Romantically Challenged, Episode 2, starring Alyssa Milano as Rebecca Thomas, premiered on ABC Monday night following Dancing with the Stars. This program follows the (so far) hapless love lives of four Pittsburghers. Episode 2 of Romantically Challenged was somewhat better than the premiere, and didn’t resort to as much guttersnipe as the series opener, nor did it try to act like the Second Coming of Seinfeld as much either. Hopefully this show improves with each new offering.
Romantically Challenged, Episode 2, Starring Alyssa Milano, Sees Shawn and Lisa Get Some Romantic Attention Paid to Them
In the second show, the lust lives of Perry’s (Kyle Bornheimer) best friend Shawn (Josh Larson) and Rebecca’s younger sister Lisa (Kelly Stables) are focused on, to balance out not being covered in the series opener. At the coffee shop, the gang of four are socializing, when the Alyssa Milano character suggests that Lisa go out with Neal the “waiter guy.” They make a date. The obnoxious and self-centered Shawn is supposed to pick up Perry at the dentist, but on his way to the car, he meets a woman named Sarah, and he begins faking being a vegetarian and helping solving some of India’s water problems to impress her, so much so, he ends up going back home with her, forgetting about Perry. Perry has to get a cab with his mouth all numbed up, to where he’s not understood well. When Shawn gets home, Perry kicks him out for letting him down again.
Meanwhile, Rebecca goes to school to see her younger sister to find out how her date with Neal went. Lisa comes down hard on “waiter guy” for being super nice and accommodating, something she isn’t used to from men, who use her like a whore (for instance, she referenced a 3 night stand which drove a married man back to his wife at the beginning of Episode 2 of Romantically Challenged). Rebecca then talks to Neal and tells him to keep trying to score with Lisa because she doesn’t know what’s best for her. He agrees, but is rejected when he tries to make another date.
Shawn is allowed to stay at the Alyssa Milano character’s home, and even tries to pull the “naked sleepwalker” bit on her (though thankfully, the audience doesn’t see that). Rebecca tries to convince Perry to take Shawn back into his house soon after. Then Lisa confronts her older sister about butting into her affairs, and comes to the conclusion that Neal is actually right for Rebecca, so they arrange a double date, which proves to Rebecca just how over-accommodating (annoyingly) Neal really is, even trying to massage the Alyssa Milano character’s feet for no good reason.
Shawn goes back to Perry’s and tries to make up on Romantically Challenged, but the lock is apparently changed and his two possessions are on the floor, a toothbrush and wavy finger that you see at sporting events. After seeing other buddies get together at the coffee shop, Shawn again tries to make up, and finally gets Perry’s forgiveness after he shows that he cares for their friendship by laundry-listing all of Perry’s quirks in an appreciating way and sincerely apologizing.
Romantically Challenged, Starring Alyssa Milano, Seems To Get Better As Each Episode Ensues
I wasn’t impressed with last week’s premiere episode, per my Associated Content article here. I decided to give this Alyssa Milano vehicle another chance to “grow” on me and/or change my mind. Episode 2 of Romantically Challenged didn’t have all the trashy talk of Episode 1. Plus this show did elicit some chuckles from the characters, especially of Neal “the waiter guy”, who stole the scene at the end when he fired himself from the restaurant so the main cast wouldn’t feel awkward while at their hang out. Neal was going to try to get his old job back at the police department, where he was canned for brutality, making Lisa interested in Neal again as Episode 2 concludes.
Does this ABC program get better with each episode? Its plentiful scenes per episode don’t move too fast, asking to be comically-pondered. After five or six episodes of Alyssa Milano being the steadying force of Romantically Challenged, will it actually be at that really worth watching status? Will it still be on the air by that time, or will it be “dumped” off the Monday night schedule?
“The Charade”, Romantically Challenged, April 26, 2010, ABC