Last night was the season premiere of Showtime’s hilarious hit, “Episodes.” Klarik and Crane promise another season of hilarious Hollywood hijinks, but after watching some of the shows, it seems more like a thinly disguised expose on the backstage antics of “Friends.” On last night’s episode, Matt was picked up for DUI with kids in the car. It is widely known that Matthew Perry had a drug and alcohol problem. Also in one of David Schwimmer’s films,”Duane Hopwood” he plays a father who is arrested because he was drunk with his kids in the car. It is widely publicized that this is a satire of the real actor, he is nothing like this. I would hate to think that our beloved Joey would act like this.
All hell has broken lose and Merc has been fired as head of the network. But as chaos reigned, Sean and Beverly have reconciled. All is forgotten for the London lovebirds, well almost. Carol is preparing to take over Merc’s job and Merc’s wife continues her affair with Matt. It almost makes him seem human dating a blind woman. The young stars of PUCKS continue to deal with their careers and Matt continues to deal with the decline of his.
LeBlanc seems to deliver in this part, but it isn’t really that difficult to play oneself. He is the one cast member who has stretched the least post “Friends” Perry has shined as a dramatic actor.. Schwimmer has proven himself by returning to his roots , theatre. Jennifer Aniston has finally escaped the good girl image with films like “We’re the Millers” and “Horrible Bosses”. Courteney Cox remains the only one of the six who has succeeded in reinventing herself as wine guzzling Jules in “Cougar Town” .Kudos to Lisa for her turn as the senator against Fitz in “Scandal.” I was actually rooting against her as any good “Gladiator” would. So Matt needs to learn to stretch more as an actor. I had also hoped that “Joey” would have gone the same route as “Frasier” , with guest appearances by the six. But alas, Joey and his new “friends” didn’t last long enough for that to happen. Maybe since “Episodes ” has been renewed for a fourth season, there might be a possibility.
“Episodes” airs on Sunday nights on Showtime.