Franklin & Bash – Deep Throat

by Alan Rapp on September 12, 2014

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Franklin & Bash - Deep Throat

When Peter (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) is approached by an old high school crush (Traci Dinwiddie) in need, Franklin (Breckin Meyer) and Bash agree to defend the woman’s son (Devon Werkheiser) who is being threatened with expulsion given his recent article in the school paper suggesting the tampering of the prom queen vote. With the young man unwilling to retract the story or reveal his source Franklin and Bash are forced to think outside of the box to discover the truth, save the kid’s scholarship, and keep him out of jail for contempt of court.

The main story provides nearly all of the best scenes, particularly for Jared once he discovers the whole story between Peter and his high school prom date (which he uses to mercilessly needle his friend with over the remainder of the episode). Other less-successful storylines involve Jared’s relationship with Swatello (Rhea Seehorn) hitting a bumpy patch after a conference with human resources and Infeld (Malcolm McDowell) stepping in to help the latest of the season’s goofy sublet tenants (a merry-go-round running gag I’m happy to see stop anytime now), a cello teacher/lawyer in defending the building owner (Ken Weiler) in a ridiculous civil case.

Franklin and Bash’s case works well, but this week’s B-stories fall flat as does the continued creepy interaction with the pair’s new investigator Dan Mundy (Anthony Ordonez) each of which leaves you begging for the return of Carmen (Dana Davis). I’m not sure whether the latest misstep marks the end of Jared’s relationship with Swatelo, but I’m even less sure if it’s even worth saving as both the subplot and her character are little more than B-story filler at this point.

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