Kevin Can F**k Himself Season 2 Review .The Annie Murphy-starring AMC series, “Kevin Can F**k Himself” is based on an intriguing gimmick. What if a woman became the wife of a comedian actor? This was the central theme of season 1. Murphy portrays Allison McRoberts. She wants to get rid Kevin (Eric Petersen), her one-note and bumbling husband, in order for her to be free. A shift took place in Season 1, when the finale was announced by AMC that the show would be ending after Season 2.
Season 2 of “Kevin,” like its main character, understands that honesty is essential. Allison considered suicide last season. She is now actively planning to commit suicide or pretending that she will so she can start a new chapter in her life. This season, Allison isn’t as outlandish as last season. She wants to be a new person and leave Wooster.
Allison is a mess as a character. Murphy’s bright smiles and affability are what keep the audience loyal to her. This season, Allison’s woes-are-me attitude is gone. She cannot allow herself to blame Kevin for all of her problems. She now wants to “introduce” her troubles to Kevin, or at least exploit him to make their problems go away. It could be as simple as making Kevin claim he was injured so Sam (Raymond Lee), her ex boyfriend, can keep his diner. Kevin also might believe he’s a suspect in an arson investigation. Allison relies on Kevin to solve her problems. Allison’s best friend Patti (Mary Hollis Inboden) is the only place she can think about anything (or anyone) else than herself.
Patti is the most strong couple in this season’s series with Allison. Murphy and Inboden are more than just mismatched friends. Their chemistry enhances the script’s understanding of how these two women really get along. This season is about change. Patti’s relationship with Detective Tammy, Candice Coke) grows and Patti wants to leave Allison behind and start a new life with her. Patti and Tammy are constantly pushed apart by Allison’s presence. They constantly bump into each other, even though both of them know where they should go. Patti doesn’t need to be active with Allison. Patti can sit back and have a cigarette with the knowledge that Allison will always be there for her.
Patti and Allison rely on Kevin throughout the season. This is a loss in power that isolates Kevin. He’ll only be able to see himself if he lets down the people he loves. It also removes the people who consider Kevin’s life special. Kevin is just a regular guy if there’s no audience. It’s funny to see Petersen play Kevin, the bumbling oaf who made mean-spirited remarks that drew laughter from an unseen audience. Many characters are trapped in their own hells, as the bright lighting and editing of sitcoms vanish many times throughout this season. It happens with Neil, who’s actions this season have caused him to question his role as Kevin’s friend. Alexi Bonifer portrays Neil, a doddering schlub that is now a 36 year old man who is questioning his identity.
Kevin is incomplete without the people he’s hurt. Valerie Armstrong and her crew explore Allison’s attempts to fake her death. Episode 2 features Allison reflecting on the night she met Kevin following her father’s funeral. Murphy shows how Allison suppressed her emotions long before Kevin arrived. The scene is actually filmed as Kevin’s sitcom. Allison is introduced to her mother by Kevin, the first Kevin-type Allison ever met. She would criticize Allison and make her feel inferior because of their selfish egos. The audience is reminded that Kevin isn’t special. Kevins are all around us in our daily lives. Like Dorothy in Oz’s Dorothy, Allison has always had the ability to leave but not the strength.
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Petersen brings the season to a close with a moment of excellence. Murphy and Petersen have shared two seasons playing characters that don’t share intimacy, common interests or love. This all changes in the series finale, appropriately named “Allison’s House.” Petersen now plays Kevin as the manipulative, mean-spirited person we know him to be. He’s both genuinely terrifying and pathetic without an audience. Petersen’s ability as Kevin, a man who is able to recognize his wife’s weaknesses, makes it possible for intimacy to be felt between them. He leaves on a high note, even though Allison wins the last laugh.
Although there is a neat ending to “Kevin Can F**k Him”, it comes at the cost of some story resolution. It is possible that you thought Nick (Robin Lord Taylor), the drug dealer who tried to kill Kevin last year, would be back to make things more difficult. The season ends with a few lines of dialogue. The series’ ending leaves Tammy, the intrepid detective behind, at a dead end. Kevin’s failed run for city council is forgotten in the ether. It was obvious that there was much to be condensed to make things work. The series is crowned the winner. Allison seems to be on her path to her own life path, and everything turns out as she expected. It doesn’t matter if the creators didn’t gild the lily last season with the story beats.
Season 2 of “Kevin Can F*** himself” is a fitting farewell to a series that never had enough time to develop. Murphy and Inboden made it a memorable finale scene. “Kevin Can F*** himself” was a story that made viewers reevaluate sitcoms and explored the issues of female friendship, misogyny and toxicity. Allison wasn’t a perfect heroine but the show makes it clear that this didn’t matter. She has dreams that are just as valid as any other person’s and she can live them on her terms. This is the most happy ending.