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Bored to Death Recap: The Gumball Rally

Bored to Death plots by its own rules. With a little trimming, "Gumball" could have easily fit into last week’s episode and kicked off the season in one fell swoop. It could also have acted as the season finale (given episodes in between, of course, to deepen the mystery). But it falls somewhere in the middle; two weeks into the third season, last week’s cryptic crime has been solved, the gang is back together, and the larger issue at hand — the whereabouts of Jonathan’s real father — is merely teased. It takes a little bit of time, but Bored to Death always delivers the goods. Unless, of course, the goods are shots of Zach Galifianakis licking whiskey nipples as a sort of twisted foreplay. In that case, the goods are nowhere to be found. Ray’s sexual misadventures happen off-camera, and thus the episode begins right where the last one left off, only one hour later. Jonathan is dangling from the clock atop the Williamsburg Savings Bank Tower, and Ray, fresh off his booty call, has finally arrived to rescue him. (How Jonathan managed to hang on while the minute hand spun completely around, I have no idea.) Bored to Death isn’t quite up to "thrilling action procedural" standards, so the saving of Jonathan’s life is unceremonious and brief: Ray barges into the apartment right below Jonathan’s, and infused with the power of his newfound fatherhood, Ray catches Jonathan — by the tie — as he leaps down onto a nearby ledge. With a quick good-bye to the unsuspecting tenants and a halfhearted attempt to fling eleven dollars at them for their trouble, Jonathan and Ray head to George’s apartment. Read More... //nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2011/10/bored_to_death_recap_carousel.html