Thursday Night TV Open Thread: Valentine’s Day Edition

I think that Valentine’s Day has jumped the shark. At the very least, it seems to have surpassed its usefulness. No one takes it seriously (although also people definitely take it very seriously? “It’s complicated” — Alec Baldwin’s Facebook). I just feel like almost everything that could ever be said about Valentine’s Day has already been said AD NAUSEUM (that’s Latin for Ad Barf, right?). Like, last night’s shows were good, as usual, but the things that were good about them had very little to do with their thematic tie-in to the holiday. Conversely, some of the things that were not as good about them had everything to do with their thematic tie-in. So. You do the math, professor.


Community was great. That show is so strong, I hope that it officially gets picked up for a second season. But maybe in the second season they can relax with the Jeff-Britta stuff. I know that Hollywood thinks you need the constant tension of a back-and-forth will-they-won’t they romantic relationship, but it’s 2010. Maybe you don’t need that if it isn’t working and kind of feels forced and slows the show down? Besides, we already have that delicious balancing act in Troy’s relationship with Abed, no duh. The best part of the episode: Abed’s attempts to direct Jeff, and when Senor Chang kicked his legs up and over a student’s head to get a letter from the Greendale Human Being. The worst part of the episode: the weekly moral lesson, always.

Parks and Recreation, also so great. Can we just call season 2 of this show season 1? Because if this is what the show had been like out of the gate, we would be having this conversation in the Laughter Hall of Fame (real thing, look it up, just kidding, it’s rude to waste people’s time). The worst part about the episode, though, was how Rashida Jones suddenly doesn’t like Paul Schneider anymore and is starting to like Chris Pratt again? Come on. That is not supported by the evidence! A judge would be like “bailiff arrest this episode for contempt of court.” Don’t get me wrong, we all wish we could be dating Chris Pratt, but I am talking about the CHARACTERS’ motivations. It’s bad enough that a nurse is spending all of her time hanging out at the municipal building, but now she is seriously going to throw away a blossoming relationship with a professional man in order to satisfy the pang of jealousy she is feeling over a man-child’s new crush on a teenager? We may not know Jay-Z’s schedule, but we know that this is unrealistic.

The Office’s credibility gap is only growing wider. If you ever wondered who on Earth was still watching this documentary about paper merchants, or why the paper merchants themselves agreed to be filmed for so long, then it is only more problematic when you introduce an entirely new cast of characters and another corporate environment. Would a printer company from Florida engaged in a semi-hostile takeover really allow their meetings to be filmed? “Gabe, it is a comedy show, you are thinking too much about it.” Your mom is thinking too much about it. The best part of the episode: Michael’s temporary return to the sales desk and/or the scene in which Ryan suggested to Dwight that they give Jim the Saw treatment.

30 Rock could have used more Beeper King, but otherwise the episode pretty much killed it. After everything I said in the introductory paragraph about how there is nothing left to be said about Valentine’s Day, which I MAINTAIN IS TRUE, 30 Rock made the strongest effort. Like, needing a ride from two words: “oral” “surgery” on Valentine’s Day as the not having a date plotline was funny, and Jenna’s abandonment by her stalker was also clever. Even the Bon Jovi cameo was basically perfect. People magazine’s Sexiest House Plant 1999! BRAVA, 30 ROCK. If it is true that every song has already been played and now it is just a matter of new inflection on the old notes, then your inflection made me laugh last night, show.