THE LEAGUE “The Marathon” Season 2 Episode 5 – Well done THE LEAGUE – you have grown into a fine comedy during this season and are no longer just a silly gag on dude bros preoccupation with sports they no longer play. The league has a new member since they lost Rafi to his indiscretions last week with Russell and Katie is now no longer just helping Kevin with his team. She wants to make sure that she can hang with the boys, as well as that rivaling her husband in the league will not interfere with their home life. To edge out his friends once again, Andre is training to run the marathon and Pete wants to prove that he can’t really do whatever he wants to do, so he bets him he will run the marathon too. And in running news, Ruxin is dealing with a marathoner at work, a Notary who basically helps him do his job, who holds the workplace hostage with her charitable marathon running. And coming from corporate experience, I can’t help but agree with Ruxin when he said that the only thing “worse than running a marathon is running a marathon to raise money.”
Taco going all Notary was just an added bonus to an episode that deals with what we do when we have to give in to get what we want. And his ad for his “services” was stellar. I adore the Lebowski-ness of Taco, you know the semi-decent looking dude who has no problems with life even though he has no steady income or job. As each episode evolves, so do the characters and we get to see them become more than just silly characitures of dude bros. Ruxin’s entitled anger is so on point for a dude like him, and I love that Pete is fully embracing the sleazy charm of his newly single self. And for Kevin and Jenny, their relationship, with all its quirks, faults and adorableness, feels fairly authentic. For young couples nowadays, its not impossible to think of having all the same interests, including sports and similar friends. I like that within this group that is always poking and prodding each other in the name of fun there is that couple that is real and all about each other. And Andre, well the three legged dog of this group shines in each episode for me.
What do you think of The League? Is it shining among the stiff competition that comes with a Thursday night lineup? Who is your favorite character on the show?