Welcome back to Bleeding Cool’s “weekly” recap/review of NBC’s new Thursday night comedy series A.P. Bio, starring It’s Always in Sunny in Philadelphia‘s Glenn Howerton and Happy!‘s Patton Oswalt. This time, we’re taking a look at the show’s second episode, ‘Teacher Jail’ — but before we go any further, it’s time to talk about a…
A.P. Bio will be moving an hour earlier to 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on Thursday nights beginning March 1st; and is airing this episode on Sunday, February 25th at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT after the Olympics closing ceremony. NBC will then air two new episodes (‘Burning Miles’ and ‘Overachieving Virgins’) on March 1st at 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. ET/PT respectively; with the show moving to its permanent 8:30 p.m. ET/PT time slot on March 8th.
Now that we got all of that straightened out, here’s a quick look at the second episode, along with a brief synopsis:
A.P. Bio s01e02 ‘Teacher Jail’: When Jack (Howerton) leaves his class unattended, a student injury sets off an official investigation and lands Jack in “teacher jail.” An aggressive teacher’s union rep (guest star Niecy Nash) sets her sights on Principal Durbin (Oswalt). The students’ excitement for a substitute teacher are dashed when they find out it’s Helen (Paula Pell).
So our A.P. Bio recaps/reviews are going to cover both the nitty and the gritty of the episode, along with some of our thoughts on what worked and what should’ve been left unseen by sane eyes. So I guess what we’re trying to say is that you’re wading into a potential “spoiler minefield”, so tread carefully.
You can check out our recap/review of the pilot episode for A.P. Bio here.
In this highlight clip from the first episode, Jack (Howerton) shuts down a surprise rap before it spreads, and doesn’t hesitate to share his views on saxophones in rap music:
One of the most important principles of basic human biology from last week’s episode? The sweet, sweet sport of “catfishing” one’s enemy — and having a classroom of advanced placement students to help:
Here’s a “first look” at this season of A.P. Bio, as well as an overview of the series:
When disgraced Harvard philosophy scholar Jack Griffin (Glenn Howerton) loses out on his dream job, he is forced to return to Toledo, Ohio, and work as a high school Advanced Placement biology teacher. As he comes crashing in to Whitlock High School, Jack makes it absolutely clear he will not be teaching any biology. Realizing he has a room full of honor roll students at his disposal, Jack decides instead to use the kids for his own benefit. Eager to prove that he is still king of the castle, Principal Durbin (Patton Oswalt) struggles to control the force of nature that is Jack Griffin.
NBC’s A.P. Bio also stars Mary Sohn, Lyric Lewis, Jean Villepique, Jacob McCarthy and Tom Bennett; and written by Mike O’Brien, who also serves as executive producer alongside Lorne Michaels, Seth Meyers, Andrew Singer and Mike Shoemaker. Universal Television, Broadway Video and Sethmaker Shoemeyers are producing.