Dr Ken: Ken Cries Foul – Once, Twice, Three Times (Review)

You have to love the dynamic on Dr Ken. In this episode, Ken Cries Foul, both Dr. Park and his wife throw down the penalty flag, not once but twice, although Ken does so a third time. The show is all about Ken’s desperate attempt to get Dave (Albert Tsai) to fall in love with Ken’s sport of choice, basketball.


KRISTA MARIE YU, SUZY NAKAMURA, ALBERT TSAI, KEN JEONG

You have to love the dynamic on Dr Ken. In this episode, Ken Cries Foul, both Dr. Park and his wife throw down the penalty flag, not once but twice, although Ken does so a third time.  The show is all about Ken’s desperate attempt to get Dave (Albert Tsai) to fall in love with Ken’s sport of choice, basketball.

In keeping with the youngest member of the Park family being that bit more eclectic and less athletic (See what I did there?) Dave is more interested in the community drought problems and less in being the next Kobe Bryant.

In this week’s episode we get to see another rapid fire “shooting down,” but this time the victims is Molly and not Pat . Even Dave gets involved. When Molly  teen shows up in a tiny skirt to go to a study group. Alison starts off the salvo with:

“I’m sorry. Did you say study group or “slutty” group.”

Cue a machine gun delivery of parental dismay and disapproval of their daughter’s attire with a finish by Ken who makes a couple of jokes at Molly’s expense. She retaliates with a first amendment ploy that Ken then shoots down for a “constitutional burn” and Dave enters asking where the rest of her outfit is.

Molly (Krista Marie Yu) strikes back with a withering comment about Dave’s lack of sporting ability, but little brother gets the final word with: “The  joke’s on you, I know I’m not good at sports.”  Defeated Molly rushes from the room to go change. 

KRISTA MARIE YU, KEN JEONG
Ken for the win, aka constitutional burn…

 

This episode had some brilliant comedic moments between the parental team (who seldom agree on how to handle their children) and Molly as well as Dave.  The issue with Molly’s apparent love of tiny skirts re-emerges at Dave’s “forced” basketball game.

While the exchanges between Ken and Molly are a comic delight, “What are you studying? Business, cause everyone can basically see yours,” the battle of wills between Allison (Suzy Nakamura) and Molly are just as funny. 

When Molly turns up at Dave’s game in her mother’s old “skirt” the tables are deftly turned by Mom who explains that the small bit of cloth that her daughter thinks was  a skirt is actually a headband.

*Sidenote*  The only complaint is that this must be the biggest headband in the history of fashion.  Perhaps “tube top” would have worked better?

In the scene, where Molly shows up with her smallest skirt yet, she removes her fatigue jacket to the cheers of two teen boys in the bleachers. After learning that she is wearing her mother’s old headband, the jacket comes back on; to the boos of the same lads:

Molly: “Settle down pervs, you wish…”

Ken learns that Dave really does not have any skill “on the court” and while refereeing the game, he allows his son to leave and attend the drought meeting.  Ken rocks it as the comically inept, but enthusiastic, referee substitute.

Of course Dr Ken is not just about the family Park.  Ken’s colleagues also deliver the laughs and Jonathan Slavin gets the award for non-Park family laugh of the evening. 

Clark shows up to watch Dave’s game as  show of support.  Ken mentions that he thought his assistant had a date, Ken surmises that the guy stood him up, to which Clark replies:

“B*tch did not even text. Go Dave!”

This after the backtrace and oily skin gag earlier in the office which were “issues” in his “30s.”

Also back at the office Damona (Tisha Campbell-Martin) and Pat (Dave Foley) have a running double act going that shows off both to great effect.  Julie (Kate Simses)  suggests to Damona, who wants time off to visit a friend in Mexico, that she get Pat to inadvertently racially incriminate himself.  It seems that the administrator did so once before and gave Damona a lot of extra vacation time as a result. 

What follows is her repeated attempt to get Pat to come out with any non politically correct statements that can be used against him.  Campbell-Martin and Dave Foley were brilliant together and the entire cast have shifted into capable  ensemble status with ease.

TISHA CAMPBELL MARTIN, DAVE FOLEY
Damona and Pat both and Tyler Perry hysterical…

Ken Jeong runs his comic ship with aplomb and can coax laughs with ease.  A stand out moment is the “basketball training” he undertakes with Dave. The failed lay up was priceless (as is the after  credits bit where we see Ken’s whole interaction with the two teams).

In terms of performances, the actors in this show never put a foot wrong. Each brings a sense of timing and delivery to the show. In Ken Cries Foul Krista Marie Yu kills it as the rebellious teen who, unintentionally, insults her mother several times (while pushing the limits on those skirts) by placing Allison’s teen years sometime in the 1950s.

Molly: “You must have been the hottest girl at all those “sock-hops.”

Allison: “I am not 70!”

By the end of the show, Dave proves that he rules at drought meetings, Molly realizes that in this instance, the parents have won and Damona gets a day off.

Ken Jeong and his ensemble equal good laughs and a group of performers who have it together in terms of comedy and chemistry. Dr Ken airs Fridays on ABC, long live Dr Ken.

 

 

Author: Mike's Film Talk

Former Actor, Former Writer, Former Journalist, USAF Veteran, http://MikesFilmTalk.com Former Member Nevada Film Critics Society

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