I love Fuhgeddaboudit.
Yes it’s a standalone episode that doesn’t advance the show’s mythology in any significant way, but it radiates with the kind of lighthearted fun that makes it a hoot to watch on every level.
Unlike the rest of this season’s freak-of-the-weeks, Mia is downright hilarious. Bubbly yet single-minded, the transgenic from Psy-Ops amusingly causes all sorts of mischief when she begins figuring out everybody’s secrets (thanks to her hypnotic powers). Sure the Dougie-mafia case isn’t the most compelling story, but Mia’s machinations imbue the episode with a real sense of cheeriness that’s infectious on every level. Truth be told, it’s been a depressing and angsty year (thank you virus), so Mia is a breath of fresh air in a dreary world. And quite poignantly, Mia is a romantic, and she restores the audience’s faith in Max and Logan, and the fact that they really do belong together. Love is never easy as she points out, and our favorite couple needed to hear that.
Of course the real highlight of the hour is the way it puts Max and Alec together in a cage-fight at the episode’s climax, bringing all their pent-up animosity to the forefront. It’s a thing of beauty to watch as Max lays it all out on Alec by referencing all the dastardly stuff he’s done this year. Ackles and Alba have had electric chemistry all year long, and their dynamic is stunningly realized in this gem of a sequence that’s one of the most memorable in the entire show’s run (and definitely its funniest).
– This is the second episode in a row that starts with Max getting dressed before a fancy night out. Coincidence? But that white wig is pretty bizarre. Thankfully Alba can pull off practically anything.
– I’m not quite sure what the title of the episode means, even though Logan says it himself when Max walks out in that short skirt. It’s mafia-lingo no?
– Max plays the bimbo quite well. However, having her tell Mia she works at Jam Pony even before getting brainwashed is an obvious plot contrivance.
– Blink and you’ll miss her, but the woman with the sunglasses in the bathroom is actually Dougie’s boss (as we discover at the end). You can only catch this during a rewatch.
– Great continuity: Alec’s boxing ring past and spending time in psy-ops (which is how he recognized Mia).
– Love the little touch with Mia making herself a dispatcher at Jam Pony. Poor Normal.
– Hilarious scene with Mia making Alec and Logan bond and hug. Naturally, Sketchy interrupts and stares at them blankly.
– Normal’s crush on Alec is a hilarious comedic highlight of the episode. Especially when he carries him home at the end. Uh oh…
– Sketchy wanting to get to the bottom of mutant exposure at least gives him something to do for the first time this season.
– Badass: Mia punching Max right off the ledge.
– Brilliant touch: Dougie’s narcolepsy making him immune to Mia’s brainwashing.
– The ring announcer naming Max “The curvaceous killer” is too funny.
– Normal taunting Max during the fight killed me: “You’re so dead missy miss.” “Kick her ass.” “You better be at work tomorrow pumpkin!” “Kill the messenger!”
– Mia tells Max she bet on her because according to the t-shirt, “girls kick ass.” That’s an awesome reference to the pilot.
Barbs & Barcodes
Cindy: I thought you two were trying to get things back to normal.
Max: Right. So I figured what’s more normal than volunteering for his oh-so-urgent, let’s-save-the-world-by-Tuesday Eyes Only missions?
Mia: Logan, I think there’s something that Alec wants to say to you.
Alec: Yeah, Logan, I just wanted to say that I understand why Max admires you so much. Sometimes I wish I had more of a purpose in life.
Mia: Logan, is there something you want to say to Alec?
Logan: Well, it’s just that…I don’t know, sometimes I wish I was more of a free spirit, and it must be nice to be a happy-go-lucky sociopath. I kinda envy you.
Mia: Awww. Group hug!
Normal: (to Alec) You’re my hero. I live to serve you. I had this dream about you the other night. You were this, uh, Roman gladiator, and you slew barbarians and Medusa-like women, and I was your tiny little valet. I wiped your sword clean after every sweet victory. I rubbed your tired, beautiful, golden muscles…
Alec: (uncomfortable) Hot run! Fourth and Main!
Max: She hit me. (Starting to remember) Really hard, that BITCH!
Alec: Should’ve known you’d cheat.
Max: (kicking Alec) That’s for the virus.
Alec: That was not my fault!
(She punches him.)
Max: That’s for trying to kill Joshua.
Alec: I was just trying to protect my own…
(She punches him twice.)
Max: And that’s for getting paint all over my research papers.
Alec: Okay, yeah, that was my bad.
(Max punches Alec again.)
Max: That’s for making Joshua deliver your packages.
Alec: Max, cut it out!
(She kicks and punches him.)
Max: That’s for losing my baseball. And this…(Kicks him in the stomach)…is for whatever stupid thing you do next.
Alec: My turn now, bitch.
Max: What’d you just call me?
Alec: You heard me. B-I-T-C…
Max: Oh, look at that – ring girl just lost her top.
(Alec sneaks a peek, Max kicks him in the groin).
Max: Oops. (She nudges him and he crashes to the floor) Sorry.
A wonderfully lighthearted episode, Fuhgeddaboutit is one of my personal favorite hours of Dark Angel.