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Last Man On Earth premiere recap: Season 3, Episode 1

‘Mad Men’ meets ‘Last Man’ in a disastrous confrontation

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Ray Mickshaw

The Last Man on Earth

TV Show
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In Season
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Will Forte

Don Draper wasn’t always the best person, and he definitely wasn’t the best — or even a good — husband. He cheated on Betty, like, all the time. He was condescending. He lied. And then he married Megan and did the same thing all over again.

So why am I going on about Mad Men, a show that ended more than a year ago, when this is a recap for The Last Man on Earth? Because the first episode of the Fox comedy’s third season might as well be called “Betty’s Revenge”: We last saw the Malibu crew watching on as three strangers clad in hazmat suits and toting guns arrived at their residence. In tonight’s premiere, those strangers make their official entrance — and Melissa shoots one of them almost immediately. That stranger? It’s Jon Hamm. Betty and Don, together again.

But not for long. Darrell (Hamm) dies right after he croaks out “We weren’t gonna shoot you, we come in peace.” Last Man has had its fair share of A-plus casting surprises since it started airing — Jason Sudeikis! Will Ferrell! — but this, this is, as Carol would say, the bee’s knees (and the femur, and the gastrocnemius, and the whole bee-leg region). Like, the episode could end right here and that’d be fine. Alas, this brilliant cameo happens just a few minutes in, so this is only the beginning.

Like many episodes before, this one features a funeral, but this time it’s for someone Melissa intentionally murdered that no one really knew. This doesn’t stop them from going all out, though, with Todd belting “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” and Gail breaking out the accordion. These people know how to throw a funeral. Oh, and there’s also a shoddily drawn photo of dead Darrell — as in, he’s depicted as dead in the drawing — since they don’t have a photo of him. These people are basically the post-apocalyptic version of the Fishers.

Afterwards, everyone gathers to try to get to know these two strangers. One isn’t really a stranger, though — at least not to us: It’s Pat, the paranoid boater Mike spent some time with when he first landed back on Earth. He’s still paranoid and still wearing his hazmat suit. His travel companion, Lewis, has taken his off, and is ready to ditch Pat if it means getting to stay with this group of people. This group of people is also ready to ditch Pat, who weirds them out with his, well, weirdness. For example, he describes himself as a “jean art enthusiast.” Not that this group — which includes a grown woman content to spend her days bedazzling — should judge, but still.

NEXT: So, about Pat…