Bless the Harts returns after a couple of months off in “Crappy Death Day”, where a psychic causes turmoil and Wayne explores consciousness.
This recap of Bless the Harts season 2, episode 10, “Crappy Death Day”, contains spoilers.
There’s something a bit fishy about both plots in “Crappy Death Day”, the first episode of Bless the Harts in a couple of months. Has anyone missed this Fox sitcom? Difficult to say. I barely noticed it wasn’t on, but then again I barely noticed each episode when it is on, so perhaps I’m the wrong person to ask. Either way, it returned from its hiatus with the usual two-pronged structure, with Jenny, Betty, and Violet getting involved in witchcraft, and Wayne enjoying a fishing trip with his idiot work buddies that promptly turns into a hunting expedition and then a psychedelic adventure.
The A-plot is the more lasting and on-brand of the two. The Harts seem like perfect marks for fake psychics handing out presumed death days for $100, and it’s classic charlatan business that an attempt to get a refund results in another prognostication, this one that Jenny is terribly cursed. Violet would rather she was since it would mean she’d be at least part witch (the funniest visual gag of “Crappy Death Day” is her basically dressing like Steve Irwin when she realizes there isn’t a coven in her lineage), but the point is that mostly honest working-class people tend to be the victims of ridiculous nonsense like soothsaying, and it can cause them all kinds of problems.
Wayne’s exploits are ridiculous, comparatively. It takes a degree of effort to make him the smartest guy in the room, but Bless the Harts season 2, episode 10 squares him off against the kind of guys who’ll eat a lightbulb on a dare, and for whom a toxic fish is best inserted “in the rear” to increase the immediacy of the trip. Wayne spends ages trying to be responsible while hunting down the dangerous Snake Head fish, only to eventually grab it with both hands and spend the rest of the episode exploring the depths of his own psyche. But he’s able to save the day, and that’s what counts, while the women of the Hart family reach their own payoff, as they promise to stay together and love each other, cursed or not. That kind of meaningful familial sentiment is the only thing psychics are good for, after all.