Perfect Strangers 2.7
Karen Lynn Scott. A good story, well told. Funny, and with a lot of heart.
- Balki thinks he is in love, but Larry can see that the girl (a student in Balki’s night-class) is just using him to do her classwork.
- Plenty of opportunity here for the types of comedy unique to this show: scenes where Larry is explaining things to his naive cousin, and scenes of physical comedy between the boys.
- Often, Larry’s view on things is wrong/skewed and the comedy comes from the quirks of his bad advice. But this is actually a story where his instincts are right-on-the-money and Balki refuses to listen.
- A brooch (a family heirloom) becomes the subject of a brief-but-hilarious chase around the apartment, when Larry tries to confiscate it before Balki can give it away.
- This is a really well-constructed script. No b-story, no padding. Each scene drives the story forward in a meaningful way. Perfect.
- The ending is sweet and full of emotion. Great performances from both leads, particularly Bronson Pinchot.