MELISSA & JOEY “Boys Toys ‘R Us” Review

Melissa & Joey "Boys Toys 'R Us"

This week’s episode of MELISSA & JOEY centers around the age old adage “what’s good for the goose, is good for the gander.” Melissa, tired from working so hard and adjusting to her new parental role to Lennox and Ryder, thinks that she needs to let loose and goes off in search for a little “self love” with her assistant at the latest trendy bar. There she meets the epitome of the bad boy. He is good looking, has an accent, a tatoo and asks if she is a princess. I am sold! Unfortunately, he also works as a bartender at that same bar while waiting for his music career to take off. After 12 years, it is not looking good.

Meanwhile, back home, Lennox is following in the same footsteps, finding a bad boy of her own. She forgoes the bar scene and just meets hers at the mall. Melissa, too wrapped up in her own needs, is barely paying attention to the danger signals that Lennox is throwing. Luckily, Melissa has a nanny who, quite honestly, seems to be one of the best nannies ever. Joey seriously has paternal instincts. Or does he just recognize young male hormones? After questioning Lennox about her new crush, and with a little help from Ryder’s prying eyes and ears, it is soon discovered that the bad boy, Justin, left high school before graduation for his one true love, works as a pizza delivery boy and apparently has friends that can buy underage teens beer. It’s a party!

What I liked about this storyline is the realism that was involved. There probably isn’t one parent out there that has preached one thing to their kids while doing the exact same thing themselves. We see this with Melissa confronting Lennox sneaking in the house past curfew after seeing Justin, while turning around and attempting to sneak her boy toy out the back door. This kind of activity, once discovered, is usually followed with the retort “because I am an adult!” Luckily, Mel spared Lennox that tired line. We did find out this week that Mel is having some difficulty adjusting to her new life. She is not sure on how to parent Lennox and Ryder. She is horrified to sound like her mother. And she has really deep rooted feelings for some bad 90s club clothes. It will be interesting to see how Melissa will manage to evolve from her old school party girl ways into a professional councilwoman and role model to the children while still remaining true to herself.

Joey, on the other hand, is falling into his manny role quite easily. He does almost anything including sorting, organizing and rebuilding Mel’s walk-in closet. Can I hire him? He has also fallen into the role of father without missing a beat, despite the fact that is not included in his job description. Not only is he fathering the children, though, but also Mel. I know that the show will probably develop their relationship into a sexually tension filled event followed by the inevitable joinder, but I kind of hope they leave it as it is. It is refreshing to see two adults have a healthy and caring relationship that is not about sex. Does anyone else agree?

Speaking of sex, I am not sure how Melissa managed to stay attracted to a guy who had no less than four guitars in his small apartment, an album cover with no album, half lines of lyrics with no songs, and a “manager” who is a barista for now. It must be the accent!

This episode left me wondering if the writers are slowly turning the direction of Melissa & Joey. Although there was still plenty of comedy, it wasn’t so pervasive this time around. There was a lot more character development and story. Does anyone else think that or have I just blissfully put the forced comedy out of my mind now when I watch?

What did you think of this week’s Melissa & Joey? Do you think the show will have Mel & Joe fall for each other? Would you want that to happen? Tell us what you think in the comments below.