Only Frank on drums is hopeless, but that's true of 70% of drummers who actually have gigs, so you can't really fault him.
Synopsis: Four egocentric friends who run a neighborhood Irish pub in Philadelphia try to find their way through the adult world of work and relationships.
Unfortunately, their warped views and precarious judgments often lead them to trouble, creating a myriad of uncomfortable situations that usually only get worse before they get better.
Every episode could be called "The Gang Adopts The Shallow Veneer Of A Lifestyle." Here it's Dee's rapper boyfriend Kevin -- possibly retarded -- who gives Mac the idea to start a band. Is it space-fantasy concept album song cycles about night men who hold you down and come inside you, or day men who conquer the night men with their mastery of karate and friendship? I'll never doubt you again, Grade: A- Stray observations: - Charlie's desire to hide behind some kind of curtain while performing is strangely sweet, but I don't think his flight from the hostile crowd really works.
If it's not too much to claim -- and heck, I claimed it about Is it looking good with a guitar? Is it breaking shit in a hotel room that -- and this is the crucial point -- somebody else is paying for?
All these questions are raised by "Retarded Person," but the only one that is definitively answered is that the band name The Pecan Sandies is not rock and roll. But then huffing spray paint is not rock and roll according to Dennis. - Best tangential moment: Charlie's attempt to claim that his "good chair" is streaked with toothpaste, not birdshit.
Befitting its near miss with thematic coherence, the episode ends with an Actual Climactic Scene: Kevin the Maybe Retarded Next Eminem gets up on stage and delivers a rap that, as I believe the kids say, "disses" Dee. I'm telling you, were it not for his poorly staged exit from Electric Dream Machine's abortive set, this episode would have convinced me that Charlie is the most interesting character on the show.The put-down resembles in form the kind of normal-person outrage that the gang often elicits, but because it's presented in a rhyming performance by someone with the power of local celebrity, it somehow comes across as utter devastation -- less funny than savage. That said, Dennis's Ziggy Stardust-rouged recantation of the aspersions he cast on Kevin's mental ability does pull the ending back into territory. A commenter pointed out last week that the cut between the opening scene and the title card is often the funniest moment of any episode. I doubt he'd want to call attention to that by calling himself Lil' Kev. He could have, like, a little hand or a little foot or something.