Some of us here at AIPT enjoy Tacoma FD. It’s even been a Channel Surfing TV pick of the week in the past. The comedy from two members of the Broken Lizard comedy troupe returned for its season three premiere. What kind of mischief will the firefighters from one of the country’s rainiest cities get into? Let’s find out.
The crew respond to a call about a man hit by a truck. Little do they know it is a toy truck thrown by a monkey. Though they all gather round to admire how cute the primate is, they would regret it later since they may have been exposed to simian flu. This causes the whole station to be in quarantine and all the extended time together in isolation makes them get on each other’s nerves.
The subplots from this episode of Tacoma FD are mostly entertaining enough. The back and forth between McConky and Penisi as they battle over a bed continues to raise the stakes and awkwardness. From night sweats and flatulence to sleeping in the nude both try to force the other to leave, but they’re too stubborn to concede. Granny’s snoring is a fun way for Andy and Lucy to team up and conspire against him. Marcus Henderson exhibits some good physical comedy through his sleeping with his eyes open while the make-up department and Eugene Cordero deserve credit for exhibiting Andy’s unhinged descent due to lack of sleep.
Although some aspects aren’t quite as successful. Ike’s story of building his vocabulary is pretty predictable and doesn’t add anything new to the common trope. In addition, Lucy’s romantic drama with her boyfriend doesn’t seem to add much other than reinforce her poor choice in partners. I guess it does give us his surname of Longpeter.
Tacoma FD is never known for its sophistication as the above joke indicates but it doesn’t mean it’s not funny. You can’t help but laugh at some of the low brow humor including the running gag of the sideburn competition. My personal favorite are the scenes with Eddie wearing a personalized apron but the angle of the shots somehow obstructs the view of the final “i” in his last name. Although the episode does end on a more sentimental note with Captain Penisi heading out in full safety gear to pick up items to make the station’s quarantine more palatable.
“Quarantine!” might not have much depth and the humor may be immature, but it’s still good comfort TV to unwind to with good laughs.
New episodes of Tacoma FD air Thursday nights on truTV.
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