MR. SUNSHINE: 1.03 “Heather’s Sister”
Did anyone else feel like this episode of Mr. Sunshine made a much better use of the characters? I certainly did. After last week, where it felt like Alice and Alonzo didn’t really have anything to do, so they made up a plot for them, they finally had something going on. Well, Alice less so. I did kinda forget about the Jessica plot shortly after she mentioned it to Alonzo and Ben, but at least she wasn’t in the main action the whole time.
I’ll get to Ben’s double date in a minute, but I wish the ads hadn’t given away the ending with Crystal’s dog. I’m not sure how funny it would have been, seeing her dragging the dog across the floor, if it had been a surprise, but knowing what would happen when she said, “You’ll make him withdraw into his shell,” it kinda lost the funny. I did really like Alonzo in this episode, totally disliking the fact that he’d have to do the dog show and then completely absorbing the attention and loving it. That was great. For one thing, it was a pleasant surprise — especially when he donned the military whites — and it showed us that Alonzo isn’t just a one-sided happy guy all the time, like we saw in the previous two episodes.
But let’s move on to Ben and his night, because, really, I enjoyed it.
This was the first episode that really highlighted Heather, beyond just talking about her. And you know, I really like her. She’s interesting, in a funny, creepy way. I like that she manipulated Ben’s man crush on Tony Hawk into a date with her sister. And I loved that she could pinpoint characters so much that she thought Ben’s narcissism would be a perfect match for Stephanie’s eager-to-please desperation. That was great.
And while the double date was a little weird (I never did get the whole thing with the butter), I enjoyed it. The first date was a lot more fun, hearing Stephanie repeat the same things that Ben liked (cartoon bears, anyone?). But the second was just that much more awkward. And then they got to the face licking which was…well…face licking.
So I guess I don’t have too much to say about the episode, except that I enjoyed it. Kudos to Heather for standing up to Ben, and kudos to Lindsay Sloane, who played Stephanie, as I always like her. Overall, fun.
Though I did start to wonder if Stephanie’s yelling back at Ben was solely because he said she shouldn’t be agreeable anymore — in essence, still trying to please him. Thoughts?