March 7th, 2012
10:45 AM ET
With "Raising Hope" taking "Glee's" place on Tuesday nights for a few weeks, the Fox comedy – currently on the bubble for a third season – had to make a splash.
It doesn't hurt that series regular Shannon Woodward is besties with Katy Perry. Though if you watched Tuesday night's episode, you may not have been aware that that was Katy Perry. But we'll get to that in a moment.
As far as I can tell, "Raising Hope" is only the second TV comedy to touch on the Occupy Wall Street movement (the first being "South Park").
On Tuesday's episode, Sabrina was the lone holdout when the police arrived to "Occupy Natesville," and she gave one a swift kick to the nether regions, guaranteeing her a stay in prison. (The fact that one protester, Barney, had to leave as he was an auxiliary police officer was a nice touch.)
While Jimmy missed his girlfriend (and it's about time these two got together), and tried to help her out as best he could, things went from bad to worse for Sabrina.She met a prison guard (the unrecognizable Perry) who insisted they were old junior high school frenemies.
While Sabrina's life is being made a living hell on the inside, Burt and Virginia happened upon the fact that Natesville's mayor was a drunk and worked it to their advantage.
I really appreciated that this episode gave us a bigger look at the town of Natesville. More and more, show creator Greg Garcia is introducing similar elements to his previous series "My Name is Earl" (Camden County was practically a character on that show), including the reappearance of Eddie Steeples ("Crabman" is now a pizza delivery man).
After an uneven spate of fall episodes, the last few have been the best of the season, so hopefully the audience will find "Raising Hope" in what could be a difficult slot.
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