October 24th, 2012
09:33 AM ET
One of the best decisions made by any network this fall was to pair two of the funniest comedies on TV, "Happy Endings" and "Don't Trust the B-- in Apartment 23," on Tuesday nights. Bravo, ABC.
Boy, did I miss these two. The season got off to a great start on "Happy Endings" for everyone but Penny, as her fall down a flight of stairs (after rejecting Brian Austin Green) became a viral video, to the delight of her friends.
This led to Max "Misery"-ing the injured Penny so he could spend more time with her physical therapist, Kent.
As we saw at the end of last season, Dave and Alex were back together, which everyone agreed was a horrible idea. But according to Dave, they were "keeping it cazsh."
"The last thing we want is for things to get complicated, like in 'It's Complicated,' so we're just gonna go with it like in 'Just Go With It' and be friends with benefits like in 'No Strings Attached,'" said Alex.
Obviously that didn't last, and the two soon got jealous of each other. They announced they were moving in together, which everyone agreed was an even worse idea.
Jane, meanwhile, was bringing home the bacon, and appreciated the fact that Brad had the time to explore his hobbies at home - like his ventriloquist dummy, '90s standup comic Sinbrad. (She appreciated it so much that her double entendres had to be an interesting conundrum for ABC censors.)
Unbeknownst to her, Brad actually had a job, which of course, he finally confessed at the end of the episode. Don't worry, one of TV's coolest couples will be just fine.
Moving on to "Apartment 23," it was all about James Van Der Beek, when Chloe's annual fake letter from the "Dawson's Creek" cast begging for a reunion show with James was exposed.
This premiere probably had me laughing more than anything else so far this season, and in fact, I'd say it's their best episode so far.
Once James learned the reunion idea was a sham, he went from rejecting the idea to really wanting to do it (after June's convincing slideshow presentation).
Take the scene where "Dawson's" co-star Busy Philipps ("Cougar Town") informed James that the entire cast hates him after he suggested they give the gift of rowboats to the crew - for which he stiffed them on his share of the money.
Then a desperate James ambushed Frankie Muniz to suggest that he appear in a "Malcolm in the Middle" reunion show with him.
Finally, Chloe staged an intervention with Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who shared a lesson from his self-help book "Ta-Da! Finding the Now." (Chloe hoped they would kiss.) James realized it was time to let Dawson go once and for all.
So the two roommates and James' assistant, Luther Vandross Wilson, helped him stage a likely-illegal Viking funeral for all of James' "Dawson's" memorabilia. The four of them walked away in slow motion as the boat with all of the items from the "Creek" exploded.
All I can say is, every single scene in this episode was perfectly done. Not to mention it had me nearly in tears, it was so funny. Welcome back, indeed.
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