• The Writers – Brent Butt & Andrew Carr
  • Director – David Storey
  • A brief synopsis – Everyone is getting ready for the big game.  Oscar is angling to be 3rd Base coach.  Lacey has a meeting that threatens her perfect attendance.  Hank refuses to break in the glove he got for Christmas.  Wanda is trying to play “dry.”  Emma finds that slow pitch is not the same as fast pitch.  Karen and Davis take a report on vandalism…that they caused.
  • The best line – Wanda: Why are you batting Emma 6th?  She’s got arms like Lou Ferrigno.  She should bat cleanup.  Brent: It’s the element of surprise.  Wes doesn’t know that Mom was a fastball champ.  He’ll be thinking “old feeble old woman” up to bat, and then “Blammo!” Emma: Old woman? Brent (searching for an out): Wes thought it, not me.
  • Second best line – Emma (to Hank): Stop playing with my cans!
  • The best moment – The story that Oscar punched a skunk because “He had it coming.”
  • The best storyline – It slipped under the radar, but I loved Emma’s inability to connect to a slow pitch after being a fast pitch champ.
  • Notable guest appearance – Gotta love the maniac, Wes.
  • Em’s Favorite Character – Wanda, because even though she tried not to, she was funny when she was drunk.
  • Grade – A

Slow Train To China, Hammer of Thor, Fried Green Tornado or Pregnant Lady’s Belly, each of these pitch names are more magical than the pitch itself.  Another exemplary episode where writing takes center stage.  Wanda playing drunk doesn’t work as well for me as it does for my 9-year-old, but I do appreciate her attempts at dosing.  The race to the 5th inning was special, as is the pretense of a lack of drinking when the team’s name is “The Guzzlers.”  Davis and Emma’s bookend HR’s through the window show how symmetrically awesome the show is.  “Damn kids,” indeed.

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