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 how one never knows what can come next. One moment, the crew could be enjoying a good time in Malibu. The next, a boat full of armed men can 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.

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

On the other side of the spectrum, Melissa continues to be insane and also wants to have a baby. Things really shake up when she breaks up with Todd. This results in some pop-and-lock therapy on Todd's part and another phenomenal heart-to-heart chat with Tandy. Afterward, the episode takes a rather bizarre turn, even by Last Man standards. Tandy becomes jealous that Melissa asked Louis to have sex with her before him. This is reminiscent of season 1 Tandy given that he's hell-bent on trying to assert his dominance. 

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

The two main plots finally intersect as Gail returns to the building. She accidentally goes to the wrong entrance and gets trapped in the elevator. This is an unexpected turn and it'll be tough for the writers to write Steenburgen's character out of this. Gail continually screams for help as she hears a sound. The camera zooms out and 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 only to find out it was his own. In turn, this tore 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. In the end, it manages to hit you with two bullets and it will be exciting to find out where these bullets will land.


 Grade: A-


Thanks for reading my review of The Last Man on Earth, give your thoughts on this episode in the comments below. 

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

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