Also appearing: Francis Capra doing a late Marlon Brando imitation.
As in the past reviews, spoilers. So do check out the episode here first if you’re concerned about that sort of thing.
To be honest, the conceit is wearing a bit thin. I need the show to get out of Ryan Hansen’s living room. I enjoy seeing all of the cast members riff with Ryan, but when it’s each of them separately, it loses charm.
The dialogue actually hangs a bell on this. Ryan wants to pull in Ken Marino as his writer, since Ken has Final Draft. Ryan has shared who has signed on to help with their scheduling limitations: Enrico’s in Toronto, Kristin, Francis, Percy, and Jason all have one day to commit but those days don’t overlap. Ken summarizes the whole situation as: “fucktarded.” It’s the best moment of the episode. In general, Ken’s jovial dismissal of Ryan is golden. Ken says he sees this as Ryan’s thing, that Ryan is an auteur. He’s doing a showbiz blow-off.
Prior to that, we had Ryan’s meeting with Francis Capra, who played Weevil on Veronica Mars. Francis complains to Ryan about how Rob Thomas never cared about the craft. They never had time in rehearsals to talk about their characters’ inner demons. He states that his tattoos were for verisimilitude–all of his 30 IMDB credits have been criminals, and he’s chosen to embrace that. But he bemoans the loss of his true acting days, when he won an award for playing Henry V. He does part of the “Band of Brothers” speech. He calls on Ryan to give him something to challenge his acting chops.
Watchers of the show know that Francis has had some weight ups and downs over the seasons and movie. Well, his weight’s back up, and they dressed him in all black, to minimize the weight? With the diatribe about motivation and inner demons and acting, I couldn’t help but think of Apocalypse Now-era Marlon Brando. Coppolla also dressed him in black to hide the weight he’d put on.
Also in the episode is Gaston, the big dance number choreographer, who is stereotypically gay. That part fell pretty flat for me.