What I Watched This Week: 17 May 2015

Brooklyn Nine-Nine – “Johnny and Dora” (A) / season finale
They really pulled out all the stops for this one. Kisses! Surprise parties! Transfers! Everyone was firing on all cylinders, especially Andre Braugher. (“She’s not some invincible succubus. She’s a regular succubus. So she can be defeated.”) This remains my favorite comedy on TV.

Community – “Modern Espionage” (A)
After Season 3, much of my praise of this show was fraught with caveats. Not this episode. While going back to the paintball well could easily have been a sad retread, Rob Scarab directs this episode with an abundance of skill, even paying homage to former Community directors Anthony & Joe Russo.

Louie – “The Road, Part 1” (B+)
One of Louie’s slice-of-life vignettes, taking a piece inside his intentionally lonely rituals on the road. He still finds new wells of humor inside the frustration of airports and new depths of melancholy in everyday people. Devin Ratray needs to be in more things.

Inside Amy Schumer – “12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer” (A)
Not only a brilliant parody, but yet another bit of insightful comedy from the twisted mind of Amy Schumer. Great cast, great script, great direction. Just one of the best episodes of any show all year.

Jeeves and Wooster (Season 1) – “Jeeves Takes Charge” (B)
A friend showed me this, and while Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie are great as always, this show takes a loooonnnnggg time to get going and like a fine champagne, very dry.

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