THE CLEVELAND SHOW “Terry Unmarried” Season 2, Episode 14 - In tonight’s episode of The Cleveland Show, Cleveland becomes upset with Donna for faking her love of his special brew of coffee which leads to a chain reaction of suspicion in the Tubbs-Brown household and a series of events that threaten his marriage and his friendships.
But before I get to all that, I have to address Rallo and Junior’s b-story line because I can’t really handle booger-eating humor. Poop, fart, vomit, snot rocket gags I can laugh at it all, but the minute anyone gets a chunk of goopy dried nasal mucous on their finger and moves to put it into their mouth, something in my brain’s subconscious fires and my gag reflex takes over. So, as cute as it was to see Rallo in the shower and brooding about his booger friend in various scenic settings, and as catchy as the booger song was, and as funny as it was to have Justin Timberlake appear as a singing booger, I think my brain blacked out for about half of the Rallo and Junior storyline. I reacted a lot like Junior when Rallo flicks his finger snot onto his glasses and the little girl on the playground with Rallo. It’s one of those things that’s just a little too gross for me.
That said, I did enjoy the booger-free moments of The Cleveland Show with Junior’s home appliance made Ironman costume. Cleveland’s smart vs. stupid tally for Junior was also hilarious because apparently Cleveland is still trying to figure it out. Although totally random, the discovery of Junior’s latent telekinetic powers to break glass and destroy pants was awesome and should also prove useful for him in the future.
There’s a lot of pretty shocking discoveries for Cleveland tonight. When Donna reveals that she was not legally divorced, Cleveland’s reaction is pretty great. I love that he can’t find his wedding ring so he takes off his socks and shoves them at her as if socks are a secondary symbol of commitment. Only a few moments later he’s newly single-ish and out at a gay bar having a blast when he spots his best friend, Terry, making out with a man. What’s even more shocking to Cleveland is that Terry has been dating Paul for a while and Cleveland has had no idea. Cleveland’s reaction to this revelation, “Terryterryterryterry…” along with the CNN style news breaking graphics were hilarious. The way Cleveland says Terry normally is funny anyway, so to have him say it for 30 seconds straight is great.
They make an effort to emphasize that Paul and Terry are not the typical TV Will and Grace inspired gay guys – these are blue collar dudes, who can’t dress well, can’t cook and affectionately punch one another in the gut. Terry doesn’t even think very much about being gay or not being gay, it doesn’t matter to him. He’s just going wherever it is that life takes him and he’s been really happy with Paul. Terry and Paul’s marriage proposal filled with punches and wrestling was great as well as the quick scene of them being chased back into the house by an angry mob after deciding to “bring gay marriage to Virginia.” Cleveland may finally be ready to accept his gay best friend, but the rest of the state isn’t.
Once in Vermont Cleveland and Donna are able to reconcile and legally remarry followed by Terry and Paul who do the same. I expect that future episodes will now have Paul show up when Cleveland’s friends are bringing their significant others around and I’m looking forward to seeing how Mr. Waterman is going to take the news (or maybe he already had a knew about it, like Donna did.) Making Terry a gay character seemed a bit out of the blue so I wonder if this was something that was intentionally in the background of his character from the very beginning of Terry’s character conception or if it was something that was decided as the show developed. Either way it made for a good episode of The Cleveland Show with an interesting plot line and a lot of Cleveland saying “Terry” and “marry” in his very special Cleveland way which always makes me laugh.