It’s only the third episode, and Jimmy Martino has already transitioned from the ultimate bachelor to the ultimate family man. “Guys’ Night” opens up to reveal a classic family game night. Jimmy, Sara, Gerald and Vanessa sit in Sara’s living room playing some version of Taboo — cue the warm, fuzzy feelings. But it doesn’t take long to realize that Jimmy knows nothing about his son, and vice versa. We do learn, however, that Jimmy lost his virginity at age 13. (Vanessa seems impressed.)
When game night ends, Sara follows Jimmy to his car and tells him he isn’t trying hard enough with their son. “It’s like your hair,” she says. “It looks good, but it’s not real.” She then runs her hands through his hair — twice. Yeah, these two totally aren’t going to get together.
As his parents stand outside having a confrontation about him, Gerald sits with Vanessa telling Edie a bedtime story. Edie doesn’t seem particularly into it, but Gerald is working double time to describe a fairytale prince that very closely resembles himself and making eyes at Vanessa. She’s completely oblivious to his charms. Sigh.
The next day finds Jimmy in the kitchen having his typical therapy session with Annelise. The two discover that Jimmy has a hard time getting real with people. “Every time somebody tries to get real with you, you change the subject,” says Annelise, who has been working for him for 10 years and reveals that she has no more responsibility than when she started. Jimmy clearly feels guilty and agrees to hear some of her suggestions for the restaurant. She suggests a new bartender. “Let me hire a mixologist — someone who wears suspenders ironically.”
Jimmy heads to see Sara and Gerald after work and finds the two of them gabbing while sharing a blanket and popcorn and preparing to watch a rom-com. Jimmy vehemently insists on that his son come with him for a guys’ night; he’s extremely preoccupied with his son being too feminine. Gerald, ever the optimist and eager to please, doesn’t even change clothes before yelling “shotgun!” and dashing to the car.
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Not surprisingly, Gerald isn’t great at guys’ night. He slurps his alcohol (a dark, manly drink rather than the “virgin colada” he requested), and it’s clear that he’s in the process of getting sloshed. The two share recurring dreams (Gerald’s is that Jimmy takes care of him when he’s sick, and Jimmy’s is that Kate Middleton is his girlfriend). Gerald asks about Jimmy’s only love, which he assumes was Sara. Jimmy deflects and delivers a questionable pre-game speech: “Let’s have some fun! Let’s mix it up! Let’s chop it up!”
The two play baseball in Jimmy’s pad while Sara sits at home taking online quizzes (she’s Ross on Friends). She switches to paperless billing while Jimmy and Gerald tap dance and play beer pong with champagne glasses.
At the restaurant, Annelise introduces her new mixologist selection to the older, out-of-touch bartender, Willie. Willie is offended and quits — and reveals that he gave Jimmy his first job. Ravi turns to Annelise. She’s going to be in trouble when Jimmy gets back.
But at the moment, guys’ night has led Jimmy to eating soft serve ice cream on the curb. (Ew?) Gerald questions him about Pony Boy and Sushi, the nicknames Jimmy and Sara used to have for each other. Jimmy tells his son that he met Sara when she was the only girl cook in the restaurant they worked at, and he chased her for months. “I thought the timing was all wrong. I thought I had forever. See, that’s the thing about timing — delay, delay, delay, and suddenly it’s too late.” It’s one of his most relatable moments in the show thus far.
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