Laura Dern Shows Up on Kroll Show
For about two seconds, as C Czar’s mom in the Dad Academy sketch. But still, it’s Laura Dern! On Kroll Show!
Dean Pelton Finds His Inner Rapper
Community‘s been having a very strong fifth season, but the cold open to “VCR Maintenance and Educational Punishment” made me laugh harder than even last week’s insane social media satire. Dean Pelton, dressed up as a peanut, tries to break the news that Greendale can’t afford to pay its employees on time with a cutesy rap. Soon, though, the flow takes over, and he’s delivering an angry, radical screed against Wall Street types and Barack Obama. Pelton has no idea where that came from, runs out in tears, and is seen later in the episode trying to recapture the magic.
Miss Claudette Is Broad City‘s Latest Score
She’s an Idris Elba fan, although we never find out if she thinks Hannibal Buress looks like Idris circa Luther or Idris circa The Wire. After playing the dour, if kindhearted, Miss Claudette, it’s nice to see Michelle Hurst do something more lighthearted. Here, she’s a rental-car company employee, the kind who delivers lines like “That’ll be $1100” with a smile and shows up with the company’s only remaining vehicle: a massive truck. A cautionary tale in always buying flat tire insurance, Hurst is the highlight of an episode that’s a tour de force in New York’s various dysfunctional modes of transportation.
Hannah Does Role-Play; Punching Ensues
Hannah Horvath has pulled many ridiculous stunts over the years in the name of living her best life. But this week, she may finally have topped last season’s coke binge/neon mesh top double header. In an attempt to spice up her sex life with Adam, she dons a platinum blonde bob, shows up at a bar, and proceeds to play the bored finance wife. When Adam finally plays into it, she stages a tantrum and runs outside…where a stranger takes her seriously and punches Adam in the face. In a show that made its name on cringe comedy, I’ve never winced harder.
True Detective Closes Its Case
Whether you found its ending satisfying or not, True Detective’s first season was significant by any measure, becoming required viewing even in today’s jam-packed TV landscape. This Sunday, the eight-episode McConaissance vehicle came to a close, leading us deep into Carcosa and allowing both of its heroes out alive. With one final, rambling speech that ended on a surprising note of optimism, we pan out to the night sky fighting a battle between light and dark as Hart and Cohle walk off into the sunrise. Just 46-ish weeks to go until #TrueDetectiveSeason2.