The First 'Wives Club

Episode 4:'s Associate Editor ponders the meaning of comedy and friendship.

Feb 28, 2012

What is comedy? Is it someone falling down? A good chicken crossing the road joke? A picture of Vicki and Miss Piggy? Kristen Wiig's voice?

It's all of those things, because comedy is subjective. So what Slade finds funny might be different than one Tamra finds funny. That's why he might think that calling Tamra the Michelin Man is high comedy, and she might think it's fighting words. Let's take a gander at this episode and see what what humorous and what made us shriek in a comical fashion, shall we?

That's What Friends Are For
We open with Vicki and Tamra having a little egg white breakfast, and disucssing the goodbye terms from the painting pary. This, of course, finally allows Vicki to explain how she feels about Tamra and Gretchen buddying up.

I'm going to be honest. I'm not sure anything made me laugh as hard this episode (sorry Slade!) as Vicki's BFF voice. I love when Vicki tells a story, because she has a delightful storytelling voice, that's slightly different from her regular dialect. It's higher and faster, as though someone is speeding her up on a Talkboy, and I adore it, particularly when she's discussing "bayous of junk." Then Vicki wins me over even more by delicately explaining what exactly the term" brown nose" means. Be careful Tamra -- don't do anything that could jeopardize access to this woman's hilarity. Continue to shower her with gifts like "nipple nibblers." That could work.

In other fledgling friendships, Alexis and Heather went to lunch, which was filled with its own nuggets of awkwardness. Heather thinks Alexis is an enigma. Alexis thinks Heather's hoity toitty. At the end of the day Heather thinks their only similar features or having twins and being women. . . At least that's something! Build a bridge with that tiny sliver of common ground ladies!