The League Season 4 Review “The Freeze Out”

In the latest episode of “The League,” entitled “The Freeze Out,” the gang had some pretty oddball plot-lines this time out. It started off with the standard bickering, this time about who had had sex the most times in one day. Taco had so much sex that “I had to fantasize about not having sex just to get an erection!” Meanwhile, Andre asked if masturbation counted, claiming to have done so twelve times in one day (!) when he took some Cialis and got stood up on a date. “I just had to ride it out…it was the craziest brunch ever!”

Jenny ended up confessing she’d done it five times in a day once…but not with hubby Kevin. Even worse, the culprit turned out to be an ex whose child’s birthday party they were about to attend, which led to some serious awkwardness, culminating in Kevin & Jenny trying to break the record…in said ex’s kid’s room. The less said about what he walked in on at the end of the episode, the better, but let’s just say it involved clean-up time and his son and leave it at that. To add insult to injury, it turned out Jenny had actually misremembered and had done it six times in a day, not five. Better luck next time, Kev.

Meanwhile, Ruxin had a run-in with a white chef, Kabachi-San, at his local Japanese restaurant, Spooky Sushi. Love that name… although, as Ruxin pointed out: “I don’t know what’s so appetizing about the thought of haunted fish.” Said chef was played by, of all people, “Justified” star Timothy Olyphant, in a role that kind of harkened back to his early work in hipster flicks like “Scream 2” and “Go.”

Ruxin balked at Kabachi at first, but later, trying to curry favor so he wouldn’t have to switch restaurants, told him “Your hands make poetry of fish!” This despite his coaxing Ruxin to eat umi, aka sea urchin, which he termed as looking like “the aftermath of a lipo surgery.”

The relationship quickly turned sour, leading Olyphant to accuse Ruxin of racism. “Only you two could get called a racist by a white guy, said Pete later on. “We’re not racist! I worked at the ACLU!” protested Ruxin. Later, as he left: “What, you got a Klan rally?”

There was also some of-color hilariousness at Andre’s expense over his creepiness, when he declared he wanted to attend the aforementioned b’day party. “Andre, you’re even creepy eating corn,” declared Ruxin. This deteriorated quickly into a bit of business about corn cobs, with a clueless Andre announcing: “When you guys aren’t looking, I’ll lick your cobs bone dry!” Ruxin pantomimed a double-fisted approach familiar to porn fans, leading Andre to declare defensively: “That’s ridiculous…I start at the tip and work my way down.”

Finally, there was some business with the ever-loony Raffi, who went a little nuts at a paintball tournament with some of the guys. Turns out he’d been living on site for a few days, scoping out the lay of the land, and feeding on “second harvest,” the description of which almost put me off my food. Raffi explained he was also a Vietnam vet- only not in a war capacity, but rather from a “pretty intense sexual holiday.”

Later, he went rogue from the team, shouting inexplicably “Gattaca!” everywhere he went. “I don’t think he’s seen that movie…he wouldn’t be yelling that if he had,” observed Taco. I assumed it was meant to be Al Pacino’s “Attica!” cry in “Dog Day Afternoon,” but Raffi later admitted he didn’t even know “Gattaca” was a movie. Classic Raffi. Gotta love it.

Best lines not already mentioned: Kevin, explaining to Jenny why he tells her all the dirty details about the sex he had before her: “I have to tell you- otherwise I might forget!” Later, after having sex one too many times, he announced: “My dick just dry-heaved!” Ruxin, after asking to use the bathroom at the birthday party: “I’m gonna go blow that thing up!” I also chuckled at his terming of the chef as “Ku Klux Kabachi” and his proclamation that the “sush is loosh!” Good stuff all around.

It was a bit disjointed overall, like they just tacked three plot-lines together by sheer force of will, but there were nonetheless some funny bits. Unlike “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “The League” can still get away with stuff like that without seeming like they’re running out of ideas. My guess is that they just recognized that said material didn’t warrant an entire show, so they tackled it “Simpsons”-style, logics be damned. The plus side is that the show is still funny enough to withstand some of the sillier plot turns it takes. For now, at least.

What did you think? Was it all too silly for its own good? Or just silly enough? Let me know in the comments section!