The code word is "jambalaya."
Reaper - Love, Bullets and Blacktop
A song on an eight-track holds the key to capturing the latest escaped soul, but there’s a twist: it’s actually two souls who have been involved in a series of muscle-car wrecks.
Reaper continues to be an enjoyable way to spend a Tuesday night ... but only if there is absolutely nothing else going on. The theme of this week: "living in the moment." The schlocky life lessons that the Devil tries to impart each week are growing tiresome. Come on, he's the Devil! No morals! No lessons! Bring on the evil!
The lack of Ted in this episode was also disappointing.
However, the guest stars made me happy. Buffy & Angel fans will have recognized Harmony (Mercedes McNab) playing much the same character she did in Buffy (less spoiled, perhaps), and '80s movie fans will have recognized the whacked-out best friend from Better Off Dead (Curtis Armstrong) as a whacked out Work Bench employee.
It's almost as if the writers read my mind, because the Andi & Sam relationship was much more tolerable. Buddies who are secretly in love ... is is really so difficult? Their adorable (angst-free) movie night hidden away in the bowels of the Work Bench was very cute. Andi's little outpost (her "Ted-free zone") was also a nice addition -- thus far, Andi's character has been underdeveloped, and it is alarmingly one-dimensional.
The addition of a love interest for Sam, named Taylor, also helped the A-S relationship. Now Andi can be happy for Sam on the surface, but secretly be kind of jealous. Taylor was a little irritating, but she could grow on me. I don't know if I'm biased by Sam's bias (he kept talking about how they had nothing in common), but she doesn't seem right for him. I guess we'll have to stay tuned to find out.
Reaper does need to change up the fight scenes, though. Every one is the same -- during the first run-in, the soul escapes easily. During the final fight, Sam drops or loses the vessel, his friends step in to help, he regains the vessel, and sucks the soul back to hell. Yawn.
The good bits (which are all Sock, as usual):
Sock's pelvic bullets.
When Russ invites them out: "Yeah, that sounds like something someone might do."
To the soul: "You are a man of discriminating taste ... I can tell by the four buttons undone on your shirt."
And last, but certainly not least...
Russ: "Who wants to rip some peyote?"
Sock: "I took a horse tranq on the way over, so I'm good."
Also, is it just me or are there way more commercials during Reaper than during other shows?
Next on Reaper:
Sock (Tyler Labine) becomes obsessed with Gladys, the DMV demon, after she comes into The Work Bench and makes some questionable purchases. He and Ben follow her home and suspect she may be hiding bodies in her house. Meanwhile, the devil gives Sam an expensive watch as a gesture of gratitude for all his hard work. Unfortunately, Sam discovers the devil was setting him up to take the rap for a murder the latest escaped soul committed.