DISCLAIMER: This recap of the Letterkenny season finale episode “NDN NRG” contains spoilers. If you haven’t watched the episode, well … get at’er!
We’re in season finale territory now, folks! I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: Letterkenny seasons are too damn short. “NDN NRG” is definitely the most story-heavy episode of Season Nine. It’s like sensory overload after six episodes of plot-lite installments. Stories/characters from seasons old reemerge in this outing. Several, actually. They sort of lose their power though since they were introduced in this manner. In my humble opinion, I think it would have worked better narratively if these former storylines were at least hinted at in previous episodes. Regardless, “NDN NRG” leaves us with a great cliffhanger and some terrific jokes. And Tanis!
Time to quit dillydallying. Let’s jump right into “NDN NRG.”
Now, we open with Wayne (Jared Keeso) and Rosie (Clark Backo) sitting at the kitchen table for this cold open. Rosie mentions that a Letterkenny township exists in Pennsylvania. Naturally, the pair begin to spit out wordplay including either “letter” or “kenny” in said wordplay. It’s quite impressive. I wish I could think/retort that quickly.
Next, Wayne, Daryl (Nathan Dales) and Squirrelly Dan (K. Trevor Wilson) are sitting in the former’s truck outside of MoD3an’s. Dan and Daryl wonder why Wayne has parked so far away when there are open spots directly in front of the bar. After they convince Wayne to move closer, we see Coach (Mark Forward) chastising Wayne for almost hitting him with his truck. It’s f*ckin’ embarrassing, really.
Meanwhile, Stewart (Tyler Johnston) and Roald (Evan Stern) bring forth some old flames — well, Stewart’s old flames. If you recall, they were really into Stewart last season when he was working out at the gym. The pair unveil their newest deejay venture entitled “Twoc*cks Chakur.” The girls loathe the name, but what are you gonna do? Deejays, am I right? Stewart reveals that they have a gig at Tanis’ energy drink launch party. Score!
Later, Tanis (Kaniehtiio Horn) is at MoD3an’s with her crew. We see a banner above Auntie Tanis’ head bearing the logo for “NDN NRG,” which is her new energy drink. Reilly (Dylan Playfair) and Jonesy (Andrew Herr) remark on how the logo looks awfully similar to “Brodude,” another energy drink company. Katy (Michelle Mylett) and Rosie say the same thing. Tanis compliments Katy and Rosie on their appearances, to which Katy replies, “Scorched-earth.” There it is! At least they somewhat revived her earlier storyline. Reilly and Jonesy’s latest snipes, Tassie and Cassie, show up. You know, the Brodude girls from a while back. Yeah, there are a ton of blasts from the past in this episode. The Jocks incessantly confuse Tassie and Cassie’s names.
Next, Tanis commences the launch party. But before people can get too rowdy, the Brodude rep and Anik (Kim Cloutier) make an appearance. Apparently, Tassie and Cassie called the Brodude rep so they could get their old jobs back. Brodude rep accuses Tanis of copying their logo. Even the NDN NRG drink tastes exactly like Brodude’s. Tanis denies it all. Anik winks at Daryl and claims that they need to talk.
Meanwhile, Reilly and Jonesy chat it up with Joint Boy and Tyson. Joint Boy and Tyson have started their own beer hockey league, and they’re squaring off against Reilly and Jonesy’s team soon. Oh yeah — and Shoresy (Jared Keeso) has joined JB and Tyson’s league, much to the Jocks’ chagrin. Yes! I’ve been waiting for a Shoresy cameo all season. Shoresy proceeds to verbally tear Reilly and Jonesy limb from limb.
Next, the Brodude rep and Anik return. Brodude rep is a big fan of Stewart and Roald’s deejaying. We learn that Twoc*cks Chakur’s Soundcloud now has over 10,000 followers. She expresses her desire to work with them. The comeback of the year, starring Stewart!
Then, Brodude reveals that she can’t do much since Tanis’ company is a First Nations “mom and pop” business. However, she vows to hit Tanis where it hurts. Tanis previously mentioned that she owns the Eagles hockey team, which boasts Native players. The team won a championship. Brodude rep reveals that, since not all of the hockey players are of Native ancestry, she will revoke their championship status. Apparently, Shoresy mixed his DNA sample with Reilly and Jonesy so they appear to be triplets.
Later, Anik waltzes up to Daryl and reveals that she has a new boyfriend. Additionally, she tells Katy the same thing. We quickly see why — Anik’s new boyfriend is Dierks (Tyler Hynes), and he wanders into the bar. He gives Anik an air kiss. Katy looks infuriated. The lying, cheating scumbag is back in Letterkenny. Everyone wonders what happened to Wayne.
Now, Wayne is outside MoD3an’s. He’s approaching a woman … and it’s Marie-Frédérique (Magalie Lépine Blondeau). His French ex-girlfriend! What the what?
Right off the bat, my favorite running gag from this episode is the “F*ck you, Shoresy!” bit. We see it at least a couple of times a season. While we did have to wait for it, Shoresy’s return was worth the delay. His retorts are hysterical, as are Reilly and Jonesy’s progressively distraught replies.
Additionally, I like the “Learn how to drive” jab from Wayne and co. When Coach scolds Wayne at the beginning of the episode, he tells him to “learn how to f*cking drive.” Thus, Wayne, Daryl and Dan occasionally throw this line out throughout the episode. It usually follows whenever someone asks a question, and it’s perfect. I also love Reilly and Jonesy constantly getting Tassie confused for Cassie and vice versa. The cold open is adorably creative as well. Not to mention, the scene with Wayne, Daryl and Dan in the truck is hilarious. Daryl is just confused while Wayne continuously provides vague answers that could be perceived as threats. It’s very “Who’s on First?”, especially with the back-and-forth delivery.
That’s a Texas-sized 10-4, good buddy!
Overall, I dig “NDN NRG.” Definitely one of the better episodes of Season Nine. However, episodes three and five are my favorites. This season of Letterkenny knocked it out of the park as far as clever wordplay, puns and jokes are concerned. The running gags and callbacks are there as well. I’m just disappointed we only got one episode with Glen, as well as Murray and Mrs. McMurray. Additionally, Wayne and Tanis didn’t even address each other in the season finale, which feels out of character for both of them. Wayne having a beau never stopped Tanis before.
On another note, where were all the scraps? Our crew usually gets in more than one scrap per season. I could go for a scrap. I’m surprised we’re not in a scrap right now. But that cliffhanger! I’m curious to see what Wayne’s ex wants. Also, how will Katy handle Dierks resurfacing with another girl? It’s a shame the season dumped all this story into one episode.
Regardless, while this isn’t Letterkenny‘s best season, it’s still worth watching. Just view it for the comedy and not the plot. I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: even at its worst and most disjointed, Letterkenny is still great.
Letterkenny Season Nine is now streaming on Hulu.
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