Top 3 Sitcom Episodes (That Made You Laugh During Election Week)—TV This Week

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Election Day 2016 came and went this week unapologetically and, let’s face it, a lot of people aren’t happy with the outcome. Fortunately, I’m not here to offer any political commentary (the fortune cookie I had at dinner yesterday told me to keep my unusually-thin-black-person-lips shut). Instead, I’ve come bearing three gifts (Christmas is basically here. Shut up.). We could all use a few good laughs right about now, so here are this week’s three most chuckle-worthy episodes in no particular order.

  1. Family Guy, “Chris Has Got a Date, Date, Date, Date, Date”

We all know how awkward and pathetic Chris Griffin is, so it’s no surprise that he had a hard time finding a date to the Homecoming dance. And after being called the “Big Hero 6 robot” by his school crush (“his name is Baymax, you gorgeous moron!”), he’s pretty much hopeless. That is, until Stewie organizes the idea for Chris to ask Taylor Swift to be his Homecoming date via YouTube video (this, after Stewie teaches Chris about “shaking off the haters” and ignoring your own completely fixable flaws). Of course, Tay Tay Swift accepts Chris’s proposal because she can’t resist the chance to display her quirky relatability.

After dancing like an “unattended fire hose” at Homecoming (good one, McFarlane), Taylor actually falls in love with Chris and you know what that means; Chris was to become the subject of her newest angsty release. Was it bad that I expected a purposeful break and a song from the minute they mentioned her date with Chris? No, because that’s what Taylor Swift does. The two actually work things out after Taylor admits to using guys for song lyrics and she decides to write a happy love song about Chris; however, her fans absolutely hate it. And so, to appease the sorrow-loving adolescents of her fan-base, Chris breaks up with Taylor Swift, allowing her to get back to what she does best—being a victim making break-up hits.

The episode also followed Peter’s experiences as an Uber driver. Peter. As an Uber Driver.

  1. Last Man on Earth, “The Power of Power”

The post-apocalyptic wanderers have seemingly found the promised land; a newly constructed office building equipped with electricity, running water, and a freezer full of pizza. It’s as if the place has been frozen in time since the departure of its old inhabitants; even the elevator music is still playing (what sounds like the ‘05 Motorola ringtone version of “What a Fool Believes” by the Doobie Brothers). To most of the group, this seems like an ideal place to set up camp. Frozen pizza, am I right?

Lewis isn’t feeling it. The office just isn’t homey enough (to be fair, it looks like a hipster fairground). However, because they’re the last people on earth who need food and shelter, they decide to stay in the building…you know, that has food and provides shelter. Beggars can’t be choosers, Lewis. But apparently, beggars can sabotage the living quarters of their nomadic tribe to encourage their swift departure. When things start going wrong in the building (e.i. the power goes out, the water stops running, and a fallen art fixture nearly kills Carol), Tandy points fingers at Lewis. He did find wire cutters next to the failed art fixture after all. And creating a dangerous living environment is a pretty genius way to suggest they move somewhere else.

Alas, it wasn’t Lewis that was behind all the sabotage; it was Carol. Despite her intentions (longing to raise their unborn child in a picket fenced house with a small backyard), in the end she realizes that home is wherever Tandy is.

While all that important stuff was going on, Todd and Gayle broke up, leaving Todd to lean on his other, crazier girlfriend Melissa. Yes, Melissa still loves guns. But apparently, she loves Todd too. Gayle, on the other hand, has ice. And she’s gonna chew it and chew it and chew it.

  1. Black-ish, “Jack of All Trades”

In this episode, the debate between blue and white collar work takes center stage as the Johnson’s deal with Jack’s career aptitude test results. While Diane’s test read her as a future CEO (further perpetuating how dark her soul really is), Jack’s came back suggesting that he seek a job in a skilled labor union. While Bow and Dre want to encourage him to seek other options, Ruby and Pops think a manual job would do Jack some good.

As usual, Dre’s white co-workers added their much needed two cents to the argument, insisting that there nothing wrong with a blue collar job…as long as they aren’t doing it. Between Bow’s forced sessions of Latin and trips to Dre’s office, Jack spends his time actually enjoying the idea of being a plumber or carpenter. In fact, after Dre brings him to work, he decides to spend the day with a plumber who fixes the break room sink instead of sitting in on “marketing research” (chilling all the way out) with his father.

Without question the best parts of this episode centered around Ruby’s venture to bless the demons out of Diane, whom she believes is possessed after throwing up during bible study. I don’t blame Ruby one bit; that girl is definitely possessed by something.

If you’re still in need of a little laughter following this crazy week, try watching these episodes when you’re done posting to Twitter about how you’re “literally shaking”. Share, comment, and return next week for some more reading.

 

 

 

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