Season 2 Recap

MV5BMTYyODU2NzM3MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODI3MTMyMjE@._V1_SX640_SY720_Welcome to the recap of season 2 of “Hey Dude”. Here, I’m going to give my thoughts on the season as a whole and the characters, rank the episodes from worst to best, and supply some information that I’d come across.

Departing Writers

Season 2 saw the final contributions of two writers that had been with the series since season 1:

Alan Goodman (Day One at the Bar None, Ted’s Saddle, Employee of the Week, Bunkmate Battle, Treasure Teens) and Michael B. Kaplan (Battle of the Sexes, Rehearsal for Romance, Loose Lips, Battle of a Hundred Bucks) have each written and produced many things. Goodman even got an acting credit in, and Kaplan got a composing credit in.

The Episodes

Season 2 continued in the same vein as season 1. These thirteen episodes feel like a continuation of what had come before and offer a variety of character spotlights and stories (and story quality).

25-59-gang-celebrates#13: Cowboy Ernst
It’s nice to see the struggle as the kids try to help Mr. Ernst realize the Bar None is where he belongs, but his “out” from the ranching business is ludicrous, so it brings the episode down. However, even this is better than “Battle of the Sexes”, so it indicates how much better that this season is, overall.

26-25-Ernst-runs#12: Take Me to Your Leader
A ludicrous b-movie plot that somehow gets into “so-bad-it’s-good” territory. Ted and Mr. Ernst are the highlights.

21-09-Brad-digs#11: Treasure Teens
It’s unrealistic that real teens would get excited over something like this, but I like the underlying reason that Mr. Ernst gives for writing poetry.

19-11-captive-audience-2#10: Ghost Stories
Another fun, “scary” episode. Ted and Melody are the stars in this one.

16-21-Melody-picture#9: Our Little Champion
A nice Melody episode, but it has a confusing message that diminishes it. Some good Melody and Mr. Ernst moments.

15-39-hats#8: Battle of a Hundred Bucks
Childishness and selfishness rear their ugly heads when money is involved. Still, a pretty funny episode with a hilarious resolution.

14-33-oath#7: Loose Lips
Ah, gossip. Nothing good can come of it. Still, the charades scene between Ted and Melody is hysterical.

18-09-Ernst-Ted-plane#6: Crash Landing
This is the only truly suspenseful episode of the season. Ted has an idiot moment, and Melody is just a plain idiot. Still, it has some good production values, and I like the scenes in the mine shaft.

20-29-flowers#5: Teacher’s Pest
Overall, a sweet episode with realistic concerns by Ted and Buddy. You can see how Mr. Ernst and Miss Andrews (and David Brisbin and Laura Innes) really care for each other.

17-13-room-divided#4: Bunkmate Battle
Pretty realistic episode with a bit to be learned for (almost) everyone – while also managing to be funny.

24-06-Ted-holds-Noelle#3: Bar None Babysitter
Pretty funny all around, silly subplots and all.

23-10-Melody-meets-Bobby#2: Superstar
Melody has a celebrity crush. Brad’s not interested. Ted is jealous. Overall, a good episode.

22-27-Brad-Albert#1: Dan the Man
Yeah, the Danny episode is my favorite. Yeah, it surprised me, too, but this is genuinely a great episode with good performances from Torres and Brown.

The Characters

20-30-Ernst-loveMr. Ernst appeared in all 13 episodes. His crazy schemes continue this season. His subplots are comedic. Episodes where he’s more of a focus are a mixed bag. Thankfully, for every “Cowboy Ernst” and “Take Me to Your Leader”, there’s a “Crash Landing” and a “Teacher’s Pest”. Brisbin also has nice dramatic moments in (the end of) “Our Little Champion” and “Treasure Teens”.

23-26-Brad-bunsBrad appeared in all 13 episodes. She’s usually paired with and/or contrasted against Melody. She gets caught up in the madness in “Treasure Teens” but is a voice of reason in “Take Me to Your Leader”. Her friendship with Danny is highlighted in “Dan the Man”, during which Brown gives a good performance. She has a subplot in “Teacher’s Pest”, but it isn’t given much screen time, and her predicament (whether to leave the ranch or stay) is resolved off-screen. Overall, Brad is probably the most human character, and, even though she’s rich, she’s the most relatable – for me, anyway.

19-30-Lucy-storyAs before, the season’s least valuable player has to be Lucy. She appeared in 9 of the episodes and was mentioned in another, which, granted, is more than last season. Her main functions are to offer sage advice and be a strict authority figure. She’s the voice of reason. However, she barely plays any role in any of the episodes, and no one listens to her advice most of the time. She judges a silly “battle” over money between the teens. She tells Ted a ghost story that creeps him out. She finds a sick horse, Uncle Albert, in time for his life to be saved and motivates Mr. Ernst to exercise. She restrains Ted’s violent urges, thus possibly saving Danny’s life. The most that we learn about her is she knows and loves ranching and doesn’t want to do anything else with her life.

23-31-Ted-upsetTed appeared in all 13 episodes. As before, he has a lot to do. It’s impossible to list only a few highlights. He gets a major (and potentially fatal) case of the stupids in “Crash Landing”, but he does something legitimately nice for Brad in “Dan the Man” and also supports her in “Teacher’s Pest”. With 39 episodes left, surely there are many great Ted moments to come on this series.

16-39-Melody-aloneMelody appeared in all 13 episodes. Oh, Melody, what did this season do to you? She’s a total idiot in “Crash Landing” and “Take Me to Your Leader”. Fortunately, she did something legitimately nice for Brad in “Teacher’s Pest”. Her starring episode was “Our Little Champion” (during which Taylor gives a great performance), but I get the feeling that the episode wanted us to view Melody as being “changed” by “fame”. That simply wasn’t the case. Melody was treated as a hot commodity by her “friends”. Only Mr. Ernst eventually saw through the bullshit. Melody also has a nice comedic plot in “Superstar”, and we get as close to a Melody/Brad romance as we’re gonna get. She also gives a “chilling” performance in “Ghost Stories”.

22-18-Danny-ashamedDanny appeared in all 13 episodes. While he and Ted are usually paired together in plots (whether opposing him or, more likely, being dragged along), his relationship with Brad was explored in “Dan the Man” (the one Danny-centric episode this season) and, to a lesser extent, “Loose Lips”. “Dan the Man” features a great performance by Torres, and we learn about Danny’s upbringing. He also has a humorous subplot in “Bar None Babysitter”.

20-33-Buddy-gagBuddy appeared in all 13 episodes (but one of those, the season premiere, was just a silent, pre-credits cameo). His involvement varies by episode. He has good roles in “Crash Landing” and “Teacher’s Pest”. “Battle of a Hundred Bucks” has him heavily involved in a comedic resolution. He’s also heavily involved in “Bar None Babysitter”, but he’s an annoying jerk. His subplot in “Dan the Man” is pretty funny. He instigates the panic in “Take Me to Your Leader”, but he also helps to save the ranch in “Cowboy Ernst”.

16-13-Cassie-livesCassie appeared in 1 episode and then was dropped with no explanation. Goodbye, Cassie.

That’s it for season 2. Tune in next Wednesday as we head into season 3!

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5 responses to “Season 2 Recap

  1. Season 2. Thanks for the recap. My favorite episodes of the season are (in no particular order) Dan the Man, Teacher’s Pest, and Crash Landing. I like all the characters of the series (at least at this stage). I agree Lucy is kind of useless and more of an afterthought. And I think the actress plays things rather woodenly but for some reason I do like her. Maybe its because the “Cowboy Ernst” episode she admits she loves being on a ranch even it’s probably a doomed career at this point. I really wish they could figure out how to integrate her more into the show organically. I think Danny is the weakest actor and his line delivery is rather painful but I thought he did a pretty good job in “Dan the Man” and the episode was pretty realistic over all.

    I think the one thing I wish they would do though is actually allow Brad’s character be less grounded and more spoiled. You hear her background and you expect her to be a bit of a brat. This could have been seen more in S1 as I found it ridiculous that Ted (after working at Bar None before) didn’t seem to know how to clean rooms but Brad was giving him pointers (even though later we learn she thought she was being hired strictly as a horse instructor). By S2 its not a huge problem but I see a few lost opportunities that would have made sense. Well, at least she’s a bad waitress.

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    • In a few later eps they address her upbringing and her “spoiledness” and how she feels about spoiled kids- its a pretty nice story arc with the character I think. Ted is basically the only “problematic” character on this show (although they all have problems at various points). They did seem to go the sensible, mature route with Bradley for the most part. Maybe they did that to contrast her with Ted? Or maybe they were influenced by Kelly Brown’s personality? In that interview with her last year, she just seems very sweet and down-to-earth.

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  2. I just think they missed a better opportunity with Brad by making her a bit more spoiled (she didn’t have to be too much so, but it wouldn’t have been far fetched for her to at least feel uncomfortable with the domestic chores around the ranch).

    As for the episode low budget brad, again, it would have been more meaningful episode had we’d seen Brad rely on her parents money in previous episodes as much as she did in that one.

    I prefer my characters flawed on TV and movies. When they are too “perfect” they get on my nerves. I realize I’m expecting too much from this show, and Brad had bad moments sometimes, (which she didn’t always get called out on). But I just think if you’re going to make a character come from a “super rich” background, then that character is going to behave a bit differently than the rest of the other kids.

    However it may be as you said, they may have chosen to let Kelly’s personality come through instead. Especially since we’ve learned she was a bit older than the rest of the cast.

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    • Yeah I totally get that. Just something that never really occurred to me before. Have you watched the episode where Melody dates that rich snooty kid that Brad knows? I don’t remember it too well but I feel like we get some more insight to her there too.

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      • Yea I saw that episode. That’s an episode where they set the tone to show that Brad was against the default rich girl type for spotting true snobs among people she knows. (As well as show her as very perceptive). Personally I would have preferred it that Brad wouldn’t have noticed he was a snob (because if they were always surrounded by people he deemed his peers, she may not have necessarily noticed) until Melody showed interest in him. Then he could tell Brad he’d never date a girl like her, forcing Brad to see what a jerk he was plus force her to have to break the news to her friend.

        But it was a nice Melody episode anyway.

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