The Last Man on Earth Season 3 Episode 12 Review

***Spoilers Ahead***

 Hair of the Dog

Credit: SpoilerTV

The Last Man on Earth has done a great job exploring who these survivors are in a post-virus world, but what they really haven't done is explore their pre-virus lives. Sure there have been fleeting mentions, like Erica briefly telling Mike that she had a past life of crime or Gail telling Carol about how she was once a mother, but there was never any real exploration of who these guys were in the past. "Hair of the Dog" attempts to accomplish this with Melissa, and while we do get some solid backstory, we are also left with many questions, a signature Last Man move.

This episode marks the return of two completely separate plots and whenever Last Man does so, the A-plot easily outdoes the B-plot, this stays true for tonight's episode. It also marks the return of Gail. I'll admit, I was a bit surprised to see her alive, and still don't fully understand how she recovered, but it's nice to have her back. 

In the A-plot, Todd and Tandy leave for Akron in an attempt to learn more about Melissa's past, Todd and Tandy always knock it out of the park and it's no different here. Meanwhile, Melissa's mental state is still puzzling, but at least we have some sort of clue as to what's going on with her after Todd and Tandy find her taking pills. Melissa's craziness still works to her advantage, at least in terms of comedy, as she takes part in some pretty amusing banter with Tandy. Moreover, it's rather tough to see otherwise cheerful Todd continue to be in such a glum state knowing that the chances of recovering Melissa are pretty low, but his sad state makes the duo of Tandy and Todd even stronger as the former acts as the comic relief to remind us that we're still watching a sitcom in contrast to Toddler. Ultimately, this plot accomplishes a lot in the time that it's given and produces a lot of hilarious moments. 

On the other hand, the B-plot is a bit of a let-down. We're back to the duo of Gail and Carol as the latter tries to change in order to not drive Gail away. This isn't too different from their last plot when Carol was trying to get Gail to be her mom, but at least here, we get the payoff of seeing that another survivor is looming nearby. 

"Hair of the Dog" accomplishes a lot in 22 minutes and while I wasn't a huge fan of the B-plot, it was worth it thanks to the end reveal. 

Stray Thoughts

  • Despite Fox spoiling it in the promos, I still enjoyed the hell out of that bowling gag.
  • Come on LMOE writers! We were just getting somewhere with Erica's character and now she's just back in the shadows
  • So was it Pamela or Pat in the background? Or maybe Mike? I'm still holding out hope.
  • More Pop-and-Lock
  • I like how Gail immediately knew that Lewis was dead.
  • Just for a moment, I was hoping that Melissa was indeed adopted by a black family and they just didn't include her in the family photos.
  • Anyone starting to miss Lewis?

  Grade: A-

Thanks for reading my review of The Last Man on Earth. Catch a new episode next Sunday at 9:30/8:30c on Fox. Leave your thoughts on the episode in the comments below. 

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