There’s a higher power watching out for Kenny Powers. At least that’s the main point that I’ve taken away from the third episode (“Chapter 24”) of the fourth and (presumably) final season of HBO’s Eastbound & Down. Because as he’s in bed with his hammered, passed out wife, contemplating the ultimate Kenny Powers question, he asks God for some advice, and yet somehow… Kenny ends up in the clear. I guess we could say that he made the right decision by default, all while making possibly the worst decision of his life.
This is where we stand with Kenny Powers now, though. He has regained his fame and fortune (at least he thinks he has) and now he just has to take care of the hard part – keeping it. Obviously, it’s not going to be easy, as Chapter 24 showed us just how quickly the fortune might go away.
Just When We Think That Stevie Can’t Get Any Lower
With Kenny back at what he believes is the top of his game, Stevie thinks that he’s heading back to the top as well. But because Stevie lives his life underneath a mile of dog sh*t, his top is still worse than any regular man’s bottom of the barrel. Chapter 24 picks up right where 23 left off, with Kenny, April and Stevie leaving the studio after Kenny’s incredible takedown of Dontel, and Stevie’s higher on life than 1,000 junkies shooting up that new bathtub heroin that devours your skin.
There are two people, though, who can ruin Kenny’s new success: 1) Kenny himself and 2) Stevie. Because the latter is always the best at the quick buzzkill, he handles that this time by not only asking “the Lady Powers” about her lady parts, but by also punching out a random car window. After each episode, I ask if Stevie can get any lower, and after each episode I answer my own question with, “Holy sh*t he’s a horrible human being.”
At some point, Steve Little should win something for how incredibly he portrays this pathetic character.
There’s That Screenplay Again
We’re three episodes into an eight-episode season – again, I won’t believe that it’s over until it’s actually over – and Kenny has mentioned his screenplay three times. I’m hoping that we get two episodes devoted to that screenplay, whether that means we see him out in Los Angeles trying to actually sell it, or the sale process goes quick and we jump right into the casting and/or production. Like I said last week, you could have given me an entire season of just this movie being made, but I like where we’re going so far.
That said, does anyone else get the feeling that Guy Young is stealing the movie? Because that’s how I feel. Damn you, Ken Marino. Don’t make us hate you.
Kenny’s Blowing Money Like Yadda Yadda Cocaine Or Dick Joke
If HBO decides to order a fifth season of Eastbound, I would watch eight episodes about Kenny and the dancing robot. Especially if he adds a robot butler that brings him cocaine and booze the whole time.
Who Doesn’t Love A Free Trip To The Water Park?
I don’t, actually, because water parks turn me into Puddy when he learns that Kramer made their salad in the shower as he bathed. Ugh, just thinking about a water park gives me pink eye. But when Kenny openly plans to pee in the lazy river, I guess it’s the perfect place for him. He’s still having a hard time getting his brother’s family to accept him back into their lives, but that’ll happen when you kick the door open with pantyhose over your face while screaming, “HOME INVASION!” instead of simply knocking on the door and saying, “Hello, brother.”
Just When We Think That Stevie Can’t Get Any Lower
Jesus, Stevie. You are the most pathetic character in the history of TV. Period. I can’t think of anyone worse.
Party April Is Our Favorite April
The interesting thing about Kenny’s re-rise to fame and fortune is that April’s susceptible to the same demons, and that means we get sexy, trashy April funneling beers with the poolside bros before Kenny eventually has to put her drunk ass in bed. Even when she’s a drunken mess, April is the best.
When April’s Asleep, Kenny Will Do A Ton Of Drugs
It can’t bode well for Kenny that he took Gene and the “Taliban cleric” on his little drug adventure with the unholy white trash family, as I’m sure that Gene and his freshly-punched face are going to rat him out at some point. I mean, I hope he doesn’t, because THAT WOULDN’T BE COOL, GENE. But April has to find out that Kenny’s being a dirtbag, because otherwise there’s no real drama other than the incredibly uneasy feeling that Kenny’s about to crash harder than he’s ever crashed before, and he’s taking his entire family down with him.
Of course, the drug rampage led to the foreshadowed moment of infidelity, as Kenny’s starting to realize that other thing that he’s missing out – the company of many, many ladies whenever and wherever he pleases. Like I said, I think Kenny has a guardian angel helping him out on this quest to rise back to the top, but how many sub-chances will he continue to get within this overall third chance? Hopefully enough to make it entertaining.
A Quick Word About Tim Heidecker As Gene
Tim Heidecker is at his best when he’s playing his most ridiculous characters; however, I think that plain, boring Gene might actually be his most ridiculous character. He’s just a snobby, stuck up, vanilla ice cream asshole whose best stories involve him not remembering that his computer password is “Wake Fore$t.” Gene may come in small, quick doses, but his presence does wonders for building Kenny Powers back into the ultimate scumbag a-hole winner.
On Next Week’s Episode: Guy invites Kenny to go on the road with him. At some point, I’m hoping they explain how much money Kenny is being paid, because they haven’t mentioned that (unless I completely missed it) and I’m waiting for Guy to tell him he’s not making anything. Something terrible is happening eventually, it’s just a matter of how soon.