Click on Josh (left) and Rocky (right) to hear them cry.
I was a little shocked today when I discovered that no sooner had I started watching Average Joe: The Joes Strike Back than the series was already over. OVER! Talk about wham, bam, thank you ma’am. Why the rush, NBC? Want to pepper your schedule with more repeats of Joey?
Well, the final two episodes played out in the humdrum manner we’ve come to expect from the show. First, we reacquainted ourselves with the exiled Average Joes who now had returned with their teeth straightened, their hair cut, and their fat…eh, still there. Anna plucked Nathan from the water fountain (seriously, they were standing on a water fountain), and then it was off to Tahiti for several massively staged dates. It was business as usual for the guys: Hunky Josh was sincere, Rocky was tall, Average Josh was complimentary, Nathan was funny, and Arthur was pathetically gushy, going so far as to perform a mini-triage on Anna’s mystery splinter (it was actually a venomous bee sack!). Although Arthur seemed to push all the right buttons (he brought Anna flowers — her fave!), he was ultimately cut, along with the Joshes. Hunky Josh took the blow harshly as his Chad Michael Murray facade devolved into a teary-eyed mess.
On the final episode, the last two remaining guys — Rocky and Nathan — had dates with Anna’s mom. Unfortunately for Rocky, he couldn’t quite master the art of “conversation” and had difficulty coming up with questions more stimulating than “So…” Nathan, however, aced the test, and after two dates (which I fast forwarded through — sorry, lots of TV to catch up on!), the action dwindled down to Anna standing at the end of a long pier where she was to choose her man. Despite being dreamy and tall, Rocky was sent packing, and we watched him climb into the back of a covered pickup, perhaps off to fight in ‘Nam. Nathan, meanwhile, won the gal, and the two boarded a boat and sailed off into reality oblivion.
While all this was fun and all, the real joy was listening to Rocky and Hunky Josh’s tearful reactions. Click on their faces above to hear all their sobbing glory.