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Happy Endings - The Complete Second Season


TITLE: HAPPY ENDINGS - THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON


Info:

DVD Release Date: October 23, 2012 (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
Color/2011-12
MSRP: $45.99
Packaging: Keep case with outer box
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 21
Running Time: approx. 450 minutes
Running Time of Special Features: approx. 20 minutes
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles and Captioning: English subtitles
Special Features: 12 Deleted Scenes and Outtakes 


Introduction:

Cranky landlords, nosy childhood friends, Brozilians, gym bullies, sexy Halloween costumes, racist parrots, HAPPY ENDINGS. The Complete Second Season offers more, more, more of the hit series about six best friends navigating life and love in Chicago's hip downtown. Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) and Dave (Zachary Knighton) become real friends again (with - whoops - benefits?). Jane (Eliza Coupe) hilariously tests out her maternal instincts while hubby Brad (Damon Wayans Jr.) unwittingly gets a "work wife." Max (Adam Pally) actually lands the perfect boyfriend that the gang falls in love with. Meanwhile, "The Year of Penny" is off to a rocky start as Penny (Casey Wilson) struggles with everything from birthday curses to '80s-themed scavenger hunts. Another round of laughs, please, for the funniest show on TV!

The complete second season featured all 21 episodes on DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on a 3-disc set. Created by David Caspe, the series stars Elisha Cuthbert as Alex Moore, Zachary Knighton as Dave Rose, Eliza Coupe as Jane Williams, Damon Wayans Jr. as Brad Williams, Adam Pally as Max Blum and Casey Wilson as Penny Hartz.


Episodes:

This series is just plain funny and entertaining and it got even better in this second season. All six friends are superb in this series, as one-liners and memorable quotes and sayings continue to spread: “yeah buoy,” “ah-mah-zing,” “bajillion” and so many more. This season we have 21 episodes (one episode was held back for season three, so we don’t have that here). Season 1 DVD went in production order, but this set going in airdate order, which makes more sense for this season. Anyway, memorable episodes includes, the season premiere “Blax, Snake, Home,” where the gang get together to mark the first anniversary of Alex and Dave’s non-wedding, which leads Alex and Dave to decide that they should be honest with each other, while Penny buys a new condo and declares that it's "The Year of Penny" -- the year where everything will start going her way and Max tries to find out why Brad hasn't been hanging out with him lately. In “Yesandwitch,” Penny's mom Dana (Megan Mullally) comes to town for a gig singing at a boat show, however Penny learns that her mom's inspiring upbeat attitude is hiding some bad news, which leads Penny to decide to give her mom a reality check and Max plays tour guide to some tourists in his new limo with the help of Brad and Jane, while Dave finds out that he is 1/16th Navajo and Alex becomes obsessed with a new exercise gadget called the "necksercizer." In “Spooky Endings,” Penny, Max, Dave and Alex head to a Halloween warehouse party, where their costumes don't have the effect they anticipated, while Jane and Brad spend their Halloween house sitting for some friends in the suburbs.

In “Meet the Parrots,” Dave's father (Michael McKean) comes to town to introduce his new girlfriend, who turns out to be Penny's mother, Dana, and Penny couldn't be more thrilled that her mother has a new man in her life, while Dave reacts rather childishly to the news, as Alex decides to adopt a pet parrot that turns out to be not so charming, spewing nonstop racist and homophobic rhetoric. In “The St. Valentine's Day Maxssacre,” Penny has a new boyfriend she wants to dump, but decides she should observe the "breakup window" and string him along until after Valentine's Day, while Dave is afraid his new girlfriend is getting ready to do the same to him and Alex, an expert on all things Valentine's, goes looking for a party in the sketchy part of town and Brad's hopes for a perfect night out for Jane are dashed when a dental appointment goes terribly wrong, but they don't have anything on Max, who picks up a couple with his limo only to find that one of the passengers is Grant (James Wolk), the boyfriend he broke up with a year ago. On the season finale, “Four Weddings and a Funeral (Minus Three Weddings and One Funeral)," the gang find themselves at yet another wedding, this time the nuptials of Derrick (Stephen Guarino) and Eric (Nate Smith), meanwhile a dateless Penny is sad that she's at another wedding alone, until she meets a cute guy (Brian Austin Green) via Skype.

Notable guest stars for this season include Megan Mullally, Noureen DeWulf, Brent Musburger, Fred Savage, Rob Riggle, Michael McKean, Ed Begley Jr., James Wolk, Colin Hanks, Paul Scheer, John Ross Bowie, Ben Falcone, and Brian Austin Green.

The episodes are obviously unedited, with runtimes around 21 minutes. Here are the runtimes of each episode, going in airdate order:

Disc 1:
1. “Blax, Snake, Home” - 21:36
2. “Baby Steps” - 20:42
3. “Yesandwitch” - 21:34
4. “Secrets and Limos” - 21:35
5. “Spooky Endings” - 21:36
6. “Lying Around” - 21:36
7. “The Code War” - 21:37

Disc 2:
8. “Full Court Dress” - 21:33
9. “Grinches Be Crazy” - 21:33
10. “The Shrink, The Dare, Her Date and Her Brother” - 21:31
11. “Meet The Parrots” - 21:36
12. “Makin' Changes!” - 21:34
13. “The St. Valentine's Day Maxssacre” - 21:35
14. "Everybody Loves Grant" - 21:36

Disc 3:
15. "The Butterfly Effect Effect" (aka "Spring Smackdown) - 20:19
16. "Cocktails & Dreams" - 21:35
17. "The Kerkovich Way" - 21:35
18. "Party of Six" - 20:50
19. "You Snooze, You Bruise" - 21:19
20. “Big White Lies" - 21:36
21. "Four Weddings and a Funeral (Minus Three Weddings and One Funeral)" - 21:36


Packaging:

The packaging has a thin outer box that holds a case inside, similar to the first season set. Both the box and case have the same artwork for the cover and back. The cover art is primarily in white. The show logo is on the cover art, with The Complete Second Season line in lowercase white lettering all the way on the top. Below the show logo we have a shot of the main cast sitting all in white robes, like from a season from the season premiere. The back of the box and case have details on the series and set, along with special features and technical details. There are also four nice episodic photos and a nice group cast photo as the gang watches Brad and Jane kiss. When we open the case, on the left side, we see an insert promoting the upcoming third season on ABC, now on Tuesdays at 9|8c. The packaging has a couple of changes from the last set, first for some good news, the panels have episode info! We get a disc-by-disc breakdown with episode title and a nice synopsis for each episode. There is also a logo for Dave’s truck, Steak Me Home Tonight. Now for some bad news, on the first season DVD we had the disc placement on both panels, as there were only two discs. This time there are three discs and for some reason Sony just stacks them on top of each other on the right panel. This is bad and very cheap. And the discs are hard to take out. As Alex would say, “oh buoy.” Disc artwork has a blue and white background with two members of the gang. Disc one holds episodes 1-7 and has artwork of Penny & Max, while disc two holds episodes 8-13 and has artwork of Dave & Alex. And disc three has episodes 14-21 and has artwork of Jane & Brad.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menu screen is very cool and similar to the previous set. We have different headshots of the six stars, starting with Alex (Elisha Cuthbert). We also at the same time have video clips playing on the bottom. It is nicely designed (see images). Background music from the series is playing on the main menu’s background. Anyway, on to the Main Menu, the options are Play All Episodes, Episode Selections, Subtitles, Special Features and Sneak Peeks. Special Features option lists the special features for the disc. Subtitles option gives us the options to have subtitles in English only. The Episode Selections option is very simple; it lists the episode number and title. And Sneak Peeks is only on disc three. This is a simple but efficient menu design.


Video and Audio Quality:

The video and audio are excellent and on par with the previous DVD. The series aired in HD on ABC this past season, so why wouldn’t it be excellent? The DVD has the video in widescreen and a nice stereo sounding sound. Anything less would be a total disappointment for a current show on DVD. No complaints from me! I have a DVD player that upconverts to HD, so the quality is great. Each episode on this set has 5 chapter stops each, so you can jump to scenes faster. Elisha Cuthbert and the rest of the cast look very good. They are all good looking really. Take a look at a few images:


Special Features:

We don’t get as many special features here as the first season DVD. The features are spread out on all three discs. First up on disc one, we have five deleted scenes coming out to about 6 minutes. They run 2:10 from #201, 1:02 from #203, 0:24 from #205, 1:21 from #206, and 0:45 from #206. It doesn’t list the episode titles, just scene titles, but I can tell which ones they are from, as will all fans. On to disc two, we have three more deleted scenes coming out to about 2 minutes: 0:54 from #212, 0:37 from #213 and 0:30 from #2:13. We also have “Outtakes” (4:35) from various episodes and this is of course funny and always nice to have on DVD. The cast seems to be having a lot of fun and they gel well with each other. This is just a bit higher than the one from the first season DVD!

And finally on disc three, we have four more deleted scenes running approx. 3 ½ minutes. They run 1:12 from #215, 1:12 from #215, 0:45 from #216, and 0:17 from #221. Last but not least, we have more “Outtakes” (4:15)! Even more flubs! Ah-mah-zing! We should have gotten the webseries Happy Rides that aired on abc.com. That would have been nice, as it was only 6 mini episodes.


Final Comments:

“Damn,” this is such a good show. And this show has the funniest phrases and quotes that are ah-mah-zing yo! There is always something that is created and starts a trend on this show. I think Brad probably has the lines that catch on a lot and Max and Penny, too. Alex had a lot this season as well. Anyway, this DVD is good and I recommend you watch this series before the third season premieres on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 9|8c launching the new Comedy Tuesday hour. It’s going to be a “Hip Happy Hour, Bitch!” as it will be paired with Don’t Trust the B---- In Apartment 23. If you have not watched this show yet, you are missing out. If you need to catch-up, then buy this DVD because this is such a funny season. The special features weren’t too good as we only had deleted scenes and outtakes, but the first season had stuff that wasn’t specially made for the DVD. I wish we had interview featurettes made for the DVD and perhaps some audio commentaries. Can you imagine the cast all together? It would be comedy gold. I think the deleted scenes were very good. The bloopers were funny and we even got two sets this time, which is rare for any DVD.

I love this show and all the characters. It is better (and smarter) than Friends! I think Elisha Cuthbert is better looking than anyone on Friends, too. Even Jennifer Aniston. Cuthbert is funnier, too. I wish the Emmy’s would recognize this show. Critics love it and this show has a loyal audience. We hope some Emmy’s come on knockin’ soon. Anyway, buy this DVD and enjoy some food from Dave’s truck, Steak Me Home Tonight. OK maybe the truck doesn’t really exist in real life, but you still can take the DVD “home tonight” and enjoy watching Dave in the truck. Just don’t buy it in the morning or Brad will say, “Bitch, it is 5:30.”


Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 5/5
Special Features: 2/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by Pavan on 10/13/12

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