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Submitted by Kate Hicks:

“You know what I was thinking about? If Mary Tyler Moore married and then divorced Steven Tyler then married and divorced Michael Moore then got into a three-way lesbian marriage with Demi Moore and Mandy Moore, would she go by the name Mary Tyler Moore Tyler Moore Moore Moore?”

– Max, while the gang tries to decide on a restaurant for dinner on Happy Endings

Check out the rest of your quote submissions from Wednesday, March 14, and make sure to send us your favorite sound bite from tonight’s TV!

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'Happy Endings' recap: Curse of the Starving Max

There’s no doubt about it: Happy Endings is most definitely cursed. While the show is, far and away, one of the smartest and funniest shows on television right now, it’s still haunted by the ghosts of sitcom’s past. Take for instance last night’s episode, which felt eerily reminiscent of classic episodes of Sex and the City, Seinfeld and How I Met Your Mother.

If last night’s episode, titled “Party of Six” also gave you a bit of comedy déjà vu, let’s take a trip down sitcom memory lane and see how Happy Endings stacked up.

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'Happy Endings' recap: Forgive and forget'ems

It feels odd to be disappointed in an episode of Happy Endings that referenced the likes of Back to the Future, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and Inception, but after last week’s great “Cocktails & Dreams”, last night’s “The Kerkovich Way” felt a little bit lost.

For that I reluctantly blame Max and Penny’s surprisingly lackluster storyline, which despite having aces like Adam Pally and Casey Wilson at the helm and an awesome cameo by Ferris Bueller‘s high-flying parking lot attendant Richard Edson, the whole thing relied too heavily on silly sight gags and an ultimately ho-hum Penny rivalry. It’s always fun to watch Penny and Max together, but this material did neither of them justice. The year of Penny? Definitely. The episode of Penny? Not so much.
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'Crazy, Stupid, Love,' 'Bridesmaids,' 'Modern Family,' '30 Rock,' lead Comedy Awards nominations

The nominations for the second annual Comedy Awards were announced today. Television series Modern Family and 30 Rock and films Bridesmaids and Crazy, Stupid, Love all lead the pack with five nominations apiece, while Louis C.K. also picked up five nods, three of which come from his FX series Louie.

Nominees for the awards were selected by the Comedy Awards Board of Directors, which include high-profile comedians like Conan O’Brien, Stephen Colbert, Carol Burnett, Ray Romano, Jon Stewart, and Lily Tomlin, according to Deadline. The Comedy Awards will be presented on April 28 in New York City and will air May 6 on Comedy Central. Choice nominees are below. The full list is available on the Awards’ official site. READ FULL STORY

'Happy Endings' recap: Get out of my dreams, get into my pajoveralls

I’m making a pledge here and now, fellow Happy Endings fans. No, not to participate in a cleanse, because that looks awful and I’d probably wind up on a ledge like Penny. Rather, I pledge not to declare that an episode of Happy Endings is the funniest one of this season until said season is over. I so badly want to declare last night’s episode, titled “Cocktails & Dreams” the funniest (everyone had a storyline that clicked) but I fear I’ll have spoken too soon as the episodes only seem to get better each week. That said, there’s no way anything will be funnier than Damon Wayans Jr.‘s scream at the breakfast table, so I’m declaring that the most hilarious moment with no hesitation. So until the finale (nooooo), let’s talk about last night’s funny (possibly funniest) episode.
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'Happy Endings' recap: Smackdown Thaw

Happy Endings, as it’s entirely aware of itself, has plenty to thank Friends for. Especially that with no Fat Joey we’d have no Max, and with no Max we’d have no Bear Max. But the top-notch comedy has traces of another popular sitcom to it: How I Met Your Mother. Well, HIMYM during its heyday, anyway, and not this recent wave of weekly cliffhangers and melodrama. (When will it cease?!)

During last night’s episode of Happy Endings, titled “The Butterfly Effect Effect,” I couldn’t help but hope that their Spring Smackdown will become like the HIMYM equivalent of slap bet. This would be brilliant as a recurring gag and, truthfully, it would just give me an excuse to make my own Spring Smackdown shirt. As it turns out, it’s not the change of seasons that brings the much-needed Spring to the chilly Chicago tundra, rather Brad and Jane getting into an annual no-holds-barred battle royale. I don’t know what I love more, this ridiculously hot couple (of course they would be able to thaw out winter) when they get along or when they are fighting about inconsequential things like how to properly grate cheese.
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'Happy Endings' recap: Grant Land

During last week’s blisteringly funny Valentine’s Day-themed episode of Happy Endings it was determined that, in their own bizarro Friends world, Dave is Ross, Alex is Rachel, Penny is Phoebe, Jane is Monica, and Max is (Fat) Joey. (Which, by default, makes Brad Chandler. Makes sense, though Chandler was never this cool.)

But in last night’s episode, the almost aptly-titled “Everybody Loves Grant,” the gang had a whole new set of identities to live by: Dave is The Dave, Alex is The One with the Store, Penny is The Single One, Jane is The Type A One, Max is The Lazy One, and Brad is The Married One. In actuality, Dave’s title should have been The Dave Who Desperately Wishes He Was The Cool One.
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'Happy Endings' recap: Valentine's Day to the Max

If there’s one thing going against Happy Endings right now — much like any show that features an ensemble of funny, clever, urban twenty-thirtysomethings — is that it will inevitably be compared to Friends or Seinfeld. But that curse also just happens to be Happy Endings’ blessing, because this particular comedy takes the best elements of those iconic shows, Friends‘ goofiness and sensitivity and Seinfeld‘s sharpness and cynicism and adds its own self-aware sense of humor. Not to mention some refreshingly modern characters.

Yes, this all sounds like a bit of a Valentine to Happy Endings, but it feels especially appropriate and deserved after last night’s episode, “The St. Valentine’s Day Maxssacre.” Like any given episode of Friends, there were moments from last night’s Happy Endings that were predictable but hysterical nevertheless. We knew Dave was going to botch his date with “crazy sex girl” Lindsay, we know Penny would wind up breaking up with her flavor of the week Reid, we knew Alex was going to be mistaken for a hooker, and we knew Brad was going to end his streak of perfect dentist visits.
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'Happy Endings': Of mouse traps and man-children

Penny’s long-standing declaration that it’s the Year of Penny may actually come true in 2012, but I’m going to go ahead and declare this the Episode of Penny. While Zachary Knighton put in a valiant effort to make it the Episode of Dave, this was Casey Wilson’s best Penny outing yet.

After going through another dating disaster, Penny unwisely took advice from functioning lunatic Jane (the relentlessly funny Eliza Coupe) to nab a fixer-upper fellow and change him into an ideal gentleman like she did with Brad. I don’t know which visual I loved more, physical-comedy champ Damon Wayans Jr. falling onto a series of mouse traps while attempting to make his own prank show “Blackass,” or imagining his college tub being filled with 311 CDs. Full disclosure: Between 311, Sugar Ray, and Korn, I can say with total certainty I would have been friends with Brad and Jane in college.

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'Happy Endings': Where Michael McKean, Megan Mullally, Ed Begley Jr., and a racist parrot meet

Hellllluuurrr, Happy Endings fans! As per usual, last night’s hysterical new episode was chock full of we-dare-you-to-keep-up-with-us pop-culture references. (Ali, Entourage, Rear Window, and of course, The Wire, were just some of the inspired gems mentioned.) But, there was a nice little added bonus to all of the whip-fast HE madness: Guest appearances by pop-culture gems Michael McKean, Ed Begley Jr., and Megan Mullally, who was making her second appearance on the show. (Oh yeah, and a racist parrot was there, too.)

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