Raising Hope Season 3 Review “The Walk for Runs”

This week’s episode of Raising Hope gave us yet another big secret from Jimmy’s past as the Chances all get ready for “The Walk for Runs”. Yes, it’s almost time for yet another Natesville tradition (How many of these do they have?!), as the townsfolk get ready to participate in a 1K run to benefit ABS. What does ABS mean, you ask? Well, apparently it means we get a lot of poop jokes!

Seriously, I can’t remember ever hearing more poop jokes in such a short time span in my life! I was getting so tired of hearing them, you might say I was…pooped!…No?…Ok, moving on.

This is the third week in a row where we get a big reveal of Jimmy’s history, as we find out that he suffered from JABS or “Juvenile Angry Bowel Syndrome”. I think the flashbacks of young Jimmy settling Burt and Virginia’s arguments was supposed to be funny, but I just felt bad for him! The poor kid looked so stressed out, and his parents didn’t even care what their arguing was doing to them!

Raising Hope, and Greg Garcia’s shows in general, have a history of making jokes that push the limits of dark humor. Tonight we had a joke about the LA riots, which I know as being an LA native my whole life was definitely not a laughing matter. Burt also infamously made a 9/11 joke back in the season two premiere “Prodigy” that caused a lot of heated debate (Check out my review of this episode, which still has more comments than any of my other reviews!)

Anyway, tonight’s episode sees a few characters return, most notably Sabrina’s ex-boyfriend Wyatt. Wyatt was never really a very funny character, as he was mostly used in this show as Jimmy’s rival, so it was good to see Ryan Doom get to flex his comedic muscles a little bit. I’m hoping Wyatt sticks around a little more on the show, but we’ll see.

Also returning this week was Wilmer Valderrama as the Natesville Radishes pitcher Ricardo Montes. He’s not quite as funny without Sabrina’s mom at his side, but I did enjoy seeing him beam the Natesville shoppers in the face.

Virginia and Burt’s storyline was cute, but it was yet another instance of the two of them having a little marital crisis that you know will get taken care of quickly. I did laugh at Garrett Dillahunt with his dark black hair, but I’m hoping these two characters get a substantial storyline soon as opposed to just reacting to Jimmy and Sabrina’s story.

Totes! LOL. #Virginiaisawesome

Random Thoughts:

– Virginia mispronouncing words stopped being funny to me a long time ago, but Burt mispronouncing Abercrombie and Fitch as “Applecrappy and Felch” cracked me up.

– I totally thought that Jimmy was going to use his explosive ABS to propel himself over the finish line!

– My DVR cut off the last few seconds of the episode, so I didn’t see who Yoshi tossed the shrimp to. I assumed it was Hope. Was I right?