DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
LOOKS like things have progressed somewhat since the last time I watched Mike & Molly. He’d taken her bowling that episode, he was in full peacock mode and she’d wiped the floor with him. Clearly his, um, manhood has been fully restored, because they’ve just had their first overnighter. She needs to leave, book reports to mark (Moby Dick, hilarious), but Mike’s delirious with happiness. Not just about the sex, but about all the things they did. ‘‘ Strolling hand in hand through Lincoln Park, and buying kettle corn at the farmers market . . .’’
Molly: ‘‘ Good luck getting that out of the sheets.’’
Mike: ‘‘ Meh, a lot of it was already there.’’
Obviously this is major. But it’s also tricky, because as problem eaters, the temptation is to go in hard with this love affair, too. Eat all the cake and lick the icing off the beater.
More so with Molly than Mike, maybe, because Mike just goes ahead and buys her a present immediately anyway, or a cheap-ass carnival prize, as Carl describes it, as if she hasn’t slept with him in a meaningful way so much as knocked down milk bottles with a baseball.
Molly, meanwhile, has to endure the questions at home. Her ghoulish mother and sister want details.
‘‘ And skip the foreplay,’’ her mother tells her, ‘‘ I don’t want to know how the sausage was made, I just want to know how it was served.’’
Joyce. She’s terrific. Of course she is, she’s played by Swoosie Kurtz. Katy Nixon, Molly’s empty-headed sister Victoria, is perfect as Joyce’s gothic bookend. You can see this pair in another quarter century, living in Grey Gardens squalor. They bring a lot to this show. And so do Mike’s partner/best friend, Carl, and his lippy Bible thumpin’ grandma.
Carl should be the one with the girl problems, ie, he has too many. As Samuel, the guy at the cafe, remarks, they’re the pretty ones. Mike& Molly Channel 9, 8pm
Terrific: Swoosie Kurtz