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Franklin & Bash Review: Meet the New King

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Franklin & Bash season 3 returns with lots of changes starting with "Coffee and Cream" and continuing with "Dead and Alive" but thankfully our boys remain the same.

However, life as they know it may never be the same.

Someone New in Charge

Heather Locklear joins the cast as Rachel King who not only humiliates the boys on national TV, she quickly becomes their new boss. 

Looks like Infeld is having a bit of a crisis after witnessing someone's suicide while on vacation.  He's looking to listen more and work a little less. 

Rachel will definitely be a challenge for the boys.  So far she seems immune to their many charms.  How long will they last if going to work everyday begins to feel like actual work? Are the fighters of the corporate zombie culture losing the battle?  As Rachel tells them in this Franlkin & Bash quote...

 I like zombies. They're predictable. They never get tired and they don't take the associates out for '70s roller disco night on the firm's credit card. | permalink

Other things have changed too. Hannah's moved on, leaving the firm for a more lucrative job elsewhere. I really liked Hannah but there never did seem to be enough story to give her the focus her character deserved. 

Damien's still here…but he'd rather be pursuing a judgeship.  Of course a video of him masturbating during a sleep study may challenge that goal.  Rachel convinces him to leak the video himself and get ahead of it before someone else makes it an issue.  Not bad advice but I don't think he ever expected to become the poster child for the Serial Masturbation Club…and if that's a real thing I really don't want to know. 

Pindar and Carmen are still on the payroll as well.  Pindar's phobias continue…and somehow lead him to burn the house to the ground. 

But leave it to Franklin and Bash to turn that loss into a win.  Stanton sets them up in a new abode, minus the jacuzzi…but their back door leads straight to a gorgeous stretch of beach.

Speaking of gorgeous, Peter's drawn to the only girl out there not in a bikini, although those shorts were plenty short. Charlie's smart and pegs Peter as "big, dumb, and a bit of a bottom feeder."  So much for love at first sight. But it's nice to see Peter have to work for something and Charlie should keep him on his toes. 

The cases of the week were so-so.  I wasn't crazy about the magician and his twin but the war veteran who was declared dead before his time took a turn I didn't see coming. 

It's nice to know that Rachel has a soft spot for veterans.  I look forward to seeing how well she and the boys play together this season.

So what did you think of the return of Franklin & Bash?  Is Heather Locklear a good fit?  Should the boys be worried there's a new king in town? What are you hoping to see in season 3?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.3 / 5.0
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Rating: 3.2 / 5.0 (25 Votes)

C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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I am not a fan of Heather Locklear on franklin and bash. Her character does not fit at all with the flow of the show. Everyone and everything was so harmonious in the past two seasons and then they throw this new power crazed female lead in the mix and it does not work. I enjoyed the always eitty banter and fun between Damien, Infeld, Pindar, Carmen, Franklin amd Bash and it was awesome and made the show so great to watch, now with this king character all that fun is gone and it is lacking the cool F & B aspect it had previously. Kings character needs to go. She does not fit all. Also Heather herself just doesn't fit. She is a great actress but this is not the show for her. And whatever she did to her teeth and face have gone wrong making it perplexing to watch when she speaks because her face and lips dont move and her teeth were fused or she got something done to them because now she talks differently. Anyway bring the FUN and AMUSEMENT and WITTY BANTER and the FRANKLIN AND BASH back to Franklin and Bash!

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i think heather locklear is just wrong in this. at least as the character she is portraying. it destroys the sympathy you may have get for Infeld through the last seasons. i do not think she is such an bad actress as most do, but she ( her character ) does not fit into the show. i hope she is going away soon.

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"One minute he was reading his mail, the next he was dead." LOL! Once "John Doe" took the stand I knew there would be some lol moments. And the chalkboard diagrams of So far I like Ms. Locklear's role. I'm glad she's not being written as a straight-up, cold-hearted bitchy character, as seems to be her M.O. in many of her tv roles.
Damien saying he was visualizing the judge was great! And having Rachel talk him into releasing the footage shows that her character can be humorously mischievous.
I'd like to see a romantic interest develop for Pindar and/or Carmen.
The new judge was hilarious as well. Who is that actor? I've seen him in a lot of shows and I usually like his characters.

Franklin & Bash Season 3 Episode 2 Quotes

I could suffer here.

Peter

Gus use to guard a Ming Dynasty imperial tomb.

Stanton
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