In the words of our protagonist, “It’s hard to be ‘Charles in Charge’ when you’re not Scott Baio.”
And that, my friends, is where find ourselves with just two episodes of "Eastbound & Down" left to go – stuck with an overwhelming feeling of facing life's uncertainties. Like Kenny Powers, we all go through struggles, but his are just funnier to watch.
We pick up with Tammy - that would be momma Powers - psyched about Kenny’s forthcoming visit with Toby, even calling him her “famous baseball player son.” Clearly he gets the delusional and egotistical side from mom.
Poppa Powers, Casper, KP and Stevie show up at Tammy’s place to convince her to take over as Toby’s nurturer. (Meanwhile, poor Stevie’s still throwing up, randomly shouting out “Maria” - and yes, he’s completely bald, too.)
After telling Poppa Powers that “27 years is a damn-long trip to the store for cigarettes,” Tammy greets her ex-husband with a shot to the nether region.
Tammy lives with her assistant/maybe lover Brenda in a nice suburban crib, and I get the feeling they’re into #hoodrat things. KP and Tammy catch up and head to the trophy case, where she scolds him for dropping in on her. Now, time to trade muscle relaxers and suppositories!
After the mother-son-drug-trade, they gathered for family night at the bowling alley. Dad is trying to win mom back while the Brothers Powers play a little pool. The fun doesn’t stop there, because it’s Pictionary time back at Tammy’s. Seeing Stevie play on Tammy and Brenda’s team and boasting “Girls win” was just flat out epic. Stevie has completely lost it, and it’s amazing.
During the game, Poppa Powers makes an announcement/appeal to his family, apologizing for his absence over the years, after which Tammy agrees to let him stay in the house.
Back in the trophy room, KP is taking in all of the accolades his mother kept over the years. KP admits to Tammy that life has him stressed out. Tammy leaves him feeling reassured, even though he spends the rest of the night watching footage of Ivan being hoisted up by his Mermen teammates.
Later that night, KP catches Casper and Pops stealing mom’s belongings. Poppa Powers says he got what he wanted and its “Goodbye forever, son.”
He then adds the fact that KP’s trying to ditch Toby on his mom, and KP tries to come clean about April, Ivan and Toby. But like any good mother, Tammy's not trying to hear excuses and drops the jewel, “We all have hard times, even Champions.” With that, Mom agrees to take Toby. KP leaves the house and crying Toby behind. He and bald Stevie take off.
But not so fast.
Feeling guilty with a new sense of fatherhood, KP heads back to the bowling alley where his father is already waiting for him. Both men are trying to win their families back. And of course, Momma takes her boys back after hilarious apologies that put League Night on hold.
What'd you think of Sunday's episode?
I think that was the first time in my life I've ever heard Lily Tomlin say "the F word". My wife echoed that sentiment. I'm not saying Lily has never said it before...just that we've never heard her say it. That, combined with her shot to Don's Johnson (ba-dump-bump) made the episode worth watching alone. The rest was gravy. Delicious, fattening, bad-for-you gravy. Nice work by Craig Robinson, too, who had been absent from the series some three years. Too bad he wasn't given the chance (by the script writers) to be as funny as he has been in The Office, or in Zack & Miri etc. (the "her name Bubbles." scene is forever etched in my mind).
been a great ride thanks danny mcbride and the rest of the cast
Whos that hippy with the mullet looking hair? My ma' won't let me watch shoes with hippies on them. They might be a bad influence.
Time for a new pair of shoes Darlin.
haha really funny to watch.
That redneck looking guy looks like he probably likes country music. Where is his chewin tobacca ?
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