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The Last Man on Earth Season 3 Episode 13 Review


***Spoilers Ahead***

Find This Thing We Need To

Credit: 20th Century Fox


Season 1 of The Last Man on Earth was all about introducing as many characters as possible. Season 2 was more about killing as many of them as possible, I might be exaggerating on that last part. This season of LMOE has found a happy medium between introducing and erasing characters from the series, and unlike the first season, it's a lot more exciting when a new character comes into the mix since it doesn't occur as often. 

Tonight's A-plot involving Tandy, Carol, and Erica doesn't do a great job with moving the plot along but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. The Last Man on Earth needs some time to breath amidst twists and turns, so not every episode has to produce something jaw-dropping. Ultimately, there's not much to the main story aside from Tandy trying to lure the child, or old man, out of hiding. Things get really interesting when Tandy decides to stay behind and scream out a soliloquy about his lonely past before he met up with the gang. It gives the episode a strangely sweet touch because we understand how Tandy doesn't want a fellow survivor to go through the same terrible ordeal he went through. Aside from that, despite being in the trio, Erica still pretty much gets nothing to do in the episode, what does it have to take to give her a moment in the spotlight? The ending of the plot is a major disappointment since we never get to see who this Yoda character is, but I'm sure they're saving the big reveal for next week's episode.

If the A-plot didn't move along the story, the B-plot certainly did. I wasn't a fan of Gail in the previous episode but pairing her up with Todd in tonight's installment works better since Gail can act as the sort of goofy and carefree one instead of being "the mother" of the group. We finally get a major breakthrough when Gail cracks the case of Santa's penis and finds the pill that Melissa needs to take. It isn't a very eventful story thread, but it's one that's necessary to further advance the "Crazy Melissa" storyline, and the duo of Todd and Gail helped make the ride a lot more enjoyable.

Overall, "Find This Thing We Need To" is a step down from the past 3 episodes, but even if it acted more as filler, it still advanced the plot a bit and has some solid sight gags, plus the cliffhanger ending is just enough to get you excited for what's next. 


Stray Thoughts

  • Other possible titles for this episode: "Santa's Penis" or "Looking Forward To It"
  • Tandy's Yoda impression was great.
  • I was half-expecting Todd to get stuck in the elevator.
  • Kind of creepy that the kid/elder has been watching the gang this whole time.
  • Gail's mention of Pat gives me hope that we haven't seen the last of him.
  • I wonder if/when they'll introduce Pamela into the group.
  • Always nice to see the return of the camouflage suits
  • I was also half-expecting Todd & Gail to get together again.


Grade: B+



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