'Bored to Death': Jenny Slate, please come back

bored-to-death_lLast night’s Bored to Death was a laugh riot as usual, but to my utter shock, my favorite scene had nary a Ted Danson in sight! I’m digging new Saturday Night Live cast member (and utterer of memorable f-bomb) Jenny Slate as Stella, a perfect love/like interest for Jason Schwartzman’s Jonathan. On Sunday’s episode, “Take a Dive,” Stella lured Jonathan away from the blank Word document on his pretty Apple laptop to get stoned with him and play Nerf basketball. They were so out of it that after tumbling onto the floor post-misguided Jason Schwartzman “dunk” attempt, physical pain was out of the question. And yet he still asked her, while wriggling underneath her body, “Are you okay?” “I’m fine!” she snapped, limbs flailing. “WHERE’S THE BALL?” I love when characters engage in silly non-dates like this. Schwartzman’s and Slate’s two scenes alone gave me a better idea of them as a potential couple than most deliberately romantic moments we typically see on TV. And the two are clearly made for each other. “She’s sexy as hell, smart, Jewish, has a great vaporizer,” raved Jonathan to Ray (Zach Galifianakis). “Sounds like your mother,” Ray shot back.

The point is, I’m sad that Stella breezed out of the episode with a lame excuse about a urinary tract infection and the vague promise of seeing Jonathan again after a week. I’m sure Slate’s busy with SNL, but I for one would like her back on Bored to Death. Anyone else?

Image Credit: Paul Schiraldi

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  • hannah

    This is actually a decent show. I was leery but it’s ok. Ted Danson rules.

  • ossie

    A laugh riot..? I’ve found myself chuckling a few times. I like Ted Danson though. Still not laugh out loud funny but hopefully it’ll find it’s footing next season.

  • Lynny

    I agree. I found her totally adorable in this role. Suzanne (the I still love you but I want to torture you by just being friends ex) better watch out.

  • Rebecca

    Busy? I haven’t seen her in anything substantial since she dropped the F bomb in the biker sketch.

    • Lynny

      That’s funny cause I feel like I have seen her a lot.

  • Zach

    This show totally grew on me the more the season carried on. I can’t wait for it to come back. Honestly I think Ted Danson and Zach Galifanakis make the entire show. Their delivery is soo on point.

  • LEH

    Agree HBO should book her ass for next season. I thought the season’s finale was superb and Stella was a major factor. Danson has never been funnier. Very hip show brilliantly written.

  • beezus

    jenny slate was so cute! another great guest star on my favorite new show if the season for sure!!!
    smart, weird, insanely quotable!

    ‘you have a mouth like a starfish anus’ is now a standard in my house.

  • Carl deGersdorff

    Jenny Slate is a perfect cast for this part!I hope she returns. This show is a product of great writing and acting!I love it!

  • Shaun

    I love film noir and Schwartzman’s character’s portrayal of the classic dime-store detective in modern times is brilliant.

    I would definitely like to see Jenny Slate back as Stella. I think there is a lot to explore there.

    Danson and Galifanakis balance the show perfectly.

  • cookie gauger

    People Might Like Jacob But Edward Is A Hunk

  • cookie gauger

    ok jacob is ok but edward is HOT AND THAT IS THE TRUE OK

  • lilush

    this is the best show ever!!! i keep telling everyone i know to watch it, friend it on fb…whatever it takes to make sure hbo keeps it coming back, please do the same!!! sooo mad @ EW for over looking it in the mag. & online, the entertainment world is practically ignoring it! u know they can relate…whats up w/ that?

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