Raising Hope Season 3 Review “Squeak Means Squeak”

Raising Hope continued its stellar third season tonight with another great episode in “Squeak Means Squeak”. When just about every episode of this show addresses and pokes fun at some serious issues or teaches us a moral, it’s good to have an episode that addresses an issue that’s gone unchecked long enough: Squirrel rapists!

Yes, Raising Hope mercifully stopped trying to force their characters to learn some kind of lesson, and instead mostly focused on cracking us up. Probably the most outlandishly awesome storyline came from Burt and Virginia trying to track down a squirrel rapist that Burt claimed he saw in a park. I loved Burt frantically trying to retell the traumatic story of somebody being raped to Virginia, before actually clarifying that he wasn’t talking about a human being. I especially loved Virginia’s reaction, where she reminded Burt that he needs to start off his stories by telling her what species they’re talking about, which indicates that telling scandalous stories about animals isn’t new for Burt. The real payoff came from some fancy CGI that actually showed this perverted squirrel chasing down a poor, unsuspecting victim right in front of Virginia! I love that they didn’t just give Burt and Virginia secondary storyline where they just reacted to whatever was going on with Sabrina and Jimmy, and they actually had a more engaging story overall.

That isn’t saying that I didn’t enjoy Jimmy’s Auxiliary Police story with Barney, though. There was a lot of great stuff here, the best of which being the theme song that whispered “Auxiliary…” as Jimmy and Barney slow-mo walked out of the grocery store. I’ve become more and more of a fan of Barney on this show, and I really do think he makes for a solid replacement for Maw Maw if she’s taking an episode off like she did tonight.

I guess we did get a little bit of a lesson tonight, as Sabrina learns that she may not have been doing a good job of being a mother to Hope. I really love hearing more and more about Sabrina’s faults. For the first one and a half seasons of this show Jimmy was holding Sabrina up on this pedestal as the girl of his dreams, so it’s been lots of fun seeing that she’s not perfect. Tonight we find out that she eats dirt and mentally counts the number of words in each of her sentences (20). We’ve already seen that she sleeps with pantyhose on her head, so it’s always good to see more goofiness from little miss perfect.

Following last week’s brilliant send up of gangster movies, Raising Hope had yet another great episode for this very solid season three. I’m really hoping we get a confirmation of a fourth season by FOX soon, as this show definitely deserves it!

Random Thoughts:

– After hearing that Barney has an unattractive rear end I kept waiting for them to show it so I could see for myself. Is that weird?

– I think the “Hide your cats, hide your mice” joke might have been more topical back when it was written, but now that it’s aired several years after the YouTube video it doesn’t feel very current.

– “Is there a five second rule? Is Mexican dirt spicy? When you eat a seed do you poop a tree?” So good. I wonder how much of that stuff is Garrett Dillahunt ad libbing?