FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS “The Benefit of Forgetting” Review

Friends With Benefits
FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS “The Benefit of Forgetting” Season 1 Episode 4 — Did you ever see the movie 50 First Dates? Yeah? So did the writer of Friends with Benefits‘ latest episode “The Benefit of Forgetting.” Only he/she decided to give the premise a bit of a morally questionable spin.

With the help of some seriously freaky (if it’s real) CIA technology that Aaron is only willing to access for each of his friends three times, Ben tracks down Megan, a girl he dated for ten weeks who disappeared without a word. He finds out that she got hit by a truck and lost her ability to form memories. Like the dude in Memento. Except funnier. Sort of.

Being a guy who doesn’t like commitment or putting work into a relationship, it’s the perfect deal for Ben; he can tell Megan that he planned and executed an elaborate and romantic date for them, when in reality they spent another night on the couch with pizza and a movie. She’ll never know! Of course, if Megan can’t remember being with Ben, what else can’t she remember? Turns out, she’s forgotten that she’s engaged to someone else. Oh well. Guess Ben will have to go back to having sex with Sara. At least she can remember it!

Meanwhile, Riley, who is usually open to anyone’s sexual kinks, finds herself dating Derick, an environmentalist, who also happens to be into boobs. I know what you’re thinking: what straight guy isn’t? But Derick takes it to a whole ‘nother level when it’s revealed (by Aaron’s CIA tech) that he’s got a thing about lactation. To the point where he believes he can get his own nipples a’pumpin’. Only four episodes into Friends with Benefits and we’ve found Riley’s deal-breaker.

But the best story of the night goes to Fitz, who is rapidly becoming my favorite character. And to think I called him the Token once upon a time. As mentioned in the last ep, Fitz grew up on a lesbian commune and now we get to meet his lesbian mama. And her new boyfriend. For a little boy who’s never had any male competition for his mother’s affections, he’s understandably put-out. It’s not an original story concept, but it’s presented here in a slightly new way. However, one thing bothered me. I’m a big believer in gay rights, so it worried me a little that they chose to show Fitz being so confused by his mother’s new relationship. This is the sort of thing that crazy, anti-gay crusaders are always saying is going to happen if gay marriage is legalized. Think of the children! they cry. I don’t want to see anything, even a TV show, giving them any reason to believe in their rhetoric.

Or maybe I’m over thinking it. I do that.

I am happy to report that “The Benefit of Forgetting” did NOT contain a “getting-ready-to-go-out” montage. It might just be a fluke, though. I shouldn’t get my hopes up, so for now, I’ll be cautiously optimistic that the montages, like Carrie Bradshaw breaking the fourth wall in the first season of Sex and the City, will disappear.

What I Liked: Fitz’s home movies, the relative lack of Sara, more naked Ben (Why, it is my un-birthday! How did they know?!)

What I’m Looking Forward To: More Fitz. Can we make him the main character?

Best Line: “I told Derick yesterday that I compost. I just don’t take out my garbage.”

What did you think of the episode? Who would you stalk with Aaron’s CIA hookup? Does anyone else think that Megan might be faking her condition? Let me know below!