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There have been many great episodes in Season Two of Ugly Americans thus far and the season isn’t even finished yet. Here is a look at three of the top episodes that either featured crazy family members, two separate marriages, an assassination, and more than two jilted lovers.The featured episodes are Two, Five and Nine, written by Mick Kelly, Greg White and Bill Krebs respectively.
In the second episode of Season Two, titled ‘Callie and Her Sister,’ Mark finds Randall in his room with some squealing wild boar prostitutes, in what is an over-the-top version of every roommate disaster anyone has ever experienced. It springs to mind college parties gone wrong, or new apartment roommates that ended up with peculiar habits.
Everyone has unluckily had a story about a roommate that is just as out of the ordinary, if not worse. Episode Two is notable because it has so many events that take place in quick succession. They cause headaches in the show but also are the source of sympathetic laughter from all across the globe in real life.
The episode in which Randall has his wild boar hookers in Mark’s room is also one in which Mark gives relationship advice, in his role as a therapist, to Callie’s human mother and demon king father. If that were not odd enough, Mark later discovers them copulating in his office on his pool table.
The result is that Callie has a younger sister who ages one year every day. An already odd mixture of psychosis-inducing events, Mark and Callie are also the ones who raise the younger sister once she is born, since Lilith puts her human mother in the hospital, and her demon father is off being all evil and scheming.
Callie’s sister Lilith, however, isn’t a permanent fixture in the world of ‘Ugly Americans’ as the sisters soon come to blows over who gets to be with Mark. Lilith, the hotter rebellious younger sister, also calls Mark ‘Daddy’ which is another bag of issues altogether. In the end though, experience and treachery win out over youth and power, as Callie crushes her younger sister in order to be with Mark.
For most of the episode Mark is mostly oblivious to Lilith’s plan to kill her intended husband Twayne, Mark’s boss, to thwart their arranged marriage and then kill Callie so that she can consummate her marriage to Mark. With loved ones like these who needs enemies?
Also, of note for Season Two is that the role of Doug the Koala Man has grown significantly since the first season with his non-verbal but expressive characteristics littered throughout each of the episodes. In the same vein as Maggie Simpson or Nibbler from Futurama, Koala man has grown to become one of the symbolic characters that express the basic emotions in us all in a hilariously adorable way.
Episode Five of Season Two (‘The Ring of Powers’) sees Doug play the role of hardened badass assassin, in order to protect Mark from accidentally marrying himself to a cryogenically frozen princess, through the use of an enchanted ring that turns Mark into a medieval goody-two-shoes. The episode itself is a fun twist on the historic notion of ancient magic forcing a marriage, and Doug’s part as the savior of the status quo within Ugly Americans serves to further the versatility of his character.
The last episode in the roundup is Episode Nine, titled ‘Lilly and the Beast’. The tale of a jilted lover, Mark’s former girlfriend Jaclyn comes back into his life, minus the quirk that caused Mark to break up with her. This would have been an excellent episode in which Callie transforms into a jealous demon and kills Jaclyn, but in typical ‘Ugly Americans’ fashion there is a twist that is yet to be revealed.
It becomes apparent to Callie, Randall and Grimes that something is not right with Mark’s newly returned flame, and the team ends up saving Mark from Jaclyn, because Mark’s ex really turns out to be a crazy human-eating shape-changing Jaclyn troll monster. Grimes, in his capacity to catch criminals, gives Jaclyn a head start before he begins chasing her, thus re-establishing the status quo that in the world of Ugly Americans what you see may not be what you get, but it’s guaranteed to be funny as hell regardless.
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