Season 1, Episode 10: “Radioactive Ex-Girlfriend”
Written by Amelie Gillette
Directed by Bill Benz
[All photos courtesy Fox Broadcasting Co.]
OK. New year, new episodes. Less recap, more review. Here we go.
So…ever have a woman (or man) that was just bad for you? Zorn really had that problem in this episode.
Edie (Cheryl Hines) and Craig (Tim Meadows) are having an engagement party. Zorn (voiced by Jason Sudeikis) is invited, but not with a date. So he talks Edie into letting him bring someone. He decides to bring an old girlfriend, Radiana (voiced by Olivia Wilde) who is hot…as in nuclear-powered.
Meanwhile, Alan (Johnny Pemberton) wants to play a song at the party in the glass harp (crystal goblets filled with water) …He’s bad at it. Edie tries to tell him not to play, but he thinks she’s talking about Craig trying to counsel people.
Radiana is really bad for Zorn, he’s wasting away from the radiation. He has glowing tears in his eyes, but he just can’t see because of blind love for Radiana.
At the party, he finally tells her that they need to part, she melts down…literally. If she isn’t talked down soon, there will no Zorn, no building, no nothing probably for miles around. Craig manages to talk her down by making her self-actualize. She figures out that she’s too good for Zorn and that she needs to spend more time on her self-esteem. She leaves, taking the radiation with her.
Edie tells Craig he did a wonderful job. Layla (Clara Mamet) is about to leave, but Edie convinces her to stay, Alan will be allowed to play his glass harp. Linda (Artemis Pabdani) and Zorn talk about what happened. Zorn is finally getting over Edie and it’s okay.
Radiana, an ex-girlfriend of Zorn’s, was really truly radioactive. However, she treated him with such affection that he couldn’t seem to see that she was literally killing him. That and when he tried to get her to leave she started to meltdown…full-on Chernobyl. By the end of the episode, I was pretty sure that not only was Zorn sterile, but Craig was, too. Who knows how many chest x-rays’ worth of radiation was Craig exposed to while trying to talk Radiana down?
In our “B” story, we have Edie trying to dissuade Alan from playing the glass harp at the party and embarrassing himself in front of Layla. Alan is a terrible musician, but he doesn’t know it. She tries once in the episode to just come clean and tell him that he sucks at it, but he just thinks their talking about Craig’s skills as a therapist. In the end, Edie comes to realize that she shouldn’t try to protect Alan, he might be great for once, just as Craig was counseling Radiana.
I must give props to the design of the Radiana character, really well done. Beautiful, yet glowing nuclear green. They also did a good job showing Zorn’s deterioration as Radiana’s “love” made him sicker and sicker.
With this being episode 10, we are down to the final 3 episodes of the season. No word on if the show will get picked up for season two or not.
I really liked this episode. The writing was decent. I hope they get Amelie Gillette back to write another one.
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Son of Zorn airs Sunday at 8:30/7:30 Central on Fox. It can also be found on Amazon Prime Instant Video, Hulu, and Fox.com. For more information, visit the official website.