The first "Go On" Halloween special episode, "Videogame, Set, Match," appropriately had a few tricks. There was also a lot of escaping from reality and not just in the form of Halloween costumes. The best part in all this was getting to know Owen (Tyler James Williams) a little better. His story is one of the most interesting, and the method of telling that story is both sad and funny. It's also the most realistic storyline on the show.
An escape from reality for Owen and Ryan
Ryan (Matthew Perry) confesses to the group that he has become addicted to the video game Halo. Owen perks up when he hears this, because he understands what Ryan is talking about. The two meet and Owen's house to play the game all night and into the morning. They are finally interrupted by Owen's mother, who is shocked to find a strange man in her house. She explains that Ryan is just feeding Owen's video game addiction so he can put off visiting his brother in a coma.
Ryan decides to hire Owen as an intern at the radio station where he works, but they continue to waste the day and night playing video games. Owen gives away the fact that he has a crush on someone in the office by dressing up as a "suede kid," with fancy clothes (a jacket made of suede) and an "olfactory component" (cologne). Steven (John Cho) and Ryan first assume that the crush is on Carrie (Allison Miller), but it's actually on Kimmie (Kaitlin Doubleday) -- the new girl Steven hired because of her looks.
Unfortunately, Owen is crushed when Kimmie laughs at him, believing his flowers and request for a date are meant to be a joke. This in turn crushes Kimmie, who did not mean to hurt Owen's feelings. Steven then becomes upset with Ryan for being the cause of Kimmie's hurt feelings (he did hire Owen after all) and fears Kimmie may leave.
Yolanda graduates, not!
Yolanda (Suzy Nakamura) announces that she is ready to graduate. It's no big surprise that she is not actually ready. The first clue as to why she's not ready comes when she explains, in her announcement, the reason why she is "ready": because she stalked her old boyfriend and realized she no longer felt anything.
The group forces her to go through her "graduation" for Lauren's sake. As a completely failed therapist, Lauren (Laura Benanti) needs a win of some kind, and the belief that at least one of her students has been mentally healed is a great relief to her.
The inappropriate (and hilarious) tricks
The funniest moment in the episode comes when Owen gets Ryan to talk to his coma brother for him. When Ryan begins to sing (very badly), the "brother" opens his eyes, shocked to find a stranger in the room. Ryan freaks out, happy that his awful singing seemed to have done the trick. It was all a big prank, however. Owen had sent Ryan in to talk to a complete stranger. Owen at least realizes that talking to his brother is not such a bad idea, and finally goes to see him for real.
Later, when Owen is at Ryan's house for another round of Halo, Ryan asks Owen to grab a new game out of a closet. A strategically placed vase falls out and breaks, pouring ashes everywhere. Owen is shocked to learn that it's the ashes of Ryan's wife, but of course it is actually a prank to get back at Owen.
The support group that never heals (but at least it's funny)
After attempting to meet with the entire support group daily ( away from Lauren) , Yolanda shows up at the group meeting place to confront them for forcing her to stay out for Lauren's sake. Lauren is shocked, explaining she would never have let her go had she known Yolanda was not ready. Yolanda storms out, exclaiming that the group is "B.S."
Later, they all show up at Yolanda's house for Halloween, dressed as characters from "Alice in Wonderland." Yolanda needs their companionship so much, she's happy to come back to the group, saying that she is "never going to get better."
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