I watched season one of Raising Hope over the summer, because it was one of those shows that everyone I knew and liked/trusted their taste in TV was watching. The second season debuted last night following New Girl (Tuesday nights have become a great TV night) and it was just as funny and endearing as the first season episodes I fell in love with.
Since Hope is a lighter comedy and I haven’t always reviewed it, I’m going to approach it the same way I do Cougar Town and just give you my five favorite things from the episode, plus a few bonus quotes.
- Shelly’s opening song. She’s so clever (obviously, since she’s half of Garfunkel and Oates) and it did a great job of catching my boyfriend up on the premise of the series.
- Greyson Chance as thirteen year-old talented Jimmy. The premise of the episode was that, when showing Hope old family videos, Jimmy realized he used to be a child musical prodigy. The actual child prodigy and YouTube discovery Greyson Chance was a great choice. And I got to chuckle because his last name is Chance, like the family on the show.
- Maw-Maw teaching Jimmy how to play using a puppet called “Mr. Jingles”. Some favorite lines included “If I wanted an A-flat minor I would have had you go play with your girlfriend’s chest,” and “That’s the worst “Chopsticks” I ever heard. That could make three billion Chinese switch to forks.”
- The fact that Burt was the one who’d thrown the golf club that hit Jimmy in the head, causing him to lose his talent. “I’ll never forget that day: September 11, 2001, the day I threw that putter.”
- Sabrina’s infatuation with thirteen year-old Jimmy. It was the perfect mix of cute and creepy, and I love her new haircut.
Some other great quotes from the episode:
- “You could have been an international star — like David Hasslehoff…or Hello Kitty!” – Virgina
- “The you on that tape had talent and charisma…but that’s gone now.” – Virgina, to Jimmy
- “Who’s that dude with Barbara Walters’ hair and the movie dog’s name?” – Burt, thinking of Beethoven