While I’ve been on vacation, A LOT has been going on the world of Kenny Powers. We’re now down to two episodes left in season two, and the last two chapters have set us up nicely for next Sunday’s show.
To bring everyone up to speed, KP hit rock bottom last week. After seemingly becoming the top dog of Copales, Mexico, “La Flama Blanca” played himself right out of the Charros pitching rotation, his girlfriend left him for the team owner and he was finally left with no other choice then to take off - in Sebastian’s Lamborghini - looking for the mysterious Eduardo Sanchez. Turns out, Eduardo Sanchez is KP’s dad, played by Don Johnson with a bad mullet and a mouth equally as foul as his son.
Chapter 11 picks up right where we left off: With father and son exchanging a few words while also trying to one-up each other with their faux stories of success. Eduardo then takes KP and Stevie (Eduardo’s verbal jabs at Stevie brought most of the laughs in this episode) on a tour of his home where the former meets his stepmother, Soledad, and his mute, blockheaded half-brother, Casper.
It’s no secret that if Marilyn Manson had his way, he’d be starring as Kenny Power’s sidekick Stevie Janowski on “Eastbound and Down.” In fact, Manson has taken his admiration to the point of emailing the show's star, Danny McBride.
“I get weird e-mails from Marilyn Manson now,” McBride told MTV.
“He sends me weird e-mails in the middle of the night of what he’s watching on TV, and you can hear him giggling in the background. One time he literally sent me a ‘Peanuts’ special I guess he was watching.”
We’re now about halfway through the second season of “Eastbound and Down,” and right before last night’s third episode I found myself asking the same question you were probably asking yourself: “Is Brooks Conrad currently the worst infielder in Major League Baseball?”
Ok, so that’s actually the question asked by fans here in Atlanta after the Braves game three debacle against San Francisco. Thank goodness for Kenny Powers and his season-and-a-half quest to make it back to MLB taking our minds off everything afoul in the sporting world.
But let's move on. Back in Copales, KP and Stevie were getting used to being roomies (thong wars anyone?) and our star player wasn't so happy with his current PR campaign with the Charros.
“Welcome to the resistance,” Stevie Janowski!
Yes, that’s right. Last night’s episode brought the return of Kenny Power’s most trusted sidekick, fan and man servant, Stevie. But before we get to that, let’s address an issue a few folks seem to be having with “Eastbound & Down” since last week’s premiere.
In the past seven days I’ve had the pleasure of chatting up a few devout followers of the KP gospel about their hopes for season two and their immediate reactions to last week’s first episode. The general consensus came down to two crucial elements: One, a Stevie-KP reunion was a must, and two, more obvious, laugh-out-loud hilarity was due.
The last time we saw Kenny Powers, he was running away from his hometown, his family and the love of his life. Now, with no place to go and feeling humiliated by a faux opportunity to make it back to major league baseball, KP does what any lost American soul would do – head to Copales, Mexico.
Going under the alias of "Steve the Cockfighter," we find television’s most politically-incorrect protagonist in the midst of a heated battle with his prize feathered warrior, Big Red. We see that KP has shed his signature mullet in favor of cornrows, and has resulted to a life of shaking down locals for unpaid betting debts. (Instead of money, he has no problem taking mules as collateral, only so he can later paint them to look like zebras.) Oh and for the record, don’t call KP a gringo, because as he puts it, “I transcend race, hombre.”
Accompanying KP on his adventures are the maniacal Aaron (played by Deep Roy), the bite-sized, foul-mouthed complement to Hector, a brutish mute. When he’s not shooting guns with his two stooges, recording a new audio book or checking out the local baseball team, Los Charros, KP spends quality time “reminiscing” about his beloved April (Katy Mixon).
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