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Season 1 | Episode 12 | “The Tandyman Can” | Aired Apr 26, 2015

“Well, isn’t that the pot calling the kettle black. Or African-American. Or American!”

There was the tender sex scene in The Spectacular Now. The classic “just do it already” plot-changing scene in Knocked Up. Both Black Swan and Brokeback Mountain have contributed with steamy same-sex scenes. But nothing will ever compare to Carol and New Phil’s dialogue-filled, camping-themed sex scene in the latest episode of The Last Man on Earth.

The penultimate episode of season one has everything the audience has been craving. First, Phil didn’t really screw things up this time. Someone else was an asshole! Enter: Todd. Mel Rodriguez accessed a darker side of Todd (sometimes “Tom”) previously seen only in those two episodes of Better Call Saul he guest-starred on earlier this year. The writers remembered to actually make Carol interesting and likable again for the third week in a row. Erica and Gail played more active characters and didn’t exist just to react to everything. New Phil actively contributed as well, and played more than a perfect, flawless human being.

Melissa was … well, she kind of did the same thing. More on that later. Let’s recap this chapter of The Last Man on Earth, aka Welcome to Tandyland, from the top.

The episode begins with New Phil continuing his ability to be great at everything. New Phil can slap cows’ butts with authority. New Phil has a commercial license for a truck. New Phil knows about farming. New Phil is desired by all of the women. New “Freakin'” Phil found out how to make warm showers work again. New Phil is even gracious enough to turn down all of the females’ requests to live with him and accept Tandy Phil’s offer to be roommates—the “Sophie’s choice” of this episode. Old Phil, who not only goes by “Tandy” now but has embraced it for some reason, is the Chosen Sophie.

Of course, the Tandy Man only wants New Phil in his house to keep track of him and his penis, as they compete for the love of the last four women on Earth.

After moving in, Tandy immediately becomes intimidated by New Phil’s muscular physique, resulting in the best reaction from Tandy. Seriously, the best reason to continue watching The Last Man on Earth is Will Forte. He will always deliver, even if the writing doesn’t. Many people that talk about the show to other people, or to their sports balls with faces on them, might complain about Phil’s continual knack for messing things up for himself (see: the long and passionate Facebook message I received from my friend this week, detailing what he likes and dislikes about the show). But no one will ever hate Will Forte’s acting.

Actually, no one can hate any of this entire cast’s acting. The most exciting development from this episode was a purposeful and beautiful shift to several new interactions between characters. All of the women have their own one-on-one reaction with New Phil. Todd and Tandy grow closer. Hopefully, the interactions will vary even more as the characters settle in to their new lifestyle (unless New Phil uproots them to a different city).

With the growing cast and random nicknames each week, here’s a quick reference key to my ramblings on the last people on Earth.

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After Phil discusses his penis problems with his four favorite balls, he decides to reveal his manhood to New Phil in the kitchen. What I like about Boris Kudjoe, the actor who portrays New Phil, really came out in this scene. He’s great at deadpan and playing the straight man. He is basically the male version of Melissa. It is somewhat disappointing that New Phil seems to already be more defined than his straight-faced counterpart, Melissa. Come on, writers. Please figure out what you’re doing with Melissa Shart before she becomes Ann in Parks and Rec.

Todd/Tom definitely doesn’t know what’s going on in Melissa’s head—even though he thinks he does. The fall of Todd/Tom truly began this episode. The completely, suspiciously neutral Melissa assures him he has nothing to worry about, and he unfortunately spins further out of control, causing the end of their relationship. The New Todd is not unlike the old new Phil. Driven mad by jealousy, he has now formed an unlikely bond (which I dreamed would happen last week) with sweet Tandy.

If Todd’s downfall wasn’t refreshing enough, the manic message he gave to Phil was possibly one of the funniest lines of this series: “He had sex with them … all of them.”

While this turned out to be false, the tension still rose quickly between “Tandy,” “Tom” and New Phil. I was actually rather sad when Melissa voted to make New Phil president over Tandy. Tandy’s reign as the United States’ 45th president may have been shorter than William Henry Harrison’s, but it was certainly more memorable. Like the sports balls in the bar, I’m glad they keep revisiting this joke, and I hope they continue to throughout the remainder of the series.

Tandy does make up yet another lie this episode, but it works out more than usual. New Phil is impressed with Tandy’s jalapeno garden, which he clearly spent the entire night putting together. “He was so impressed with me!” Tandy declares excitedly to Kevin and the guys at the bar later.

But this can’t last for long. Good things for Tandy seldom do in post-apocalyptic Tuscon Tandyland. As mentioned earlier, the greatest sex scene ever in all of cinema and television takes place, featuring some incredibly funny dialogue from Carol and surprisingly funny banter back from New Phil.

The best sex scene ever.

All of this leads to one final conclusion between Todd and Tandy: New Phil must die.

I doubt that the two will be capable of murder in the season finale. However, we can be certain that the writers will end the season on a fairly big plot twist. New Phil could accidentally die. Yet another character could appear—maybe a spunky kid or a Cousin Oliver type. Tandy might actually have something permanently good and lasting happen to him.

Either way, I am extremely excited for next week—and the upcoming second season. Will the gang actually kick Tandy out? Will the whole cast relocate to a different, more farmable location for season two? Will Melissa’s character make sense?

It’s going to be fun. Almost as fun as my rating for the show this week:

For episode 12

The Last Man on Earth airs Sundays at 9:30/8:30C on Fox.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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