP borrows Shane’s truck and heads to Shelby, where he breaks into April’s and leaves with nothing more than $10 and the season 6 “Friends” DVD. With no answers at home, KP – with Toby zipped up in a backpack – heads over to the realty office where April works.

There, Jamie tells KP that April called him from the road and said she needed some time to sort things out. KP gets so desperate, he goes to the school where Cutler (Andrew Daly) seems to take delight in KP and April’s suffering.

And then we get to Stevie Janowski’s apartment, where there’s an eviction notice on the door and Maria – dressed in FUBU –  saying all sorts of foul things to KP in Spanish. She then tells him Stevie works at a KIA dealership, which turns out to be owned by Ashley Schaeffer (Will Ferrell).

The season 1 showdowns between KP and Schaeffer were some of the highlights of the entire series, and Sunday's scenes did not disappoint.

KP wants Stevie to leave his job cleaning cars to help him find April. After some back and forth over who owns Stevie and a shot to the privates from Schaeffer, KP let it go. For the moment.

In a last-ditch effort to rid himself of his kid,  KP tries to pawn Toby off to his brother Dustin and family, but they decline.

So what do you do when you don't want to deal with being a parent? Why not send the baby downstream in a raft, “Willow style”? KP did.... until he began to feel guilty and decided to pull said baby out of the water.

From there, KP decides he’s going to rescue his friend from Schaeffer's enslavement. Luckily, he’s able to woo Maria into helping him – thanks to that “Friends” DVD – and they head over to casa de Schaeffer. Once you saw the dinner table laden with a pig’s head and Orange Fanta, you knew nothing but absurdity would ensue.

Schaeffer has Stevie dressed up like a geisha named Cherry Blossom (or as KP asks, “Why are you dressed up like ‘The Joy Luck Club?’”). Our poor guy is forced into performing sex acts on house guests for Schaeffer's amusement, and while you feel bad for Stevie, you don’t feel that bad because his plight is so funny.

KP surprises Schaeffer and crew, but ends up a prisoner of Schaeffer as well, and eventually KP and Stevie are forced to try and run through the backyard as cannon balls are fired in their direction. In comes Maria to save the day, helping the gang to escape the Schaeffer house.

No offense to last season, but season 3 is picking up where the first season left off. It seems like Danny McBride and the gang are going back to the perverse, politically incorrect comedy that introduced us to KP and “Eastbound & Down,”and less of the weird, dark and frustrating themes that were season 2. The team has their game face on this time around.

I only have one request to keep this season on top of its game: Please give us more Schaeffer!

Do you guys agree?


soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Zule

    I'm very mentally tied to November 11th as Remembrance Day (Veterans Day in the States). I'd have to go with seiothmng serious to commemorate appropriately. A word name, like Justice, Honour, or Liberty might be appropriate, perhaps as a middle name. The cutest I could go is Poppy. I'd also look for names of family members or local heroes who were/are veterans. According to behindthename, Zechariah means Yahweh remembers and Mnemosyne (ni-MAWS-?-nee) means rememberance. Unfortunately, the 11th letter of the English alphabet is K. I hope no one gives their child the initials KKK.

    March 17, 2012 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. Murat

    If you add all the viewers of CNN and MSNBC in the 25-54 demo (M-F Oct 1 ghtourh Oct 22 during the 6PM eastern time slot excluding the balloon day of October 15th )you will see that The Ed Show had 177,000 more viewers than did Wolf Blitzer on CNN. On October 15 , during the flight of the balloon, CNN had 249,000 more viewers than did The Ed Show on MSNBC. Other than this day, neither show had beaten the other by more than 86,000 viewers, (in the demo) on any single day in October. Infact The Ed Show had beaten Wolf Blitzer , in the demo, on 10 of the 15 other days M-F (excluding the balloon day) during the month (up ghtourh the October 22nd ratings). Looks like Ed is factually correct, other than the anomaly of "balloon day", The Ed Show is beating Wolf Blitzer in the 25-54 demo during the month of October.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. really

    you are all fools for talking politics in a comedy show blog, I take my opinion and force it upon you, it is the only right way to think.

    February 28, 2012 at 3:33 am | Report abuse |
    • @really

      Of course, you are right about that. I just couldn't let his comment go. Reading his crap is like watching fox news, nothing but biased opinion & distortions. I'm a proud progressive. I want this country to prosper, not go back 50 years. Again, my apologizes.

      February 28, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • homebrew

      This past week's episode was by far the worst one of the 3 seasons. I really hope Will Ferrell gets back behind the camera instead of runining another episode. His character in the show sucks

      February 28, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. you fools!

    if you want to continue to watch our country go downhill, vote democrat (liberal socialist)

    February 27, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. you fools!

    stupid & funny are in the white house. wicked witch of the west is secretary of state

    February 27, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • @you fool

      I totally agree with you. I hope that Rick Santorum wins for the GOP. He really speaks to me. He wants to get rid of birth control. I guess as guy, I'll have to be responsible for that now. I want my kids to go to college someday, but I guess that makes me a snob. He wants the federal & state government to stay out of public schools. I don't mind paying much higher taxes to support the public school systems. I know he thinks a higher power is guiding him and his campaign. I know he would like to have religion dragged right into the government, whether you want it or not. If you want to go back in time about 50 years, then you really should vote for the GOP.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jimmyshow2012

    shark – jump – here. nothing wrong with being stupid and funny..but dont get lazy with stupid & funny

    February 27, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. firsty

    i didnt see it but it was hilarious

    February 27, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |

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