Wednesday Comedy Roundup: Whitney 2.12 & Workaholics 3.18

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Whitney, Season 2, Episode 12: “Lost In Transition”
Written by Debby Wolfe
Directed by Andy Ackerman
Airs Wednesdays at 8pm (ET) on NBC

Both episodes of Whitney and Workaholics are a little odd and out of character this week. First off is Whitney, which opens with the group at the bar. Whitney talks about her childhood and how great her stepsister was to her growing up, as she is coming to visit. This is a rare event with little humour that sets the tone for the episode. The cute Natasha Leggero stars as Whitney’s “sister from another hipster” and comes bearing news; she is going through with a sex change. This is an unusual situation for the show and the characters are tactless when dealing with it. It’s also very strange to see that Alex has somewhat of a crush on her.

Again, there is no attention paid to Roxanne and Mark but finally RJ gets a more focused B story. Fresh from a break-up, we see how he deals with it. Alex’s friendship with him goes back a long away and it’s sweet to see how well they know each other. Lately Whitney has been lacking hilarity but with a few episodes left before the end of the season, hopefully the excellent writing and puns will return and something will finally happen with Roxanne and Mark.

Workaholics Season 3, Episode 18: “Hungry Like The Wolf Dog”
Written by Craig Digregorio
Directed by Kyle Newachek
Airs Wednesdays at 10pm (ET) on Comedy Central

This week’s Workaholics episode is really different for a more than one reason. Firstly, we see the trio (with Jillian in tow) in a completely new location in which they stay in for the duration of the episode (minus the opening scene). The gang trick Jillian in taking a midnight road trip to Grandma Flora’s for the perfect breakfast burrito. As they wait for the restaurant to open again, the gang manages to anger a dog and get lost in the woods. Split into twos, Adam and Ders end up finding an abandoned car and eat wildlife whilst Blake and Jillian get some alone time. Since Workaholics began, its audience have been rooting for a romance between Blake and Jillian- they are kindred spirits and he is sweet and kind to her despite how weird she is. But Workaholics has never been that kind of a sitcom. However this week, the writers create some moments that leave the audience excited. Every time the camera cuts back to them, they get close enough to kiss but, with Blake being Blake, nothing actually happens. This is still an interesting development for the two as well as the show. There is a weird moment where they role-play as animals and Blake gets “a teensy bit rapey”. This is definitely an improvement from last week’s episode and it will be interesting to see if this is a one-off with Jillian and Blake or if anything will develop.

Tara Costello

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