The Last Man on Earth Season 3 Episode 4 Review

Five Hoda Kotbs

***Spoilers Ahead***

Season 1 of The Last Man on Earth was a much different beast than what we have now. For one, Tandy, while an interesting character, was very hard to root for as he continued to be obnoxious. At times, he even plotted to kill members of the group. What redeemed his character was that we knew he wasn't a bad guy. He never actually went through with the murders he planned since he just didn't have the heart to. Overall, he has progressed to become a truly nice guy and a functioning member of the gang. After season 1, we saw that the others weren't exactly angels, so Tandy fits in more than ever now. 

This leads us to tonight's episode as the gang leaves Malibu to their destination of San Francisco. They end up finding the city in ashes and eventually learn (in the form of a flashback) that it was Tandy who caused the destruction. Afterward, the group ventures on aimlessly with a lot of bickering, but they eventually find their pot of gold.

This outing is essentially a transition episode as the show moves on from Malibu. The thing that works best and doesn't at the same time is Tandy's behavior. He's essentially become a Season 1 version of himself. The only difference is he doesn't have any cruel intentions. Tandy continually annoys the rest of the gang. It reaches a point where even Carol would rather go into a different car than him.

It's really sad seeing the 'Tandy vs. the rest' plot trope being reused. The silver lining is that we get a twist in the form of Tandy trying to warm up to Lewis. Meanwhile, we find out Lewis is gay which also encourages Tandy to want to be friends with Lewis even more.

Aside from those two, Melissa continues to be her new, crazy self. This is actually an interesting development for a character that started out very calm and collected. I'm very excited to see where this ends up going. 

What makes this episode worthwhile is the fact that bigger things are coming. The road trip brought out the worst of the gang, but it will be very exciting seeing what this building with functioning toilets and frozen pizza leads to. Is there anyone inside? Could it possibly be Pat? Five Hoda Kotbs might not have been a great episode, but it was a fun ride that makes you eager for the next episode.

Random Thoughts
  • No word on Pat, I wonder if we'll be seeing him soon.
  • Kind of sad that Tandy didn't stop by Tuscon to see if Mike's still alive.
  • We still never got an answer to who's drone that was in season 2
  • Carol's licorice Golden Gate Bridge was great.
  • Liked the flashback to when it was just Tandy, hope we see more.

      Grade: B-

The Last Man on Earth is preempted next week because of The World Series, but tune in for a new episode on Sunday, November 6. 

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