Tuesday, August 07, 2007

"What's the matter, Boo-Boo, you photograph puffy?": My Boys

"Sexiest Party Man-Boy." Is there a more perfect description for favorite My Boys pest Trouty (Johnny Galecki) than that? Although last night's episode ("Ethics") was ostensibly about P.J.'s struggle to maintain a professional demeanor when she develops a mutual crush on a cute new Cubs pitcher, the episode for me belonged to Trouty and his hilarious inclusion on the "Chicago's Sexiest Bachelors" list. Trouty should be the most annoying character in the world, but Galecki has pitch-perfect delivery and puts just enough likability into the guy that you can't help but love him. He's the guy you wouldn't want to be your wingman on a night on the town because he'll chase away all of your prospects and you'll surely go home alone, but you might not have been able to get into that posh nightclub without him so he becomes an indispensable part of the group. Trouty's best running gag last night was bragging that he was #16 on the list and cringing when he found out that his friends either placed much lower than him (Brendan, at #37) or didn't make the list at all (everyone else), attributing Bobby's exclusion to the fact that he photographs puffy and actively pursues bad hair days.

As for P.J.'s dating dilemma, this story really did not resonate very well. It's been previously established that she's a responsible journalist and takes her job very seriously, so I don't buy for a second she would even go out on a date with the cute new Cubs pitcher, let alone consider dating him seriously. Although Travis Schuldt (best known as Keith on Scrubs) played him with the perfect amount of charm and vulnerability, I just don't think their connection seemed strong enough to cause P.J. so much heartache. Perhaps if it was teased out over several episodes this would have been a better story, but as is it was a pretty big yawner.

Despite this, there were many things to like about this episode. Trouty, of course. Andy also had a hilarious gag about sneaking into the bachelor list party using a tux he keeps in his car for emergencies, and continuing to validate his reason for being there by doing activities you would do at a party in a tux -- walking around with a clipboard, serving champagne, and most amusingly, playing the drums in the band. Jim Gaffigan steals every scene he's in. Kenny and Stephanie got some time on the forefront as well, and their antagonistic relationship is always fun to watch. We don't know yet why they hate each other so much, and I hope they wait a long time to tell us because their animosity is just too much fun.

Overall, the weak A-story means this episode wasn't the best but as long as Trouty is involved, you can't consider the half hour a total waste. Next week: someone is secretly rich! I hope it's Mike, because that would make his furniture-less apartment that much more awesome.


Anonymous said...

See Johnny Galecki's new show called The Big Bang Theory this Fall Monday's
on CBS starting September 24. The critics love it and think it is very,
very funny. This could be the next hit show. See clips from the show
here :


or see clips here :


Todd VanDerWerff said...

I, the critics, disagree with your assessment, anonymous, but thanks for playing!

Carrie said...

I would go with "as funny as The Class" in my assessment of that pilot, anonymous CBS PR person whose job Googling "Johnny Galecki" all day long must be mind-numbing. You can decide for yourself how funny I thought The Class was.

Bianca Reagan said...

Did anyone else think/hope that Brando brought Bobby to the party but didn't tell anyone because they were secretly dating each other? That is totally the vibe I was getting from them in the elevator, going up to their special hotel room, where they give in to the love that dare not speak its name. I would have loooved to see that story play out.

Carrie said...

It would be sort of hilarious if both of P.J.'s love interests on the show started dating each other. Unfortunately, I don't think this is that kind of show.

Bianca Reagan said...

I think it should be that kind of show. That would get people watching TBS. :)

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