DISCLAIMER: This recap of Letterkenny episode “Sleepover” contains spoilers. If you haven’t watched the episode, well … get at’er!
“Sleepover” may be my favorite episode of Letterkenny Season Nine thus far. The direction and editing are incredible, especially for a comedy. Everyone in town decides to have sleepovers. The way the scenes are interwoven is so seamless. It really brings me back to junior high and having sleepover parties with my friends. The movie marathons, trying not to fall asleep and especially dishing about crushes. “Sleepover” encapsulates this to perfection.
Time to quit dillydallying. Let’s jump right into “Sleepover.”
Now, the cold open for this Letterkenny outing feels disjointed in comparison to the rest of the episode. Unrelated, even. But boy, is it still funny. Wayne (Jared Keeso), Daryl (Nathan Dales), Squirrelly Dan (K. Trevor Wilson) and Jimmy Dickens (Alex McCooeye) try to help Gailer (Lisa Codrington) with a car issue. Each guy offers his two cents, and they continue to speak in order from left to right. The dialogue is fast-paced and snappy but in true Letterkenny fashion, it flows smoothly. The boys go off the rails a bit from dissecting the car’s troubles to going to a dealership to taking potshots at a particular dealer’s character. It may be difficult to follow. However, it wouldn’t be Letterkenny without a bit of derailment.
Next, we see Wayne, Daryl and Katy (Michelle Mylett) playing Monopoly. Gail, Bonnie McMurray (Kamilla Kowal) and Rosie (Clark Backo) are playing Scrabble at Gailer’s house. Reilly (Dylan Playfair) and Jonesy (Andrew Herr) are watching hockey. Lastly, Stewart (Tyler Johnston) and Roald (Evan Stern) are in Skid central playing video games. It’s a cold winter night, so everyone is staying in. Wayne suggests they have a movie marathon, which leads into the other groups preparing to do the same. Daryl fears he’ll fall asleep. And, sure enough, he does. But so does everyone else in their respective sleepover destinations.
Later, Daryl stirs from his slumber and wakes up Wayne by whispering. Katy is still asleep. Daryl proceeds to reveal that he has a crush. Katy wakes and, along with Wayne, pesters Daryl to give up the ghost. All of them are whispering as if someone may overhear them. We see Stewart admit to Roald that he’s crushing on someone too. Bonnie McMurray groans because she received a flurry of texts. We learn that both Reilly and Jonesy have sent her messages. Roald continues to badger Stewart regarding his crush, but he asserts she’s out of his league. Finally, we learn from Daryl that Bonnie McMurray is his crush. She’s also Stewart’s crush. And Reilly and Jonesy’s crush. Uh oh.
Rosie believes Bonnie McMurray should invite the Jocks over for some fun. Katy commandeers Daryl’s phone and urges Bonnie McMurray to come over to her house. Roald convinces Stewart to ride over to Gail’s house in the hopes of seeing Bonnie McMurray.
What follows is a montage: Stewart rides his bike to Gail’s but passes Bonnie McMurray on her way to Wayne and Katy’s house. Reilly and Jonesy show up at Gail’s home to find no trace of Bonnie McMurray, but they go inside anyway. Bonnie McMurray walks in to find Daryl sound asleep. Rosie and Wayne reunite for a roll in the hay. Aren’t sleepovers fun?
I love how easily the scenes flow in this episode. Everyone starts out the night playing games, which leads to movie marathons and then sleepy time. Someone wakes up and farts, which in turn rouses the rest of the group. Everyone whispers when discussing crushes as if eavesdroppers are close at hand. Stewart giggling like a school girl cracks me up. Additionally, I dig that the common thread between these parties is Bonnie McMurray.
Rosie says “Can confirm,” which is a Wayne-ism. I like that she’s starting to pick up on his terminology, which is not something his past girlfriends did. The scene where Daryl mentions he has a crush but Wayne and Katy keep goading him about his bad breath while whispering is hysterical. The comedic timing in this episode is a thing of beauty. Additionally, the Skids all hissing at each other like vampires never gets old. Reilly and Jonesy not despising each other for going after the same girl is proof that they’re one person. Just like during the spelling bee episode, when both of their names were printed on their name tags.
That’s a Texas-sized 10-4, good buddy!
Overall, “Sleepover” is a keeper. So far, Letterkenny Season Nine has been consistently good. My main gripe is the lack of Glen, McMurray and Mrs. McMurray. My hope is we’ll see more of them soon.
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Letterkenny Season Nine is now streaming on Hulu.
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