I might have spoken too soon about how great this show is. Season 1 still makes for some really funny TV, but Season 2 is definitely not as good. The main issue I have is that they’ve changed what it means to be an “other two.” For most of the season, Chase takes a backseat, because it’s their mom who is the famous one now. Though Molly Shannon is fantastic in this role, I liked her more as the stage mom in Season 1 instead of being a talk show host in Season 2. That also completely changes Streeter’s reason to exist, as he is no longer a manager but Pat’s love interest. Ew. Well, technically, Streeter is still a manager, but he co-manages with Brooke now. This means Brooke is a successful businesswoman, which makes the “other two” gimmick no longer work for her. Granted, the position stresses her out, and there’s comedy in watching her fail upwards, but it doesn’t carry the same charm as her being a lowly assistant in Season 1.
At least we can still delight in Cary’s struggles to be an actor. I was sad that he really did replace his agent from Season 1, though the agent that wanted him to write a screenplay, then couldn’t bring herself to read it was funny. I also liked the running gag of so many staff members in the hospital being actors practicing for their roles. Again, it felt very Arrested Development-y. And they got me pretty good with the callback to Brooke camping out in the real estate unit, so much so that I had to keep checking if I was watching the right episode until I realized what was going on. So, yes, the writing is still pretty sharp. I wouldn’t say you shouldn’t watch Season 2 if you liked Season 1. Just know that the character dynamics change a lot. Maybe this means a new Dubek family member becomes famous in every subsequent season. We’re running out of family members if that’s the case, though.