Dr Ken: Ken’s an Expert Witness – Ken Rests (Review)

In Dr. Ken: Ken’s an Expert Witness the doctor’s confidence takes a battering, going all the way down from a level 10, to an eight and dropping. The episode if full of surprises. That Ken can actually lose confidence in himself being the biggest. Other surprises follow with Dave revealing a natural talent in clothing manufacture and an attraction between Juan-Julio and Dr. Julie.

 JIM RASH, JONATHAN SLAVIN, KEN JEONG

In Dr. Ken: Ken’s an Expert Witness the doctor’s  confidence takes a battering, going all the way down from a level 10, to an eight and dropping.  The episode if full of surprises. That Ken can actually lose confidence in himself being the biggest. Other surprises follow with Dave revealing a natural talent in clothing manufacture and an attraction between Juan-Julio and Dr. Julie.

Juan-Julio actually has two surprises, that  he apparently likes to perform at a local venue and he invites Damona and Julie to a lip-sync show where he will sing as “Prince” doing a Beach Boys number.  (The theme is “celebrities” singing Beach Boy tunes in their style and not the style of the Beach Boys.) The second surprise is his ability to analyze people by the state of their cars.

Even though Damona gives Julie the “thumbs down” sign, the intern tells Juan-Julio that they will go. An excited Juan-Julio leaves the reception and Damona is more than annoyed. Exhibiting the thumbs down sign again she asks Julie:

“What?  What do you think this means?”

Julie: “That we’re down to go.”

Later, Ken is asked by Pat to be the medical expert for a trial.  The administrator reveals that the other eight doctors he asked refused. Ken is overjoyed to be an expert for the court.  At home he excitedly tells Allison about now being an expert.

Molly comes down and makes an announcement.

Molly: “Hey, legal guardians. I just found a way to save our family a bunch of money.”

Allison: “Molly, we’ve been through this. We’re keeping Dave”.

It turns out Molly wants a new dress for the Spring Formal and she explains that she can wear the same garment to her wedding and even her parents funerals.  Both Ken and Allison decline the purchase and Molly asks them what she will wear instead. The parents trot out ideas and Molly storms off into the kitchen.

KRISTA MARIE YU, ALBERT TSAI

Dave offers to make Molly the dress and after initially reacting poorly big sis agrees but only after seeing that Dave has reprogrammed the “Rhoomba into a robot that brings me fudge.” The exchange between the two is not promising at first:

Dave: :What’s wrong?”

Molly: “Grown-up stuff. When I have a “Yo Gabba Gabba!” related problem, I’ll come to you.”

At the Juan-Julio performance the valet comes out as Prince (formerly known as “symbol”)  who then does “Kokomo.” He “ropes” Dr. Julie up on the stage to be part of the act and she is clearly having the time of her life.

Ken has his day in court.

As Dr. Ken leaps to enter the witness box, Clark tapes the proceedings on his mobile phone. Despite being giddy with the experience of testifying he starts giving  his evidence clearly and professionally.

The attorney (Jim Rash) for the plaintiff then rips Ken apart on the stand.  He mocks the doctor, imitates him and strips Ken of his credibility.  Flamboyance and exaggeration allows the lawyer to confuse Dr. Ken and  his actions devastate the doctor.

Dave makes the dress and dislikes it. He ask Allison to buy one instead. (This leads to a misunderstanding that is just brilliant. ) It seems that the little brother is anxious for Molly to appreciate and respect him. Allison offers to make the dress herself.

It is clear that Allison is out of her depth here as Dave has to point out that there is no thread in the sewing machine. Later her efforts as not appreciated by Molly at all, who believes Dave made the dress and she thinks there might be something wrong with him:

“Seriously, Mom. I thought something might be wrong with him. I was gonna say something to you privately.”

ALBERT TSAI, SUZY NAKAMURA

Ken complains to Allison later about the “triflin’ attorney” and she tells him not to worry but the doctor is stressed about the six jury member’s “he killed.”

“When I close my eyes I can still see their faces.”

At work, Ken is shaken after the trial and Julie feels that she and Juan-Julio have a connection. After Ken has a meltdown moment with a patient his staff try to help him after discovering the his confidence level is at an all-time low of eight. Clark tells Ken that he has nothing to prove and this motivates the doctor to action.

Forcing his staff to do an “all-nighter” they find the evidence that Ken needs to slam the attorney. While learning what his co-workers have found, the staff are all cranky and snapping at one another and Julie has heart palpitations.

Ken has a triumphant return to the courtroom and nails it.

KEN JEONG, JIM RASH

Molly sees the dress that Dave actually made and loves it, declaring that he has  real talent.  Allison is not happy as Molly goes on and on about the dress Allison made. Ken is back to up 10 on the confidence scale and Juan-Julio gives Dr. Julie a pep-talk.

Standout Moments:

The attorney blithely killing off half the jury and Ken’s guilt about it.

“You’re dead. You’re dead. You’re dead. You’re dead. You’re dead. You initially recover but then, but then out of nowhere… boom. Dead. And you hope to get a second opinion, but you couldn’t… ’cause your doctor killed you.”

Allison’s reactions to Molly, and Dave, dissing her attempt at dress-making.

Juan-Julio.

Ken’s “Matlock” moment and “You can’t handle the truth!”

Pat’s listing of all the things that Clark, Damona and Dr. Julie say not to mention.

Dr. Julie’s line to Damona about Pat:

“I know you and Pat boned a bunch of times, but still.”

Dr. Julie again with her heart issues and Ken’s reactions to her problem.

Dave’s “you pinned the blame on me.”

Final Thoughts:

As usual the cast of Dr. Ken killed it.  Guest star Jim Rash, another Community alumni, was hysterical as the attorney.  Clarks “crush” on Rash’s character was brilliant as was the entire Molly dress-capade.  The highlight of the show was Ken returning triumphant to that courtroom, but that short Prince sings the Beach Boys sequence was right behind it.  Kate Simses allowed her character to look euphoric while on that stage.

The “all nighter” bit was genuinely funny and once again Dr. Julie lets out a little fire with her retort to Ken about the website.

Kudos to Krista Marie Yu, Albert Tsai and Suzy Nakamura for the entire bit of the Molly’s dress storyline. These three performers have meshed beautifully as family and the comedy was sweet.

Mad props to Marques Ray who plays Juan-Julio, he absolutely rocked it to the max in this episode.

Generally, the theme this week was confidence: An overabundance (Ken), too little (Dave and then later Ken again) and then the building of same.

Dr. Ken: Ken’s an Expert Witness was a good follow on from the Dicky Wexler episode with an emphasis on broader comedy, more light-hearted and a guest star that just killed it. Another win for Dr. Ken.

Dr. Ken airs Fridays on ABC. This show is not to be missed.  Laughter is the best medicine and Dr. Ken provides it effortlessly.

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: 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: Ken’s Physical – Proctology, Port-a-Potties & Kids

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.

 KEN JEONG, SUZY NAKAMURA

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.

Standout Moments:

Julie (Kate Simses) doing her impression of Ken (Ken Jeong), in fact the interaction between Dr Julie and Dr Ken throughout the exam was very, very funny.

KATE SIMSES, KEN JEONG
Kate and Ken…

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…

Overall thoughts:

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.

TISHA CAMPBELL-MARTIN, JONATHAN SLAVIN
Damona and Clark, aka Tisha and Jonathan.

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. 

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.