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Episode Commentary: Forty-Two Down!

So far this season, Ray [played by Zach Galifianakis] hasn’t gotten nearly as much attention as he did last season. That all changed this week, as the success of Ray’s new comic book leads him to an encounter with Kevin Bacon, who wants to play Ray’s creation in a feature film.

Add in problems in his current relationship and it’s easy to see that Ray has his hands full this episode. While the end result of this situation is obvious from the start [especially considering Ray’s recent good luck], but how it all occurs is what makes it enjoyable. Bacon’s performance on the show is anything but expected, as he is truly weird, showing remarkable passion for Ray’s project.

If you’ve seen “Hollow Man” or “Footloose,” you might say that Bacon has never put this kind of effort into those roles.

With his relationship over, but his star-power rising, Ray’s dilemmas only get more fun to watch.

Aside from Ray, George and Jonathan have their own troubles this week too. Jonathan, trying, as always, to be the nice guy, ends up ruining any chance at getting paid. The situation between Jonathan and his sexy student is heating up as well, as the sexual tension is enough to make anyone go crazy.

However, with no update on his condition or the relationship status between him and his doctor, George’s storyline continues to be one of the most intriguing. With only a few more episodes left to go this season, it’ll be interesting to see what happens.

Ultimately that can be said of the drama in the lives of all the characters, as “Bored to Death” continues to blend Park Slope hipster culture with witty comedy, creating a hybrid viewing experience that continues to grow on you over time.

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