I'm starting to worry about Principal Lewis being overused, but he was more of a supporting character in this plotline, so I was ok with it. Really, this was all about Stan living his odd dream of being a best man. And "odd" is the best way to describe the plot, because the prison bitch storyline came out of nowhere.
Wow...the Crest Man was such a random gag and yet so brilliant. "I'm living in my car!" Terrific.
I couldn't get into the whole other set of randomness with the B-plot of Roger's golden shorts. It wasn't actively terrible, though.
Stan: My dream is over, Francine. They say you have a better chance at getting hit by a meteor than of being a best man after you're 40. Francine: Who says that? Stan: Roger. Francine: ...so we know it's true, then. -------------------- Lewis: Get out of here, Tracy! I don't need this now! I finally got my life on track! I say "cocaine" now!
There was so many little gags here and there that I liked. Even if the story line felt a bit rushed, it was a really good episode to watch. Principal Lewis at the bake sale, the Crest Man cameo, pronouncing cocaine, Stan 'killing' Tracy and making him into a alligator purse, just a lot of good, quick, and funny parts. Didn't quite understand Roger and his magical shorts (and his subsequent relationship with Ricky Martin) but that was pretty fun to watch as well.
The only thing that I was disappointed in was that they didn't go more into detail about the '8 Mile- type' scene when Stan was in the bus dressed like Eminem working on the best man's speech. Would had like to see more at how he ended up looking like that at that point in his life.
It was just okay. I felt a little left out since Diff'rent Strokes was a little before my time, so those jokes didn't exactly appeal to me. Other than that, not a bad episode, but there was nothing I chuckled out loud at like in The Simpsons and Family Guy this week.
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I'll agree that the show is aiming for an early Lost vibe and falling short, but I'm enjoying it nonetheless. That said, I wouldn't be surprised if the ratings decline each week and the show isn't allowed to survive to a second season.