February 27th, 2012
02:31 PM ET
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?
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