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The Last Man on Earth Season 3 Episode 16 Review


***Spoilers Ahead***

The Big Day

Fox Broadcasting Co.
One thing that The Last Man on Earth has really stretched out is the timeline of the series. Viewers of the show had to wait several months between season 2 and season 3, but in reality, the show didn't even progress a day and started right where it left off. That's the reason why it's been a while since Erica & Carol have been pregnant, but haven't given birth yet. "The Big Day" fixes this situation by progressing the show six months into the future. It's not something I would expect from The Last Man on Earth, but with Last Man, you always have to expect the unexpected.

The time-jump ends up doing both bad and good for the series. For one, we get to fast-forward through all the unnecessary stuff, but it also kind of ruins some momentum. I would have liked to understand more about Melissa's situation, especially since they dedicated an episode with Tandy & Todd trying to find out what was wrong with her, and it seems kind of pointless to throw all that development out the window. On the other hand, I'm glad that "silent Jasper" is gone. Jasper really needed to talk sooner or later and speeding up the timeline of the show is a great way to get him to speak without dwelling on it much.

While "The Big Day" pulls off quite an eyebrow-raising move, the episode itself isn't too interesting outside of the final moments. Ultimately, Carol is afraid to tell Tandy that she'd rather have Gail deliver her baby instead of him. This is a plot that has definitely been overused in the sitcom universe and it really doesn't help make things interesting. Throughout the whole plot, I couldn't help but feel bad that Tandy continues to prove that he won't be qualified to deliver his wife's baby even after putting in the work to study the process. It's another return to the whole "The Group vs. Tandy" stuff and I'm really not a fan of Tandy being treated so poorly because, in the end, he means well. There is some redemption towards the end as Tandy and Gail have a rare scene where they aren't fighting, it's a nice change of pace from their constant bickering throughout the episode. This touching moment is quickly derailed with Erica's announcement that her water broke. We'll have to see where that leads us in the finale, but it definitely helped salvage a fairly mediocre storyline.

On the Todd-Melissa side, the two get married. It's a pretty big event that's made into something trivial in this episode, but I'm glad that we're seeing the old Melissa again, The two try to restart their relationship but keep getting interrupted by Tandy's shenanigans. It's not much of a plot, but more of an update on the couple and how much they've progressed. 

The greatest thing about this episode has got to be Jasper. I liked seeing him as the begrudging sidekick to Tandy and it's good that he won't stay silent forever. But, I hope we learn more about him in the finale.

"The Big Day" is an episode needed to progress the plot. It's not the best or funniest episode of the season, but the change in pace helps set up for the finale and I hope that it really delivers, BOOM.


Stray Thoughts
  • Was hoping to hear "Panda" play during the reception.
  • Pretty ugly spot for a wedding.
  • Why don't you fo guck yourselg 
  • So, did Tandy and Carol ever remarry, or is Carol still married to Mike?
  • Also, here's a poll.

Who Will Appear in the Season Finale?

Pat
Pamela
Mike
None of the Above
Poll Maker


Grade: B-


Thanks for reading my review of The Last Man on Earth, catch the 1-hour season finale next Sunday, 9/8c, on FOX. Leave your thoughts on the episode in the comments below.