NTSF:SD:SUV:: “Exes and Oh-No’s!” Review

NTSF:SD:SUV:: “Exes and Oh-No’s!” Season 1, Episode 3 – This week’s episode of NTSF:SD:SUV was “based on a novelette” which I can only assume was all about crosses, double crosses, double crossed double crosses, triple cruzes, and the cross double square.

If that sounds confusing, it was. Sometimes it was even funny to be that confused about who was crossing whom, who was double crossing the double crosser, and who was cross-gender. Well, that last one was really only an issue with Lana, one of Trent’s ex-wives who was born a black, gay man, who underwent sex and race reassignment surgery to become a woman so he/she could infiltrate the NTSF:SD:SUV::. Once that was over, she underwent sex and race reassignment surgery once again to take the form of a pudgy white male played by Rich Fulcher.

I loved the scenes in the hotel room where Lana, as a man, was trying to seduce Trent. It was awkward and strange, but made all the more funny by the fact that Trent was still not able to resist him/her in her most recent form. It made me feel bad for poor Kove, who explained that she was Trent’s 4th and 6th wife and who seems to still have some feelings for Trent as well.

There was a running gag about the NTSF:SD:SUV:: book club where Piper chose The Diary of A Teenage Fat Girl as the book of the week and no one read it. I liked the detail added to Kove’s character about her ability to pick entertaining young adult novels and fantasy fiction for the group to read while everyone griped about having to read the book Piper chose. When they brought up the double crossing of the double cross, Piper screamed about how they wouldn’t have fallen for the trick had they read The Diary of a Teenage Fat Girl, which brought the whole gag together.

Although personally, it reminds me a bit more of Eagleheart, NTSF:SD:SUV:: is often compared to the other Adult Swim parody show, Childrens Hospital, which throws most continuity to the wind. I’m not really interested in watching a show that’s exactly like Childrens Hospital but with police. I think NTSF:SD:SUV:: would benefit from respecting the backgrounds that they’ve set up for these characters and maintaining some continuity as the series continues. Many of the jokes in these last three episodes have bombed, but the strange characters and their histories have already worked on their own to create ridiculous comedy from their interpersonal drama. I love that Trent has had 7 wives, has kids, was married to a formerly black gay man and has been married to Kove twice. I don’t want to watch 10 episodes only have all that history be null for the sake of a gag so I’m hoping all the character stuff we got in this episode will stick around as NTSF:SD:SUV:: continues.