“Paradise PD Meets Brickleberry” in “the most unnecessary crossover ever”, as the penultimate episode is given over to a funny and self-indulgent reminder of the show’s spiritual predecessor.
This recap of Paradise PD Season 2, Episode 7, “Paradise PD Meets Brickleberry”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
“Paradise PD Meets Brickleberry” quite literally in this, “the most unnecessary crossover ever”, as the cops and a very drunk Karen make their way to hide out in a remote national park which was the setting for Waco O’Guin and Roger Black’s previous show. Karen is consigned to the car and Fitz and Thester take the episode off after a brief scene, leaving the rest of the runtime for various tenuous excuses for a crossover and countless jokes about Brickleberry being cancelled after three seasons. As Bullet says, you can expect a lot of this, and you certainly get a lot of it.
The thin excuse for all this is that Woody is apparently Randall’s cousin, which is believable enough. After a big opening fight, both the Paradise PD and the Brickleberry forest rangers team up to investigate the disappearance of Malloy, while also getting paired up in typical odd-couple fashion so that we can enjoy ridiculous subplots such as Bullet and Denzel having a smoke-off which takes them to a previously unvisited realm of consciousness, and Ethel and Gina competing over Dusty while Connie tries to manipulate the rivalry to her own ends.
Paradise PD Season 2, Episode 7 also gives us some backstory on Woody and Randall growing up together, the former having been taken from his addict mother and sent to live with his cousin Randall and his aunt — much to jealous Randall’s disgust. The subsequent act of sabotage is why Woody hates Randall so much and builds to a payoff in which Randall realizes that Woody’s attachment to Malloy is an extension of the happiness he felt while living with his family. It won’t matter in the slightest in terms of long-term character development but there is an arc here if you’re looking for one.
But really, the point of “Paradise PD Meets Brickleberry” is to excuse moments like Bullet and Denzel getting so high the show briefly turns into live-action, and Ethel quipping, “Sorry, these guys don’t know how to write women,” when she parrots Gina’s own insults. The case of a local poacher leads to a strip club populated with animals that have been unethically experimented on by a Dr Kuzniak, who has developed a kind of mind-melding technology that allows him to interface with them. And in the end, it turns out that Malloy was stuck in Dusty’s “back ****” the whole time.
It’s all silly and self-indulgent and that’s entirely the point. Paradise PD Season 2, Episode 7 explicitly puts the main plot on hold just to mess around at Brickleberry, and in the penultimate episode no less, and you have to admire that kind of flagrant disregard for storytelling convention. We do, though, get a brief cliffhanger at the end of the episode, as Thester checks in at the police department and discovers Dusty has left a voicemail telling everyone where they’re hiding. Looks like the Paradise PD’s stay in Brickleberry will be short-lived after all.
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Jonathon is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has been Senior Editor and Chief Critic of the outlet since 2017.