Stephanie Watches The Crazy Ones: 1×15 “Dead and Improved”


In this episode, Simon was asked to write a eulogy for a jingle writer, who was not very well liked by…well, anyone, except maybe his daughter Melora (played by Missi Pyle, who I will forever love due to Josie & the Pussycats). He’s not too sure how to go about it because he likes being true to himself, not wanting to make anything up about the man. But after trying to refuse several times, which only made Melora cry, he realizes he has no choice.

He tries to write up fake things about the man to “sell” him to the crowd better. He even convinces the voiceover guy from a few episodes ago to come in and read the eulogy to make it that much more emotional.

Throughout the episode, Simon has a bit of a mental dilemma as he starts to imagine his own funeral and what kind of legacy he will leave behind. Sydney convinces him that he doesn’t have anything to worry about because he’s “awesome.”

At the funeral itself, voiceover guy only introduces Simon, so Simon still has to give the eulogy. And with a focus on both Melora and Sydney, he says:

“No one really knew Conrad except his daughter. That’s his legacy. To be loved by the one person who knew you best. Wow. That’s as good as it gets.”

The rest of the episode is very teary and emotional. That’s one of the great things about this show…and other shows that can pull this off. Finding the right comedy/drama balance. It can be a little cheesy, but sometimes having the emotional pull in between all the jokes can make it that much more meaningful. And I really like that all the emotional stuff has been about the father/daughter relationship.

(Except Sydney saying goodbye to the cat last week before officially adopting it…but I am special like that.)

The Crazy Ones will be back next Thursday, February 27, but at a new time! 9:30PM Eastern; 8:30PM Central. Make note, but I’m sure those of you with DVRs won’t have to worry!


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