Dr Ken: DK and the Dishwasher – Daddy Issues and Sex With Pat

KEN JEONG, DANA LEE

Dr Ken delivers more comic platinum with D.K. and the Dishwasher, where Ken reveals a few “daddy issues” and Damona has sex with Pat…as Clark says, “Eww.”  Ken Jeong, the writers and cast all step up over the bar and deliver a great episode. Dana Lee kills it as the father who is fixing every little thing on Ken’s “to do” list.

The show starts with Ken’s mother off to Korea and an awkward phone conversation with her where he asks for nothing to be brought back, “We still have three pounds of roasted silkworm!”

After the phone call, the family Park talk about Ken’s father, who the entire family agree is gruff. Molly says:

“Oh, yeah. Tell us again about that time when you were a kid and you thought you saw him smile.”

Ken’s response is that his sister saw him smile too.

Grandpa shows up and explains that while the wife is in Korea, he will be staying. The family are not excited by this turn of events. Back at work Dr Julie comes in with a hangover after “Lisa’s party” and Damon arrives with disturbing news, she slept with Pat, not once, but twice.

Clark’s reaction?

“Eww?”

Ken manages to hear about the awkward confession and is delighted, “Man, did I pick the right day to come in late wearing quiet footwear.” As Damona explains what happened, Dr Ken does a comedy riff on her revelations.

Damona (to Clark): “Child please. When I’m driving the train, it always gets to the station.”

Ken: “To the station! …Choo Choo!”

Pat then shows up and tells everyone that he is getting back with his estranged wife and to add insult to injury then tells Damona that their sexual event meant nothing. He also explains that he mailed her bra to her and gives her the tracking number.

Later in the episode, Damona and Pat sort things out…

DAVE FOLEY, TISHA CAMPBELL-MARTIN
Pat and Damona the morning after…

Back at the Park home, D.K. is fixing everything. Even going so far as to replace the loud dishwasher (Dave: “It’s the soundtrack of my youth.”) with a European model that has WiFi and can be turned on “from your car.”

Ken’s frustration builds as his family suddenly realize that far from being gruff, D.K. is fun, useful and wise, just like a grandfather should be. Even Molly is swayed by his sage advice. Allison is overjoyed:

“He even fixed Molly!”

After being bested by his dad with the dishwasher, Ken sabotages the new machine and ends up in a confrontation with his father. The two clear up a few misconceptions and, in an almost tear-inducing moment, D.K. and Ken show how much they love and respect each other, sans hugs:

Ken: “Thanks, Dad. Should we… hug?”

D.K. “Nah. We hugged at Thanksgiving.”

Each episode of Dr Ken gets funnier.  D.K and the Dishwasher was sidesplitting both in the workplace setting and at the Park home.

Standout Moments:

Damona (Tisha Campbell-Martin) and Pat (Dave Foley) interacting after their sexual escapade. The dream sequence “permission to come aboard…again,” and Damona screaming herself awake.

Dr Julie (Kate Simses) and her pleased reaction after learning that she does not have a virus but a hangover:

“Wow. I’m kind of a cool-a** b*tch.”

JONATHAN SLAVIN, TISHA CAMPBELL-MARTIN, KATE SIMSES
Slavin, Campbell-Martin and Simses rocking it…

Julie and Damona’s conversation after the Pat “sex” reveal:

Dr. Julie: “Oh, girl… We all does cray d’s when we’re gettin’ krunk. It’s all good.”

Damona: “That’s got to stop right now.”

Clark’s reaction to the Pat news and his double “Eww” along with:

Clark: “Oh, my God, I have so many “filling the void” jokes in my head right now.”

Dana Lee kills it in this episode, full-stop. Example:

D.K. (to Ken): “Allison told me about your to-do list. You write fiction?”

Ken’s imitation of his father’s laugh that sounded remarkably like a “Scooby-Doo” laugh.

Dave Foley…as usual.

Honorable Mentions:

Dave’s line about the dishes being “licked clean by angels.” (To quote Clark: “Ew?’)

Allison’s riff on Ken about his “to do list,” and the finish :

Allison: “Yeah, we dug it out of the family archives.”

Ken: “Mm, ooh, good one.”

Allison: “The first thing on it was ‘assemble Molly’s crib.'”

Ken: “Ha ha.”

 

Overall Thoughts:

Dr Ken has found its feet and has moved into full comedy mode. All the cast have melded into a cohesive comic unit.  The gags are brilliant. Kudos to Suzy Nakamura, Krista Marie Yu, Dave Foley and Albert Tsai, Jonathan Slavin, Kate Simses, Tisha Campbell-Martin and of course Ken Jeong for providing a steady stream of laughs on a Friday night.

KEN JEONG, SUZY NAKAMURA
Ken Jeong and Suzy Nakamura, great comedic give and take.

Mad props to Dana Lee who proved that his comic delivery and timing was spot on.  The perfect combination of Lee’s expression, which is full of implied gravitas, and the unexpected humor was just brilliant. Hopefully “D.K.” will be on the show more often as the chemistry between the character and the Park family is just brilliant.

Dr Ken airs Fridays on ABC. Tune in and enjoy this funny series, let ABC know how great this show is by shooting up those viewing numbers. Ken Jeong and his crew  (“Yo!”)  must return for a second season…

 

 

Dr Ken: Delayed in Honolulu – Black Monday and Dr Oz (Review)

After their break for the holidays, Dr Ken returns with Delayed in Honolulu and provides a comical look at “Black Monday,” celebrity doctors, as in Dr Mehmet Oz, Ken’s being a 90s “hip-hop” wanna be and Dr Dobbs’ stepping up to the line for a waiting room full of flu sufferers.

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

After the required break for the holidays, Dr Ken returns with Delayed in Honolulu and provides a comical look at “Black Monday,” celebrity doctors, as in Dr Mehmet Oz, Ken’s being a 90s “hip-hop” wanna be and Dr Dobbs stepping up to the line for a waiting room full of flu sufferers.  While Ken gets the lion’s share of the action, with his approaching and annoying Dr Oz, the rest of the ensemble cast get some “standout moments.”

Dr Ken and family are trapped in the Honolulu airport and Dr Dobbs is the physician in charge as Ken’s official locum has the flu.  Ken’s airport layover problems includes one of their seats being separate from the rest, Dr Oz has the one needed to keep the family together and he is, ultimately,  annoyed by Ke and refuses to swap tickets.

Back at Welltopia, Kate is slowly seeing to the full waiting room of flu patients, Pat has Julio help him overcharge the waiting room for drinks and snacks while Damona and Clark get stressed out by how long it is taking Dr Dobbs to get through each individual patient on the waiting list.

Standout Moments:

Pat’s line about the waiting flu patients:

“When life gives you phlegm, you make ‘phlegm-onade.'”

Molly ditching  Trevor after his desperate texting and (too many)  emojis when he gets mom Allison’s text dumping him.

Ken’s faux English approach to get Dr Oz to trade tickets:

Ken: “Hello, Dr. Oz. Nice to meet you. Big fan…”

Dr Oz: “Nope.”

Ken: “Bollocks!

Alison accidentally sending the “dump” text to Trevor and Ken immediately distancing himself from the whole thing.

Dr. Dobbs (Kate Simses) wishing Damona “Best wishes” on Black Monday.

Clark’s line about the overly full waiting room:

“Have you seen the waiting room? It looks like “the walk-in dead.”

Dave playing cards with the college lads from Arizona State and starting his deal with “my Old Maid deck.”

Dr Oz having to come back to Dr Ken and trade the ticket so he can charge his new “8.”

Dave,  turning into The Cincinnati Kid and cleaning out the college kids.

Honorable Mentions:

The $20 faint gag.

Dr Dobbs’ line about addicts in the waiting room, of which there are actually two:

“And if you’re a drug seeker looking to score some Vicodin, it’s not gonna happen.”

Pat being bullied by Julio about the bacon wrapped hotdogs.

Dave, again, paying off the extra baggage fees and the desk attendant from his “winnings.”

“And this is for you. Get yourself something nice.”

Allison’s “I have fat thumbs, it’s the last place I lose weight.”

Ken’s response, “Let me! My thumbs are like babies’ pinkies.”

Overall thoughts:

Ken Jeong’s Dr Ken Park goes back into full “Woody Woodpecker” mode, with a  90s hip-hop wannabe vibe, that cranks things up nicely.  The fun behind the entire Honolulu delay is first counting the ways things will go wrong and then watching them happen.  We know that Ken is going to ultimately irritate Dr Oz (the TV doctor looks humorless and a bit “up his own bum.”) just as we know that utilizing his WW luck, Ken will ultimately get what he needs from Oz.

KEN JEONG, DR. MEHMET OZ
Dr Ken for the win, with Dr Oz…

Sidenote: Dr Mehmet Oz does a splendid job “sending himself up” here and  proves that it is not just “Dr Phil” who can take a joke.

Once again the interaction between Albert Tsai and Krista Marie Yu is spot on, the “Hey! You spilled my macadamia nuts” and the response of “Text walkers get priority” was funny and delivered with just the right amount of sibling irritation.

The Welltopia crew, Kate Simses, Tisha Campbell-MartinJonathan Slavin and Dave Foley kill it with the whole “Black Monday” scenario and Marques Ray (as Juan-Julio) gets his chance to shine. 

Dr Ken has characters that are fun and funny. Ken’s obvious channelling of his “inner thug/Hip-Hop artist yo” continues to be amusing, as is Alison’s, and in this episode Dr Oz’  reaction to it. The gags in this comedy can be enjoyed by everyone.

TISHA CAMPBELL-MARTIN, KATE SIMSES, JONATHAN SLAVIN
TISHA CAMPBELL-MARTIN, KATE SIMSES, JONATHAN SLAVIN

Dr Ken airs Fridays on ABC. Tune in and catch a comedy show that is uncomplicated and  guaranteed to make you laugh.

Dr Ken: The Master Scheduler (Review)

Dr Ken continues to deliver on the comedy front and in The Master Scheduler, the gags are about family dynamics, holiday time and scheduling for vacations. We also learn that Damona is either Bruce Wayne/Batman…or a “rich dude with a leather fetish.”

SUZY NAKAMURA, ALBERT TSAI, KRISTA MARIE YU

Dr Ken continues to deliver on the comedy front and in The Master Scheduler, the gags are about family dynamics, holiday time and scheduling for vacations. We also learn that Damona is either Bruce Wayne/Batman…or a “rich dude with a leather fetish.”

Once again the ensemble works well. Damona shares center stage with Ken and these two still make a good team. As double acts go, Tisha Campbell Martin and Ken Jeong do well with Martin’s character pretty much playing straight man but able to bounce back into comedic delivery when needed.

As usual Kate Simses gets off one or two really good ones. “You still have B-B-Q…” and “you knew what??” As Dr Julie, the actress manages to get out a number of punch lines that tickle and delight.

The show starts with a stressed out Allison (Suzy Nakamura) excited about the upcoming Ha-vie-ee trip sans kids. Before the two Park children learn about being left home, Molly asks for a new bikini (“Stuff got real this year,” she says sticking out her chest in a pose) and Dave says he too needs a new suit as  he has been tightening the front porch.

Cue a dilemma where Allison tells Ken off for not telling the kids that it is an adult only trip. Later, Molly and Dave work on their strategy to get included to the Hawaii vacation.  Molly (Krista Marie Yu)  coaches little brother Dave (Albert Tsai) on the two techniques meant to sway their mother.

This is another instance that proves just how well these two young actors work together. The whole scene with the fork, where Dave has his arm curled around the dinner plate with a snarl planted firmly on lip, while Molly urges him to protect his meal is funny. As is the switch to “the face” where Dave’ countenance changes to weepy.

While mother Allison does not fall for either one, Molly assures Dave that if they keep it up, it will work.  Dave snarls and flourishes the fork again and sis tells him not that a look, the other one. All quite funny.

KEN JEONG, SUZY NAKAMURA
Ken, Allison and “that” face..

The opening sequence of the show has Allison talking to a patient who has issues dealing with the holidays and offers some comic phone moments.  After the new swimsuit interaction it is revealed that the kids are not invited. Firstly Molly shouts about wanting  to learn how to surf and Dave says he wanted to see how resentful the “locals” are.

Dave gets the final word as he mumbles disbelievingly  to his dad:

“Really? Gangsta gonna play me like that?”

Back at “Welltopia” newly single Pat (Dave Foley) continues his with plans to have sex over the holidays, much to  Clark’s chagrin.  As usual the hospital administrator skirts just shy of being wildly offensive.  Ken learns that he forgot to put in the request for his day off to the master scheduler Phil Stockton.

Panicking, Ken goes to see Phil and after he leaves, Damona learns about the visit. She freaks out because she is the master scheduler, not Stockton.  The whole thing is satisfactorily sorted out and in the end even the Park kids get to go on holiday.

The humor in Dr Ken is the satisfying sort. Funny, not overly offensive and fairly distributed across the board, meaning  everyone has a chance to bring something to the party. Ken Jeong is the master at the “look” (not the type that Dave employs) and while Kate Simses is still brilliant at the perfect push of the low-key gag, Tisha Campbell Martin is moving up as consistent comedic performer.

KEN JEONG, TISHA CAMPBELL MARTIN, KATE SIMSES, JONATHAN SLAVIN
Damona, Bat Man or A rich dude with a leather fetish…

Dr Ken is good natured fun.  Jeong has perfected his “attitudinal” doctor and regardless of whether he is “living the thug’s life yo,” or rushing to keep his family happy, Ken nails it.  This episode was the mid-season finale and Dr Ken will return in the new year. Stick around and tune in, this is fun and has a cast who deliver. Tune in ABC on Friday night and catch the comedy.

Dr Ken: Ken Teaches Molly a Lesson – Laughter to the Nth Degree (Review)

KRISTA MARIE YU, SUZY NAKAMURA, KEN JEONG

As amazing as it may seem, after all the odds are against any sitcom knocking out of the park every single week,  Dr Ken achieves this easily. So much so that each episode equals laughter to the nth degree and one should avoid watching it on a tablet (or other device)  in public places if easily embarrassed. For instance, at this exact point and time, this reviewer is sitting in a crowded fast-food outlet, earphones in and is chortling, snorting and leaking tears of laughter at the beginning of Ken Teaches Molly a Lesson.

This episode is all about family, although those crazy folks at the medical center do appear and Dr. Park, along with Damona,  do a ’77 riff on Pat that is truly memorable and funny as hell.  Before then, and later, the episode is owned by Ken Jeong, Krista Marie Yu, Suzy Nakamura and Albert Tsai.  The part that had this reviewer laughing out loud, aka “LOLing” in a public place, was Molly’s question control after informing her parents that the police had shut down a party she was attending due to underage drinking.

Ken and Allison agree to not get angry and Molly allows them two questions. The parents discuss the situation and believe that the deal will not improve so they agree . Molly then explains about the police and the drinking.

Ken: “All right. Is there more?”

“Molly: “No and not a wise use of your question.”

Ken: “Damn!”

Allison: (to Molly who is leaving the room) “Hold on.  Don’t I get a question?”

Molly: “Yes! Good question Mom!”

Allison: “Damn!”

The teen does not escape, however, as Ken forces her to “fess up” about drinking half a beer and then pouring it out because she did not like the taste. Ken reacts badly to the news and Allison thanks Molly for telling them.

The two adults disagree on how to handle the situation.  Ken changes from the “fun one” to the strict one unlike Allison  with her “commune” upbringing.  She mentions his jail time after the first “Molly” incident. Ken agrees to handle things Allison’s way, but in the end, cannot.

Dr. Ken manages to put a brilliant spin on the gags in the show, from Ken Jeong’s referring to consuming half a beer as a “Korean whore’s breakfast” to spitting while saying “Fo sho.”  Determined to teach Molly a lesson, Dr. Park sits her down and drinks non-stop while showing his teenager the perils of alcohol consumption.

Cue one massively intoxicated Dr. Ken, who manages to get drunk as a lord and embarrasses Molly again in front of her friends.

Standout moment:

Ken drunkenly lurches toward a teenage girl he thinks is Molly and after hugging her says, “I used to give her a bath!” His trumpeting this mortifying information to the wrong girl is hysterically funny and culminates in Molly storming off.

While Ken “teaches Molly a lesson” Allison is determined to be the fun parent with Dave, something that Ken does already. She takes the boy to an Angela Merkel biography reading by the author. On their trip, she gets stopped for an illegal U-turn, gets the cop’s gender wrong, lies about Dave’s health to get him a seat at the reading and Dave falls asleep moments later, snoring out loud.

Back at work, Julie is upset that no one cares about her breakup with Topher and when Damona asks her if she thought that the medical clinic would be like Grey’s Anatomy, she says yes. Dr. Julie Dobbs then  goes into full blown rant mode and is offered half a tissue from Pat as “you look upset.”

TISHA CAMPBELL MARTIN, DAVE FOLEY, JONATHAN SLAVIN, KATE SIMSES
TISHA CAMPBELL MARTIN, DAVE FOLEY, JONATHAN SLAVIN, KATE SIMSES

By the end of the episode, Allison learns that she has become the fun one, Ken is massively hung over and each one takes pride in their efforts to be great parents.

Once again, Kate Simses kills it, with her Grey’s Anatomy rant, and Tisha Campbell-Martin teams up with Ken Jeong to deliver a  brilliant comedic rip on Dave Foley‘s administrator.  Ken and Krista Marie Yu also interact perfectly as he gets more and more intoxicated while she tries to warn him about his consumption. Suzy Nakamura and Albert Tsai are also spot on in their scenes together.

*Sidenote* Ken Jeong’s  “masking” bit re: strawberry daiquiris;  is another belly laugh moment as is the “second wind” entrance at the party. 

Like Dave’s description of his night out with Allison this episode of Dr. Ken: Ken Teaches Molly a Lesson, was “badass.” The series airs Fridays on ABC, tune in and prepare to laugh your “badass” off…

 

 

 

Dr Ken: Halloween-Aversary – Comedy Gold (Review)

JONATHAN SLAVIN, KEN JEONG

In keeping with what is now tradition on Dr. Ken,  Halloween-Aversary is comedy gold.  Also as with each episode thus far, their Halloween special is set on the day/night of the holiday itself and is not the focus of the episode.  There are costumes, candy, a skeleton and everyone in the show have some brilliant comedic moments.  This series has now reached the point where the laughs are guaranteed, regardless of the storyline.

This week’s show features a painful trip down memory lane for Ken.  At the Park home, Dave is dressed as Dr. Frankenstein “who is the real monster” and Molly is annoyed that she has to babysit. As the family work out who is going to what party, Molly repeats the story of Ken’s “botched” proposal, as revealed by grandma, 20 years previously.

Ken then tells the real story of how he was dressed as Judge Ito (Cue flashback sequence.) and as he goes to ask Allison to marry him,  she ruins it by beating him to the punch. He angrily reacts and tells her she messed up the moment with a “mouth-fart.”  Later, he decides to re-propose and get his wife a new ring.

At work, Pat takes a medicated lollipop (sucker) from Julie’s desk and Damona takes advantage of his “high-ness” to get a lot of things approved. Ken tries to buy a new engagement ring and Allison almost finds out when the bank gives her a credit card fraud call. While Ken tries to keep her from finding out he is using the card they get into an argument.

KATE SIMSES, TISHA CAMPBELL MARTIN, DAVE FOLEY
KATE SIMSES, TISHA CAMPBELL MARTIN, DAVE FOLEY

Ken gets so angry that he decides to call the whole thing off. After the big blow up, Hector tells Allison about the “surprise.”

In terms of comedy, this episode was the Rolls Royce of the series to date.  The jokes, gags and funny lines were many and delivered at a pace that almost took the viewer’s breath away.  Once again there were moments of truth in the performances of all the actors. Amid the stand out moments, Kate Simses once again gave her character that special touch (Watch for the red dragon moment) that makes her the queen of nuance.

Memorable moments:

Hector’s friend Keith.

Pat slamming his hand in the door (a hysterically cringeworthy moment capped by Damona yelling at him not to “play with it.) and Dave Hoyle’s  entire performance as the hopped up administrator.

Molly struggling to cover up her destruction of Ken’s medical skeleton and telling little brother Dave that “Your scent is all over this Dave.

Allison wearing a witch costume, her argument with Ken and her increasing ire over his gloating.

Ken: his costume, both in 1995 and the present. The dirt nap reference and his “proposal” as well as his usual portrayal of the doctor with “tude.”

Dr. Ken has moved the comedic bar with this special episode.  Brilliant comedy with a tiny bit of sentiment and a single tear.

KRISTA MARIE YU
Molly aka Krista Marie Yu

With this last episode the show has become a true ensemble effort with everyone knocking it out of the park in terms of comedy turns that make one laugh uproariously. Tisha Campbell-Martin, Kate Simses, Dave Foley, Jonathan Slavin (who manages to get the last laugh), Suzy Nakamura, Albert Tsai and Krista Marie Yu all had moments of sheer comedy bliss on Halloween-Aversary not once or twice but repeatedly.

Dr. Ken is filmed in front of a live studio audience and there are Twitter pics to prove it.  Although when watching the show, it is easy to hear that the people watching the performances are genuinely loving the action.  This is an ensemble sitcom with Ken Jeong as the glue that keeps the whole thing moving towards its goal of delighted laughter for the audience in the studio and the viewer at home.

Dr. Ken airs Fridays on ABC and has established itself as a show that equals comedic satisfaction.  To watch this sitcom is to love it.  Ken Jeong has proven that he and his fellow cast members can deliver the laughs and the show is “OMG” funny. Tune in and enjoy the fun that is Dr. Ken.

 

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