Ken Jeong’s Netflix Comedy Special: ‘You Complete Me, Ho’ Now Streaming

On Valentine’s Day, Netflix released Ken Jeong’s first ever comedy special titled, ‘You Complete Me, Ho’ :

In his first-ever stand-up special, Ken Jeong pays tribute to his wife and shares stories about Hollywood and how “The Hangover” saved his life.

in honor of his wife, Tran Ho, who has been cancer free for over 10 years:

“It’s a play on my wife’s last name, which is Ho. It was actually her suggestion for that title,” he said. “Netflix wanted a catchier title than what I initially pitched, and Tran, my wife, thought ‘You Complete Me, Ho.’ We were both laughing hysterically and I pitched it to Netflix and they loved it. In many ways the act and the title were inspired by my wife. I look at is as almost like a one-man show touching upon my family and my wife with a bunch of dick jokes.”

In the special, Jeong talks about his marriage and his wife’s brush with breast cancer 10 years ago, while the camera cuts to her reactions in the audience. According to Jeong, the cutaways were the idea of “Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon M. Chu, who also helmed “You Complete Me, Ho.”

The comedy show was filmed at The Ice House Comedy Club in Pasadena, Calif., where he got he first performed stand up for his wife.

Without any plans for Valentine’s Day evening, I had a chance to watch the special and was pleasantly surprised that there wasn’t a ton (there was some) of overlap material (from what I recall – I admit, I had a few required drinks) from when I saw Ken perform back in April of last year with a fellow Asian American Duke alum – where Ken also went to school where he called my friend and I out as “Duke dorks,” as we were seated near the front.

The comedy special is about

” … working on, and being recognized from, his role in three Hangover movies, as well as riffing about his ABC sitcom, Dr. Ken, and how he’d still be sad about its cancellation if he hadn’t hopped on a plane and shot his first scene for Crazy Rich Asians the following day. Jon M. Chu, who directed Crazy Rich Asians, also directed Jeong’s special.”

and how his wife inspired him, especially his difficult times when his wife was battling cancer around the time when The Hangover opportunity materialized and was filming. If your a Ken fan and have Netflix, I highly recommend the special.

In Ken’s media blitz to promote his Netflix comedy special, I caught this great 20+ minute GQ YouTube video, Ken Jeong Breaks Down His Most Iconic Characters:

where he talks about his most iconic characters, including his roles in ‘Knocked Up,’ ‘The Office,’ ‘Role Models,’ ‘The Hangover’ trilogy, ‘Community,’ ‘Bob’s Burgers,’ ‘Dr. Ken,’ ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’  and his recent hit TV show ‘The Masked Singer’.

‘Dr. Ken’ Episode Review: “Ken’s Big Audition”

Dr. Ken, Season 2, Episode 22: “Ken’s Big Audition” (season finale)
Original airdate March 31, 2017.

Friday I’m in Love

Ken auditions for a one-episode part in a television show, an opportunity he’s always yearned for.  He bombs his chance, but then he’s offered a regular role, which would require him to leave his position at Welltopia.

Molly gets her acceptance letter from Stanford, and Allison’s not quite as ready for the news as one might expect.  Damona and Pat seem to be in a good place in their relationship, but Pat’s ex-wife (in the form of Nia Vardalos) shows up with an interest in giving things a second try.

Boys Don’t Cry

The second half of the episode slides into most of what I find disappointing in Dr.Ken.  Secondary plots get resolved with no real development, usually with a heartfelt monologue ending with a hug.  Ken Jeong takes a good idea and then drives it off a cliff while wearing a clown nose.  Someone does a cameo (this time it’s Seth Rogen) contributing nothing to the story.  The studio audience laughs too hard at something not that funny or cheers for characters as if they’re real-life people.

Just Like Heaven

On the other hand, the first half of this movie is kind of an amazing surprise.  Every moment leading up to Ken’s audition is really funny in all of Ken Jeong’s best ways.  His gift for physical humor had me laughing aloud in a way I haven’t all season.  The dialogue-less moment where he takes the phone call from the casting director and tries to shoo his family out of the kitchen is really well done, and his scenes in the examination room, first with Clark and then with Clark and Damona are just about perfect.  It’s unusual in a half-hour sitcom for the blocking to be funny, but it is in these scenes.

Once again, it’s the Pat-Damona stuff that gives the show its credibility.  Yeah, I can’t figure it out either, but it works.

I’m normally not a fan of meta-dialogue in a fictional series, but there are a few deliberate moments here that I found amusing, as when D. K. talks about TV characters with accents, or when the TV guy says something about the network wanting more diversity.  It’s pretty cute here.

Let’s Go to Bed

And that’s it for season two.  We end on a cliffhanger very similar to the cliffhanger ending the first season, only the vibe for a possible next season feels a lot less questionable.  I would have set the odds at about 50-50 a year ago, but I’d go 2-1 in favor of a renewal for next season.  This finale is an apt way to put this show to bed for the hiatus: at its best, it’s unusually laugh-aloud funny; at its worst, it’s difficult to watch.  3 audition scripts out of 5.

‘Dr. Ken’ Episode Review: “Clark’s Big Surprise”

Dr. Ken, Season 2, Episode 21: “Clark’s Big Surprise”
Original airdate March 24, 2017.

He’s a smooth operator

Clark and Connor have invited all their friends to their vegan barbecue, intending to surprise everyone with a surprise wedding.  Somehow finding something better to do than go to a vegan barbecue, all the Welltopia people (plus the rest of the Park family) have other plans.  But then Ken finds out what’s going on, and in convincing Damona, and Pat to change their plans, he gives them the impression that the event is really a renewal of vows by Ken and Allison.  Of course, Damona then lets the renewal thing slip so Allison will change her family’s plans, and now Allison is super excited.

Smoooooooooooth operator

I’m going to put it right up front that I really, really dislike sitcom wedding episodes.  In fact, I’m not big on weddings IRL either lately.  It hasn’t always been this way.  There was a time when weddings always made me cry, but that was half my life ago, and I’ve seen too many things I can’t unsee.  I guard against cynicism (which I hate) by keeping wedding things at armslength, and by not getting caught up in other people’s romances, no matter how romantic I think they are.  This definitely affects my ability to review this episode well.

I groaned.  Multiple times at just far too much syrupiness.  There’s just a lot.  Of cuteness.  Bleah.

Smooth operator

But then I watched the episode four times (my minimum before writing a review is three), and while I didn’t groan fewer times with subsequent viewings, I found more things to appreciate.

Jonathan Slavin’s acting is excellent, as it has been all season.

The structure of this episode is really strong.  Ken finds himself the center of things by circumstance, not by forcing himself into the middle.  At least three times.  Because of this show’s consistent and pretty-good character development over two seasons, it’s one of the truest plot elements here.  And I’m not yet tired of saying that Ken Jeong’s best acting emerges when the other characters are the stars.

Damona’s and Pat’s profession of love at the end of the episode is blessedly understated and underplayed.  Nicely done.

“Growing up as a gay kid, I never thought this moment would be possible.  And here we are.”

Smoooooooooooth operator

This episode could really have done without the guest appearance by Train.  And I like Train.  But then it still has its moments.  And I hate wedding episodes.  So, you know.  All things considered, it could have been a lot worse.  I’m giving it a half-point bump to compensate for my unreasonable biases.  3 ice cream dishes in the sink out of 5.

‘Dr. Ken’ Episode Review: “Ken and the CEO”

Dr. Ken, Season 2, Episode 20: “Ken and the CEO”
Original airdate March 17, 2017.

I told the truth and it saved one girl’s life

The Welltopia CEO is in town to deliver his state of the company address, and to receive a physical examination from Ken.  Pat has applied for a promotion and asks Ken to put in a good word, but Ken learns that Pat’s probably going to be fired because of a recent dip in numbers.

Pat and Damona are keeping their rekindled relationship a secret.  Clark suspects something’s up and tries to drag Allison into his investigation.

Jae tells Molly he’s a finalist for an art fellowship in Rhode Island, which would mean leaving in a couple of weeks and canceling the plans they’ve made for the summer.

And then a blind man screamed

I really don’t like Jae.  I don’t even like having to deal with him in what looks like it could be a goodbye episode for him.  Molly needs to get away from him.  And when D. K. tells her that you can’t control what happens in life but you can control how you respond to it, Molly acts like she’s never heard this in her life despite being an exceptionally resilient young woman.  This results in a sudden resolution to her story absent any real emotional payoff, which isn’t fair because Krista Marie Yu really does the emotion stuff well up to this point in the episode.

Rhys Darby plays the CEO and he’s okay, but he sounds and looks too much like Pat.  It’s a weird invasion of the set by an actor who doesn’t fit in.  The writers also made him far too big a part of this episode.  He’s really a poorly imagined character.

One sister saw me go under the knife

On the other hand, because the CEO scenes are dominated by Darby, Ken is relegated to a second banana role, and Ken Jeong just about always nails that.  He’s really the best part of this episode.

Molly is adorable in this, and D. K. is actually decent too.

The blocking is especially nicely done this week.  I really like the way the opening scene moves, with Ken talking about fliriting his way out of a traffic ticket.  Later, Clark tells Allison she’s “off the case,” and exits.  Allison follows, exiting stage right just as the CEO enters stage left.  It feels like a stage play.

The resolution is formulaic, but I appreciate the way Pat’s friends come to his defense with evidence from past episodes of the show.  It’s good cred and it gives me some faith for the future of this show, if it gets picked up for season three.

I’m glad it was a dream.

The acting’s good.  The writing’s so-so.  Damona is sweet.  Ken is funny.  Clark is Clark.  3 and a half chicken wings out of 5.

‘Dr. Ken’ Episode Review: “Ken’s Professor”

Dr. Ken, Season 2, Episode 19: “Ken’s Professor”
Original airdate March 10, 2017.

Operator, Well Could You Help Me Place This Call?

Ken’s attending physician from his residency, who was always really tough on Ken, comes in for an examination and picks up right where he left off all those years ago.  Damona and Pat address last episode’s impulsive kiss, and agree they should take things slowly–non-physically–and see if there’s potential for renewing their romantic relationship.  Allison has a new assistant who can’t stop talking.  Dave gets a D on a Moby-Dick paper and is forced by Allison to rewrite it even though Dave’s pretty sure the teacher has it in for him.

I Can’t Read the Number that You Just Gave Me

The main story is a good idea, and it could have worked really well.  A lot of us, no matter where we are in our careers, can be intimidated by a former mentor, and it can cause regression to our much younger, much greener personae.  Ken’s childlike anxieties and youthful exuberance set him up nicely for this, but the directing decision to have the mentor be this much of a hardass is misguided.  This doctor is exaggerated beyond believability.

Imagine how much funnier–and more challenging for the actors–this might have been if it were a combination of some amount of sternness by the patient and some amount of imagined persecution by Ken.  Especially since in real life, if the patient’s speech at the end of the episode is to be believed, the doctor-as-patient would most likely have had no reason to be abusive in this situation.  Throw in a little bit of unadmitted nervousness by the patient, and there could have been some nice emotional payoff at the end, with both men, professional equals, shaking hands at the end without the summative “and-here’s-what-we-all-learned-this-week” dialogue.

Smaller gripe: We never get resolution on the Dave story, which doesn’t really matter because it feels like a throw-in anyway.

She’s Living in L.A. with My Best Old Ex-Friend Ray

The Pat-Damona interactions are slightly dumb, but there’s good stuff beneath them, and it’s interesting that they’re only now having conversations about whether or not they have the stuff for a real relationship.  It always was a weird, passionate, sex-first attraction, so the tension works, and I like the where-is-this-going conversation in the supply closet.  And thank goodness Damona is probably dumping Eric, because I never liked that relationship.

It doesn’t please me to say the show is much better without D. K.  It’s true, though.  Even though it leaves Dave and Molly on the fringes of most episodes, the young actors handle it well and the show is a lot more enjoyable.  That’s two or three straight episodes without him and it’s a noticeable improvement.

Allison’s assistant is played by Sarah Baker, whom I adore.  She was in that great “So Did the Fat Lady” episode of Louie, and she played Gator Carol in that Fresh Off the Boat episode where the Huangs go to the franchisee convention in the Season 2 premiere.

A Guy She Said She Knew Well but Sometimes Hated

Funny.  Not funny.  Interesting.  Boring.  Cartoony.  Thoughtful.  You know where this is going.  2.5 trips to the supply closet out of 5.

‘Dr. Ken’ Episode Review: “Allison Finds a Lump”

Dr. Ken, Season 2, Episode 18: “Allison Finds a Lump”
Original airdate February 24, 2017.

I Can’t Seem to Face Up to the Facts

Allison finds a lump during a self-examination.  Ken and the Welltopia gang are super-supportive, but Allison has difficulty getting an appointment with a surgeon.  Dave has the lead in the school production of Peter Pan and is oblivious to his parents’ concerns, but Molly overhears her mother’s conversation on the phone.  Pat is especially affected by the Parks’ situation, and is determined not to let more time pass before trying things he’s always wanted to learn.

I’m Tense and Nervous and I Can’t Relax

I mostly try to avoid being overly critical of young actors, but Albert Tsai is pretty terrible in this.  He has a few strengths, which the show usually makes good use of, but perhaps because the acting from the rest of the cast this week is especially strong, it’s tough to ignore how poorly he’s directed.  He’s got some good lines, so I don’t think it’s the writing.

I Can’t Sleep ‘Cause My Bed’s on Fire

It isn’t the seriousness of the content itself that makes this such an effective episode, but the seriousness really highlights some of the smaller comedic moments.  Dr. Ken has been good about inserting these little moments throughout its run, yet they’re often drowned out by the wackiness.  The bit with the pineapple begins with Suzy Nakamura’s flair for deflating dialogue, then continues with Clark’s funny bit about not getting a pineapple.  The quick bit with Carl in the group hug is cute–I laughed aloud in a nice way.  Even the slightly less subtle hold music when Allison’s on the phone is pretty funny.  There’s stuff like that throughout the episode, and I can’t remember when I last laughed so many times at this show.

Don’t Touch Me; I’m a Real Live-Wire

You could see the Pat-Damona thing coming for the past few weeks, and it makes sense for it to happen now, but I enjoyed the tension and the air of wistful melancholy Pat brought to recent episodes.  I can’t predict where it goes from here; somehow I have some faith in the writers to handle it well, since it’s the best thing the show’s done since its premiere.  I’m really looking forward to seeing how this develops.

Strong episode with (mostly!) really good acting and nice laughs.  4 labcoats out of 5.

‘Dr. Ken’ Episode Review: “Pat’s Rash”

Dr. Ken, Season 2, Episode 17: “Pat’s Rash”
Original airdate February 17, 2017.

So let’s talk about you.

Pat has hives all over his face, and everyone in Welltopia is pretty sure they’re brought on by stress related to his relationship with Megan.  Dave has trouble finding common ground with his neighbor girlfriend and considers breaking up with her.  Allison and Clark try out a new yoga studio, neither one finding it a very pleasant experience.

Let’s do some word association.

I don’t have much to complain about this week.  I was kinda hoping things might work out with Dave and Megan, but it makes more sense for them not to, especially if this show has a future beyond the next few weeks.  Shows get bad when too many of their characters settle into good relationships (hello, The Big Bang Theory…).  Even Dave’s pretty awful girlfriend wasn’t as annoying as usual, and since the kids have broken up, it doesn’t bug me that we had to get more of her before getting done with her.

And how do you feel about your mother?

While I don’t have much to complain about, neither is there much to get too excited about.  If I may say this without being a creep, Krista Marie Yu is especially adorable this week, and more of the Clark-Allison dynamic is kind of fun, even if their story was pretty disposable.  You can see why they would get along well.

I think we’ve made good progress.  Same time next week?

This was a nice, cozy episode with a kind of week-in-the-life-of vibe that a show midway through its second season can execute without great stories as long as they’ve developed characters well, and Dr. Ken has.  I appreciated that the writers didn’t cram characters into stories they had no business in.  It’s okay that Damona and Molly have barely ten lines each.  3 vegan strombolis of 5.

‘Dr. Ken’ Episode Review: “A Dr. Ken Valentine’s Day”

Dr. Ken, Season 2, Episode 16: “A Dr. Ken Valentine’s Day”
Original airdate February 3, 2017.

SUZY NAKAMURA, ALBERT TSAINight fever, night fever

Ken is relieved to learn Allison doesn’t want to do anything for Valentine’s Day, but she has second thoughts when she sees Dave going to great lengths to make it a special evening for his girlfriend.  Ken forgets to do his part in Clark’s romantic scavenger hunt for Connor.  Pat scores a date with Megan, the woman he lied to about being Dave’s adopted father (episode 9).  Damona and Eric have dinner at the same restaurant as Pat and Megan, causing Damona some stress because Eric doesn’t know about her relationship with Pat.  Molly and Jae are determined to treat Valentine’s Day like any other day because they’re too cool to participate in the “corporate holiday.”

We know how to do it

This is the odd episode with interesting stories but disappointing results.  Funny stuff isn’t very funny.  Cute stuff isn’t very creative, and resolutions are terrible.  I still can’t stand Jae, but now I can’t stand Emily (Dave’s girlfriend, played by Ken Jeong’s real-life daughter) either.   I decided some time ago that I won’t hold a sitcom episode’s tag against it, but this week’s is truly horrible.  Was it written by middle-schoolers?  I don’t care how close your family is; you don’t squeeze six of you onto a couch when other seats are available.

TISHA CAMPBELL MARTIN, DAVE FOLEY, JERRY MINORGimme that night fever, night fever

Dave Foley and Suzy Nakamura act the heck out of their poorly written parts, and Ken Jeong gets to be mostly a supporting actor, when he is consistently his best.  Pat’s “Really?  In the realm of all possible Valentine’s Days, this did occur to me” is the best line in the episode.

We know how to show it

I have to say this thing had some promise.  I like the way it used one theme to connect several, separate, overlapping stories.  I also like it when Ken tells Molly that “We already paid our dues; we earned our apathy, young lady.  You haven’t!” because this Gen-X-Millennial difference is subtext not enough sitcoms make decent use of — Ken could be talking about a lot of things here.  So the process is admirable while the product is lacking.  2.5 of 5 latex gloves.

‘Dr. Ken’ Episode Review: “Ken and the Basketball Star”

Dr. Ken, Season 2, Episode 15: “Ken and the Basketball Star”
Original airdate January 27, 2017.

dr_ken_s02e15 (19)Oh help me please, doctor; I’m damaged

Ken treats the star of Molly’s high-school basketball team for an injured ankle, days before the championship game, but suspects the athlete may have a life-threatening condition.  The boy’s family doesn’t receive the news well, and Ken seems to feel just as bad.  Pat brings his espresso machine to the office, and the coffee is so good that Allison is willing to spend time chatting with him just for more of it, although Pat is worried about people using him for his coffee.  Connor has moved in with Clark, and Clark has major problems adjusting to differences in his fiance’s lifestyle.

There’s a pain where there once was a heart

The argument could be made that the Allison-Pat-Damona story about the coffee is stupid and shenanigany, and I guess it is, but I would go at least as far as they do for another cup of the best coffee I’ve ever had.  Although the Clark-Connor story is cute, this episode would have been stronger without it, and the plot would have dropped easily into some other episode.

dr_ken_s02e15 (29)It’s sleepin’, it’s a beatin’

Ken’s behavior in the examining room is closer to what I imagined for this show than his behavior in the first few episodes of season 1: just really competent doctoring, good bedside manner, and sharp, clever dialogue.  There’s less of Ken the clown when he’s with his patient than in other scenes, and it works a lot better this way.  Although I don’t think the story is especially creative, it’s good enough.

We haven’t had a lot of the Allison-Pat and Allison-Damona dynamics, so this episode feels different, in a good way.  Damona and Allison arguing over coffee is funny, and for once they find something to talk about besides Allison’s husband and Damona’s boss.

Can’t you please tear it out and preserve it?

There’s a nice theme alignment here, with Pat’s self-aware insecurity and Ken’s confident-but-regretful faithfulness to his duty as a physician.  “Ken and the Basketball Star” doesn’t beat that contrast to death, and it might be easy not to consider, but the similar tensions are effective.  I mostly liked it.  4 cappuccinos out of 5.

‘Dr. Ken’ Episode Review: “A Day in the Life”

Dr. Ken, Season 2, Episode 14: “A Day in the Life”
Original airdate January 20, 2017.

dr_ken_s02e14 (3)Through early morning fog I see

Ken is featured in part of a ten-hour documentary on healthcare in America–an interviewer and camera operator follow him around for a full working day.  He’s excited about the attention, but a combination of grouchy Damona, camera-shy Allison, confused Clark, and unappreciative patients shows Ken in what he thinks is an unflattering, uninteresting light.  He questions his happiness as a physician, and considers giving standup comedy another go.

Visions of the things to be

When this show is at its stupidest, it’s so stupid it’s painful.  The entire first act is spastic and unfunny.  If you’ve seen three episodes of this show, you know what I mean: cartoonish, wacky, cheap, unimaginative, and laughed at far too enthusiastically by the studio audience.  If the characters weren’t so likable and the actors so good, Dr. Ken would be impossible to watch every week.

dr_ken_s02e14 (2)The pains that are withheld for me

You can see it coming twenty minutes away: this was going to be a rehash of some of the best episodes of M*A*S*H, where war documentarians capture the 4077th first at its goofiest and most irreverent, then at its heroic, life-saving best.  At first the mimicry is annoying, but then Ken tells the interviewer that as a kid, he always wanted to be Hawkeye Pierce on M*A*S*H, and suddenly the episode isn’t a rehash but a tribute.  The episode pivots here, and you can predict the manipulative heart-touching moments from Ken, Clark, Allison, Pat, Damona, and Molly.  And darn it all if it doesn’t work anyway.  Yeah, I teared up, and yeah, I felt played by the direct, pregnant glances Pat gives the camera when he’s caught having serious unspoken thoughts about Damona, but yeah, it still does the job.  Those punks.

I realize and I can see

The MVP goes again to Jonathan Slavin, with Dave Foley getting the honorable mention.  I hated this episode until I liked it, and I hated it for putting me through that.  Listen: I don’t mind stupid.  But there’s smart stupid and there’s stupid stupid, and the show too often and too easily settles for the latter when it’s so clear that it’s capable fo the former.  Still, if a show makes me cry when it’s trying to make me cry, it’s clearly an intentionally realized vision.  3.5 of 5 zucchini muffins.

‘Dr. Ken’ Episode Review: “Jae Meets the Parks”

Dr. Ken, Season 2, Episode 13: “Jae Meets the Parks”
Original airdate January 13, 2017.

dr_ken_s02_e13-11Let him soothe your soul; just take his hand.

Molly introduces Jae to her family, and everything’s great until Jae says he’s dropped out of UCLA to pursue his art.  This makes Allison uncomfortable and sets Ken completely off.  Ken forbids Molly from seeing Jae.  Molly stops talking to Ken.  Damona learns that Pat has lied to her about being required to wear scrubs at Welltopia.  In an act of defiance, she dresses up for work but gets locked in the stairwell.  Pat is putting on a few pounds and orders a reluctant Clark to become his food police.

Some people call him an evil man.

Only two things this week really bug me.  The first several minutes of the show look like they’re about to get out of hand with all the Parks overacting and overreacting, and when Ken and Molly have their fight, it’s begins as just the worst version of this fight we’ve seen in a hundred sitcoms.  Also, guys know when other guys shouldn’t be trusted, and Jae is sneaky untrustworthy.  I mean, not in a way that puts Molly in any danger, but in that way where he’s going to make a bad decision somewhere and Molly’s going to be the collateral damage.  It’s that lotus flower, I tell you, and “sweets for my sweet.”  Gag me with a rice paddle.

dr_ken_s02_e13-2Let him introduce himself real good.

The episode gives every indication that it’s going to be like its recent siblings, but somewhere in that diagreement between Ken and Allison, while Molly is walking Jae to his car, it shifts into super believable, drawing on decisions made by actors and writers a year ago.  There’s some depth here, some realization of characters who aren’t as shallow as they frequently want us to believe.  Comic relief from Clark, Pat, and Damona is better than usual as well, especially from Clark, and even D. K. is pretty much right on.  “Korean Footloose” is funny too, a nice little treat for us Gen Xers in the audience.

He’s the one they call Dr. Feelgood.

Last week’s episode was terrible.  This week’s isn’t great, but it’s solid and respectable, not to mention pretty funny.  What is it about fighting that brings out the best in these actors and characters?  3.5 ID badges out of 5.

‘Dr. Ken’ Episode Review: “Ken’s New Intern”

Dr. Ken, Season 2, Episode 12: “Ken’s New Intern”
Original airdate January 6, 2017.

dr_ken_s02_e12-8Doctor, Doctor Help Me Please
Ken’s new intern is very affectionate, and although Allison at first claims she isn’t at all jealous, she becomes strangely competitive even though she knows she has nothing to worry about.  The Welltopia gang learns during a weird karaoke session that Damona sang the vocals on the 1990 C+C Music Factory hit, “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” but the woman in the video was lip-syncing to her voice, and she never received credit for her work.  Molly admits to her grandfather that her first date with Jae, which D. K. arranged, went really well, but she hasn’t heard at all from him since.  D. K. and Dave agree to go to Jae’s grandfather’s barber shop to see if they can learn anything about Jae’s feelings for Molly.

I Know You’ll Understand
The supporting roles in this episode (Clark, Pat, Damona’s boyfriend, and Dave) are all well done, especially Pat’s, which I almost can’t believe I’m saying.  In an otherwise over-the-top week, Allison has one really good moment, when she’s first confronted by Damona about whether or not she’s jealous.  D. K. has a moment near the end when one is reminded that Old Korean Man Strength is not something to test, which is pretty funny if you’ve ever actually tested Old Korean Man Strength.  I may have had unpleasant flashbacks.  Molly’s really good in this one and probably gets the game ball, the only consistently good non-supporting performance.

dr_ken_s02_e12-3There’s a Timed Device Inside of Me 
Damona, Ken, Ken’s intern, D. K., and Allison are just way too big, loud, and annoying.  Krista Marie Yu has the performance of the week, but Jonathan Slavin delivers the line that best summarizes it all: “Okay, so this is starting to get weird.”  There’s actually a sing-off.  And a spit-take.  And a joke that exists mostly for product placement.

I’m a Self-Destructing Man 
It turns out that the Damona story is true, about someone else.  The C+C Music Factory song was sung by Martha Wash of the Weather Girls, but her part was lip-synced in the music video by Zelma Davis, who performed vocals on other songs from the album.  That’s Zelma Davis and Robert Clivillés in that casino scene.  None of this is actually very interesting, but I don’t know what else to say about this bizarre 22 minutes of television.  One of the worst episodes in two seasons.  1 JAMA out of 5.