Ken Jeong Exclusive Interview: Dr. Ken, Dicky Wexler and a Career High

KEN JEONG (WRITER/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)

Ken Jeong took time out of his extremely busy day, Ken actually called me from the editing bay of Dr. Ken, and spoke with Mike’s Film Talk about his start in the entertainment business, Dr. Ken, and why Dicky Wexler’s Last Show is an episode he counts as a career high. We also spoke about his stint as stand-up comedian, his fellow cast members,  the show finale, Randall Park and Jamie Foxx.

Ken Jeong has amassed a gross of screen credits on both the small screen and the larger cinema screen. He got his start in 1997 on television but the real beginning was while attending pre-med courses at Duke University. He took an acting class where he caught the bug instantly. Ken realized that he loved acting.

So much so, in fact, that he auditioned for the acting school at Duke. He was accepted and then had to contemplate switching majors.

Ken: “So in reality my love for acting began over 25 years ago way before my career in medicine ever got started. I did continue with medicine and developed a passion for it. My wife is a doctor; she still practices, and it is a big part of my life. In a way, Dr. Ken is a culmination of areas of my life.”

After making the hard decision to keep studying medicine, Ken never got over the lure of performing and started doing stand-up comedy throughout his remaining educational time and while doing his medical residency.

It was, Ken says, a logical choice.

Ken found that his natural gift for comedic acting transferred well to the arena of stand-up and he won a contest where the prize was a “golden ticket” to perform at the world famous Improve Club in Los Angeles. The rest, as the saying goes, is history.

Before talking about Dr. Ken, and Ken’s favorite episode Dicky Wexler’s Last Show, we talked about his passion for performing.

Mike’s Film Talk (MFT): Looking at your bio and the various interviews you’ve done in the past, it looks like stand-up comedy is your first love.

Ken: Well…I’ve got to say that acting is my first love. Although going right back childhood, my first love was for academics and then acting, without any inkling of performing either ability, or even ambition.

MFT: Oh.

Ken: What happened was I really wanted to do theatre when I was in college. When I got fortunate enough to be accepted to medical school, I had to stop the acting school and finish what I’d started medically, or pre-medically. Then once I started in medical school I still had this desire to perform, but I had no idea what to do. So I thought, ‘why not give stand-up a try.’ Because I’d always excelled at ‘comedy’ acting and this is kind of a manifestation of that.

MFT: Right.

Ken: And Stand-up became like a great hobby. You could go to an “open mic” event once or twice a month and just let off some steam. I really viewed it as my hobby while in med school and during my residency and it was not anything I was trying to do professionally. But it just so happened I could do it well enough to do it professionally, and one thing led to another. Winning the contest to go to LA and perform at the Improv in Hollywood and that got my foot in the door in LA.

MFT: The move to stand-up makes a certain amount of sense. Once you have experienced the immediacy of feedback from a live theatre audience, nothing else really fulfills that experience, so the switch over to stand-up sounds like a brilliant replacement.

Ken: Oh yes, the immediacy of the audience feedback doing is hard to describe if you’ve never experienced. But, yes there is a high, a performance high, that get out of doing that. It is funny though, while I was doing it, I had opportunities to go on the road and open for high profile comedians but I opted not to.

MFT: Why not?

Ken: Well as much as I love stand-up, and a lot of my friends are in stand-up as well; I really love acting and wanted to do ‘proper’ acting. This is what prompted me to book a part in “Knocked Up” and later Hangover. I truly love acting more than stand-up but I really enjoyed my time while doing stand-up. There is a lot of grey involved there, it’s not black or white situation as in “Oh I like this, I don’t like this.”

MFT: I know looking at the bio it seemed that comedy had been your starting point, like Steve Martin or Robin Williams, and that you’d gravitated over to acting but actually the reverse is true.

Ken: Yeah the reverse is true. It was more like theatre acting, stand-up and then acting. But to your point; like in the Dicky Wexler episode, there is an affinity for stand-up comedy with my character and that will culminate in the season finale where stand-up will be involved.

MFT: Oh brilliant!

Ken: Oh yeah, it goes there. And it will be a point where Ken will try his hand at stand-up comedy. There is a lot of “art imitating life” so I’m glad you feel that way after reading my filmography and credits and also following the show because what you said…although in my “exact” life I had a more nuanced experience than that, but in the universe of the show, Ken’s love for stand-up is real and genuine.

And I don’t think it’s coincidence that in an episode like “Kevin O’Connell” that he was doing stand-up for the HMO banquet…Which is also based on a true story. At the physicians HMO banquet every year I would do stand up comedy and that pertained to that.

MFT: Oh that’s brilliant! I was going to mention that early on in the series, in one of my reviews, I called Dr. Ken “the Woody Woodpecker” of medicine in that he said and did things no one else would dare to and was quite unapologetic about it. He was Ken Park, doctor, and he was going to do things his way.

Ken: Exactly. He doesn’t have  a filter he’s not sensitive or self aware and  I think that’s the big difference in our characters. In the life of Dr. Ken, he overreacts but has no self awareness, but in real life I overreact but I’m painfully self-aware. I’m a very sensitive guy and I really do care what other people think.

MFT: Which is all part of being an actor…

Ken: Yeah, that is part and parcel of being an actor, absolutely.

MFT: I was going to ask, just for a laugh, who you’d rather go to..obviously you wouldn’t want to go to Dr. Park.

Ken: Yeah, that’s because as a physician, in real life as a doctor I tried not to be funny with my patients. I never really liked doing that. It is funny that when people meet me they are very surprised at how low-key I am and how seriously I took medicine. That was what I wanted to do growing up so I  took that seriously. 

MFT: Yes.

Ken: I’ve said in interviews before that I never jerked around patients like Patch Adams. I never went around saying, “Aw you got herpes, but I got your nose! Honk! Honk!” 

MFT: (Laughing) Which would probably result in a lawsuit these days.

Ken: (laughs)

MFT: I’ve watched “Dicky Wexler’s Last Show” twice now. Now I have to say, my two favorite episodes so far have been “Ken at the Concert” and “Dicky’s Last Show” and both for the same reason. They each made me laugh and cry a little. Now I’m a soppy old git and I’ve cried at Scooby Doo before…

Ken: (laughing)

MFT: And the odd commercial. But these episodes  each contained the perfect blend of comedy and that little touch of pathos, or poignancy. In the concert episode, Ken is trying so hard do connect with his little girl who’s outgrowing his sphere of fatherly influence and at the concert he realizes,  in the parent lounge,  that the other parents have given up and Ken decides he’s going to “rescue” his relationship with Molly.

Dr Ken: Dicky Wexler’s Last Show – Laughs, Tears and Genius (Recap/Review)

Dr Ken has been rocking its comedy since the series hit screens on ABC and Dicky Wexler’s Last Show is no exception to all previous episodes. Except…This poignant, yet funny, storyline has laughs, tears and a touch of genius.

TISHA CAMPBELL-MARTIN, JONATHAN SLAVIN, DAVE FOLEY

Dr Ken has been rocking its comedy since the series  hit screens on ABC and Dicky Wexler’s Last Show is no exception to all previous episodes. Except…This poignant, yet funny, storyline has laughs, tears and a touch of genius.  The genius part comes in with the inclusion of a favorite patient who has a terminal disease and the effect it  has on Ken.

Guest star George Wyner kills it as Dicky Wexler, an old-time Friars Club comedian who has cancer and a performer that Ken has adored since childhood.  

“I did one of his routines word-for-word for my fourth grade talent show…It did not go real well, but in my defense I didn’t know he didn’t go motor boating with Charo, brbrbrbrbrbrbrbrb”

Dicky is a Don Rickles/Joan Rivers type of comic. Slightly insulting humor that is good natured in delivery and never too nasty.  Although some of Wexler’s humor irks  at least one person at Welltopia,

Pat: “Damona! Is the old man gone, I’m having a puffy day and don’t feel I can endure  any more of his barbs”

The plot threads this week are many. Clark’s vegan lunch, Molly has a cavity (while Dave’s teeth are perfect and Allison bumps into an old patient who left therapy and lied about it. Later at dinner, Allison vents and a phone call brings the show back to Dicky’s story.

At the start of the episode Wexler is introduced by Clark and Dr. Ken is beside himself with excitement. Dicky enters and delivers a run of one-liners each targeted to fit the members of Welltopia who know him.  He then spots Dr. Julie and proposes that she have a name change to Wife Number Five.

After poking fun at Pat, as Ken hustles his hero into the examination room, it is revealed that Wexler has Myeloma and has had for several years. Dicky has named his cancer “Charlene” after his ex wife:

“They’re each about as much fun and  have had similar effects on me.”

What Ken’s favorite patient wants is clearance to perform at the Friars Club. The club is nervous about “Charlene” and Dicky wants to go on. Ken caves in and gives Wexler the note. After the comic leaves Julie questions the wisdom of allowing Dicky to go on.

Ken responds that he has been the comic’s doctor for years:

Ken: “I was treating Dicky since you were a little girl doing pretend vaccinations on your dolls.”

Julie: “I told you that in confidence!”

Clark talks the staff into having a vegan lunch since the cafeteria will be closed and although Pat initially reacted negatively, “sorry I had lawn trimmings for breakfast this morning” he agrees when Damona points out that Jared Leto is vegan.

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

Later, when Allison is angrily talking about her old patient, Ken gets a call. Dicky has collapsed.  Ken rushes to the hospital and Dicky talks the doctor into letting him go onstage. Dr. Ken agrees to allow it. Dicky is pleased and tells Ken, as he leaves:

“I’ll see  ya when I see ya.”

Back at the Park house, Dave is overindulging in sugar, eating multiple bowls of blue cereal and the night before taking a bag of snickers to his room. Allison warns her son and he declares he has “enamel for days, son!”

The vegan food arrives and Clark excitedly passes around everyone’s order. Pat sniffs the meatless hamburger in front of him and reaffirms that there is no meat in the burger. “None at all, confirms Clark, prompting Pat to sweep the burger, container and all into the bin.

Damona declares her kale ravioli delicious.

While Ken sets up the ambulance for Dicky, Julie once again questions the wisdom of letting Wexler go.  After asking how he should tell his comedy idol. Dr. Julie tells him honesty is the best policy.

Julie has vegan chili and Pat declares that is smells like “Satan’s diaper.” Julie retorts that usually honesty is the best policy. Ken then tells Dicky who responds angrily and orders his doctor out of the room.

Clark discovers Damona’s lunch in the rubbish bin and angrily confronts her. She explains that it tasted nasty and she did not want to tell Clark as he tends to overreact. Clark clutches his chest and falls backward to the floor.

After a family meal where there are at least two epiphanies inspired by something someone else has said, Ken and Allison rush from the kitchen. When Molly remarks on the oddness of people getting sudden realizations based on what other people are saying, Dave jumps up, slaps the table and says “Based on! That’s it!” Molly asks what “it” is and her brother replies it is nothing, he just wanted to be included.

At Welltopia, Clark who is still upset about the kale lunch gets rumbled when Juan-Julio comes in to repay Clark for giving him his lunch the day before. He has to admit that he did not like the food either. He and Damona make up. Clark tries the burrito and it is vile. Juan-Julio explains it is payback for the nasty lunch Clark gave him.

JONATHAN SLAVIN

Allison goes back to the clinic where  she bumped into her old patient. After a brief, funny, clearing of the air, Allison realizes she can more forward. However, she does have to go into a lactating clinic where she said she had an appointment.

Back at Welltopia, Ken has arranged for Dicky to give his last performance from this hospital bed. Wexler is on fire as he gives his last show. It is a touching moment, but not as touching as the last scene: the tag.

Ken is listening to the CD of Dicky’s act, brought in at the start of the episode, holding a glass of whiskey as he laughs to favorite old jokes. He raises the glass and toasts the absent Dicky with his idol’s catchphrase “See ya when I see ya pal.”

This episode is Ken Jeong magic, although the entire cast go over and beyond the call of comic duty, with touch of pathos here and there.

Kudos to:

George Wyner for that “old-school” comic performance, one that brought back memories of Berle, Youngman and even, to a degree,  Rodney Dangerfield.

Jonathan Slavin for that “fall” (Honestly laugh worthy no matter how many times one watches it.)

Suzy Nakamura for her ire fueled rant at the appointment where she confronts her former patient.  Just brilliant.

Kate Simses’ “Confidence” shout which worked brilliantly with her sage advice to Ken.

Tisha Campbell Martin who, as usual, makes performing comedic acting  look easy as falling off a log, as does her onscreen paramour, Pat, aka Dave Foley.

Dave Foley with his delivery of the descriptions of vegan offerings ,each showing his character’s sheer distaste of all “lawn trimmings, mulch and cave scraping’s”.

Albert Tsai and Krista Marie Yu with their double act after the dentist and later when “Dave” goes on a sugar diet.

Marques Ray for “that” look.

And finally Ken Jeong himself for making the reviewer laugh throughout the show and then cry at the end of the episode. That one single tear while listening to Dicky’s recording just killed it.

Dr. Ken airs Fridays on ABC. Tune into this series and see why it is the best scripted comedy on TV.

 

 

Dr Ken: Meeting Molly’s Boyfriend – Omelets, Overlap & Origin Stories (Review)

Note: This episode is also “out-of-sequence” in terms of the Damona/Pat and Clark storyline. In Dr. Ken this week Meeting Molly’s Boyfriend as well as Mexican wrestling masks there are omelets, origin stories and “overlap” on offer.

KEN JEONG, DAVID VALDES

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.

KRISTA MARIE YU, KEN JEONG, SUZY NAKAMURA
KRISTA MARIE YU, KEN JEONG, SUZY NAKAMURA, AKA Molly, Dr. Ken and Allison…

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.

Standout Moments:

Molly:

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.”

Ken:

“Apricot! Apricot!”

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!”

Allison:

“Cheatwood Mac…”

MARQUES RAY, DAVE FOLEY
MARQUES RAY, DAVE FOLEY

Juan-Julio:

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.


Dave:

“This is our first fight!”

Honorable mentions:

 DAVE FOLEY, TISHA CAMPBELL-MARTIN, JONATHAN SLAVIN
“Grandpa.”

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.”

Final Thoughts:

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.

KEN JEONG, DAVID VALDES
Ken Jeong vs David Valdes

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…

 

 

Dr Ken: The Wedding Sitter – “Selfish Dancer” Review

Dr. Ken: The Wedding Sitter had a lot going for it, a brilliant “sort-of” cross-over where Fresh Off the Boat regular (Ian Chen who plays Evan Huang) steps in as Dave Park’s doppelgänger.

 KEN JEONG, SUZY NAKAMURA

Dr. Ken: The  Wedding Sitter had a lot going for it, a brilliant “sort-of” cross-over where Fresh Off the Boat regular (Ian Chen who plays Evan Huang) steps in as Dave Park’s doppelgänger. There is some great Molly (Krista Marie Yu) showcasing and a sweet ending for Clark (Jonathan Slavin) in a Four Weddings and a Funeral fashion  as well as a great “selfish dancer” storyline which ends on an uplifting note…almost.

Sidenote: There was one issue. Okay, this is “sitcom-land” where logic does sometimes have to fly out the window. However…Either this episode has been aired out-of-sequence or the Pat/Damona “colleagues-with-benefits” storyline has taken an odd turn. Since everyone, and by everyone meaning all the folks at the clinic, know about the two “doing the nasty” Pat’s insistence that “the three of you” avoid him at the wedding makes no sense at all.  Can we have a collective shrug? 

Still, this episode had some brilliant comic moments.  Dr Ken, (Ken Jeong) cuts a mean rug and does some great moves…”yo.” In terms of highlights the two dance sequences at the Tuttle wedding the first where Ken is a “selfish dancer” and the second where he and Allison (Suzy Nakamura) do their ballroom dance sequence, with disastrously funny consequences,  rock.

So too do the brief flashbacks where the young actor picked to portray Dr Ken is the same height (If not taller?) than his adult “self.” Ken Jeong is great at playing these height gags with an aplomb that is envious (take,  for example, Dave’s Valentine).

The storyline this week has all of the clinic being invited to Dr. Tuttle’s wedding, although Julie (Kate Simses,  who also rocked it this week with her “shouting” at the doctor), Clark and Damona (Tisha Campbell-Martin) are clearly on the ‘B’ invite list.

Julie: “Mine was addressed to “Dr. Julie Dobbs or current resident.

JONATHAN SLAVIN, TISHA CAMPBELL-MARTIN, KATE SIMSES
Wrong wedding…oops.

Later, the trio’s suspicions are confirmed when they learn that they have no seats at the event. However, on the up side, Clark meets his perfect match in Connor (Stephen Guarino) although the two get separated when the group learn they are at the wrong wedding reception.

At the Park residence, Molly is press-ganged into babysitting duty since the regular sitter is ill.  After giving in, the teenager then enlists a former (and much older) sitter to look after her brother so she can go to the grove with friends.  Not to be outdone by this show of cunning, Dave then hires Henry (Ian Chen) to be his “stand-in” for the evening so he can attend a magic show.

At the real wedding reception, Ken dances with Allison,  proving that he is not a selfish dancer after all.  Clark is reunited with Cooper and Pat, who is initially overjoyed at seeing the trio he brushed off prior to the reception,  ends up out in the cold.

Standout Moments:

Ken’s dancing.

Those flashbacks, or more correctly the reactions of those privy to Park’s walk down memory lane.

Molly and Dave with their quickly concocted story and the fist-bump.

Julie shouting at Tuttle twice, but not in a bad way.

Henry and Mrs. Pancake discussing the wall and immigration (after Dave told him not to bring it up).

Clark and Connor.

Ian Chen proving that he rocks whether he is on Fresh Off the Boat or on Dr Ken.

 JILL BASEY, IAN CHEN
Mrs Pancake (Jill Basey) and Henry (Ian Chen).

Apart from that “clanging moment” where Pat totally seemed to be disrespecting his “shag partner” this was another instance of Dr Ken proving once again it is one of the funniest shows on television.   While Ken Jeong effortlessly turns in a comic performance that leaves one almost breathless with laughter, and not a little awed, the rest of the cast also manage to prove that their comedic chops are mighty.

It as to be said that Dave Foley, as Pat, has become a particular favorite, like an American “Terry Thomas” but with a touch of discomfort that makes his sexually obsessed hospital administrator a delight to watch.

Overall Thoughts:

The entire episode is excellent crack, apart from the Pat/Damona misstep. It was great fun to see Chen from Fresh Off the  Boat  (The “Huang children” on the other ABC sitcom comedy are favorites of Mike’s Film Talk and it would have been brilliant to see all of them worked into the show somehow…just saying.)  and the cake scene was well done.

Ken: “Whew! That was close.”

It was a nice touch to see why Ken was a selfish dancer and it allowed the series to add a little bit more to the character of Dr Ken Park.

 KATE SIMSES, TISHA CAMPBELL-MARTIN, DAVE FOLEY
Pat just before getting his comeuppance…

Dr Ken airs Fridays on ABC. Stop by, take a seat and prepare to laugh.

 

Dr Ken: Dave’s Valentine – Ken Meets Community (Recap/Review)

In Dr. Ken this week, Dave’s Valentine focusses on the kids, Pat and Damona’s continuing “it’s complicated” relationship, Topher and Julie and Dr. Ken meets Community as Joel McHale and Danny Pudi turn up as guest stars.

SUZY NAKAMURA, KEN JEONG, JOEL MCHALE

In Dr  Ken this week, Dave’s Valentine focusses on:  The kids, Pat and Damona’s continuing “it’s complicated” relationship,  Topher and Julie. In this episode  Dr Ken meets Community as Joel McHale and Danny Pudi turn up as guest stars.  Pudi plays Topher (Dr. Julie’s often mentioned but never seen boyfriend)  and McHale is the lawyer who tried to take Ken to the cleaners, and failed,  and also father of Dave’s crush.

Dave wants to ask the “ambulance chaser’s” daughter to the Valentine’s Day dance. Ken and Allison provide guidance that differs in content and Molly steps in to help.  Later, when Dave (Albert Tsai) gets Emma to say yes, her father then forbids the boy to approach her at the school event. 

At the start of the show, Pat (David Foley) and Damona (Tisha Campbell-Martin) continue their oddly apt relationship and the hospital administrator reports their liaisons to Irene from human resources; repeatedly and embarrassingly.  Both of them, however, rush to tell Irene that they are not “dating.” 

Later, Pat invites his new squeeze out for a liquid libation during  the upcoming weekend, which Damona reminds him is Valentine’s Day.  In keeping with his weirdly suggestive way of speaking, Pat refers to it as VD, much to Damona’s irritation.

TISHA CAMBELL-MARTIN, DAVE FOLEY, JOY JACOBSON

At Dave’s school, Ken bumps into Ross Kirkland “the valley’s sleaziest lawyer” and the two swap insults with Ross picking on Ken’s size and bragging that he has his own island:

“Kitchen Island!”

Before the two antagonists meet, Ken talks Dave through “walking the walk” and on how to ask Emma out:

“Are you a parking ticket? Cause you got ‘fine’ written all over you.”

Before the school action,  Julie reveals that her Valentine’s Day party is now a President’s Day one  as Topher (Pudi) has cancelled at the last minute.

Dave learns that Emma has been banned from dancing with him at the school dance.  Ken and Allison talk about the problem and Ken verbally attacks his wife’s lasagna.

Back at Welltopia, Clark (Jonathan Slavin) reveals he has a hot date on “VD.”   He also warns Damona about getting involved in the Topher/Julie romance. Molly takes Dave over to the lawyer’s house in an attempt  to help with the Emma (Isabella Kai Riceproblem. Once there she falls hard for the older brother of Dave’s almost date.

Standout Moments:

The “presidents” sexual innuendo between Damona and Pat:

“A sitting president? That’s just disrespectful.”

Ken’s three C’s talk to Dave which is the polar opposite of the one given to Molly (Krista Marie Yu).

Molly’s advice to Dave:

“If you listen to anyone, listen to mom…then again, look who she ended up with…”

ALBERT TSAI, KEN JEONG

The “baller strut”  that Ken shows Dave and then the boy’s re-creation of it.

Dr Julie’s “Memory sheriff line.”

The interaction between Ken and Ross, specifically the on-line school gag.

Jonathan Slavin’s “Tony’s” story.

Damona ripping Topher when he shows up at the party and Clark showing up to help save the day.

JONATHAN SLAVIN, KATE SIMSES, DANNY PUDI

The whole Molly and Ross’ son on the couch scene.

Overall Thoughts:

There was a real feel-good moment when Clark arrives to help Julie withstand the Topher-stare.  The two “Park” kids were great in this episode, Dave and Molly both appearing to be similarly afflicted when bowled over by the opposite sex was very funny.

Visually, the whole “kid” gag between McHale and Ken Jeong worked brilliantly. The Community actor is six feet four inches tall. Added to McHale’s already formidable  height was a hairstyle that gave Joel an extra three inches, making him look like a giant next to Ken.

At the end of the show, when Molly is caught with Ross’s son, the boy runs (at Molly’s suggestion) proving that even at five feet five inches tall, a father is still terrifying to a teenage boy.

Dr Ken continues to provide consistent comedy with characters that deliver. Pat and Damona have become the show’s newest double act and the two Park children have now solidified into a cohesive comic unit. Both Albert Tsai and Krista Marie Yu exude a believable sibling chemistry while still popping the comedy chain.

Ken: “Hello Gorgeous.”

Dave: “Hello.”

 

This ABC comedy airs on Fridays and has yet to misfire on any episode. Ken Jeong, apart from managing to kill it each and every week, has melded brilliantly with Suzy Nakamura who plays his wife Allison.  The cast work as an effective ensemble that all bring something to the comedic table.

Tune in and bliss out.