Happy Endings – Episode 2-21 Review- “I’m Sad It’s Ending”
by Jill Mader on April 6, 2012
One of these things is not like the other…

The season finale already? Really, ABC? But I JUST got on the Happy Endings bandwagon. Or the Happy Endings booze cruise – that seems more appropriate for some reason. And now the season is over! Excuse me while I hole up in my apartment, consoling myself with Easter chocolate and reruns.

It felt right that Happy Endings would end its second season with a wedding, since season one began and ended with weddings as well. “Four Weddings and a Funeral (Minus Three Weddings and One Funeral)” seemed to have a lot more plot development for the characters than some past episodes have. Brad lost his job and an Alex/Dave/Penny love triangle was vaguely addressed.

A character facing unemployment feels like a very serious thing for a show called Happy Endings, but it was handled with enough humor that it didn’t feel uncomfortable. Brad had a hard time telling Jane the bad news – first because he didn’t want her to think they couldn’t continue to enjoy a lavish lifestyle, and later because she chastised one groom from keeping the secret of financial ruin from the other groom.

Speaking of Jane, she was at her best this week as she went around sneakily trying to help make the wedding cheaper. Black Wids is at it again! Oh, and she did it all in a yellow tux – because wearing that was the only way she’d get to be in the wedding party. I loved how everyone assumed she poisoned the original person just to get in.

Penny was put at the Skype table since she’s the life of the party, but ended up kinda hitting it off with one of the virtual attendees (Brian Austin Green). Then the computer froze. Later, she had a moment with Dave – but ignored her feelings after she thought he was hooking up with Alex. And then Dave and Alex had a moment where they held hands. Am I the only person who doesn’t want Dave with Penny or Alex?

Personally, I’d rather see what happens with Penny and Skype guy – he showed up at the wedding, broken-legged and wheelchair bound, just to see her. Being single is Penny’s thing, I think it could be fun to see her in a real relationship. It was funny when they did it with Max, so why not Penny and Mr. Megan Fox?

And then, of course, the Mandonna stuff was golden. ‘Nuff said.

Favorite quotes & moments:

  • http://www.thingsthataregay.biz/ (.gov was taken.)
  • Jane sliding out from under the couch (where she was cleaning) to make outdated jokes.
  • “I am so glad I don’t get invested in your boyfriends of the week who I only hear about through dialogue!” – Max
  • The fact that Brad didn’t pick up on a single hint that his whole department was being cut. Even though he’s the aside guy!
  • Alex’s unnecessary hat.
  • Was that a reference to Angelina Jolie’s infamous leg bomb? If so, well played.
  • “Look at me 2 hours ago I wasn’t even in this wedding and now I run this bitch.” – Jane
  • Quiet Jane is the scariest Jane.
  • Save the drama for Wilmer Valderama.
  • Save the drama for Michelle Obama.

I’m really glad I started watching Happy Endings, and I hope it returns for a third season. It’s an odd pairing with Modern Family, but if Don’t Trust The B—- in Apartment 23 is a success (and I hope it is), I feel like the two shows could make a good comedy pairing for ABC. I won’t pretend I know anything about network scheduling or what puts a show on the bubble, that’s just my two cents.



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