Review: The Crazy Ones — “Dead and Improved”

Photo Credit: Richard Cartwright/Fox
Photo Credit: Richard Cartwright/Fox

***SPOILERS Below***

In the latest episode of The Crazy Ones, Simon has to eulogize a jingle man who has passed on but was summarily hated by everyone he worked with, at the behest of the man’s daughter (guest star Missi Pyle) while Zach and Andrew deal with another client (guest star Kurt Fuller) whose erratic behavior over future Charmin ad campaigns is disturbing, to say the least. I have to admit, this wasn’t my favorite episode, but it was still very good and had me laughing out loud throughout the episode.

I loved seeing Kurt Fuller on The Crazy Ones, especially in a role that’s even weirder than Woody, the character he plays on Psych. Learning about his Crazy Ones character, and why he’s so over the top and crazy about how he wants Charmin to be promoted in future ads was a great, if sad, moment. Of course, that’s all overshadowed by even more outlandish behavior that is sprinkled throughout the rest of the episode.

Missi Pyle was also great in her guest role as the daughter of the deceased jingle creator. Her character knows how universally hated her dad is, but still wants an amazing funeral and eulogy from Simon, and she uses the power of her wobbly lower lip to get her way. It’s a hilarious subversion of how people assume and stereotype women getting their way by tearing up and/or crying. It’s overdone and over the top to perfectly complement the tone of the episode. I also loved that it allowed for my favorite quote of the episode: “We’ll put the fun in funeral.”

Fred Melamed also had a guest appearance as himself. He was great, just like he was last time he was on the show.  This time, when Simon tries desperately to get him to help with the funeral, he ends up telling Fred that anything he says sounds good. Fred replies with one word, syphilis. The moment was perfect, and I felt like it could have possibly been a reference to a line spoken by Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which made it all the better.

By the end of the episode, a truly epic funeral is taking place, and it is exactly the spectacle that it was meant to be, up to and including the aforementioned Charmin being used in place of tissues. It also created some tender father/daughter moments between Simon and Sydney while he gave the eulogy. Those moments were really sweet, and helped to cement that The Crazy Ones is, at its heart, the story of a family that just so happens to work together, and that’s what makes this show work.

Did you enjoy this episode of The Crazy Ones? Would you want to go to a funeral like the one shown in the episode? Let us know in the comments and be sure to enjoy the episode again on CBS.com!

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Post Author: Isis Nocturne

4 thoughts on “Review: The Crazy Ones — “Dead and Improved”

    Jaclyn

    (2014-02-07 - 8:28 pm)

    Omg Isis you got that inference too? I agree it wasn’t one of my fav episodes, but when he said syphilis I nearly choked on my glass of iced tea. That was priceless to say the least. solid episode can’t wait to see more.

    Meaghen

    (2014-02-07 - 9:01 pm)

    I didn’t enjoy this as much either. The Charmin stuff was just… dumb in my opinion. Although I do love how Andrew pulled it out at the funeral, that was funny. Also enjoyed the ending with Sydney and Simon, super cute, made my heart all “aww”. The syphilis part was so funny! But damn, he really did make it sound appealing, didn’t he? Haha.

    Isis Nocturne

    (2014-02-07 - 10:07 pm)

    He really did, and I loved it! So funny!

    Isis Nocturne

    (2014-02-07 - 10:08 pm)

    I think the syphilis thing was pretty blatant. 🙂

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