FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS “The Benefit of the Unspoken Dynamic” Review

Friends With Benefits
FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS “The Benefit of the Unspoken Dynamic” Season 1 Episode 3 – Moving away from the blatant sexual overtones of the first two episodes of Friends With Benefits, “The Benefit of the Unspoken Dynamic” is all about those other relationships in our lives: our friends. You know, the ones we aren’t sleeping with.

Ben and Fitz are determined to pull Aaron out of the dumps to which Riley’s rejection sent him, but in doing so, they inadvertently release the drunken douchebag within him. I should have seen this coming. It’s just my luck to find a cute guy on TV, only to have to watch him become an insufferable jerk over four bottles of champagne and one blonde cocktail waitress. She even had my name!

Yet, despite that, I enjoyed the dynamic between the guys in this episode. Ben was doing everything in his power to spare his friend’s feelings. Fitz was willing to give up an easy lay just to spend some quality time with his buds. And Aaron, once he got over himself, was willing to jump into the lake to save Ben’s life. Bro’s before ho’s, indeed.

Over in the land of the girls, Riley comes to the (correct) conclusion that Sara is avoiding spending one-on-one time with her. She decides to rectify this by taking Sara to a retirement party for her marijuana dealer. Yeah, you read that right. Of course, Sara proceeds to get completely stoned on some special bean dip. I wrote in a review for another show that it’s never not funny to see someone get stoned on TV. I was wrong.

After a rather horrible makeout session with a hobo, Sara tells Riley about her relationship with Ben. I have to say, I respect her character a little more after hearing her real reason for having sex with Ben. It’s not even so much about the sex itself, but about having something wild and crazy in an otherwise structured and conservative life. That makes sense to me and makes me willing to give Sara the benefit of the doubt until the next episode.

Oh, and in case you’re keeping count, this is the third episode of Friends with Benefits and the third “getting-ready-to-go-out” montage. Really, writers? You couldn’t find anything to do with those fifteen seconds?

Things I Liked: Learning more about Fitz (He spent a semester at sea? He grew up in a lesbian commune??), Ben in nothing but wet boxer briefs (Thank you, Santa!)

Things I’m Looking Forward To: Riley and Ben hooking up. I don’t know why, but I just feel it coming.

Best Line: “Hey, you hooked up with a hobo. It happens!”

What did you think of the episode? Do you think it was kind of stupid of the waitress to write down Ben’s name instead of the guy who was picking up the tab, which probably included her tip? Were you actually a little shocked when the pier collapsed? Let me know below!