TV Review: Trailer Park Boys S10 E10, “Looks Like The Liquor Wins”

Published on April 15th, 2016 in: Canadian Content, Comedy, Current Faves, Netflix Reviews, Reviews, TV, TV Reviews |

By Tyler Hodg

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The final episode of Trailer Park Boys Season 10 delivers big laughs and heart, and may just make you want to cry. Yes, cry.

There couldn’t be a better conclusion to this somewhat disastrous season. Between weird character variations, such as Barb and her gangster mentality, and the inclusion of celebrities Snoop Dogg, Doug Benson, Tom Arnold, and Jimmy Kimmel, the show had taken an unnecessary turn away from what makes it so great: the everyday life of niche characters not meant to meet the “outside world.”

In “Looks Like The Liquor Wins,” Trinity and Jacob’s wedding day has come, but with Ricky still in a three-week-long coma, the ceremony is moved to the hospital. Silly shenanigans make up the majority of the episode, which is what the show is build off of, but it’s the wedding sequence that ties everything together.

In celebration, Bubbles blows a cloud of smoke at Ricky, and activity occurs, well, down below. The wedding guests and familiar park residents all join in and the central character is brought out of his coma. For any other show, this scene would be too ridiculous to work, but for Trailer Park Boys, it feels just right.

Lahey’s involvement in the episode is both rewarding and confusing. There is a glorious scene where, in a clearly intoxicated state, he visits his rival in the hospital to apologize for his sins—then in typical fashion, ends his speech with a slap in the face by saying “looks like the liquor wins.” Yet, in his final scenes of the episode, he is rewarded with his old supervisor clothes by Barb, and appears to be semi-together. After the personal downward spiral of Season 10, it would be a stretch even for Trailer Park Boys to say he could have that much of a turn-around.

Now to the tearful part. Julian sacrifices the only place he has called home in a bid to save the residents of Sunnyvale from being evicted. His journey forth is told in a montage, with a soft acoustic track played throughout. There is such an attachment to these characters that when they learn the news about Julian, it’s impossible not to feel empathy.

There is hope for next season, and it’s due wholly to this episode. Barb’s talk about “starting the park new” can be applied to the show going forward. The conclusion felt like Trailer Park Boys of old—a warm and fuzzy feeling. Season 10 was poor, but showed glimpses of hope that the show can return to form with the already announced eleventh season.

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