Review: Con Man, Episode 3 – Them’s the Breaks

THROUGH THIS BLOOD, WE ARE BOUND
The incomparable Mindy Sterling is back, and her vast wardrobe changes seem to be coming with her. After firing his agents in the previous episode (they did say it was a volatile time, after all), Wray finds his convention booker Bobbie (Sterling) selling massages and sausages at Half Foods Market and hires her to be his new TV/Movie rep.

Wray is finally moving forward to get something he wants in his life, so he wants her to book the Astro Cereal commercial in order to meet the director Diego Alfonso, also the director of Doctor Cop Lawyer. Naturally, Bobbie already has the script for the show and recommends him for the role of the gimpy, squinty eyed, lisping sidekick, Dr. Dick Trimmings. Wray, of course, wants to play the lead, but the role requires a manliness that only Wray believes he has.

Upon returning home, both he and Jack find notes from Faith. In her note to Jack, Faith quits being his personal assistant. In her note to Wray, Faith ends the relationship… or so he thinks.

Once again proving that his biggest obstacle is himself, he fails to read the whole note and only sees the word “over.” While the wording could have admittedly been better, he lets his anger get the better of him as he screams insults to the air. Faith, of course, overhears everything and actually ends the relationship then and there.

Ironically, the final lesson in manliness comes from his landlord, the stunt ladyman Dale (stuntladylord? landstuntlord? I’ll have to come up with something for that.) Going balls deep in the salsa, Dale tells him to take his recent problems and “stand on that pain. You can see further, reach higher, and grab something you want.” Being a man is deciding what you want and getting it, whether it’s a job as a Doctor Cop Lawyer or the simple pleasure of toweling off one’s scrote.

One of the biggest complaints (if you could really call it that) I had of the first season was the over-reliance on cringe factor. Not “cringe” in a horror kind of way, but “cringe” in a “if you have any empathy at all, you’ll feel how awkward this is” kind of way. The whole “retard as a verb” from season 1 is a perfect example of that: you knew as soon as it was said that it would go wrong for everyone involved, and, of course, it did. I appreciate that we haven’t really come across that this season (so far, anyway) and have just stuck to letting the funniness come out of the characters and situations, instead of the cringe.

It’s Wray that’s funny – he has to suffer and work through the pain, or he’s just going to chop himself off at his left arm.


Rating: B. The jokes in the episode were a bit tamer this time around, as a lot of the setup for the season seems to take place here (although we’ll only know for sure when the entire season comes out.) I did intentionally leave out the episode’s biggest gag from Fillion because you have to see it. Overall, a solid episode.


Notables:

  • Bobbie is at Half Foods Market because they kicked her out of Whole Foods
  • Bobbie submitted herself for the 20-something female lead in Doctor Cop Lawyer because “Parts of me are 20-something thanks to my hot scoop.” I don’t even what to know what that is.
  • Among the Half Foods Protests: Incarcerate the Whales. Mothers against Picketing. Make Petitioning Illegal.
  • The biggest con of the year: Chaka Con.
  • “Hot grease!”
  • “What the hell is the ‘Big Boy Mess’?!”

Con Man is available for your consumption now exclusively at Comic-Con HQ. All of season 1 is currently available, while season 2 will release 2 episodes per week. The Con Man video game is available on iOS and Android, and the Spectrum comic book is available to download here. All photo credits to Comic-Con HQ.

Written by: Dwight Tejano

Dwight is the founder of Open the Fridge, which he started in 2008 and rebooted in 2010. Due to the nature of early adopting, his bank account is normally empty. He likes to sing in world-renown choruses to forget such things.

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