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.
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:
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 Rice) problem. Once there she falls hard for the older brother of Dave’s almost date.
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…”
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.
The whole Molly and Ross’ son on the couch scene.
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.”
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.