The gang's zany antics are kicked up a notch in tonight's Happy Endings all-new episode that aired for the first time in its new Sunday night slot on ABC. One important lesson comes from two crazy situations that our blundering friends face: Being honest and admitting our mistakes often yields lighter consequences and better outcomes than we imagine and our foolish attempts at dodging the truth often makes matters much, much worse.
Angry Bird Cover Up
Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) is stoked because she's going to the Romantic Comedy Convention in Detroit. (Raise your hand if you would love to go to this!) Penny (Casey Wilson) and Brad (Damon Wayans, Jr.) see her off with a ridiculous amount of memorabilia to get signed.
In a scuffle over one of Brad's videos in the collection, they knock Alex's childhood artwork off the table and then hurry to hide the pieces before Alex finds out. Alex's racist parrot, Tyler, squawks and repeats, "You broke it Brad. You broke it Penny" over and over.
Uh oh. The priceless plate is ruined and the parrot is going to rat them out. What are they going to do? Penny uses industrial-strength glue to repair the plate and Brad feels woozy from the fumes. The plate appears fixed and disaster averted… then Tyler suddenly drops dead.
Penny and Brad's stunned reaction is hilarious. They assume the glue fumes killed him and come up with a wacky cover up scheme to explain his death: He fell out the window. This whole sequence is laugh-out-loud funny, including their surprise that racist Tyler left bird droppings on an Obama Newsweek cover.
Friends Don't Let Friends Date Clones
Meanwhile, Dave (Zachary Knighton) and Jane (Eliza Coupe) are determined to be the ones to set a mopey, lonely Max (Adam Pally) up with the perfect guy. At first Max protests but then goes out with both having equally lousy times
The down side: Dave and Jane set up Max with virtual clones of themselves named Ben and Jamie respectively. While this turns Max off, it leads to an upside: He meets Marcus, a cute bartender while on of the dates.
Dave and Jane's "personality doubles," Ben and Jamie, conjure memories of Seinfeld’s episode with ‘bizarro-Jerry’ and ‘bizarro-George.’ Unable to take their matchmaking failure, Dave and Jane bust in on Max and Marcus' date with their twins in tow to demand answers, scaring Marcus away leaving Max mad.
I would be freaked out too, if my best friends came in shoving one of their clones in my face. Can we say, Single White Female creepy?
Nobody's Perfect and Honesty is the Best Policy
Alex comes home, finds out Tyler's dead and orders an autopsy. At Tyler's memorial, Alex says she knows a human hand was involved in his death forcing guilt-ridden Brad and Penny to blurt out that they killed him from glue fumes while fixing her plate. The cat is finally out of the bag and we're a little relieved, because, frankly, we're starting to feel sympathy guilt pangs for them.
But wait! The autopsy reveals Tyler died from liver failure due to excessive alcohol consumption. What? It turns out Alex gave him Margaritas, so she was the unintentional culprit leaving Brad and Penny relieved.
Finally, Max forgives his embarrassed and deflated pals and tells Dave and Jane he could never date anyone like them because his friend pantry is already filled.
The love lesson: Setting your friends up with someone that you love for their just-like-you qualities is probably never a good idea. There's probably a reason you are just friends with your friends and date who you choose to date, now isn't there?
"I say a lot of things I don't mean, like I'll pay or I'll drive." (Max)
"What is Max thinking? Up is down, acoustic guitars are lame, Mayer is bad. I mean, when did we all turn on Mayer?" (Dave)