Now there is only one episode left of Happy Endings this season – truly a premature end. No network show should already be over the first week of April. But let’s live revel in the joy of the moment and celebrate the gifts we were given tonight: two great guest stars, a possible Arrested Development reference (diamond cream can’t be that popular), and the best fake commercial in all of television. Yes, even better than all that “Steaktanic” business earlier this season.

The Players:

  • Director: Gail Mancuso
  • Writer: Gail Lerner
  • Cast: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Ben Falcone, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally, Damon Wayans Jr., Casey Wilson.

The Plot:

Penny’s old friend Daphne Wilson (Mary Elizabeth Ellis, or Always Sunny’s waitress) shows up and really wants to have tea which horrifies Penny leading to a web of lies, eventually entangling the whole gang. Jane and Brad end up pregnant, Alex becomes a lesbian, Dave is terminally ill and quickly approaching death, while Max has to create his own lie, since no one else brings him in on the fun. He goes with “lost all my money to Bernie Madoff” because why not? It all comes to a head at a baby shower Daphne ends up throwing for Jane at which Alex goes straight again, to woo Dave and Max’s suspicious landlord. He is played by Ben Falcone (the Bridesmaids air marshal) and spends most of the episode trying to figure out if the boys have an illegitimate subletter for some reason. In the end, the lies are revealed and Brad and Jane decide to buy a lake house, much to the excitement of everyone else. Jane is going to decorate the hell out of that thing.

The Good:

  • As always, Jane’s wardrobe is straight out of my dreams.
  • The short glimpse of the already “a-mah-zing” Young Penny.
  • Alex tries to market diamond infused hand cream in the store. If this isn’t an Arrested Development reference, I don’t know what is.
  • “Greetings Feline” is the most perfect name for a Hello Kitty knock-off brand.
  • Max’s Trash StoveTM commercial. Pure. Genius.

The Bad:

  • As funny and wonderful as Falcone is (and he’d be great as a recurring character), the whole wanting to oust Dave and Max for having girls over seemed a bit like an idea picked up off the writers room floor. It also cut into precious time Max could have spent coming up with more lies and doing more with the Trash StoveTM.

The Quotable:

  • “What kind of a loser drinks tea?”
  • “The only people who can get away with being mean are rock stars, brain surgeons and Mr. Phil… It’s only a Ph. D. everybody callllllm downnnn.”
  • “Max, life is not like Three’s Company.”
  • “I am not pretending I am pregnant anymore. This is not eighth grade gym class.”
  • “A suit? Why’s a baby need a suit? What, he’s got a job? He’s not foolin’ anybody! He’s a baby!”
  • “[Dave] was starting to blow this whole operation so I had to go all ‘ghost protes’ on him.”
  • “He’s not a black belt, he’s a baby!”

Overall:

This show is never more fun than when the whole gang is in cahoots and causing trouble. Add in two extra funny people and even a thin B-story doesn’t seem too bad.

Rating: 9/10