Category Archives: Happy Endings

did you follow happy endings to fridays?

A mid-season hiatus has killed many a good show. It can be hard to keep up with return dates, especially when it’s for a show that has less than exemplary ratings and subsequently receives zero ad-time. Sometimes (and this is most frustrating for the fans that have viewed and obsessively reviewed reruns and desperately need the sweet hit of a new episode) the date is even pushed back or bounced around before a silent cancellation. This may be done because the network legitimately can’t find a suitable home, but more often than not, it’s a passive-aggressive way to cancel a show. Essentially, it’s the equivalent of breaking up by way of a disappearing act; you still get your desired result while avoiding the dramatics of actually saying, “It’s over.”

Similar to others (I’d say countless others, but if there were more fans then ratings would be higher and we wouldn’t be in this predicament), I think this is exactly ABC’s, plan for Happy Endings. Moving a show to Fridays with little fanfare or attention is just what you do when you’re trying to send a show off the air. Sadly, that age-old network tradition has also been coupled with the good ol’ “double-up the episodes so we can burn through the season and move on” treatment and the writing is clearly on the wall. Although the cast put on a brave face and gave hope for a new TGIF, it was clear from ABC’s lack of support (e.g., actually going with a TGIF-esque lineup) that this was the move before the move before the cancellation.

 

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Maybe there was a huge social media push for the return of Happy Endings that passed me by, and perhaps ABC ran a crap-ton of commercials that I somehow missed, but I had no clue that the new episodes were back. Fortunately, I went to watch an old episode and found not one, but FOUR new episodes were available. This was arguably the best two hours of my weekend. I didn’t know it before, but I’ve spent much of my adult life waiting for a Ladybugs reference (“He’s not lying. He once Ladybugs’d himself into a junior high girl’s soccer tournament, bet against the team, and threw the game.”) My joy aside, damn if it didn’t hurt realizing that no matter how consistently funny this show remains to be, ABC just isn’t impressed.

There’s talk of USA saving our show, and I’m appreciative of the mere possibility, but I’d be just as happy with a”TBS saves Cougar Town” treatment. On one hand, USA “welcomes characters” or something similar, and that could be the perfect home for a guy like Max. But maybe Happy Endings needs the loving embrace of a network that appreciates “very funny”. Regardless, I need this show to stick around. The Mindy Project definitely helps fulfills my obscure (and obvious) pop culture reference needs, but I need to know that the show that brought us Mandonna stays on long enough to make me someday wish it’d just get cancelled already.

I’ll leave you with these ah-mah-zing Penny moments and a request that you tune in or DVR or do whatever it is you need to do that allows you to watch the episodes while still alerting ABC that the show has viewers and it’s worth keeping around.

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happy endings’ best quotes: more like stanksgiving

Previous Happy Endings Quotes: Boys II Menorah

“Classic Penny over-think, come help me set the table you brainy bitch.” – Alex

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“Oh, I see you’ve moved from an outside my car to a more inside my car situation.” – Dave

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“You, who focus on 15/16ths of a man.” – Dave

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“If that season had aired, I would’ve been the first openly gay person on television.”– Max
“Except for Ellen, Rosie, all the career high guys.” – Jane
“Oh and Norman Korpi from the Real World season one.” – Penny
“Deep cut.” – Max

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You were gonna hook-up with booty chin Jared? He had a booty on his chin!”- Brad

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“It was 2002; It was such a crazy time! We were all still reeling from the events of Vanilla Sky. I mean, what is reality?” -Penny
“I am so tired of people using Vanilla Sky to defend everything.” – Alex

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“Dude, you just sneezed right in my mouth. I need some hand sani’ for my face!” – Brad

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“Bussa Bust? Why don’t you throw your hands where my eyes can see, which would be in my sink doing my dishes.” – Max

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“You don’t want to make me angry, dude, cause when I get angry, I get naked, and when I get naked, I fight.” – Brad

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Other notables (and there are quite a few!):

  • I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who thought the Rock Bottom Remainders was fictional. Turns out, it’s very real.
  • Of course Jane would use a real turkey to sculpt her ice turkey. Ever the perfectionist.
  • Dave is still very much into being 1/16th Navajo. I love continuity.
  • And speaking of…Nava-Ho Hos, the timing of this joke was perfect as well as bittersweet (R.I.P. Hostess).
  • Penny’s ‘Rachel’. I’m sorry but if this Real World: Sacramento was filmed in 2002, there’s no way you’re convincing me she was still that dedicated to a look from 1994. Puh-lease.
  • Alex’s ‘eye-open napping’ was creepy. Hilarious, but creepy.
  • Jane’s failed attempt to find and hook-up with Jared reminded me more of Snooki on Jersey Shore than any seasons I can recall from Real World.
  • Dave’s Navajo name is “Has Ordeals with Clams”. Not good, but better than Lindsey, I suppose.
  • And in case you’re ever in the mood to watch just the jokes from this episode: Thank you ABC!
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happy endings’ best quotes: boys II menorah

Previous Happy Endings Quotes: Sabado Free-Gante

“Max is bad at most things he does. I can’t believe I gifted him with my virginity.” – Penny

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“I have always wanted to marry a Jewish guy. They’re, just like, so cool with their leather jackets and their jeans, and their ability to turn jukeboxes on and off by punching them. Okay, I’m just describing The Fonz.” – Penny

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“You will be the hottest mixed race dance crew since Paula Abdul and MC Skat Kat. – Penny

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“You saw him cramp up during the Horah and he was nowhere to be found when “Shout” came on. No one could get even the slightest bit louder and at no point could anyone get even at all softer.” – Penny

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“I hear a fiddler on the roof! Let’s raise that roof!” – Max
“No! Don’t raise the roof! Don’t raise the roof, ’cause the roof is on fire! Don’t wanna burn those hands. I’m sure all the doctors in the crowd would agree, am I right?” –  Brad

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“This is the invite? A fake plane ticket for ‘Love Airlines?'” – Dave
“Yeah, check out where she’s sitting. Your cockpit.” – Jane
“She’s your sister…but well done.” – Dave

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“My Lasiks…MY ASICS!” –  Dave

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“I’m gonna need to see your license, registration and proof of penis.” – Jane
“That is outrageous! I’m writing down your vag number.” Brad

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Other notables:

  • In terms of quotes, this episode was pretty much the “Year of Penny.”
  • The Boys II Menorah music video, complete with its very own Fly Girls, was perfection.
  • And in case you’re ever in the mood to watch just the jokes from this episode: Thank you ABC!
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happy endings’ best quotes: sabado free-gante

Previous Happy Endings Quotes: Cazsh Dummy Spillionaires

“Are we gonna see any Jackson Five’s tonight? Yep. Are we gonna see any marionettes? Most def’. Are we gonna see any Mos Defs? I wouldn’t know it if we saw it, but I can guarantee we are going to be the only marionette Jackson Five.” – Jane

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“Well, since Brad is not working, we’ve had to cut back a little bit. We were spending five grand a month on ‘of the month’ clubs.” – Jane
“How much could you really spend on…” – Dave
“Tea of the month. Cigar, beer, soap, months.” – Jane
“Month of the month?” – Penny
“Yeah, August was March.” – Jane
“I miss ‘time of the month’ club the most. Don’t worry, it’s not what you think. It’s a clock that tells you when your period is coming.” – Brad

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“Dave, I am going to miss you, paying all our rent. I mean half the rent. I mean, no one is getting scammed by anybody.” – Max

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“Well GFF…gay fat friend.” – Brad

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“Penny, this is about more than just a car, OK? This is about your life. You control your own destiny, like Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games.” – Jane
“Oh my god, I love those books. You read them too?!” – Penny
No, that stuff is for dorks, but I knew it would get you excited.” – Jane

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“This chandelier is gonna make it tough for chicken fights.” – Alex
“Do you guys have a lot of chicken fights?” – Suzanne
“Enough where it’s a real concern.” – Dave

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“There is no car czar.” – Jane
“No car czar? Then who knows what cars are?” – Penny
“Oh, my gullible chesty friend.” – Jane

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Other notables:

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happy endings’ best quotes: cazsh dummy spillionaires

“That’s the least interesting pairing since chicken biscotti and pinot grig’.” – Max
“What?” – Penny, et. al
“Sorry, been watching a lot of Frasier.” – Max

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“Trust us, the last thing we want is for things to get complicated, like in It’s Complicated. So we’re just going to go with it, like in Just Go With It. And be friends with benefits, like in No Strings Attached.” – Alex

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“Now you go to work and make that money for poppa. I’ll just be here chillin’ all day. Thinkin’ about you, thinkin’ about me, thinkin’ about you…naked.” – Brad

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“OK bro-vine growth hormone, here’s to keepin’ it cazsh.” – Dave

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“Ooh, I hate to be this girl, but I do see some residual crust on that sandwich, and I thought that I made myself pretty crystal clear when I told you I wanted zero crust whatsoever because it hurts my teeth. Did you not feel I was clear?” – Penny

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“Well, two things you should know about me, Kent. I’m selfless and I’ve got moves like Jagger. Specifically the ones he allegedly used on David Bowie in the 70s.” – Max

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“It counts, I’ll tell you what doesn’t count, the Miami Heat’s most recent NBA championship. It was an injury-plagued, strike-shortened season. Therefore, Lebron still needs six rings to even get in the conversation with Jordan.” – Jane
“Are you done?” – Alex
“No. Also, Chris Bosh looks like one of Omar’s boyfriends from The Wire.” – Jane

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“…I was working with Sin-Brad for awhile. Getting pretty bad at it, which is how Sin-Brad says good because he’s got a 90s sensibility.” – Brad

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“Yes! Max, keep it cool, but you’re jazzed.” – Max (aka the internal monologue everyone has when they tell a particularly witty joke)

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“Mmm, Lunesta, nature’s Ambien.” – Max

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“Music’s pretty good huh? This is my one-man experimental band called Yoko Uno.” – Max

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