Hello again visitors and fellow Brand members, it’s been a minute since I had a column dedicated exclusively to the brilliance of the show known as Trailer Park Boys and they just released their latest season, 11, and it’s the fourth new season since the series was officially relaunched back in 2014.

Please note that there will be massive *SPOILERS* in this review of not just this episode, but several previous ones as well so let’s get to it.

The first episode this season is entitled “The Jack Your C**k Furry Whore Slut.” To recap where we left off at the end of season 10; Julian left the park so that Barb wouldn’t evict anyone else, while Ricky was in a coma in the hospital, Lahey revealed that he’s actually Ricky’s biological father, and Trinity and Jacob got married while Lahey and Randy were brought back as Park Supervisor and Assistant Park Supervisor respectively.

We start the episode off being told about some of the things that have happened in between now and the last season. Ricky and Bubbles have had no contact with Julian since he left and have started their own successful pizza sauce company that employs the park residents to the point they’re able to pay their lot fees. J-Roc and his son MC Flurry are on a road trip while T is holding things down having his own cell phone store and smoke bus. Lucy has meanwhile bailed after a fire broke out in her and Ricky’s trailer when a squirrel chewed through a wire and is now living in Hollywood as Tom Arnold’s children’s’ nanny. Lahey has also proposed to Randy and he’s wondering just how he’s going to explain things about him and Ricky.

One thing that immediately stands out this episode is how it feels like they’re kind of revisiting some things from previous seasons that happened. Like this episode opens with Ricky going crazy and shooting at squirrels like he did in season 2 when they were destroying his weed plants except this time he blames them for driving Lucy away for causing the fire in his bedroom, which Bubbles agrees on.

When we first see Lahey when he responds to the gunshots, we notice that he’s a lot more relaxed and chilled out while Randy, who’s trying to get into the police academy now, wants to punish Ricky for firing off a gun in the park while Lahey then turns around and blames it on Randy for not setting traps for the squirrels like he had been told to do.

During the work day making pizza sauce, it’s found out that Ricky is also holding his own hockey camp, renting a rink out for a few weeks and charging money to train the kids. Later on at the flea market where they sell their sauce, they’re approached by a man who owns several pizza restaurants in the area and offers to buy the recipe. But thanks to a suggestion by Ricky, Bubbles instead offers to supply the restaurants with his sauce which the owner agrees to and Bubbles is excited to what this could lead to.

Lahey arrives at Donny’s trailer and we finally see him for the first time as an older, white haired gentleman. Randy wants to arrest Donny but Lahey tells him to back off and tells him that he’s taking this whole wanting to be a cop obsession too far even saying how much nicer things are at the park with Julian gone and Ricky and Bubbles going legit. However, even with Lahey trying to talk Randy down, he’s still determined to bring an end to any and all crimes in Sunnyvale, no matter how small or insignificant. The only thing I didn’t like about this was seeing Donny for the first time. I always thought that was one of those things that should never be done as that character’s role was perfect for just being Mike Smith, who plays Bubbles, shouting random obscenities but is never seen.

Ricky and Bubbles are then out buying supplies and refreshments for their big celebration later over the news of the sauce deal and they find a dog that’s been sitting in a car the entire time they were shopping. Ricky, enraged at how the dog’s owner could leave it in the car, breaks in and takes the dog out and decides to bring it to Sunnyvale as his grandson Mo would love to play with it. Bubbles, though, is reluctant as he fears that the dog may harm his kitties. Ricky decides to name the dog “Coolnow” with his logic being when he was stuck in the car he was hot but now that he’s out he’s “Cool now.”

When they return to the park to make the announcement, they also inform the residents who had been growing the vegetables for them that even though their workload was going to increase, they were going to be making a lot more money. During this scene they throw another nod to season 2 when the residents are wary of Ricky setting up the electrical equipment to grow vegetables inside the trailers because his own trailer caught fire and is also what happened to Bubbles’ shed in season 2. Bubbles assures everyone he’ll take care of the wiring himself.

We then see Randy harassing T and the Roc Pile, accusing them of doing some illegal things at their business while also wanting to get a phone. It’s in this scene that Randy shows how he’s able to wear shirts now without getting a rash as he has a plastic liner on underneath them, a very nice development to a joke that at one point ran its course but got some extra life to it with this new addition.

Bubbles and Ricky are then headed to see Ricky’s old friend Reggie who owns a scrap yard to go buy some tables to use to grow the vegetables and Ricky gets angry at this “Skip” character who keeps calling him but doesn’t know who it is. They hear some of the truck squeaking which leads to a hilarious exchange between the two in regards to the difference between WD-40 and WD-30. Here’s a hint, one of them doesn’t exist.

They then start discussing Ricky’s hockey camp and how Bubbles thinks he won’t be able to do it with the time that’s going to be needed with the increased workload making the pizza sauce. When Ricky tries to get his deposit back on the rink rental, he finds it’s non-refundable since the way he advertised the hockey camp has people calling off the hook since he advertised that names like Wayne Gretzky MIGHT appear in a marketing ploy that would have made Eminem proud(See ICP/Eminem feud).

Returning to Randy and Lahey, Randy is getting ready to go on a ride along with Ted Johnson and Lahey is saying that it’s not going to do anything to further his chances of getting on the force and Randy alludes that he’s got a plan in place. Lahey though keeps saying it’s a bad idea, even saying how bad of an officer Ted is. Before he gets in the car, we find out that he’s using a phone to record everything that takes place during the ride along and when he does get in, it sounds like there’s going to be a lot more than just a ride along if their history with each other is any indicator. And it would be wrong of me to not point out how far Randy is going to try and make it on the force to the point of growing a Magnum PI mustache and getting a buzzcut.

Ricky and Bubbles arrive at Reggie’s junkyard and find that he’s not there and could be back at any time and decide to grab the tables they need and pay Reggie back later while “Skip” calls again much to Ricky’s anger. There’s a quick scene where Ted drops Randy off and they exchange numbers with Randy’s new phone that he used to record EVERYTHING the two of them did while they were out. Back with Ricky and Bubbles, they got the tables loaded and start heading back just as Reggie returns and mistakes them for thieves which leads to a car chase and gun fight that’s diffused as soon as Reggie sees it’s Ricky and Bubbles.

I was really happy to see that Reggie got a good amount of airtime not just in this episode, but throughout the season and was allowed to let his character develop. His most defining trait we learn is creating insults juxtaposing animals with sex acts which leads to some funny combinations. But it’s this scene they find out where Julian’s been this whole time as the note he left them said that he was going to work on an oil rig, which was a nod to season 4 when he found out how Ricky had used his name to run up a ton of debt and do a lot of illegal things and that was one of the options he had for himself to run away and do. In reality, though, he’s been living in a storage container and lobster fishing to make a living.

Randy is then on the phone with Ted, revealing his plan to blackmail him into helping him get onto the police force which is a continuation of their relationship that began in season 6 and didn’t see any air time again until season 10 when Randy would bribe Ted with sexual favors to keep him from coming in the park.

Bubbles and Ricky then arrive at a dock where they finally find Julian after he had been gone after the events of the season 10 finale. Julian then offers them a drink before taking them to where he’s been living for the past year. Bubbles starts becoming overwhelmed with emotion, demanding to know why Julian’s been living that close to them but didn’t bother to contact them at all. Julian tries to explain how much better off the boys are without him and mentions he’s been keeping tabs on them and congratulates them on their pizza sauce which he uses to support his stance. Bubbles then uses their new contract with the pizza chain to try and guilt Julian into coming back and helping them but he’s insistent that the park is better off without him.

“Skip” then calls Ricky again and he’s had it and is about ready to throw his phone away when Bubbles takes it from him and tells him that it’s actually someone trying to contact him through “Skype.” Bubbles answers the call and it’s Snoop Dogg who the boys became good friends with in the last season. Snoop tells the boys that 5 hour De-Energy, the weed drink that Ricky invented in the last season, has been becoming popular in California and wants to buy some more but Ricky tells him that he’s gone legit and isn’t growing anymore.

Julian then interjects and asks how big of an order Snoop wants to place and his response is 30,000 bottles. They then start negotiating pricing and turnaround time to get it produced and Julian makes the deal without any discussion, setting up a 10 dollar a bottle deal to produce the drink in 45 days, much to the dismay of Bubbles. Julian then decides he does want in on their operation when the deal is made which is called out by Bubbles and rightfully so. After some pressure from Ricky and Julian, Bubbles agrees to go along with the plan to grow the weed for Snoop on the condition that they go right back to pizza sauce as soon as they’re done. And with that the episode ends.

FINAL THOUGHTS: A very good way to kick off the new season as it felt almost like a re-birth for the series after ownership of it changed hands starting with season 8. It felt like a modernized version of the older ones which is a very good thing and I thought they did an excellent job rebounding from the losses of Lucy and J-Roc and wrote their departures in a way that leaves the door open if they ever want to return. And one of the ways you know it’s a good episode is when it’s directed by Cory as the best of the new ones were directed by him.

Overall I give this episode a 9.5/10. Thanks for reading everyone.

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