Spoilers for the latest "Reaper" coming right up...
True story: my father at one point owned three different 8-track players (possibly four, now that I think about it), and his brother owned a Betamax. (This in turn made the Sepinwall brothers very paranoid about adopting new entertainment technologies; my dad wouldn't buy a CD player until the mid-'90s.) So between the white elephant AV tech and the presence of childhood hero Curtis "Booger" Armstrong as the hopelessly retro Russ, I was probably going to have good feelings about "Love, Bullets and Blacktops" even if the rest of the episode was a retreat back to the "Reaper" formula after last week's Halloween outlier -- which is pretty much what it was.
The dead muscle car enthusiasts were as lacking in personality as most of the escaped souls, but the episode around them was pretty funny: Sock attracting the bachelorette party with his funky (albeit -- sorry, Tyler Labine fans -- very Jack Black-esque) dance moves, followed by the guys all wussing out on doing a striptease; Sock literally beating down Ben each time he got too friendly towards Russ, the Devil touching Sam's earlobe, Russ' swingers pad, and Andi's secret hideaway. (Overall, Missi Peregrym is being wasted, but I like that the writers have made Andi by far the most creative and ambitious of the Bench slackers; see also her shopping cart retrieval scam from a few episodes back.)
No movement on the arc about Sam's contract, but if the show's going to do its predictable thing, at least it can be funny about it, which this episode mostly was. On the other hand, the previews made it look like some kind of homage to the Quentin Tarantino half of "Grindhouse" -- minus all the foot fetish stuff -- and the episode really didn't feature any driving. I know the budget's low (for example, see how the wall Sock knocked the female soul through seemed to be made of tissue paper) but a Prius vs. muscle car chase could've been fun. Ah, well.
What did everybody else think?