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BREAKING IN “The Contra Club”

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Breaking In is back and off to an explosive start.  Oh, how I have longed to say those words. I said I wouldn’t believe that FOX was actually bringing it back until it was officially on my television. I just watched the season two premiere screener and unless they are pranking us, Tuesday night will be a special night for all of us Breaking In fans.  Our voices were heard when we cried out for more, so rejoice my good friends and bask in the glory that is Breaking In.  FOX has assembled one hell of a Tuesday night comedy block with New Girl and Raising Hopeleading up to the most anticipated comedy series return of the year.

Of course, some bodies were lost along the journey but new ones were found.  I can only speak of the first episode but Josh (Trevor Moore) and Dutch (Michael Rosenbaum) were not in it.  The hilarious and Mrs. (real life) Ron Swanson, Megan Mullally, joined the cast as Veronica.  Megan and Christian Slater in the same show are almost too much to handle.  I’m a huge fan of both of them and in case Megan happens to read this, I would like to attend your next birthday party.  Megan was on Conan talking about the birthday party that her husband threw for her and man, Nick Offerman knows how to throw a party.  Megan brings her signature sass to the show and delights us with her quirky take on Veronica.  What a fabulous addition to the cast.

When the episode begins Oz (Christian Slater), quite cleverly, speaks for us as a whole when he has a discussion with an aptly named client.  Heathers fans will also be delighted with his beginning remarks.  That instantly reminds me how much I missed this show.  Thank you FOX for bringing it back.  I’m also happy to report that Oz isn’t stingy with his, “I’ll allow its.”  This show has everything like slow motion sexy walks, a perfect soundtrack (Simple Minds, Aerosmith, Men Without Hats), a gifted cast, exceptional writing, and the most important thing, a loyal fan base.

I will say that I did miss Josh and Dutch in the premiere, but Dutch got himself in a bit of a pickle.  You will learn about it soon.   I do hope they return at some point.  Dutch was my second favorite character after Oz.

One of the highlights of this episode is the special moments that Oz and Cam (Bret Harrison) share.  Cameron is allowed to take up residence in the most unexpected place and not pay for it with his own life.  Oz is feeling particularly giving.

When the team meets Veronica (Megan Mullally) they are given strict orders, but do you think the Contra team can be held back?  I’m not going to spoil it for you but when Veronica is around expect things to get bouncy.  Cash (Alphonso McAuley) really charms her with his pleasantries.  Cam isn’t impressed with her impression of what goes on between him and Melanie (Odette Annable).  When will Cam grow a pair?  Veronica meets Creepy Carol (Jennifer Irwin) and addresses her by her given name.  I don’t know if you can believe this but Creepy Carol has really upped the creepy factor this season.

Oz does several things in this episode that go against what he stands for but he has his reasons.  He just glistens at the fact that his team understands him so well.  There really aren’t too many bosses like Oz and in a way, that’s a shame.  Oz knows exactly how to bring people together and challenge their every thought.  He’s like Dr. House minus the medical degree.

I don’t want to spoil the story because this is an episode that you have to see for yourself.  I just wanted to confirm that Breaking In is back in full form.  Erin Richards also joined the cast as Molly. I was thrilled to see The League referenced by Cash, so keep an eye out for that.  Let’s give a sincere welcome back to the team by watching the premiere of Breaking In together.  High ratings are the ultimate payback to a show that gives us so much but asks for so little in return.  Don’t miss the season two premiere of Breaking In on FOX.

Advance Episode Review
“The Contra Club”
Season 2 of Breaking In Premieres March 6 at 9:30/8:30c on FOX
March 5, 2012
By Lena Lamoray

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