Tacoma FD gets into the holiday spirit providing fans a Thanksgiving episode. You never know what can happen with the potential of deep-frying turkey accidents so these firefighters don’t receive time off. Although the station is a family of its own and it can be fun to spend the day with coworkers, especially when they throw an unconventional dinner. Turcrabon anyone?
Another reason why the crew enjoys Thanksgivings at the station is because the chief is always off and spends it with his family. Lucy, for one, is looking forward to the first time without her dad and his annoying traditions and habits. When she puts on a spectacle declaring how much she’ll miss Terry complete with onion induced waterworks, he changes his mind and decides to stay.
If you’ve seen other characters Kevin Heffernan has played, you know how obnoxious that actor can get in a role. Here, he does a good job of making McConky intolerable. From his boorish behavior to his insistence of doing things his way, you can see how he messes up the rest of the Tacoma FD crew’s fun. But he never goes complete jerk so there’s still some level of sympathy when he overhears how his best friend and daughter really feel about him. In addition, he has a warm moment during the dinner when he expresses his appreciation for his coworkers.
Guest star, David Koechner, gives Heffernan some competition for portraying the most aggravating character. His Spatchcock is the city’s mechanic who arrives to fix a broken fire engine. His appearance is off-putting covered in grease from head to toe and this loudmouth always needs to add his two cents during any conversation. However, he’s more than he seems with some unexpected surprises and, with any good holiday story, he’s the mysterious person with magical powers that can bring people together.
Poor Andy, he’s made the butt of the jokes again. The episode of Tacoma FD makes him the child of the group. Whether it’s his excitement for parades, the temper tantrums he pulls, or his seat at the kids’ table, it’s a little demeaning to have actor, Eugene Cordero, stoop to such low levels. Myawani rarely receives any respect.
The comedy is entertaining with some good callbacks. Who says the show can’t be educational too teaching us all about engine pizza. Then Eddie having to resort to cooking a flattened turkey is an example of how pitiful the dinner becomes because of Terry’s interventions. The visual alone is worth a chuckle.
Though not one of the best episodes related to the holiday, “Thanksgiving” is still a fun look at the disastrous side of preparing the dinner and coming together.
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