It is easy to love the dynamic on Dr Ken and Ken’s Physical allows all the characters to shine, with a storyline that deals with stress inducing kids, port-a-potties, proctology and a hernia exam. Molly proves to be unemployable, Dave is in love with the catering food from the commercial being shot next door (for Tampax), Clark and Damona get in a very one-sided “prank battle” and Julie Dobbs shows that she really is thorough.
Allison (Suzy Nakamura) learns that Ken has lied about getting a physical for over 20 years. She then insists that he get an exam the next day. Ken tries to get Dr Julie to “sign-off” on his physical paperwork, sans exam. She refuses and thus begins another “battle” this one of wills.
Clark (Jonathan Slavin) and his scrub penguin walk.
Molly (Krista Marie Yu) telling Allison and Ken why she was fired from her second job:
“I derailed a toddler train. In my defense, there was just as much screaming and crying before I hit it.”
Ken (again) doing his rapid fire rant about Molly losing yet another job:
Ken: “You got fired again?! Come on! Cannons don’t get fired as much as you! Pottery doesn’t get fired as much as you! Cuban cigars, a crowd at a pep rally, a furnace in Alaska… ”
Allison: “Ken, we get it.”
Ken “punishing” Allison for “stressing his heart,” during the meal with their next door neighbors.
Allison pulling off the heart monitor patches from Ken’s chest:
“Ow! Great! Now you pulled out both my chest hairs!”
Clark being pranked, yet again, by Damona (and Julio whom Clark asked to tell Damona that her car was on fire. After Clarke confesses, Juan Julio tells him:
JJ: “No, no, Mr. Clark, you told me to set her car on fire.”
Clark: (Rushing to the parking garage) “Oh, my God! Oh, my God! Oh, my God! Oh, my God!
JJ and Damona bump fists: “It’s just too easy with that guy, huh?”
Molly and Dave (Albert Tsai) “hiring” out the family bathroom to the commercial shooting crew next door.
Ken’s “dance” to prove that he is healthy…
Dr Ken and Ken’s Physical does a brilliant riff on the “doctors make the worst patients” saying . It also spotlights the stresses raising kids, in this instance; one teen and one not. The end of the episode has the Park couple uniting in their joint acceptance of the stresses of dealing with children who are getting older.
Suzy Nakamura and Krista Marie Yu continue to work well off one another as mother and daughter. Kate Simses proves yet again that she is a veritable queen of comedy with perfect timing and delivery. Slavin and Tisha Campbell-Martin turn in a comedic double act, with a little help from Marques Ray as Juan-Julio, and while Dave Foley had little to do in this episode, the entire cast rocked it.
Dr Ken has entered its “back nine” episodes proving easily that ABC was right to give this new doctoral and familial comedy a full season. The storylines and the comedy deliver and, although it has been said before, Ken Jeong and his company of performers just keep getting better and better.
This family comedy airs Fridays on ABC. Tune in and enjoy.