I tuned in to My Boys last night to get my weekly visual of Brendan’s (Reid Scott) scruff and Andy (Jim Gaffigan) napping (or at least talking about napping). The episode titled “Carpe Burritoem” satisfied both of these needs – but also affirmed something I’d been dreading since the third season premiered: Bobby is boring. I’m a fan of the Kyle Howard character (probably because I have a soft spot in my heart for his role in the 1996 movie House Arrest), and I don’t even blame Bobby for Bobby’s boringness. No, I blame P.J. (Jordana Spiro) for becoming that kind of girlfriend.
Granted, Bobby was never the most exciting of the boys, but he at least had the appeal of being the unattainable catch last season. Can’t the guy get a storyline that doesn’t revolve around his domineering gf? Last night, all the boys had their own side stories – from Kenny’s band mastering to Brando’s tryst in Tulsa – except for boring Bobby, whose only on-screen moment away from P.J. was when she volunteered, nay, forced him to be Stephanie’s dumping dummy. Loosen your leash, woman! Did you not learn from last week’s board-game decathlon debacle that homeboy doesn’t like to be emasculated in public? Just because you do it with a smile and in your girlfriend voice doesn’t make it any better.
This is the same fate that I feared for The Office’s Jim and Pam, although they successfully avoided it because Jim always had his relationship with Dwight to keep him exciting. Word of advice, Bobby: Get a Dwight. Not necessarily someone to terrorize (as that would be very out of character), but just a go-to guy who’ll keep you active so you’re not merely refreshing everyone’s drinks on poker night (which is probably where he was when this picture was taken!). Kenny’s got Mike, Andy’s got his family/napping, Brendan’s got the ladies, and Bobby’s got…P.J.? But P.J.’s got Stephanie, too. Come on, Bobby, step up to the plate (I made a baseball reference!). Do it for all the boring rich kids out there.
Anyone else think Bobby’s stuck in storyline limbo? What’s your remedy?