For Season 3, "Happy Endings" moves to Tuesday nights and makes a risky choice for two couples while another pair realizes their similarities. The cohesive comedy is a sharp contrast to the quirky characters saddled with dreary Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) and Dave (Zachary Knighton) in Season 1.
Penny's perfect marriage
Penny (Casey Wilson) and Chris (Brian Austin Green), her beau from last season's wedding table, are ready for the perfect marriage… of danger and adrenaline as they bungee jump off a building. She backs out at the last minute and ends up tumbling down several flights of stairs. Her handy helmet cam captures the fall. The gang enjoys a Penny tumble even though she was seriously injured and trapped in a partial body cast.
Max (Adam Pally) tolerates a demanding Penny because he wants to spend more time with her cute physical therapist, Kent. He lies to keep her in the cast and drugs her with an elixir of Sleepington tea and Lunesta. Penny realizes he is "Misery"-ing her and scares Kent off by telling him about the scheme. Penny and Max have a big argument. She suddenly remembers "Misery"-ing Max in the past and forgives him.
Tango and Cazsh
Dave and Alex announce their not-so-secret relationship to the gang and promise to keep it casual. Alex tries to prove her openness by sending Dave on a date with another woman, but it is obvious that Dave and Alex want to be together. Dave relies on the wisdom of Wendy Williams and decides to move forward in the relationship by living with Alex.
Brad (Damon Wayans, Jr.) pretends to be a stay-at-home hubby who enjoys a variety of fun hobbies, including SinBrad -- a dummy with a '90s sensibility. Instead, he is secretly working and misleading Jane (Eliza Coupe) with a complex web of lies. They often have drawn-out arguments, but his ongoing deception is uncharacteristic for the ideal couple. Jane worries they will drift apart, but Brad promises not to let work control him, and everything is picture-perfect.
As a clumsy, perpetual singleton, Penny's character borders on depressing, but she is "ah-mazing" thanks to small details, such as her snazzy scarf paired with the clunky cast, and Wilson's comedic knack. It's too bad Dave is busy with Alex, because he and Penny would make an interesting couple. That pairing is still a possibility since her semi-crush on Dave remains unresolved.
There is more to Max than Mandonna. He revealed his one-man band, Yoko Uno in the premiere. Like Dwight and Andy on "The Office," Max now has a running musical joke.
Alex and Dave's reunion revelation mercifully ended the ridiculous "cazsh" jokes. The gang's annoyed reaction to their announcement hints that their relationship won't tiptoe into soap opera territory and become a sappy saga.
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