Bonus Review: Anytown, USA “Poocasso” Review: Arty Farty

Ryan and Molly visit a performance art exhibit being held for their friend’s son. What should have been a regular night out for the Fletchers turns into a night of some wacky revelations. It’s up to Ryan and Molly to fix the wrongs coming their way.

Poocasso is an interesting episode, in that it takes a swift turn away from cannibalism and gets down and gritty with the storyline itself. The episode starts with Ryan and Molly at an art exhibit opening for their friend’s son. The “friends” are another husband/wife couple, and honestly, where do Ryan and Molly find these people? I honestly feel sorry for these two. They need to get out more.

Fake It, Till You Make It

You can see in the first few minutes of the episode the privilege, pretentiousness, and egocentricity of their so-called friends. The wife is a fake, bubbly bimbo, while the husband is a bored, homophobic drinker. And they’re those types of rich. You know the ones.

The ones who fake it even after they make it. The ones who live in fancy gated communities and hold soirees, and think they are the cream of the crop. It’s obvious then that Ryan and Kelly have their work cut out for them in this episode. They’re even relegated to the seats all the way in the back of the auditorium. The poor seats.

We are then introduced, finally, to The Son. I have capitalized The Son because The Son is one special snowflake and deserves some special attention. The Son does a, what I like to call, The Dance of What The Hell Is He Doing? It was…an experience. At one point I was chanting out loud, “What is he doing, oh my god, what is he doing.” Hence the title of the dance.

And if you need to imagine my expression during that dance, look at Ryan’s face during that whole experience and yup, that’s me. After The Dance of What The Hell Is He Doing, we finally get to see some art! But it’s… Art?? I won’t say what art, you’ll have to watch the episode yourself, but the color was, maybe you guessed it? GREEN.

Congratulations? I Think…

Once the whole shebang is done, Ryan and Kelly head down to congratulate the man of the hour. The Son is a mirror image of his parents. He is both of them in one. Fake like mom, bored like dad, The Son encompasses what we would expect of the offspring of people like them. Pleasantries are exchanged, and then something happens when Ryan and The Son shake hands. And it changes the whole tone of the episode. We are at the tipping point.

Ryan sees a vision of the future that scares the crap out of him, so much that his accent changes. I’m not going to tell you what accent, but needless to say, it was hilarious. Ryan tells Molly that they “need to do something, we have to,” and while Molly looks so done at that point, she agrees to distract them while he goes after The Son, who has, not to stealthily, sneaked away.

Back To Square -1

Our climax is at hand as Ryan, and The Son face off outside. But then there are more revelations. And these from The Son himself. The Son confesses who he is and isn’t, and convinces Ryan not to remove him from the face of this earth. But then, another revelation. Another vision. We’re back to square one.

And then we’re at square zero. Our not so favorite Son has been wiped out. His mother and father soon come to the scene of the crime and trust me, their reactions are not what you would expect. I was laughing and shaking my head at their reactions because it hit close to home for me personally.

The Verdict

This whole episode may hit close to those who have ever encountered rich people who don’t know how privileged they are (or who refuse to admit it, although knowing, they are). It may hit close to home for those who have encountered fake, pretentious, and even hipster, rich folks. I know it did for me.

I was either laughing or nodding throughout the whole episode. Something I like about this web series is the political and social commentary, and this episode doesn’t disappoint. The show keeps getting better as the episodes move along, and I for one can’t wait for the next one!

Grade: A

Some memorable tidbits & dialogue:

  • Apparently, there are indeed $7000 priced vases. Remind me never to buy one when I’m rich.
  • The Academy Awards has a lot of crying celebs. Never really paid attention until now.
  • CATS!
  • Old man! Ryan. ‘Nuff said.
  • “So we started making these extremely well-polished turds.”
  • “He’ll kill us all.”
  • “I gave you herpes.”
  • “You’re not gay?”

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