Disclaimer: We would watch Megan Mullally in anything. Even those butter commercials. But it helps that her newest project, the second season of FOX’ already quirky workplace comedy Breaking In, is one that we already enjoy and are glad to see return this spring.
Admittedly, though, when the second season starts with “The Contra Club,“ it feels almost like a pilot for a brand new show. The addition of Mullally doesn’t constitute the reboot on its own, but opening by re-introducing all of the characters certainly does. Breaking In uses its second season premiere to poke a little bit of fun at the network that “fired” it once and remind its audience just why this wacky group was so loveable. Within the first five minutes, we get a look at an epic Cash (Alphonso McAuley) prank, Oz (Christian Slater)’s Captain Kirk chair, and Cameron (Bret Harrison)’s nerdy “never quite know what to say” awkwardness.
Once we remember what we liked about this show, though, we should be able to move onto the next task for Contra Security and next Oz scheme, but unfortunately, the show does dawdle by introducing the characters yet again– this time to Veronica (Mullally) on a “tour” of the facilities where she showcases her brashness and commandering spirit. Though she may have been introduced as “just a temp” to the gang, she certainly has no problem speaking her mind like any full-time, long-term employee with already existing relationships to the rest. “I’m coming for you, office hottie,” said to Odette Annable was a laugh by itself. And the fact that they don’t return the sentiment but can’t wait to mess with her is just wrought with possibilities.
Breaking In promos have announced that Mullally’s real role is that of new Contra boss, Oz having to sell the company due to tough times, but the actual episode takes its time getting to that reveal. Instead, Oz simply tells his team “no touchy the tempy,” and the team only finds out about the sale because they befriend and then get Creepy Carol (Jennifer Irwin) drunk. It’s a little weird to watch them play catch-up to what we already know, but it allows them to hold onto a little bit of the pranking, crack-the-case, misguided charm of the first season for just a little longer.
“The Contra Club” also sets up a new dynamic for Cameron when he meets Veronica’s better-than-her-job assistant Molly (Erin Richards), a British blonde who is exactly what he needs to take his mind off the ill-fated relationship with Melanie (Annable), who we assume is still with Dutch (though Michael Rosenbaum does not appear in this second season premiere). She may also be what he needs to forget about the fact that he is now working for a big corporation, and the one thing he never wanted to do was sell out in such a way.
Veronica may have her work cut out for her reeling this team in, but one thing she certainly learned early on was how efficient they are when they work together. So maybe with her at the helm, a management style a bit more orthodox than Oz’, it can be smooth sailing for this second season. We certainly hope so!
Breaking In airs on FOX on Tuesdays at 9:30pm beginning on March 6th 2012.
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