On the most recent Tacoma FD, the episode opens with Lucy parallel parking the fire engine since she’s practicing for her driver’s exam. When she does it properly, a very proud Terry begins to be overly affectionate towards his daughter. A civilian bystander misinterprets the situation and places a formal complaint with what he thinks is sexual harassment.
The incident is chalked up to a misunderstanding, but the station is due for sexual bias training. They could probably use it considering some of the lazy stereotypical jokes the guys have for Lucy and her driving. Eddie finds it a challenge when the instructor, Courtney Brixton (Whitney Cummings), happens to be his dream woman.
“Carpet Diem” has a good set up to Penisi’s predicament. Early on he mentions all the qualities he finds sexy in a woman. Once Brixton arrives, little by little it’s revealed she possesses each of those traits. There’s a lot of ridiculous fun as Eddie does his not flirting flirting as to not get the crew in trouble for hitting on the sexual bias lecturer. He’s conflicted but confident and to up the stakes, Granny and Ike place a bet on whether he’ll be successful.
Each attempt is more outlandish than the other from cooking a fancy meal for lunch to busting out some breakdancing skills. Though I will admit, I’m jealous of his ability to do flares and windmills. It’s such an attempt at trying too hard and it ends about how you think it would. However, only Eddie Penisi would take the news the way he does.
Elsewhere on Tacoma FD, Terry hires Andy to replace the carpeting in his office. Even though their friends and work colleagues, the Chief is intent on not being scammed. We see a whole different side of Myawani and it’s amusing watching each time he tries to upsell his boss. He’s so crafty and shifty bombarding McConky with so much jargon and options it proves to be overwhelming.
But Terry’s no fool…or is he? Eugene Cordero portrays the friendly yet pushy salesman with the fake humility to think you’re getting a better deal. Andy plays his boss like a violin thinking big picture and is two steps ahead of his boss. Many times on the series, he is the butt of jokes but at least this time, he comes out on top with putting one over the boss to boot.
The fifth episode of Tacoma FD is filled with plenty of fun and silly foolishness.
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