Portlandia – Mixology

Last Friday brought the season premiere of Portlandia’s second season. After a critically acclaimed first season, which resulted in it making a lot of year-end top 10 lists, the expectations are a lot higher than they were a season ago. Here’s a bit by bit breakdown of the episode.

Here’s the synopsis from IFC.com

Local artisan curators Lisa and Bryce realize that they can pickle everything; Fred helps Carrie chase a romantic mixologist (Andy Samberg) who forgets his roots when he moves from Portland to LA; Fred and Carrie stop to eat at a theme restaurant with a difficult waiter (Kumail Nanjiani); Kath and Dave’s emergency signals are tested when they go river rafting; Feminist shopkeepers Toni and Candice teach an A/C repairman about the “phallus” and “opposite of a phallus” inside all of us.


  • “We can pickle that” – Kind of crazy how random the stuff they decide to pickle is, and it’s funny when they try to eat inedible things that they pickled.
  • Andy Samberg as a mixologist is very funny. He made a drink with ‘charred ice’. Carrie later goes on a ‘quest’ to Southern California to give him a mix tape she made for him. It’s the ‘main story’ of the show, and it works really well.
  • They try to go rafting on a river people are tubing on and are WAY too serious about it. “A.O. RIVER!” It’s kind of flat, but quirky in the weird way that this show is so good at.
  • Around the World in 80 plates reminded me of shitty restaurants with huge nonsensical menus. And why do certain restaurants have menus that only have food options for certain times? This works so well because it’s very true and you can relate to it. If you own a restaurant call your food by normal names and have everything available at all times. If you want to charge different prices that’s fine, but have the same items.
  • The feminine book store thing is kind of annoying and not very funny. Well, except for the part about the phallus.
  • Parents of the kid getting petition signatures going to a non-signer’s house is funny. It’s so weird, but its success lies in its repetition.
This show is very good at making weird things you don’t really think about funny. I’ve seen the episode for next week already, and I think that one was better, but this episode is still very good. Check it out if you haven’t yet.
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