When Happy Endings started just a few short weeks ago, Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) and Dave (Zachary Knighton) quickly jumped from warring exes to friends, as if Alex hadn't dumped Dave at the altar. But that transition to friends wasn't so easy. Two early episodes were moved to later in the season, and the first, "Bo Fight," explained what the ex-lovers were up to after their fall-out.
But that's not the only argument of the Happy Endings show. Max (Adam Pally) and Brad (Damon Wayans Jr.) kicked the show off with a bang, asking the question: is it harder to be black or gay? "Boo hoo, you can't get a cab," Max says, thinking he's won. "I can't get married, or into heaven." But this argument is far from over.
How Dave coped
In the first nine Happy Endings episodes, it's clear that Dave does not get along with Max's apartment. In "Bo Fight," it's even more obvious: "exposed wires," after all, "are the new exposed brick. Even so, it's how Dave copes with Alex's betrayal that's the focus of the episode. He decides to find the rollerskate dude that interrupted his wedding to Alex. But how?
Since the Alex and rollerskate dude worked together, Max and Dave drunkenly think that breaking into Alex's store is the best way to start. And it actually works. They get an address and find Bo (Travis Van Winkle), who is curled up on the couch and oh so apologetic. As Dave is known to do by now, he's sympathetic: "You gotta move on, we both do."
Max won't have it. He punches Bo, and Bo retaliates with some pretty smooth moves, kicking both Max and Dave's butts.
Alex copes with lots of girls' nights
Alex, on the other hand, took a less aggressive tactic in getting over Dave. She dragged Penny (Casey Wilson) to all sorts of lame girls' nights. On Happy Endings "Bo Fight"? They try a cooking class, complete with disco lights. Penny thinks she might enjoy this one, especially after meeting an architect named John (Michael Rady), but then Alex has to butt right in and discover that John just went through a bad break-up too.
That girls' night quickly comes to an end, and Penny isn't too pleased. She tells Alex how she sees it: Alex can't handle being alone. "Hey Meredith Vieira, how many ladies' nights can we have?" Penny asks.
Of course, the girls make up rather quickly, so long as Alex starts editing her girls' night activity choices.
Jane and Brad have a date night
Jane (Eliza Coupe) and Brad are typically the most stable couple, but that doesn't mean they're not without their tiffs. Worried that they're becoming too much like Dave and Alex pre-breakup, Jane insists they go out on the town, rather than hang out in sweat pants. This wasn't their funniest plots of Happy Endings, and one reason "Bo Fight" might not have been aired earlier.
After all, this episode of the ABC comedy was a bit clichÃ©, from the spurned ex going after the new man to the stable couple worrying they're falling apart.
Happy Endings has a lot smarter and more hilarious episodes than this, and it's no wonder this episode wasn't aired earlier in the season. It just didn't quite belong.
Then again, there was the final moment of the show. As a cop (Michael G. Hagerty) investigates Alex's store and "robbery," he considers Brad, the solo black guy, a suspect. "How well do you know this guy?" the cop asks. Rather than get offended, Brad thinks he's won the contest of who has a tougher life.
The season finale of Happy Endings "The Shershow Redemption" airs on May 25, 2011 at 10PM Eastern.