Sometimes Legit is like the island of misfit toys on crack.
There’s something wrong with all of the characters on the comedy, but in the end, no matter how raucous, inappropriate or outlandish they can be... you can’t help but love them.
Legit Season 2 Episode 3 adds Walter - Billy and Steve’s dad - to the gang. Where he was more of a background character that added a bit of depth to the insanity the brothers must have endured as children, Walter finds his place among the guys. Even if they don’t want him to stick around.
Much like Jim, and sometimes Steve, Walter blurts out what he’s thinking. Unfortunately, it gets him
fired retired from his job and much to the chagrin of his overbearing wife.
And really, a lot of the characters just say things they can’t seem to help, but it never feels malicious.
Like Steve, getting continuously wasted (although, it was nice to see Jim try and have some rules for his friend) who harasses a guy who looked like Todd, the one who stole his wife from him. But Steve’s so goofy in general that any threats or puffing of the chest, especially drunk, seem ridiculous.
So to have a bar fight with Steve, Walter and Ramona all pretty much against the Todd look-alike was humorous. It seems like such a stupid concept, but the way it was handled and the affability of the characters is just another example of how this show is able to shine.
There’s always a possibility too that acting drunk can be overdone, but the actors involved, especially Dan Bakkedahl as Steve, toe that line perfectly. It’s silly but feels real, and once again, you can’t help but realize that the actors must be enjoying themselves.
Even a scene like Billy riding his wheelchair in the street and drunk, having a conversation with the police was funny. The facial expressions, the intermittent giggling and the blatant honesty about trying to get home add to the insanity of the situation while bringing that balanced human element.
Sure, this collection of characters has its problems, but these people are good intentioned with good hearts.
Jim, however, was involved in a slightly different revelry (although, it’s also humorous to think about how his house seems to attract so-called losers to be taken under his wing) and dealing with a racist girlfriend.
It was good to see he was at least conflicted about dating her, even if he threw all concern out the window when she was down to just her underwear. And Jim always seems to wind up in these situations that seem perfect but have that dark twist to them. Seeing him try and deal with it, while usually failing makes him his own flawed character to care about.
I even liked that the episode incorporated a place that had stand-up comedy. We didn’t get to see him do it, and often his monologues about pretty much anything can serve that purpose, but it’s nice to be reminded that he is indeed a stand-up comic.
So after trying to indoctrinate the love of his life to not be a racist, it was an ironic twist of fate to have her be dumped and then immediately date Jim’s black comedian friend. It seems ludicrous, but it just works.
And, really, as much as Jim might think of himself simply taking care of Billy and Steve, he too is one of the guys. It's where he belongs and where viewers love to see him and the brothers: trying to figure out a way to get through life, one outrageous situation at a time.
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Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.