Theory of Love Ep.4: “Crazy Stupid Love”

This one was a real turning point in the series so far. Episode 4, titled after the movie Crazy Stupid Love follows the vibe far more than the plot, because there’s some Crazy, some Stupid, and some Love all rolled up in one episode. Crazy Stupid Love is a classic and always enjoyable to watch.

Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) is living the American dream. He has a good job, a beautiful house, great children and a beautiful wife, named Emily (Julianne Moore). Cal’s seemingly perfect life unravels, however, when he learns that Emily has been unfaithful and wants a divorce. Over 40 and suddenly single, Cal is adrift in the fickle world of dating. Enter, Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling), a self-styled player who takes Cal under his wing and teaches him how to be a hit with the ladies.

However, episode 4 is not a funny tale of navigating the dating field at middle age. Instead, it’s a lesson in broken hearts and lying friends. It’s also, however, one of the most incredibly written episodes of the series.

sausageIn this episode, the Gangsters are selling sausages – and yes, there’s just as much innuendo as you can imagine – to try and win the coveted #1 top sellers for the school fair so they can get first pick at studio time. Their draw is that they’re handsome and girls can do ‘whatever they want to us’ for buying sausages. However, in the midst of all of these flirtatious girls, there’s also a weird amount of Khai flirting with Third. As a viewer we can’t know how it’s going to go, but it’s pretty freaking obvious it’s not a good thing.

One of the things that make this episode so good is how it builds you up and then rips the ground out from under you. There are sweet moments where Khai and Third are just two best friends having the time of their lives and living it up. And there are lines that make you remember why Third can’t give up that tiny, lingering hope that Khai is worth all of this pain.

“Don’t sweet talk me like I’m the only one. There are hundreds who are cute for you.”

“No, only you is enough.”

Also this episode has a fair bit of development with the other two Gangsters and their (I assume) future partners! I haven’t spoken a lot about Bone and Paan, but while a lot of viewers don’t seem too keen on them, I really like the way Paan and Bone sort of flirt by talking about movies. In this episode, Bone asks Paan to come see a movie with him at paanthe festival, and it’s just so cute how eager he is to see her. She’s a beautiful film buff who comes to his coffee shop and takes his film recommendations, so it’s easy to see how he likes her. He’s known to be a player just like the other two, but with her, he’s the one smitten instead of girls all lusting after him. She’s also older than him, so it makes it even more interesting. He’s not after some hot freshman, he’s after a grown woman who shares his love of movies. I really hope things go well for Bone and he gets to be with Paan after all.

twounAs for Two, I see a budding chemistry with our old friend Un. I really thought Un liked Third, but I know how these dramas work, and when you have two characters that strike up this kind of animosity, it’s usually sexual tension in the end. I can’t blame Two, Un is hot as hell. I guess we’ll see how things go there, but I definitely think that this whole ‘Don’t go after my best friend’s girlfriend’ is code for ‘LET ME LOVE YOU’. Doesn’t hurt that Un is a known gay or bi guy, so it sets it up ever better.

But before you get too complacent, though I won’t spoiler you, I’ll end the review with the inevitable shot of where poor Third, the crying king, ends up at the end of every episode.

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Anyways, the episode was excellent, one of the best yet, and as always, you can watch Theory of Love for free on GMMTV’s Youtube Channel. Episodes go up on Saturdays, subtitles are usually out Monday!

Author: J. Chelsea Williford

Movie addict, reader, writer, pop culture lover.

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