[8.4/10] Another fun one that had a lot of storylines, but made all of them work. The main story was about Gene, Louise, and their friends conspiring to ditch the school fun run in order to take advantage of “free scoop day” at the local ice crema palror. It’s a good excuse for fun one-liners from the Wagstaff milieu, and Regular Size Rudy in particular got in some of his classic bits. But there was fun to be had from Courtney, Aex, and newcomer Large Tony as well.
At the same time, there’s the usual heartening message to come out of it. Louise and the rest of the crew conspires to get Gene the scoop he dreamed of even though his bike broke during Louise’s elaborate scheme. And Gene decides to finish the race on his own because he wants to and earns it, which is neat in its own way.
There’s a hilarious wisp of a B_story with Tina racing against Jimmy Jr. There’s not much to it, but it’s hilarious if only for the run cycles for Tina and Jimmy, and for the amusing trash talk between them. One of those ludicrous but fun bits from the show.
And the C-story is great too. Bob enlists the help of Linda and Teddy to call-in to get discount tickets to the latest show from Cake (the Stomp parody.) Their increasingly inept attempts to make their three-man calling squad work, and Bob’s continuing frustrations as Teddy for coming close but being ill-equipped for the urgency of the situation is hilarious. They move the humor into some pretty angry/uncomfortable territory at times, but in a light way that still feels true to the low stakes nature of the show. Teddy’s obliviousness to the frustration his dilly dallying is causing Bob is great, and the fact that the episode closes with Bob’s delighted face at watching the show makes it all better.
Overall, this one packs a lot in, but makes all of it work and makes all of it funny.
I just love a Louise scheme!