On "And The Reality Check," we finally see Max and Caroline get rid of the elephant in the room, or in this case, the horse. Enough fans have complained at the implausible plot point that it was way past time the girls found a way to give Chestnut a dignified exit. But did we really need a whole episode devoted to it?
The Good. There were some truly funny moments. Caroline shoveling the snow in the backyard, their moment on the bed with Caroline finding Max's soft spot for kittens. These were good scenes to depict Beth Behrs' improving comedic timing, and for Max to show her soft side she tries to hide under a ton of snark.
Max Dennings' emotionally-laden goodbye to Chestnut wasn't too bad, either. There's a part of me that watched that scene and thought 'she should stick to comedy.' There's another part that appreciated seeing her play a range of emotions. I'm still not sure which one wins out. Dennings has so much likability credit with me, though, that I won't dissect that scene too much.
The Bad. A horse is just not inherently funny. And nothing they did here made it any funnier. I was honestly bored. At most, this should have been a B-story. Max admitting to soft fuzzy feelings was fine, but I am way more interested in human interaction.
I wondered why this episode didn't explore the brush-off Caroline got from the circle of company she used to keep. I would have liked some emotional payoff from her telling those girls to go screw themselves or something. We didn't get that kind payoff when her ex-boyfriend suddenly landed in Brooklyn, and we didn't get it here either. Instead, we spent the entire time around a horse. And have I mentioned how boring that was?
To be honest, I felt this episode had taken me back to the wobbly beginning of the series. They've had some home runs since then, making the subpar quality heree even more obvious.
The show needs to introduce new characters that are even half as compelling as the leads. They need to focus on building their cupcake business. Both are crucial. The former, because you just can't have two people carrying the weight of the series and not expect it to get stale. The latter because it invests us in the story. Bring back Johnny. Bring back his girlfriend. Bring in new people. Give us a hope to hang on with a high-stakes endeavor in raising capital for their cupcake business.
With all that said, I have to admit: I will miss Chestnut a little.
- Dammit, two weeks in a row of where's Johnny. Bring him back and fast!
- I'm completely sad about the lack of forward movement on their cupcake business.
- Peach and her treatment of her babies made me want to vomit.
- Did anyone try to Google a kitten ringing a doorbell after watching this? Hehe.
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