The Last Man on Earth Season 3 Episode 15 Review

***Spoilers Ahead***

Name 20 Picnics...Now

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The relationship between Tandy and Todd has always been fragile, it's inevitable that they'll soon butt heads with each other at some point. Maybe it's because they're the only two men left on earth (aside from maybe Pat) or maybe it's because they would never end up liking each other in a pre-virus world. Still, their on-and-off bromance is easily one of the best things that Last Man has going for it. Tonight's LMOE has the last men on earth butt heads yet again, and it definitely works to the show's advantage. But, before we can get to that, there's the elephant in the room in the form of Jasper. The introduction of a child into a show like this still doesn't sit well with me, let alone one that won't talk, but at least tonight's episode shows that it may work out well. 

The main focus of tonight's installment is Todd/Melissa vs Tandy/Jasper. Todd continues to try to help out Melissa's situation as Tandy tries to help out Jasper. Both cases are ultimately futile for the time being, but it still doesn't stop the two from getting on each other's nerves. The big payoff comes at the end of the episode where tensions between the duo are high enough that a "fight" takes place. While it was played for laughs and was indeed very amusing, Todd's mention of not being accepted into any clubs acts as a faint nod to his pre-virus life of being picked on and treated poorly. It's honestly pretty sad to think that Todd had a pretty rough life, from what we've heard of, and how the post-virus world might even act as an improvement of his pre-virus situation. Meanwhile, the fight itself is just as good as it gets. Forte and Rodriguez play off each other so well and they're even funnier when there's beef between them. What makes it better is the fact that the episode ends with their problems resolved, as much fun as it is seeing Todd and Tandy pitted against each other, I still like their bro dynamic. Also, the big breakthrough of Jasper and Melissa bonding was exactly the type of progress that both characters need, I'm happy that both might be coming out of their shells.

In comparison, the B-plot is a lot less interesting. The good news, Erica has a baby bump, which means that the writers did not forget about the pregnancies and that time just moves really slowly on this show. The bad news, Carol is jealous. While Schaal is a great comedian, this plot doesn't do her justice as it's essentially a retread of what we've seen before and Gail's reaction to Carol pretty much sums up my thoughts on it. At least Schaal gets some down time from her mediocre story when she takes part in the celebrations. The party itself is a visual masterpiece, kudos to the art department for making everything look so good. And, there are some great tidbits to this B-plot, for one, Gail destroying the doors of the store with her car was just a great moment on so many levels.

There's a lot of fun to be had in "Name 20 Picnics...Now", much more in the main plot than the side one, but nevertheless, this one was a big step-up from the previous one as the series decided to amp up the comedy and tone down on the drama. It's a nice change of pace that gets the show back on track.

Stray Thoughts

  • Those final moments were jaw-dropping. I still don't understand where that satellite landed. 
  • Todd's moves are truly epic, especially when he's dancing to Panda. 
  • This episode's cold opening has got to be one of the show's best. 
  • Still no Pamela. I hope she appears at some point. 
  • Carol made an Al Capone reference just an hour after Making History's Capone episode. 
  • I've always wanted to put spoons in a blender.

Grade: A-

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

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