Happy Endings isn’t afraid to embrace the weird and/or the wacky (see: the Halloween episode, any other minute of the show). But a scene that was shot for the season premiere apparently went a few steps too far into Bizarroville, as Casey Wilson played current-day Penny as well as a geriatric version of Penny and — well, maybe it’s for the best if you hear it from her:
“It was a real look into my future,” she told EW. “Frightening and sexy. And unsettling. I feel like I glimpsed my future and I accept it. I finally got to act with myself. It was a dream sequence where I thought of myself as a spinster, and at one point we brought in miniature ponies which we put sparkles on, and they were having a tea party. And Old Penny got down on the ground and ate off plates with them, with her mouth. Like, I was hunched over a table with ponies. As I was doing it, I was like, ‘I’ve been on Saturday Night Live, I’ve done a lot of sketch comedy, but this is the craziest thing I’ve ever done in my life.’ And those little ponies — their hoofs and mouths were right in my face and I’m in this old-lady makeup and I had a smoker’s voice — suddenly old Penny had started smoking and turned Long Island. It was craziness. I think it will be on the DVD. But it just felt like a lot to come back with for the first episode, if people hadn’t been with the show. As [creator] David Caspe said, ‘We took a swing. A swing and a miss.'”
A tea party? With sparkly mini-ponies? And two Pennys? There is only one thing left to do: Start counting the days until the Happy Endings season 2 DVD is released. “It’s not only the weirdest thing we ever shot that didn’t air,” sums up Caspe, “but definitely the weirdest thing we’ve ever shot, period.”
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