The season finale of Eastbound & Down was the best episode of the season.
Why? Because Kenny Powers was back in America. The idea of Kenny Powers works best when he' dropped into the middle of American suburbia, where people are disgusted and offended by his behavior. The charm of the show, the allure of series, is the duck out of water syndrome, eloquently captured by Danny McBride.
While Mexico served its purpose, I felt the Kenny Powers' soul-searching storyline really began to wear thin after about five episodes.
All season, we watched the Kenny we know and love to hate offend and degrade people that we didn’t know or care about. What made the first season so successful were the supporting characters, the normality of the town in which they resided, the cookie cutter lives they lived.Kenny was a thorn in their side, not only upsetting their apple cart, but destroying it with his arsenal of obscenities.
In the season finale, that cast was back and it was great to see them. It was wonderful to see Kenny’s family, his friends, and most of all, April. While we guessed it was Kenny’s baby pretty much from the start, the show didn’t drag out the reveal.
They gave it up right at the end of the episode, when they could have waited until next season. It took all season for Eastbound & Down to get its groove back, but I am finally starting to feel like the series might be back in the majors again soon.
We'll leave you with a trio of Kenny Powerisms from the finale:
Kenny: It's better to be strangled by a necklace of Mexicans than to be strangled by no one. | permalink
Kenny: Down there I fought and f**ked my way to being the greatest gringo that country has ever seen. | permalink
Kenny: Chapter Nothing: The F**king Epilogue. | permalink