There’s a moment in Happy Endings‘ season 2 finale, “Four Weddings and a Funeral (Minus Three Weddings and a Funeral),” in which guest star Stephen Guarino (as groom Derrick) tells the show’s regulars he doesn’t have time for their endless bantering: “The back and forth, it’s exhausting. I don’t even know what you’re saying half the time. So slow down!” As a fan of Arrested Development, 30 Rock, and Aaron Sorkin, creator David Caspe admits he’s preconditioned to enjoying a fast-paced show. (Exec producer Jonathan Groff says EP/director Joe Russo even told the cast — Casey Wilson, Damon Wayans Jr., Adam Pally, Zachary Knighton, Elisha Cuthbert, and Eliza Coupe — to go see The Social Network as they began work on the series.) But Caspe can think of two other reasons for its rapid-fire dialogue, which he’s been told some fans have to rewind to catch: The show’s writers find the six characters so funny, they want them all to get jokes in every episode and pen scripts that are too long, and his own insecurity.
“A window into my troubled soul is I tend to think well, f—, if we just keep throwin’ them at ‘em, they won’t have any time to hate any of them,” Caspe says, with a laugh. “In my opinion, it kinda takes the pressure off the jokes. If you didn’t like this one, maybe this one! It’s sorta my desperate attempt to be liked. I sometimes watch the show and feel like it’s just me screaming out ‘Love me! Love me! Love me! Love me! Love me!”
Here, Caspe and Groff take us inside the ABC comedy’s season finale and tease what’s to come.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Why is the season finale an episode Emmy voters should revisit?
JONATHAN GROFF: For me, it’s really, really funny in the way that we can be really funny, but I also like the fact there’s some nice emotional moments between our characters that feel real, between Dave and Penny [who say "I love you," leading Penny to wonder if they could be more than friends], and Dave and Alex [who start dating again], and Jane and Brad [who deal with the loss of his high-paying job], and Max and Alex [who address Max's low self-esteem that's keeping him from reuniting with the Madonna cover band Mandonna].
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