Note: This episode is also “out-of-sequence” in terms of the Damona/Pat and Clark meets his man storyline. In Dr. Ken this week Meeting Molly’s Boyfriend as well as Mexican wrestling masks there are omelets, origin stories and “overlapping” affairs on offer. Krista Marie Yu kills it this week with an impressive delivery of fun lines and at least one excellent “look.”
Although to be fair, the episode was also “owned by” Ken Jeong, Suzy Nakamura, Dave Foley and there was an epic “win” by Marques Ray as Juan-Julio. Guest star David Valdes does well by playing it perfectly straight and it sets up the comedic interchanges between his character and Dr. Ken brilliantly.
The storyline has Molly introducing her boyfriend Sean (Valdes) to her parents. Ken goes all out to welcome the high school wrestler to the “family.” Allison learns that Sean’s mother is a patient of hers and she attempts to move the woman to another doctor. She learns, to her dismay, that Sean is “cheating” on Molly with a girl named Chloe.
At Welltopia, Pat goes to Ken for support on his subordinate evaluation and Ken tries to help by telling the administrator that he needs to be nice to his “underlings.” Pat does his usual “cockeyed” approach to dealing with the hospital staff until he hits on the winning idea of free omelettes.
Ken and Allison are furious that Sean is cheating on Molly, but when Ken attempts to force a confession from the teen wrestler, it is Molly who cracks. Although it is Allison getting carried away and shouting, “You’re a cheater,” that causes Molly to reveal she “overlapped” Sean with her prior boyfriend.
Ken becomes distraught when he learns that Allison “overlapped” him when they met and later, he borrows a line from Sean (using an A-Ha reference) and gets busted by Allison who knows it.
Before the end credits roll, everything is sorted out. Allison proves that she does cherish the Park “origin” story, although Ken does ban her from Facebook.
In terms of standout moments, this episode of Dr. Ken has a plethora of bits that tickle the funny bone to the nth degree.
Molly’s entrance at the episode start. Her opening lines were spot on.
“Seriously mom control your man”
Molly: “Dad, your fly…”
Ken: “I’m supa fly.”
Molly: “No, Dad, your fly is supa open…”
Molly’s “look” at Dave’s revelation about left-handed toilet paper..
Her threat of revenge to her parents:
“I don’t know how I’m gonna retaliate for this, but it’s probably gonna be older, and it’s probably gonna drive a motorcycle.”
In response to Pat’s ham-fisted attempts to be nice to his subordinates: “Pat, this is gonna take forever…”
The matching Mexican Wrestling masks.
“A frying pan? Allison, this is a sport not a cartoon!”
Re: The wrestling masks, the match between Sean and “Ken” at the end of the episode.
Ken And Clark:
Ken’s “Cheater Pan” and Clark’s response:
“Look I can lie!”
After both Clark and Dr Julie do their impressions of Pat, Juan-Julio then does the perfect impression of Pat:
“Oh, but this morning, when I asked if you would pay me to make omelets, you said, ‘You’re a valet. Why would I pay you to make omelets, Juan-Julio?'”
Sidenote:This is truly hysterical, if watching on a tablet or an iPad, or even your phone in a public place, be prepared to burst out laughing (in delight) at this perfect moment. You have been warned.
“This is our first fight!”
This could have been a standout moment, but due to the out-of-sequence episodes; as in the last two are before the Damona/Pat “wild thing” affair, Damona’s line is ironically, yet hysterically, funny. Pat attempts to help Damona carry some files and her retort is brilliant:
“Get the hell offa me grandpa…”
Oh the irony…
Allison’s telling Ken, after his “spring rompers” line:
“You need more male friends.”
All’s well that ends well. The storyline this week had more than its fair share of laughs and chortles. Krista Marie Yu rocked it, as did Albert Tsai (an alternative subtitle was “Dave’s First Break Up”). The comedy was unremitting, from Ken’s safe word (“You guys have a safe word? Gross.” says Molly.) to the wrestling bit at the end, and those “named” masks, this episode proves that this show just keeps getting better and funnier regardless of whether the sequencing is in order or not.
Dr. Ken airs Fridays on ABC. If you like to laugh, tune into the funniest scripted show on television. Mike’s Film Talk has been informed by a very reliable source (Ken Jeong himself) that the out-of-sequence sequencing is now over…