Fugger: Sarah Michelle Gellar
The Crazy Ones is a weird-ass animal. I watched the pilot, and felt like someone at the network said, “This is a comedy! Who cares about relationships, and stakes, and emotion. Cut everything that isn’t Robin Williams being manic, James Wolk being a writhing man-whore, and Kelly Clarkson.” Now, I don’t object to any of those three things on principle — even Robin Williams Mania is still good, in small doses — but reducing itself to yuks meant that the show put way too much pressure on those gags to be home runs, and they simply weren’t. I want it to find itself, because I love SMG and James Wolk and Hamish Linklater. And because I like seeing her out and about, and in these shoes:
I do have concerns about why she is wearing a scrunchie around her waist, as if her body actually a ponytail from 1990. It’s a BIT early for Halloween costumes, SMG, and besides, when the time comes, shouldn’t you go as Friends/Buffy hybrid Ross Michelle Gellar?
I know, judging from our Twitter feed, that this is going to be controversial, but I stand by it. I really like this:
I LOVE it when someone wears a pattern to an awards show, as evidenced by how much I liked this on Rachel McAdams, and I actually remember this one more fondly than we originally presented it. I think it’s fabulous — dramatic, but not too serious, and the color is excellent on her. Yes, in a crabbier mood I might have written something like, “DID SHE PUT THIS THROUGH THE WASH WITH A BALL POINT PEN?!?!?!” but I am a softer person now and not just around the abs.
And if you’re wondering what is actually happening on this show, spoilers are afoot in this paragraph: This week, Rich Twin’s best friend found out from FBI Agent Richard Alpert that there IS a twin (nobody knew), and THEN she lurked at exactly the right doorway and found out that Rich Twin and her husband have been banging and that Rich Twin’s baby might be his — but of course Poor Twin, who is virtuous, wants no part of their affair. At the end of the hour, when Best Friend was seething at her, Poor Twin confessed she is Poor Twin and Best Friend looked shocked. The promo made it sound like Best Friend is going to expose Poor Twin, but my prediction? Best Friend thinks she’s lying to save face and threatens to expose Rich Twin’s infidelity. And I have GOT to start using names, but… eh.
One thing this show does to hilarious effect is fake-outs, but I can’t tell if they KNOW that they’re hilarious. Case in point: The first episode ended with Poor Twin killing a dude who attacked her. The next episode began with her hiding the body under a tarp where it happened — in this loft that her best friend is renovating for her — and then the best friend walks in and goes, “OH MY GOOOOOD.” Cut to commercial. When we come back, Best Friend says, “Oh my GOOOD, I TOLD THE CONTRACTORS NOT TO BREAK DOWN THAT WALL!!!” I mean, that is some funny right there. They also do it mid-episode — the time Poor Twin thought her husband had been the one arranging the hit, he had sent her to a dark alley, where either end suddenly was blocked by Dangerous-Looking People, and then suddenly a door burst open and it was Best Friend luring her into some warehouse full of couture. (The connective tissue here is Best Friend, so I’ve decided she is nefarious.) They did it AGAIN this time, sort of: The whole ep was set at Rich Twin’s house in the Hamptons, and there were THREE DIFFERENT SCENES where a) SMG heard a noise, b) SMG crept toward the noise, c) SMG armed herself for some hellacious trouble, and d) SMG discovered it was someone she knew in the house. LOCK YOUR DOORS, people.