As season 2B of The Sarah Silverman Program takes shape, the show is following precedent: The first episodes are characteristically uneven, but it begins to cohere after a few weeks. Thursday night we saw the first solid episode of the season with "Making New Friends," which nailed the SSP's signature mix of bawdiness (Steve's pot tits, Sarah's first scheme to win back her friends), naivete (chronically clueless Sarah), whimsy (the inspired opening credits scene introducing her new friends), and weirdness (Mark, "the Chinese lawyer" tabby). And Todd Barry.
Thursday's plot was typical: Sarah does something asshole-ish, (sort of) realizes it and (mostly) regrets it, and everything works out at the end, with her wildly missing the point as she explains it to Doug the dog. There was also the standard Brian-Steve B-plot, often the funniest part of the SSP (spinoff?). For the first one, Sarah decided her group of friends was too boring, so she finds four random new ones. For the second, Steve develops enormous man-tits, straight out of Meat Loaf's wardrobe from Fight Club. "They're like an old African man's earlobes!" cracks Brian.
The episode begins with Sarah mistaking her friends' predictability for her own psychic powers. She's able to guess correctly that her sister will call her when she's late for brunch, that Jay will order the silver-dollar pancakes ("It makes my mouth feel rich. J.D. Rockechewer!"), that Brian and Steve will argue, etc., not because she can see the future, but because that's what always happens.