Happy!: What Smiles are For
January 12, 2018 5:05 PM - Season 1, Episode 2 - Subscribe

Using different show frameworks (like Jerry Springer and It's a Wonderful Life), we find out about how Nick's marriage fell apart while he continues his search for Hailey.

While in the midst of a near death experience, Nick hallucinates being a guest on the Jerry Springer show in regards to being Hailey's father. After coming to, he goes to a poker game in order to win money and guns. Unfortuntaely Nick sucks at poker until he realizes that Happy! can see the cards of other players. After talking Happy! into helping, Nick wins enough and then takes off confessing his plan is to head out West. After another interruption by the Jerry Springer show, Nick decides to help Happy! after all.

In addition, we get backstory on how Nick's marriage fell apart including his affair with his partner.
posted by miss-lapin (3 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
holy crap this episode was amazing. the Jerry Spring stuff was gold! (Gold, Jerry! Gold!) I haven't laughed that hard at a dark crime show like this in a while, albeit it was designed for such laughs.
posted by numaner at 10:04 PM on December 18, 2018

Oh man, Meloni! Great manic performance. Those tears of joy when he realizes Happy can see the other players' cards.

Happy: "The way you're smiling is like someone who doesn't know what smiles are for."

Oswalt's voicework is solid.
posted by porpoise at 5:08 PM on February 27, 2019

Jesu, rasping the guy's face on the wall.
posted by porpoise at 7:42 PM on February 27, 2019

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