And just like that, DAVE returns to greatness. After suffering through four episodes that turned Lil Dicky even more into a narcissist, this week wisely returns to what made this show great in the first place – observational comedy with likable characters.
Lil Dicky and Elz (Travis “Taco” Bennett) are reunited to play at a Bar Mitzvah where things take one wrong turn after the next. Lil Dicky disguises the message of being a scared 13-year old boy in a grown man’s body by hilariously talking to the kids about masturbation, penis size, and the word boner not being a good word. His actions, of course, have consequences.
The real heart this week comes from the Gata storyline. Gata’s car gets towed, and we follow him on an uncomfortable quest to charge his phone. We watch as people don’t help him because of how he looks and the show once again makes a brilliant depiction of unconscious bias. It’s an intense B story that comes full circle with the Bar Mitzvah A story, finally allowing Gata to get a much-deserved win.
As each character goes through healing this week, audiences will feel comforted that DAVE is back with meaningful messages, heart, and funny obscure references (“I am Queen’s Blvd!”).
It’s available on FX.