'Eastbound and Down' picks up with 'Chapter 7'
September 27th, 2010
01:43 PM ET

'Eastbound and Down' picks up with 'Chapter 7'

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).

Any thought of April seems to be quickly erased with the introduction of the town hottie, Vida, played by Mexican actress Ana de la Reguera. KP tries to rekindle the flame ignited by his one-night stand with Vida, but falls out of favor with her thanks to “the saxophone player from The Lost Boys.”

Much like Kenny Powers, the washed up, delusional former pitcher, Steve the Cockfighter’s luck only seems to get worse as the days go on. We get a quick montage flashing back to the life KP left behind (Stevey working at Starbucks was classic, and something tells me he’ll find Kenny before the season wraps up), ending on April seemingly walking home from the gas station where we left off in the first season.

Back in Mexico, KP gets a quick reality check when Big Red loses his life in a heavyweight match, and Aaron and Hector turn on him, taking all of his cash and chickens with them.

Sitting alone at a Charros game, KP is later approached by the team’s manager (Roger Hernandez) who offers him a chance to play. Rejecting the offer, KP later sits down for dinner with his harmless, God-fearing neighbor, Catuey (played by Efren Ramirez), who is turning out be a lot more than just “Pedro from Napoleon." Thanks to a prayer from Catuey, KP has a change of heart, sheds the cornrows, reverts back to the mullet and rides his moped (which I guess is here to replace his beloved jet ski from season one) up to the Charros's practice announcing his plans to join the team.

In what he believes to be a new shot at making it back to professional baseball, KP makes a proclamation to the team - and the audience - that really kick starts season two: “Kenny Powers is the Christ figure they perceive me to be.”

What did you guys think of the premiere?

Filed under: Eastbound & Down • Fall TV • television • TV recaps

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  1. Amy C.

    I really enjoyed it and the "sax player from Lost Boys" line particularly stood out for me, so it was funny you mentioned it. Also a classic Kenny moment: him telling Hector that Aaron is a far better sidekick. God bless Kenny Powers - he has an arm like a cannon and the mind of a scientist.

    September 27, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Darrin

    I thought it was a solid episode. It had a few funny lines but I think the majority of it was just catching the audience up to what he's doing. It took the first season a few episodes to get going to I'm hoping for the same this season.

    September 27, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
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