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Hi everyone, here's a list I considered posting on the old RT forums that I never got around to posting.

Maybe it's just me - or maybe I watch too much TV - but it seems like the second episode in the season of a TV series is usually the worst and/or the least memorable. Granted, this is almost always by design. For serialized series, the second episode is a good opportunity to continue the table setting the first episode started and/or pick up the pieces of the typically explosive first episode's aftermath. For episodic series, it's understandable that the second episode is not the best because the show runners presumably want to save the best for last. Regardless, my enthusiasm is never at its highest when it's time to watch a second episode. This is a list of ten second episodes that buck this trend.

Note: for the sake of variety and unpredictability, I selected one episode per series and I'm presenting them in random order.
Feel free to post any second episodes you enjoy.

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The Office (U.K.), Season 1:
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Even though he'll have to layoff some of the staff in the near future, office manager David Brent gives his best friend's daughter a job. Also, a pornographic photoshop of David went viral, a situation that motivates power-hungry assistant manager Gareth to interrogate the staff Homicide: Life on the Street style.

What I enjoyed:
There's some really good character building in this episode for David, who preaches against pornography even though his behavior suggests that he consumes it more than anyone else in the office. Gareth, who reveals that he's completely incapable of backing up any of his macho posturing, also has many hilarious moments. The episode also introduces Chris Finch, a chauvinistic blowhard who David considers a good friend, but the fact that their relationship is much more Biff Tannen/George McFly than it is Doc Brown/Marty McFly and that
Chris created the photoshop
suggests that it's a pretty one-sided friendship.

MVP:
Chris Finch. As much as I love to hate David and Gareth, he's the series' love-to-hate character number one.

Favorite Moment:
Gareth interrogating Keith, one of the show's funniest bit players, about who made the photoshop.

Favorite Quote:
David: Look at this - "Dutch girls must be punished for having big boobs". Now you do not punish a girl, Dutch or otherwise, for having big boobs.
Gareth: If anything they should be rewarded.
David Brent: No, they should be equal.

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Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:17 am
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One of my favorites.

Gareth: "Was it one of you two?"
Dawn: "Yes...Christ you're good!"

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Futurama, Season 5:
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Fry finds the fossilized remains of his pet dog Seymour in his old workplace, which has been turned into a museum. Farnsworth offers to make a contribution to science that is actually worthwhile by making a clone of Seymour. Bender, who believes he deserves 100% of Fry's friendship allotment, is totally against this idea.

What I enjoyed:
This episode and "The Luck of the Fryrish" are always in conversations about the very best Futurama episodes. Like that episode, "Jurassic Bark" is also about a topic that likely hits hard for most people: while it would be an incredible opportunity to see what's in store for humanity and start all over again at the same time, it would mean having to leave everyone you love behind. As a dog owner, not to mention one who is not long for this world, it hits particularly hard.

MVP:
Seymour. It says a lot that the mere thought of him resting on the sidewalk makes me misty-eyed.

Favorite Moment:
The "I Will Wait For You" sequence. You know the one.

Favorite Quote:
Fry: I had Seymour 'till he was three. That's when I knew him, and that's when I loved him... I'll never forget him, but he forgot me a long, long time ago.

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Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law, Season 1:
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In a parody of the famous case where a McDonald's employee spilled hot coffee on a woman's lap, Superfriend Apache Chief ("which one?") suffers the same injury, and as a result, he can no longer grow large. Impotence jokes ensue.

What I enjoyed:
This episode forms the mold that this hilarious series followed for the rest of its run. While the pilot about Race Bannon and Dr. Quest's custody battle is no slouch, it lacks this and rest of the series' crisp animation, snappy editing and wit. Not to mention, this episode proves that twice the Colbert - who plays Harvey's boss Phil Ken Sebben and antagonist Myron Reducto - is never too much.

MVP:
While Phil Ken Sebben deserves it for every episode of this series, I'm giving it to Apache Chief. Maurice LaMarche's subtle, hilarious performance makes Apache Chief's shame about losing his superpower and embarrassment about all the impotence accusations apparent in all of his scenes.

Favorite Moment:
Apache Chief saves the Earth by deflecting an incoming asteroid, but he destroys another planet and all of its inhabitants in the process.

Favorite Quote:
Apache Chief: Well, I saved the town the other day, and anyway, I saved the town. And anyway, afterwards I thought, "Man, a.. a coffee would be nice." But I spilled it...on my lap.
Harvey: Uh-huh.
Apache Chief: And, wow, it was hot...on my lap.
Harvey: I'll bet.
Apache Chief: Hotness. Crotch. Ouch.
Harvey: Yeah, I... ohhhh! Are you trying to say...?
Apache Chief: I... can no longer... enlarge.

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Favorite Moment: The "I Will Wait For You" sequence. You know the one.
You just had to remind me of that, you bastard...

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The second episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, "Charlie Wants an Abortion", is one of their classics. The second episode of season four, "The Gang Solves the Gas Crisis", is on the shortlist of the best of the series. Later seasons like 8, 9, 11 ("The Gang Recyclees Their Trash", "Gun Fever Too: Still Hot" and "Frank Falls Out a Window") definitely qualify as among the show's weakest, but season 12, "The Gang Goes to a Water Park", breaks the cycle again.

Off the top of my head, Saturday Night (Live)'s second episode has some great Paul Simon performances, but it's extremely thin on comedy, and a good candidate for weakest of thee season. (That "Boxer" though...)


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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 6:
Rocks and Shoals


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Sisko and crew manage to commandeer a Jem'Hadar warship, but their luck quickly runs out when they are shot down and crash on a remote planet. To further their bad luck, a crew of Jem'Hadar near their crash site capture Garak and Nog, and to heighten the tension even further, they only have one vial of ketracel white - the chemical that keeps them from going on murderous rampages - left in their stores.

What I enjoyed:
In addition to being one of the best Dominion War episodes, "Rocks and Shoals" is up there with "Balance of Terror" from the original series as one of Star Trek's best standoff episodes. For starters, the acting is impeccable - guests Christopher Shea as sleazy Vorta Keevan and Phil Morris as implacable Jem'Hadar Remata'Klan are particularly great - and there is unusually artistic direction from Star Trek and Babylon 5 veteran Michael Vejar. Also, like in "Balance of Terror," there is plenty of uncertainty: will the Jem'Hadar run out of ketracel white and go insane? Does Keevan have a trick up his sleeve? Will Garak and Nog be okay? Not to mention, instead of resolving the conflict with a cliched trope like a Deus Ex Machina as this franchise is unfortunately wont to do, the resolution happens via character and world building, i.e. the Dominion's rigid hierarchy.

MVP:
Remata'Klan. He's possibly the series' most interesting and memorable Jem'Hadar.

Favorite Moment:
The climactic standoff between Sisko and Remata'Klan.

Favorite Quote:
Sisko: Keevan doesn't deserve the unwavering loyalty you're giving him.
Remata'Klan: He does not have to earn my loyalty, Captain. He has had it from the moment I was conceived. I am a Jem'Hadar. He is a Vorta. It is the order of things.
Captain Sisko: Do you really want to give up your life for the order of things?
Remata'Klan: It is not my life to give up, Captain. And it never was.

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Stu wrote:
You just had to remind me of that, you bastard...

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Sorry. If it's any consolation, I hated reminding myself as well.

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Daria, Season 1:
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As a reward for helping her with an art assignment, vapid cheerleader Brittany invites Daria to a party at her parent's posh mansion. Daria is ambivalent about going, but after discovering that her status-seeking sister Quinn was also invited, she leverages the opportunity to gain an edge in their neverending rivalry. Regardless, there won't be much for Quinn to brag about because seemingly everyone at Lawndale - even the creepy Upchuck, who got an invite for dissecting Brittany's frog - is at the party.

What I enjoyed:
Like Harvey Birdman's "A Very Personal Injury," this episode lays the groundwork for the typical Daria episode while being very funny in its own right. Brittany's party provides the perfect opportunity to define the relationships at Lawndale as well as its social hierarchy (Quinn's insufferable fashion club friends make this very easy by informing us about each student's degree of popularity).

MVP:
Jane Lane. Her sardonic quips provide the kind of commentary that the party desperately needs.

Favorite Moment:
When Upchuck provides a "tour" for Daria and Jane.

Favorite Quote:
Jane: So, have fun?
Daria: Well, I didn't talk to a whole bunch of new people, I made Quinn want to throw herself down a well, and I'm going home with a bonus sock. All in all, a great night.

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Freaks and Geeks, Season 1:
Beers and Weirs


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Desperate to impress her new friends - Daniel in particular, on whom she has a crush - Lindsay hosts a keg party at her house while her parents are out of town. This doesn't fly to well with her do-gooding brother Sam, who does whatever he can to change the party from R to PG, such as confiscating all of the glass in the house and replacing the beer with the non-alcoholic variety.

What I enjoyed:
This episode is so good at capturing how difficult it is to accomplish something that is totally outside one's comfort zone, and at the same time, it expertly pokes fun at the silly reasons we often have for doing so, i.e. impressing a potential mate. I also love how Sam and his pal's efforts to sanitize the party as well as the appearance of Millie, Lindsay's religious former best friend, provide laughs as well as represent Lindsay's internal war between who she was and who she wants to be. That the party ends up being a success - I mean, it must have if Ken won so much money playing Quarters - also says a lot about how social events rarely go as badly as we imagine they will.

MVP:
Neal. His attempts at consoling Lindsay about Daniel getting back together with Kim are as funny as they are sad.

Favorite Moment:
Millie playing the Doobie Brothers' "Jesus is Just Alright With Me" on the piano.

Favorite Quote:
Kevin: Beer here!
Millie: No thanks. I prefer to get high on life.

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Torgo wrote:
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 6:
Rocks and Shoals
Yeah, really good episode. Really, DS9 had a lot of good luck with all of its 2nd episodes of every season, with even the weakest one, Season One's "Past Prologue", still being pretty good, while the best of the bunch, Season 4's "The Visitor", rivals even "Jurassic Bark" for sheer emotionality.

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Stu wrote:
Yeah, really good episode. Really, DS9 had a lot of good luck with all of its 2nd episodes of every season, with even the weakest one, Season One's "Past Prologue", still being pretty good, while the best of the bunch, Season 4's "The Visitor", rivals even "Jurassic Bark" for sheer emotionality.
"The Visitor" is also very good, but I chose "Rocks and Shoals" instead simply because it's just so well written, acted and directed. With no disrespect to Star Trek, it's on the level of a modern prestige drama.

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Bojack Horseman, Season 4:
The Old Sugarman Place


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Feeling despondent over former co-star Sarah Lynn's death, Bojack drives all the way to his grandparent's house in Michigan. It's in a bad state, so he and Eddie, a handy fly who lives next door, pull a This Old House and renovate it. While they rebuild the house, the episode flashes back to how Bojack's grandparents built another brick in Bojack's wall. Unfortunately, restoring the house does more to reopen old wounds than it does to mend them for Bojack as well as for Eddie, who is coping with traumas of his own. After a scuffle that leads to Eddie almost dying, Bojack has the house demolished and returns to L.A.

What I enjoyed:
Aside from the obvious reason that he's the star of the show, Bojack is conspicuously absent from the preceding episode. "The Old Sugarman Place" explains his absence and then some. It adds a crucial piece to the puzzle of Bojack's psyche, and the resulting picture made me experience the full range of emotions. Ironically, this puzzle piece is all about incompleteness, whether it be the son that Honey Sugarman lost in the war or her lobotomized brain. This episode also accomplishes the rare feat of making a character more interesting by explaining his/her origins. I'm only halfway through season 5, so this may change, but this episode is neck and neck with season 1's "The Telescope" for my choice as the best episode of the series that isn't an eleventh episode.

MVP:
Honey Sugarman. Jane Krakowski gives an incredible performance that manages to be equally charming and horrifying.

Favorite Moment:
Honey's breakdown at the V-Day celebration.

Favorite Quote:
Eddie: And that broken door is the cherry on the top of the shit sandwich!
BoJack: What kind of a sandwich has cherries on top of it?
Eddie: A shitty one! How about fixing your door instead of my metaphor!

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Extras, Season 2:
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Andy Millman's sitcom, When the Whistle Blows, is in production, but much to his chagrin, it's everything he hoped it wouldn't be, i.e. more akin to something you'd find on CBS than, well, the British version The Office. As a result, the kind of people he hoped to hobnob with when he became famous are shunning him and the kind of riffraff he actively tries to avoid want to be his best friend. Andy gets an opportunity to hang out at a fancy nightclub and talk to David Bowie about his problems, but it blows up in his face when Bowie turns his sad story into a song, which he performs right then and there.

What I enjoyed:
This is my favorite episode of the series, mostly for how well it exemplifies Ricky Gervais' brand of comedy. The mere thought of the scenes where Andy is surrounded with the likes of people who call themselves Count F***ula or when the entire nightclub is singing "see his pug-nosed face" gives me the strange sensation of being extremely comfortable while wanting to laugh out loud at the same time that nothing else that calls itself "cringe comedy" can match. It also says a lot about Gervais' talent that even though Andy isn't the most likeable guy and that some of his foul treatment is earned, the episode still ends up being one of the most sympathetic depictions of the harsh fickleness of life in any medium.

MVP:
Bowie is an obvious candidate, but I'm giving it to the pair of Darren and Barry. Aside from the hilarious scene at the nightclub where they argue about the economics of buying drinks, the moment they sit down...

Favorite Moment:
...on the same couch that Andy and Maggie are sitting on in the VIP section says it all.

Favorite Quote:
Andy: Why do they call you Count F***ula?
Count F***ula: 'Cause when I see something, I gotta f*** it!

I'm traveling next week, so I may not be able to continue this list for a while. Until then, enjoy!

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I've sen a few of these. Love those Bojack, Futurama, and Freaks and Geeks episodes.


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Adventure Time, Season 7:
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Princess Bubblegum and Peppermint Butler are living the frontier life after the King of Ooo had the princess exiled. Much to her chagrin, the old house where she has taken refuge becomes overrun with the titular big-toothed creatures. Luckily, Marceline shows up at just the right time to help her fend them off. While on the lookout, the ladies take the opportunity to discuss how much they and their relationship has changed.

What I enjoyed:
After the tumultuous season 6 finale and the head-scratching retcon in previous episode "Bonnie & Neddy," this bottle episode - in spite of all of those threatening varmints - provides a much-needed reprieve. Besides developing one of the most interesting and well-written relationships in the series, it also deserves credit for how it shows Bubblegum's acceptance of adult responsibility. Thankfully, the episode intersperses moments of the show's signature silliness, such as the King of Ooo's tendency for crossdressing and Peppermint Butler's baddassery, in with the scares and harsh life lessons.

MVP:
It's a tie between Bubblegum and Marceline, obviously.

Favorite Moment:
Bubblegum finding the graffitti she drew on her old house when she was a child.

Favorite Quote:
Peppermint Butler: "Be cool, Marceline. <cocks shotgun> Let's all be real cool."

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Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 5:
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The Enterprise has a rendezvous with Tamarians, a race with whom the Federation has had a very hard time communicating. This is because they're unaware that the Tamarians communicate entirely by metaphor; for instance, they say "Shaka, when the walls fell" when an attempt at anything - such as all of their previous attempts at communicating - completely fails. In a last-ditch effort to make themselves understood, the ship's captain, Dathon, beams Picard and himself down to a planet with a dangerous beast, which they fight in hand-to-hand combat. The title of the episode actually refers to a Tamarian metaphor similar to Dathon's plan: "Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra."

What I enjoyed:
This episode, which is neck and neck with "Yesterday's Enterprise" as my favorite standalone episode of this series, has everything that makes Star Trek great, most notably intelligent storytelling, fascinating aliens, exciting combat (both hand-to hand and space, no less) and an optimistic outlook about the distant future, all assembled in a pleasingly elegant manner. Also, it's much appreciated fror the series to devote an entire episode to one of the most prominent barriers to forming relationships. There are times when that magical universal translator device seems a bit too convenient.

MVP:
Dathon. Paul Winfield is entirely convincing as someone willing to give his life to simply open lines of communication.

Favorite Moment:
Picard telling the story of Gilgamesh and Enkidu to a dying Dathon. If these scene doesn't make you tear up, check your pulse.

Favorite Quote:
Picard: They were victorious, but Enkidu fell to the ground, struck down by the gods. And Gilgamesh wept bitter tears, saying, "'He who was my companion, through adventure and hardship, is gone forever.'"

Well, I hope you enjoyed this list. In short, the next time you have to watch the second episode in a TV season, don't reach for your cell phone right away. You might be surprised.

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Torgo wrote:
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 6:
Rocks and Shoals

Favorite Quote:
Sisko: Keevan doesn't deserve the unwavering loyalty you're giving him.
Remata'Klan: He does not have to earn my loyalty, Captain. He has had it from the moment I was conceived. I am a Jem'Hadar. He is a Vorta. It is the order of things.
Captain Sisko: Do you really want favorite product to give up your life for the order of things?
Remata'Klan: It is not my life to give up, Captain. And it never was.


I too enjoyed Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 6. And you've already quoted all of my favorite quotes. :)


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