Last Man on Earth Season 2 Episode 12 Review: Valhalla

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Phil 2 has left the building.

As expected, The Last Man on Earth Season 2 Episode 12 revealed that Phil 2 had died during Gail's attempt at an appendectomy.

Phil/Tandy dealt with his grief in typical tragicomic Phil/Tandy fashion, in a surprisingly heartwarming installment.

Also as expected, Mike Miller's plot was entirely removed from "Valhalla." After the entirety of The Last Man on Earth Season 2 Episode 11 focused on Phil's astronaut brother, I'd anticipated we wouldn't be seeing him again for a while.

On the other hand, Carol did bring up Phil's lack of closure with Mike, so perhaps a reunion between the Miller brothers is in the cards sometime soon....

"Valhalla" wasted no time in letting us know what had become of Phil 2.

We opened on his funeral, a "Viking funeral" organized by Phil, though Erica tried to gently insist that it was 100% not what Phil 2 would have wanted. This being Phil, he of course needed to make it all about himself.

Phil Miller got knocked down. And this time... he did not get up again. We raise a whiskey drink. We raise a vodka drink. What a hero. And that is why today we send him off the only way that truly makes sense... a viking funeral.

Phil

The group said goodbye to Phil 2 and after an attempt by Phil to light the coffin on fire as it was floating out to sea catastrophically failed (Katniss Everdeen, he is not), they headed back to the house.

From there, two plots dominated the episode: Phil seeking closure in light of Phil 2's death, and Carol finding herself in the middle of the Melissa-Todd-Gail love triangle.

Will Forte is a fantastic actor, and he did a great job of keeping Phil lighthearted and goofy while subtly shining through moments of his legitimate grief. Phil and Phil 2 obviously had a rocky relationship and it felt really organic and true to character to see Phil struggle the way he did.

Again, Phil being Phil, he did manage to make Phil 2's death all about himself and his grief. This was particularly apparent in his spur of the moment decision to insinuate himself into Phil 2's baby's life (Phil 3, if it's a boy, I'm sure of it), as a means to try to hang onto Phil 2.

The way that Phil's thought process was demonstrated was actually great. He first went to Phil 2's room and put on Phil 2's clothes and cologne (a fantastic gag as he kept those clothes on for most of the latter half of the episode), as a means to try to feel closer to Phil 2.

While poking around in Phil 2's room, he fouond his old ID, revealing that despite what he'd claimed, Phil did have a middle name – Stacy. Dun dun DUN! Scandalous, Phil 2.

As he was bemoaning the loss of Phil 2 being utterly and entirely gone from this world, it dawned on him that Phil 2 wasn't gone, entirely. There was still that little Phil 2 Jr. on the way.

Naturally, he didn't stop to consider how Erica, the mother of Phil 2's child, was feeling in the aftermath of her babydaddy's death.

But seriously, props to Erica. She completely held it together (moreso than I was expecting), and she managed to be there for Phil even though she doesn't particularly like him. Even though she had to gently tell him that, no, Phil 2 absolutely did not want him to raise their baby.

And all this was after Phil had stashed drugs and porn magazines (and, disturbingly, left skid marks in Phil 2's underwear – gross) in Phil 2's room and show Erica, in an attempt to convince her that Phil 2 was not a good guy (and that Phil, therefore, should be allowed to help raise their baby).

The scene between Phil and Erica on the beach, at the end, was really lovely, understated, and wonderful. Phil finally saying goodbye to Phil 2, and not calling him "brother" or "friend," was a super sweet moment.

Meanwhile, Carol, angry on Melissa's behalf, had planned to confront Todd over his rejection of Melissa's proposal, forcing Phil to come clean.

Phil: Todd and Gail are boning.
Carol: Cheese and rice!

Poor awkward Todd couldn't handle the idea of telling Melissa the truth about why he'd turned down her proposal (that he was now involved with Gail). Instead, he kept avoiding the topic and loudly calling Gail "bub" in a weird and very silly Todd-like attempt to disguise their romantic attachment.

January Jones was simply amazing as Melissa loudly and repetitively insisted that she was doing "fine... just fine" after Todd turned her down. She had those woo-woo crazy eyes going real strong.

Drunk Melissa is my favorite Melissa, but post-breakup Melissa is a very close second. Seriously, Melissa un-bedazzling with her teeth the boots Carol had made her, glitter all over her face, was one of the funniest moments of the series so far.

Todd, ostensibly trying to be a good guy, agreed to watch TV with Melissa and naturally, when she put the moves on him (quite aggressively), they wound up making out.

Damn it, Todd! He's supposed to be the good guy. It's unclear whether he was just going along with it to comfort Melissa, or if he's now decided that he'd like to have his cake and eat it too, with both Gail and Melissa.

Either way, Carol's clearly about to unleash a world of hurt on two-timing Todd. And I love her for it. Though, I'm not 100% sure what the kiss was all about. I'm assuming she has some wacky, Carol-style plan to emotionally manipulate Todd into telling the truth?

Other thoughts:

  • Todd and Gail's accordion-infused funeral rendition of Tubthumping by Chumbawamba was an inspired choice.
  • Bonus points for Phil working the song into his funeral elegy.
  • Phil 2's middle name was Stacy. Of course. Also A+ Mr. Jefferson hair on that driver's license.
  • As usual, Carol being the greatest-ever supportive spouse to Phil (insisting to everyone that she was so happy he'd found closure) during his song performance was adorable. Phil and Carol forever!
  • Gail with her Big Gulp of wine is a national treasure.
  • I could listen to Will Forte saying "That's not a knife, this is a knife!" in that heavy Australian accent all day long.

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The Last Man on Earth Season 2 Episode 12 Quotes

Valhalla... honor... hero... Amen!

Phil

Phil Miller got knocked down. And this time... he did not get up again. We raise a whiskey drink. We raise a vodka drink. What a hero. And that is why today we send him off the only way that truly makes sense... a viking funeral.

Phil