The CSD staff has been plowing through Season 1 of Party Down over the past week or so. There's so much to love about the show - its rapid pacing, casual profanity, out-of-nowhere punch lines, and its hilarious cameos from beloved comic actors like Ed Begley Jr., J.K. Simmons, Kristen Bell, and Jennifer Coolidge. Though it has been on our radar screen for months, we didn't get to it until it was already cancelled, but we take consolation in seeing how just about everybody in the cast has graduated to more high-profile projects, which, in some cases (particularly Jane Lynch and Martin Starr) are long overdue.
This scene, from the third episode of the first season, is one of my favorites. As the "ranking a woman on a scale of 1-to-10" begins, we all assume we know where its going, but then it goes in a weird, overly detailed direction, lands a killer punchling ("I prefer linoleum") and develops both characters in the process.