After last week's disappointing episode, "Double Cheeseburger" is the best of The Last Man on Earth Season 4.
The Last Man on Earth Season 4 Episode 6 begins with Carol giving birth to her daughter Bezequil in her sleep. She later discovers, though, that she is pregnant with twins. Gail and Tandy argue over how to proceed with the second birth, and Todd wants to babysit Dawn because of his baby fever.
When we found out that Carol had given birth to Bezequil in her sleep, I was a little concerned that it would not pay off. I should not have doubted them, though, because Carol's sleep birth is something only this show could do well.
It was wacky and completely unbelievable, but it felt right for both Carol and the series as a whole.
So, we're sticking with Bezequil? I...uh...I love it.Gail
Erica's anger over Carol's way-too-easy birth was hilarious. Cleopatra Coleman's screen time has been lacking, in my opinion, and this jealousy gave Coleman some deserved scenes and comedic moments.
In addition, this was a delightful episode for Mary Steenburgen. She is always wonderful to watch, but her fight with Will Forte's Tandy really stood out. I love how much she now cares about Carol and her well-being after she reluctantly stepped into the role of her pseudo-mom.
We also got to see a little bit more of the relationship between Gail and Erica, which I discussed in my review of The Last Man on Earth Season 4 Episode 5, "La Abuela."
As the two tried and failed to have a date night, we were given a few nuggets of information about their romantic relationship.
We now officially know that Erica and Gail are a true couple and that the rest of the gang knows they are together. I love that the relationship started in such a quiet way, and I hope that we continue to see more of them together.
I would love to tag along on one of their date nights to really see their dynamic at work.
"Double Cheeseburger" featured some of the funniest moments of the entire series.
The double cheeseburger metaphor for the twins was inspired and relatable writing. Kristen Schaal and Will Forte truly shined with this, giving us some of the greatest one-liners in recent memory.
I don't like fast food. I prefer it slow or mid-tempo.Carol
The most hilarious moment, though, happened when Tandy suggested that he watch Carol's vagina for any changes while she slept so she did not miss the birth of her second child.
When Tandy volunteered to do this, I knew something would go wrong. It is inevitable when Tandy is in charge. He means well, but he usually struggles to follow through correctly.
This time, Tandy enlisted the help of Todd when he got too tired to continue his watch.
Todd popping out from under the covers like it was no big deal had me laughing so hard I had to pause the show so I did not miss anything that came after it. It was a subtle but priceless moment for both Todd and Carol.
Even with the many laugh-out-loud moments, "Double Cheeseburger" had me in tears in the end.
It would have been easy to have Carol and Tandy freak out over the news that they were about to be parents to two babies. Friends did it in the series finale with Monica and Chandler because it is a simple way to get a lot of laughs.
Realistically, most people would lose their minds if they were surprised with an extra "cheeseburger" while in labor.
Tandy and Carol, however, were elated and seeing the unabashed joy on their faces when Gail told them the news brought tears to my eyes.
Hey Mike. I'm your dad. You know, normally Mike is a guy's name, and kids might give you a little flak for it. But Mike was my brother's name. If you knew him, I'm sure you wouldn't mind.Tandy
The real tears-streaming-down-my-face moment, though, came when Tandy spoke about his brother with his new daughter, Mike.
When Carol announced the baby's name, I was admittedly confused. I forgot that was his brother's name, but Forte's whispered speech to his daughter about her deceased Uncle Mike was equally sweet and heartbreaking.
That moment and Tandy's song at the end about how much he loves his girls are enough to turn even the biggest cynic into a crying mess.
You have another cheeseburger in the bag?Tandy
The Last Man on Earth is a tossup for renewal based on its ratings. Season 4 has been strong overall, and so far, I have only been disappointed by the lackluster "La Abuela."
"Double Cheeseburger" was everything I love about this show and proves why it deserves to be renewed for more seasons.
It wasn't only the best episode of the season; it is one of the best of the entire series.
What did you think? Was it the best episode of the season? You can watch The Last Man on Earth online and share your thoughts in the comments!
Disclaimer: I am spelling Bezequil to the best of my abilities. If it is incorrect, I apologize.
Kaitlynn Smith was a staff writer for TV Fanatic. She retired in May of 2018.