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Grandfathered recap: Deadbeat

Jimmy throws a lavish party for Edie’s second birthday.

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John Stamos, Josh Peck, Paget Brewster

What’s cuter than a bunch of giggling 2-year-olds running around at a birthday party? Adding John Stamos to the mix, of course. The fourth episode of Grandfathered begins with Jimmy missing Edie’s birthday party. He’s giving his restaurant positive reviews online when Sara texts him to ask where he is. He scrambles to find the perfect outfit, makes a smoothie, and then lounges on his bed in a robe drinking the smoothie. It becomes clear to Sara that he’s not actually telling the truth when he says he’s in line for a valet — at a public park.

Gerald, as per usual, makes excuses for his father. When Jimmy finally shows up — champagne for his 2-year-old granddaughter in hand — he’s missed the entire party. Everyone is annoyed, but have no fear! Jimmy will make it up with an even better party at his restaurant. He tells Sara to invite her weird brother and calls Annelise (who is visiting her grandmother’s grave) and instructs her to drop everything to throw a party.

It’s apparent that Jimmy has had some input at this second party, though. Criss Angel is the magician — with a chainsaw. Small children have access to caviar, and the cake is tiramisu made with St. Lucian rum. While Chef Ravi makes his competitiveness for Jimmy’s affection known to Gerald (“I feel totally threatened by you, and I’m not sure how to process it”), Sara is alarmed to see that her brother has shown up. As it turns out, she let him believe Jimmy was a deadbeat who ran out on her when she realized she was pregnant. She asks Jimmy to go along with the scheme just for a night to avoid ruining Edie’s party. He agrees.

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Sara’s brother, however, is less complacent. He threatens to kill Jimmy as Edie makes her entrance and Criss Angel conjures up a cloud of fire.  The party does not go swimmingly. Jimmy gets a falcon instead of Big Bird, so Gerald has to run out and rent a giant chicken costume from a conveniently placed bystander on the street. He has promised his daughter Big Bird, and Big Bird she shall have!

While Gerald is out hustling for costumes, Fredrick gives a singing performance as “Fredrick the Farmer.” This quickly turns into a ballad about how Jimmy is a “dead beet.” Adorable little Edie is unknowingly singing about how her grandpa is a deadbeat as a miserable Jimmy looks on.

Annelise, of course, would’ve been the one to save Jimmy from the embarrassing antics that follow, but alas — she’s been placed on bathroom duty for the young guests. It’s a thankless task, but she does have the best line of the episode: “I’m a black lesbian from the South, and this is the worst thing I’ve ever been through.”

NEXT: Jimmy takes responsibility