Radio Free Roscoe

Season 2 Episode 2

A Class, A Grade, A Lifetime

Aired Friday 12:00 AM Aug 27, 2004 on Black Family Channel

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  • The group figures out what a friend is.

    If it wasn't obvious before, this episode proves that RFR is an intelligent comedy and not a drama.

    True, it does start off with Audrey rejecting Lily's latest apology and their fractured friendship is a focal point of the episode. And yes, Travis and Ray have seriously begun their secret duel to win Lily's heart. Plus, there was this analysis of friends and friendships, and what types exist. And okay, so Lily and Audrey finally part ways. But it was hilarious.

    Let's begin with Lily and Audrey. They're forced to do a small project together for Lit. class. After a little chit-chat, reflecting upon on friendship bracelets, and an accurate and funny impersonation of Travis, these two gals are pals once again. The reunion is bittersweet as Lily realizes that Audrey's other friends bring out Audrey's mean side, which is mainly directed at a new character, the definitely out-there Parker-think Ally Sheedy's character from 'the Breakfast Club.' This girl is so unconcerned by the opinions of others she's a laugh waiting to happen, but in a good way. Slowly Lily says goodbye to Audrey and makes friends with Parker.

    Then there's Travis and Ray. Ray's encounter with his high school idol, the popular and hot River Pierce, becomes fodder for a couple of Travis' light jabs. Ray later makes a list of unacceptable actions he and Travis must abide by while trying for Lily's affections. Though calling it childish, Travis soon makes his own list. With rules like Ray's 'no quoting Buddha twice in the same conversation' and Travis' 'mentioning that Lily is taller than I am (will result in war)', it's hard not to laugh. What is even funnier are their verbal exchanges, especially while secretly trying to prove who is better. Travis tries to use every big word he knows and defines irony... well, he defines two kinds of irony. Ray tries to prove he's cool through his meeting with River. Both rather fail at proving their point, which just adds to the hilarity of this episode.

    To connect the two storylines, poor Robbie examines the types of friendships: class (very brief), grade (appears like it could last forever, but people drift apart and it ends), and lifetime (forever). Lily realizes she and Audrey are grade friends thanks to Robbie's comments. Much as Ray and Travis try to deny Robbie's assessment that they're lifetime friends and opposite sides of the same coin, they further prove his point. Twice they say the same thing, once at the same time. Their battle of wits, or witty comebacks as the case may be, is strangely civil-- they actually took the time to make rules to make things fair for each other. And despite how serious they take their contest, it's funny every step of the way.

    Despite having deep themes, this was laugh out loud comedy at its best.