I think we've all been a little misunderstood at one time or another, or at least been stuck in some miscommunication. Such was the focal point of this particular Legit episode, of course taking the whole concept to that extreme level.
Jim probably gets himself in the worst situations and making an off-color rape joke wasn't helping him any. I have to admit it seemed pretty crazy for his co-actress to call up her mom and tell her that if she didn't hear from her, it was Jim who probably raped and/or killed her. Definitely not the best way to start a car ride or continue any potential flirting.
Mostly Jim's problem comes from his inability to stop talking when he feels a rant coming on, whether it's politically incorrect and true... or just outwardly inappropriate.
If anything, those awkward moments are meant for the viewers enjoyment, and I often assume that many are like the silent bystanders trying to take it all in. Think of any of the people in the reading room at the end of the episode not speaking or smirking or just shocked; that's more or less us.
Certainly, the whole bit about Jim trying to explain himself and at the same time out the casting director as gay was humorous. Not as funny as Billy and Steve making fun of his accent, but it still worked as that uncomfortable situation Jim just can't get out of.
That said, I found Steve's storyline for the episode far more interesting. His character doesn't really get all the luck or the ladies or pretty much anything.
I can only imagine how he must have felt knowing that his ex-wife was getting married and taking his daughter away from him. So I'm not surprised he was down in the dumps, but - like Jim - I'd rather see the guy happy. He's such a good person when it comes down to it.
It made his cheering up experience all the better going from the depressed look in the strip club (why did you take that ecstasy pill from the stripper, Steve?) to having the time of his life in the gay bar.
Similarly, it was pretty hilarious that Steve was venting to Jim's casting director and got himself in his own "Misunderstood" situation. Steve simply wanted some coke and the casting director wanted some sex in the bathroom. I knew what was coming before Steve did, but it was still funny.
Yet, when it came down to it, Steve gave up his daughter in the idea that he was doing something right for her. Steve, too, wanted to turn his life around, essentially becoming legit as well, something I think he has a far better chance of achieving than Jim.
The final scene, although not the usual twisted humor, was a great subtle performance from Dan Bakkedahl. Especially in a show like this where for the most part the comedy rules and the emotional stuff has the chance to get swept to the wayside, Bakkedahl really showed Steve's frustration, sadness and determination to be better in those closing minutes.
You can't help but feel for him and I really hope his character can eventually come out on top and win his daughter back.
This was a decent episode, but didn't have the same smooth flow that "Hat Hair" had, and often felt like it jumped around a bit too much. Although, I did understand trying to get both Steve and Jim involved in that miscommunciation.
I do often wish we could get a glimpse of Jim as the stand up comedian or glimpse him in a brief shot of whatever he happens to be acting in. We always see the outside aspects of that, but it would be fun to see him actually doing it as well.
All that said, this episode, much like the other Legit episodes, still held true to that trio friendship through all of the good times and the bad. This is a gang you can't help but love and I'm looking forward to seeing what they get involved with in next week's season finale.
Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.