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Thursday, August 23, 2012

K-Town Episode 7: Misguided Poop Jokes, and a Little Stalin Trivia

Posted By on Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 10:30 AM

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The filler episode: a necessary transitional phase to prep for more exciting developments to come. It's not a judgment on K-Town or any series for that matter. To use the common parlance of our day, it simply is what it is. Episode 7, titled "General Joe Cha," finds the K-Town crew finally setting up for Uncle Joe's big club event at Belasco and, from a narrative perspective, that's really all we see. As we glimpsed in last week's episode, he is highly stressed out about this event, and this week that frustration manifests itself via the impotent rage of a new step-dad trying to get these damn kids to respect him, the "kids" being Steve, Cammy, Prince Jowe, Violet, Young, and Scarlet. Let's just, for one minute, imagine what it would be like to have custody of all six of them ...

Fun fact: I began referring to Joe Cha as "Uncle Joe" after a blogger mistakenly thought he was Prince Jowe's actual uncle. Turns out, "Uncle Joe" was also a nickname for Stalin, which is fitting since Joe Cha spends the entire 10 minutes of this week's episode barking at his incompetent friends-cum-unpaid employees to take their unpaid jobs seriously. Expecting this group to not joke around, zone out, or consistently make smart-ass comments makes me think that Uncle Joe does not actually know his friends. Like, at all. For example, he not only insists that Steve -- whose blood is 75 percent ethanol -- abstain from drinking at the event, but he charges lil Cammy -- who likely weighs less than Steve's mohawk -- with the task of making sure that he doesn't.

In between a lot of exposition about getting lanyards and other mundane event planning details, we see Jasmine getting an early start on teasing Scarlet's hair for her go-go dance gig, putting Scarlet on all fours and standing above her with a brush. Scarlet notes that the positioning reminds her of The Human Centipede and asks that Jasmine not "poop in her mouth." The reference makes no sense since Jasmine's head rests just above Scarlet's, but I give them props for trying to break up the monotony of the episode. When things start to drag, just mention poop.

During a fraught walk through of the club venue, Scarlet tells Uncle Joe that he should be grateful that they are doing him a favor and that he should apologize for berating them all afternoon. The tension culminates outside the club where the ladies diss the red carpet that Joe rolls out in front of the building. In their defense, it does look dingy and also, I'm a bit unconvinced of the necessity of such a regal entrance for club rats who will likely puke on it as they exit. I don't know if Uncle Joe busted out his loom and weaved that carpet himself, but he takes particular offense to their comments and huffily rolls it back up before reigniting his argument with Scarlet. Scarlet reminds him that they are doing him a solid and Uncle Joe says he doesn't need her to go-go dance at the event anymore. Scarlet grabs her bag and storms out, but in our preview of next week's episode, we see that she does in fact shake it at Belasco, so we know that a pat make up scene is in store. We also see Joe command that Steve not until drink after midnight which makes me think that Steve is some kind of reverse Gremlin. Sweet, I have my subhead for next week's recap.

K-Town airs every Wednesday on YouTube's Loud channel.

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