What I Watched This Week: 3 May 2015

Brooklyn Nine-Nine – “Det. Dave Majors” (B+)
A solid episode all around, bolstered by a great amount of heart. I wish they had given the great Garret Dillahunt more to do than play the “best detective in NYC,” since he has a considerable range of gifts, but this episode succeeds even without him. Keeping my fingers crossed that Santiago does the double-tuck in front of Peralta before the season’s over. Those two need each other.

Community – “Grifting 101” (B+)
The Sting is so ripe for parody, it’s surprising more sitcoms don’t go to this well more often (the best example is King of the Hill‘s Season 6 episode with Jeff Goldblum as the con artist). Sure, Community has done switcheroos better in the past (“Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design,” though that came in the middle of the best run of episodes in the show’s history), but it’s still consistently funny and clever throughout.

Louie – “Untitled” (B+)
Louie‘s most surreal episode yet. At times it feels like leftovers from other episodes, but it feels somewhat coherent in its last few minutes. Only Louie could pull off an episode this bonkers, and still have it make a point and be hilarious.

Louie – “Bobby’s House” (B)
More sad than funny, “Bobby’s House” starts with a funeral and only gets more melancholy from there. As much as I enjoyed Louie and Pamela as a whatever-they-were, she’s right when she says they don’t belong together. He wants more than she’s willing to give, and that’s a recipe for disaster.

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