Breaking up may be hard to do, but it's amusing when dealt with by the characters of "Go On" during Tuesday night's episode "Double Down." How about some "fun" tragedy music? What better way for Ryan (Matthew Perry) to deal with his break-up with Simone than to fall back into a nasty gambling addiction? The members of Ryan's therapy group may mean well, but their recommendations are disastrous. Lucky for the viewers, they are disastrous in a hilarious way.
Ryan is evil
The group decides to make up their own break-up song for Ryan. Mr. K (Brett Gelman) announces that the song has become "bigger" than Ryan, so the group proceeds to sing of the evil murderous Ryan who kicks puppies and smells bad. Ah, the things they will do for "art."
Bingo is evil
Fausta (Tonita Castro) convinces Ryan to drink and play bingo in order to forget about his break-up. He initially refuses, but a little alcohol helps coax him into it. And that's it. He's fully consumed by his gambling addiction once again. He actually wonders why he ever quit gambling in the first place, because it is so fun.
He even begins gambling on basketball games on TV with the rest of the group. Owen (Tyler James Williams) turns out to be a horrible gambler, so the group uses him in other ways. First, they simply ask him his opinion and go with the opposite. But when Owen falls across their laps as they win another gamble, they decide it is a "good luck position." Spanking him seems to bring even better luck.
Life insurance checks are no match for a gambler
After Steven (John Cho) puts a freeze on Ryan's accounts, Ryan decides to cash in Janie's life insurance check for $25,000 at a casino in Temecula, California. It's up to Lauren (Laura Benanti) to save the day by beating Ryan at his own game. She's quite a gambler, as well, but actually good at it. She dresses in her hottest outfit, determined to remove Ryan's thrill of the win by winning all the games herself.
She starts by putting a cigar in her mouth and announcing that she'll be calling each of the men at Ryan's gambling table lady names, beginning with the surprised "Mary." The plan works, and Lauren wins all of Ryan's money. She decides to give it back to him, however, since it was all just a lesson to stop Ryan from throwing his life away.
Anne is in love with a bimbo
Anne (Julie White) is surprised to be hit on by Brittney (Annie Heise), a beautiful bookstore clerk. Anne doesn't understand it at first, because she doesn't consider herself beautiful or happy -- or any of the things Brittney seems to think of her. She finally goes for it but falls so hard for Brittney that she doesn't realize Brittney is a bimbo until the rest of the group points it out. Brittney's pea brain becomes clear when she thinks an "addict" is an "attic," and an "extinct" species is an "instinct" species. Realizing she can't carry on an intelligent conversation with her new girlfriend, Anne decides to break up with Brittney.
Anne later realizes the break-up was a mistake; she deserves to have some fun. She doesn't need to have intelligent conversation to have fun. Unfortunately, it's too late. Brittney decides she doesn't want to be with someone who thinks she's stupid. Oh well, looks like Anne is back to being angry and mean.
Anne and Ryan let go
At the end of the episode, Anne and Ryan finally decide to let go of their pasts by sending their wedding rings off in the air, tied to balloons. It's actually a sweet moment with the solemness broken by the inhalation of helium to ease the pain with humor.
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