As promised many weeks ago, we finally got the arrival of
the President of the United States Charlie’s real-life father Martin Sheen to the proceedings. Much like the use of Denise Richards earlier in the year, the visit with his dad went pretty much as expected. There were some easy jokes made and fun winks for the audience, but most of the scenes with Martin Sheen left me cold. The writers were gunning for the easy jokes and making sure they crossed them all of the list.
That being said, there is a certain amount of gravitas that Martin Sheen will add to this show if it gets its 90 episode order (
President Bartlet Martin Sheen has said he will be a series regular on the show going forward). We are all better off for it. Martin Sheen is one of the best TV actors of all-time. This week showed he still has plenty of chops. He’s not most classic funny guy, but his diction and tight delivery of his lines make him feel funnier than he has any need to be. The fact that he was funny in this episode is icing on the cake. His performance when discussing his life’s unfortunate downturn was why he’s a great fit for this show. No one in the cast as previously constructed could dive to anything resembling emotional depth. Martin Sheen will be able to provide to the show. I know it’s a half-hour sitcom, but half-hour sitcoms still need to have the occasional touching moment. It will be interesting to watch.
Aside from the Sheens, we got another showcase episode for a member of the group. After Nolan got some run last week, this week it was Lacy’s turn. Once again, I found myself pleasantly surprised by what happened. I’m starting to think I enjoy the characters more individually then within the collective. I’m not being hit with side-splitting laughter, but I recall being amused on a few occasions.
There’s only one episode left in this season. What did you think of this episode?