Dan Snierson
January 31, 2013 AT 09:16 PM EST

In addition to video games, couch-friendly food, and not grooming, Max Blum is a lover of sports. But how far is he willing to go in the name of fandom? In an upcoming episode of ABC’s screwy-funny-you-really-should-watch-it-or-it’s-going-to-go-away sitcom about six friends and lovers, “Max gets to walk on the straight side for a little bit and finds out that he still doesn’t love it,” hints Adam Pally of his character. Translation: Max meets a woman in a bar (guest star Abby Elliott) who takes a romantic interest in him. Given that he’s gay, her gender is a deal breaker… until he discovers that she gets really good Bulls tickets. And as you can see in the photos below (including one from the table read for this episode, titled “Flowers for Al-gernon”), he’s willing to go to the mat mouth for them.

Also in the episode, Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) gets smart — and not just in a master-prankster kind of way — when she tires of her friends’ ridicule and decides to give up her love of trashy reality TV for more scholarly pursuits. “It’ll be interesting for viewers to see her so intellectual,” teases Cuthbert. “This is one of her biggest transformations — the furthest removed from her actual self.”

Happy Endings returns to the schedule in late February in its Tuesday-at-9 slot, with back-to-back episodes.


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