So this is how the "second" season of the SSP goes out: with a fart joke. Hey, I like fart jokes. And yeah, maybe I'm being unfair, as episode 10 specifically goes out with Laura singing with a gospel choir. But the mundanity of fart jokes in general (even the good ones) typifies how meh I felt about this episode overall. Of the 10 that composed the second half of season two, this is the only one that didn't make me laugh out loud at least once. I mostly watched the whole thing with a half-smile that said, "Hmm, I recognize that Steve farting into a jar a decade ago is comical. Yes."
Oddly this episode was simultaneously better than I had hoped, but also a letdown. Let me explain the paradox: The previews for it had me worrying about the SSP's standard send-up of hot-button issues. She marries her dog, Doug! It had me semi-dreading a goofy riff on gay marriage–"dreading" seems awfully strong, but I wasn't looking forward to it. Luckily, the episode didn't frame its conceit that way. Sarah's decision to marry Doug was her attempt to steal the thunder at Jay and Laura's engagement party–she says their getting married is "ristupidiculame"–not some boring attempt to be outrageous. (I should say, though, Jay's home-invasion method of popping the question was pretty awesome.)
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