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Season 1 | Episode 13 | “Screw the Moon” | Aired May 3, 2015

“I don’t want to be with a man who can leave someone in the desert to die. I want to be with a man who doesn’t have the heart to go through with it.”

The entire first season of The Last Man on Earth was not unlike Carol’s famous “raisin balls.” It started out hilarious and with promise; then, for some reason, it managed to stay fresh. However, it didn’t always leave the best taste in our mouth.

Regardless of some issues with recycled storylines in the middle of the season (Oh look, Phil is still doing anything to have sex. Oh look, Phil messed it up again. Oh look, Phil redeemed himself, kind of, for a second there), the show remained self-aware enough to maintain a sizable chunk of the audience who tuned into the incredible pilot. Perhaps the best line in this finale episode was Phil admitting to Carol his obsession with casual sex (“THAT’S MY WHOLE THING”), alerting us the writers are at least aware that literally everyone on earth is wary of Phil/Tandy’s obsession.

While IMDb.com may say otherwise, this week’s episode did not include a move to Montana or a baby announcement (the Internet lied to us!).

imdb lied.

It did, however, present a nice, tidy ending to a rocky, up-and-down season. Let’s start from the top!

Old Phil, now Tandy, does not like New Phil, and he’s going to murder him. The excitement of Todd and Tandy teaming up, which I so enthusiastically drummed up last week and convinced at least two friends was “absolutely going to happen,” fizzled out fairly early once Todd realized Tandy has considered murdering him weeks earlier. Anyway, keep reading, because I’m right about everything.

Still, those quick moments of dialogue in which Todd is actually on the same page as Tandy were excellent, and hopefully a preview of more bizarre, friendly interactions with other characters. Because let’s face it, Tandy needs a break.

Tandy did not receive a break. His new roommate, whom he is trying to murder, moved out in order to be more accessible to his ex-wife Carol for their casual sex … and because he found out Phil hates his guts.

Phil hates Phil.

Even worse, Carol has little to offer Tandy in terms of sympathy. She insisted it’s just casual sex and that they’re not going for a baby and don’t need to get married (I’m sure IMDb was very confused by this).

But rising stars eventually fall, and that’s the case for Phil as well. The writers have done a pretty terrific job of turning New Phil into a villain, simply by making him aggressively against whatever Tandy does. It’s not an easy accomplishment. Tandy does horrible things, mostly for sex (okay, entirely for sex), and has already plotted to murder two men. But because it’s Will Forte being Will Forte and making lines like “Loooooking good” sound funny, we’re able to hate New Phil. We don’t actually hate you Boris Kudjoe. In fact, you Tweeting out last week’s recap was swell, and I still insist it was the greatest sex scene ever. Also, Phil being so perfect definitely helps; people eventually started hating Tom Brady, after all.

But don’t take it personally, Boris Kudjoe. Also, thanks for Tweeting out last week’s article, and maybe consider following me back one day.

So New Phil demonstrates the power of his newly installed solar panel system: a single lamp, which Tandy immediately knocks over. This causes New Phil to call for Tandy’s eviction. It appears that Tandy has “beefed it” one time too many.

Carol, or Care Bear, or Finally-They-Made-Carol’s-Character-Likable, attempts to save Tandy. She insists that he can stay. The tender moment in which Tandy looks over all of Tuscon’s residents as they sing was actually very sweet. This diverse, insanely random cast has a lot of potential, and I was right there with Tandy in that moment.

Until he was tackled and kidnapped and driven out to the desert.

Assuming this was not a trap (Carol did seem to be pleading not to take Tandy away), it finally gives us a concrete reason to hate New Phil. With so few people left on earth, and Tandy being essentially just a small nuisance who usually means well and probably could never murder someone, New Phil’s aggressive tactics are unsettling.

Carol agrees, bringing him rations and Tandy’s balls.

Carol has cheetos.

After a rousing rendition of “Carol” by Tandy, she decides that they should be together. It was a sweet moment, sprinkled with more personal details about the characters that hitherto had been entirely ignored. We learn that Phil Tandy Miller has a brother. We also learned earlier in the episode that Phil is not only from Tuscon, but his parents were buried there.

There’s no huge reason to make this a dark comedy, or too dramatic, but I do hope the writers consider including more of these personal details in the upcoming season. It quickly takes Tandy from sex-crazed caricature to a funny, flawed, yet likable person. The same goes for Carol. Even Todd and Melissa’s reconciliation at the end fit in nicely. Though, once again, what exactly is January Jones’ role? That’s a whole lot of talent that has mostly been utilized as a “Here’s someone being angry at Phil” reaction shot. Fingers crossed that her role is more defined next season.

So, that raps it up for this season of The Last Man on Earth. To mark the start of something new, as this finale did, I will forgo my Kevin the Tennis Ball method, and use Gary instead. Kevin, you were great, but you’re no Castaway reference.

Episode 13 rating


Well, there’s not much to say, except that his last name was Miller, and if this was just a joke and Jason Sudeikis will not be on next season, I am very hurt. Still, it was pretty hilarious and a completely unexpected surprise.

See you next year!

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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