DISCLAIMER: This recap of Letterkenny episode “Breastaurant” is laden with spoilers. If you haven’t watched the episode, well … get at’er!
Penultimate episode time! I hate that Letterkenny seasons are so short. “Breastaurant” pokes fun at upscale chain restaurants and “Hooters” establishments that exploit women for profit. A big-city chain restaurant, that folks refer to as a “breastaurant,” opens in town. Gailer fears that her loyal customers will flee to the new restaurant to get their rocks off. Thankfully, nobody leaves ol’ Gailer behind. This episode is stacked (Get it?) with fun rhyming and restaurant puns. And musical mashup names!
Time to quit dillydallying. Let’s jump right into “Breastaurant.”
Now, the episode opens with Wayne (Jared Keeso), Daryl (Nathan Dales) and Squirrelly Dan (K. Trevor Wilson) discussing the merits of a “gay Hooters.” What would be the main attraction? Ron (James Daly) and Dax (Gregory Waters), who are sitting at the table next to them, weigh in on the topic. They explain that gay men love breasts. Apparently, it’s a universally loved body part. There are loads of Hooters-esque wordplay here.
Next, Wayne, Daryl, Dan and Katy (Michelle Mylett) are chatting about a local restaurant that’s going out of business. Daryl broaches the subject of a new big-city chain restaurant that’s going to take Letterkenny by storm. Yes, the “breastaurant.” Katy and Dan both agree that women can dress however they choose and in a way that empowers them. But Katy brings up a good point — men like to leer. “The male gaze,” as it were. The gang decides to mosey on over to MoD3an’s to show Gail support.
Meanwhile, Stewart (Tyler Johnston) and Roald (Evan Stern) are chilling in Stewart’s mom’s basement. Our “Strt” (said in Roald’s voice) is donning his finest deejay regalia. Roald mentions that he hasn’t hit the deejay circuit in a while. They talk about the new restaurant that’s opening, and Stewart muses whether he can bring his deejay prowess to their turntable. Then, they proceed to lament about how restaurants love musical mashups and they fire off some interesting combinations. I love the creativity behind all the puns and names on this show.
Later, even Reilly (Dylan Playfair) and Jonesy (Andrew Herr) are excited about the new “breastaurant.” Besides the “snipes,” the boys are most looking forward to those “big sandos.” Gotta love a good big-city sandwich. Back at MoD3an’s, the gang is chastising Bonnie McMurray (Kamilla Kowal) for taking a second job at the burgeoning chain restaurant. A girl has to pay bills!
Next, we see Stewart and Roald making their grand entrance into the new establishment on the block. Stewart is ready to rise like a phoenix from the deejay ashes. Perhaps the ashes are a turntable he just burned. Insert more deejay metaphors here. Anyway, he recognizes the proprietor as one of the girls he used to slam. She immediately refuses to hire him unless he provides a resume, which we know Stewart won’t do. As for a Soundcloud, Stewart’s work can be found on the dark web, which is where I would keep my fanfiction if I had any.
Meanwhile, back at the gym, the Jocks are musing about the potential amenities of the “breastaurant.” Toilets, for starters. Love a good sh*tter. Ron and Dax pop up, as they are wont to do. They are Reilly and Jonesy’s gym buddies, after all. Restaurant puns flow like honey as Ronny and Daxy name all of their takedowns at various restaurant chains around the world. It’s like a little black book but for eateries!
Then, our gang tries to help Gailer one-up her competitor. Perhaps she can add more fun themed nights to her roster besides “Thirsty Thursday”? Everyone also complains about the downsides to chain restaurants, including the overly nosy wait staff. Stewart and Roald return to the new restaurant with a vinyl collection. He tries to persuade the owner to hire him once again, but to no avail. She wants nothing to do with a “low rent Gerard Way.”
Later, Reilly and Jonesy show up at MoD3an’s, much to Wayne and the group’s surprise. Apparently, the big-city establishment has overpriced sandos and no sharing options. Stewart and Roald trail in behind them. The floodgates are open, and more folks come crawling back to ol’ Gailer. The new kid in town is way too expensive and just plain blah. MoD3an’s forever. Gail is happy.
After the cold open, when our core quartet is talking about the new “breastaurant,” Daryl and Dan poke fun at the “perks.” Katy calls them “degens,” which is not the first time that phrase has been used negatively on Letterkenny. Wayne in particular despises degens from upcountry. I love it when Stewart utilizes his “telekinetic powers” on Roald. In “Breastaurant,” Stewart pretends to choke Roald and then “flings” him aside. Additionally, he attempts to stop himself from striking Roald with said telekinetic powers. Perhaps all the drugs imbued him with these abilities. Not to mention, the musical mashup names they toss back and forth are bitingly funny. There’s “James Taylor Swift.” “KC and the Sunshine Band of Horses.” “Thirty Seconds to Bruno Mars.” They’re all perfect.
I love the bit where Reilly and Jonesy are fantasizing about sandwiches. It resonates with me since I too fantasize about sandwiches. Also, I dig the scenes with the gang at MoD3an’s. Katy mentions cons to the chain restaurant business while Dan mutters under his breath that he actually likes those aspects. When Katy talks about “Frosé Fridays” as a themed night, Dan whispers that he loves “Frosé beverages.” It’s a nice gag that definitely doesn’t play against Dan’s character. My favorite callback of the episode is the mention of “hoovering schneef,” when Daryl and Dan list all the occasions they’ve done the booger sugar.
That’s a Texas-sized 10-4, good buddy!
Overall, this episode was fun. In hindsight though, I feel Letterkenny doesn’t have an overarching plot this season. While yes, the show can be light on storylines, there’s usually at least a few that last season-long. Katy’s “Scorched-earth” dating method went down the drain after episode three. The Bonnie crush faded away after episode 5, which would have been nice to explore since Stewart’s heart was broken. We’re also not getting a lot of action with the beer hockey league, and the Jocks mostly appear for witty one-liners and puns. It sort of feels like a slew of standalone episodes as opposed to being part of one cohesive season. That being said, I’m still enjoying myself. Even at its worst, Letterkenny is still great.
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Letterkenny Season Nine is now streaming on Hulu.
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