The Gang Squashes Their Beefs
- Episode aired Nov 6, 2013
When some bad blood with old foes compromises their ideal Thanksgiving, the gang decides to make amends by breaking bread with those they've hurt.When some bad blood with old foes compromises their ideal Thanksgiving, the gang decides to make amends by breaking bread with those they've hurt.When some bad blood with old foes compromises their ideal Thanksgiving, the gang decides to make amends by breaking bread with those they've hurt.
This it continues to do very well and if you have enjoyed this approach thus far then you will continue to do so with this season. There are some very nice ideas in here (the store hold up is a 15 second plot setup then the rest is all character self-delusion) but generally the episodes do feel like a show that is maintaining the standard. On one hand this is good and I found much to enjoy, but on the other hand it does feel a little bit too familiar and comfortable and this is a little bit of a problem. I guess they are damned if they don't and damned if they don't, because if they change things up too much then maybe they lose what makes the show strong, but if they continue as they are then they risk being stale. It is a good problem to have though and I guess the ninth season is a good answer as it has a good steady hand on the characters while also mixing it up a bit.
Part of the way it does this is by adding cameos and I think this way isn't always successful. In this case mostly the guests do not dominate the episode so much as just play a minor character, but I did find that some of the famous faces tended to distract rather than really add too much. In terms of the lead 5 they continue to be great at characters they may never get away from. De Vito remains the one that surprises me as time and time again he never lets his status or ego get in the way of a laugh – seeing him hairless and crawling in hand sanitizer was a great example of that. The main cast continue as good as ever.
Overall this ninth season should please fans by delivering episodes that are funny and draw comedy from the characters, not the plotting. It does seem very familiar and stable perhaps, but this is more to do with how many years it has run for rather than the content itself.
- bob the moo
- Jan 11, 2014