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Happy Endings recap: 'The Code War'

The gang found themselves in a variety of inappropriate relationships. Plus, Busy Philipps popped up!

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Happy Endings

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Who could have guessed that a week before Thanksgiving, Happy Endings would have me looking for Easter eggs? But that was precisely what happened when word got out on Wednesday that a star from Cougar Town (come back cul-de-sac crew, we miss you!) would be making a brief, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo. I couldn’t help but be in complete search mode to find who it was and where they’d be hiding. Thankfully, the hunt didn’t take too long, as there was plenty of other distractions (hello, raunchy innuendos!) in the episode titled “The Code War.”

In addition to small, pleasant surprises (a ha, I found you Laurie, a.k.a. Busy Philipps! You’re hanging out at the outdoor coffee hut near the guys around the two-and-a-half minute mark!), there were some big revelations last night. For one, Max loved and dated another girl before Penny: His high school sweetheart Angie, whose arrival would set off a chain reaction of crazy within the gang. Penny, who already has her own patented, wonderful brand of lunacy, surprised even herself when she responded to Angie, a girl she is programmed to hate, by smothering her with instant friendship and housewarming presents. (“I just don’t want her to know I hate her. So I’m going to be overly nice to her so when she starts to like me, I can hate her even more.”) As a member of the lady gender, I must reluctantly admit this actually isn’t all that far-fetched a kind of behavior to exhibit around your ex’s other ex. But, hey, if anyone can get away with it…Penny can! (Seriously, you are missed, Cougar Town.)

While Penny was setting out kill Angie with kindness (or, quite possibly, just kill her), Dave set his sights on Max’s former squeeze in an entirely different way, breaking one of many codes last night. While Dave didn’t see the issue in dating a bro’s ex when said bro in question is gay, Max wanted to ensure the code was not broken. (As did Brad, who did a tailspin into an outstanding “Oh no he di’int” routine in response to Max’s code enforcement. I think I could watch Brad’s “Oh no he di’int” and Max’s “Women be stoppin'” on a repeated loop until the end of days and be happy.) Alas, Dave did not abide by the code and when Max found out he was lying, all bets were off. (It was weirdly refreshing to see Adam Pally get to play up a new, emotional side of Max, wasn’t it? When he found out about Dave, Max, who rarely wears his heart on his sleeve, was visibly annoyed. While I love the constantly silly side of Happy Endings, it is great when they allow their tremendously talented cast to show their range.)

NEXT: The Da Vinci Code‘s got nothing on Max and Dave’s code