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The Last Man on Earth Season 3 Episode 7 Review


Mama's Hideaway

***Spoilers Ahead***


One of the strengths of The Last Man on Earth is that there's no way to see where this show will go next, one moment they could be chilling in Malibu, the next a boat full of armed men come rampaging towards them. The unpredictable nature of the series leads us to tonight's episode where the seeds are planted for the ultimate fall finale.

We start off rather light, as most great Last Man episodes do, with Carol and Tandy attempting to snatch up a family photo with Gail. It's interesting to see how much the dynamic between Carol and Gail has changed since the last episode with this new mother-daughter relationship and it plays out very well by giving Gail someone to work off instead of just being the one who drinks a lot.  

On the other side of the spectrum, we have Melissa continuing to be insane and wanting to have a baby. Things really shake up when she breaks up with Todd which results in some pop-and-lock therapy on Todd's part and another great heart-to-heart chat with Tandy. Afterward, the episode takes a rather bizarre turn as Tandy becomes jealous that Melissa asked Louis to have sex with her before him. It's reminiscent of season 1 Tandy as he's hell-bent on trying to confirm the statement but it works out as the episode shifts away from there as Lewis and Todd focus on fixing the power.

In a small tidbit, which can't really be considered a plot, we have Lewis trying to learn how to fly a plane to ultimately go off and find Mark. It's not all that prominent and doesn't add much to the episode but might be a set-up for a future episode so it may not be pointless after the fall finale.

The two main plots finally intersect as Gail returns to the building but accidentally goes to the wrong entrance and gets trapped in the elevator as Lewis and Tandy fix the power so it only goes to their rooms. It's an unexpected turn that'll be tough to get out of as Gail continually screams for help as she hears a sound until we finally realize she's in the wrong place. It's reminiscent of the scene in last season's  "No Bull" in which Mike hears an individual's voice to only find out it's his own which in turn tears him apart. At the same time, we find out that Melissa has unexpectedly vanished leaving just a note and her doll.

Mama's Hideaway is an episode that throws a lot at you and doesn't seem to know where it's going at first, but in the end, manages to hit you with two bullets and it will be exciting to find out where these bullets will land.


 Grade: A-


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 The Last Man on Earth returns December 4 at 9:30/8:30c on FOX.