So, it’s Catherine’s 21st birthday. Unfortunately, Selina is working with the Speaker of the House to attempt to avert a shutdown. So, while the DJ is blasting beats, Selina and the Speaker are at a nearby table bellowing political gamesmanship at each other. Sutherland is, as Catherine, typically hilarious. Tony Hale and Anna Chlumsky have an incredibly brief but unbelievably funny bit that revolves around a slightly tipsy Gary saying a bit too much about his personal life to Selina. And another portion of Selina’s life unfolds as we’re introduced to her ex-husband, Andrew, played to sleazy perfection by David Pasquesi. The episode climaxes with a special birthday dinner and Louis-Dreyfus, Pasquesi and Sutherland around a table are absolute brilliance. The epilogue, in the limo going home, is as horrifying and hilarious as the show has yet been. It’s an example of what pitch-perfect comedy writing is and kudos to Matt Walsh for his breathtakingly (literally; I was actually gasping for breath from laughing) hilarious punchline to the whole scene. This is a fantastic episode and the show just keeps expanding in wonderful ways. I look forward to seeing more of Pasquesi as Andrew; he’s absolutely perfect. Highly recommended. 4 stars.
tl;dr – Catherine’s birthday is a fabulous opportunity for awkwardness and hilarity and the episode delivers; the introduction of David Pasquesi as Selina’s ex-husband is welcome; the final scene is the funniest scene of the series so far. 4 stars.