Quick spoilers for last night's "Reaper" coming up just as soon as I find a glass...
"The Favorite," written by "Reaper" creators Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters, hit on two of its three storylines, deepening the complications of Sam being the Devil's son and having a lot of fun with the idea of human/demon loving. And if the Sock subplot didn't work, it's because Fazekas and Butters have a much higher opinion of the appeal of Ted -- whom I had hoped we were rid of -- than most of us do.
From the moment when Satan told Sam in the season premiere that he had sired hundreds of offspring over the millennia, it seemed inevitable that we would get to meet another one. Guest star Armie Hammer nicely captured how easily a Satan spawn might become a total d-bag, especially if he was spoiled instead of forced to work for everything the way Sam is. And the happier the Devil is, the more fun Ray Wise is to watch, so this was a nice showcase for him.
Rick Gonzalez, meanwhile, had maybe his strongest episode yet, as Ben had to face performance anxiety after realizing he wasn't satisfying Nina. The scene where Ben braced himself to have sex with her in her demon form was really funny, and a reminder that Gonzalez's more low-key style can get laughs just as easily as Tyler Labine's more extroverted antics.
One moment I particularly liked was when Morgan, after meeting Ben and Sock for the first time, tried to figure out what each guy's specialty was -- particularly Ben's long, silent contemplation of whether Sock qualified as the "fighting guy." It served as a commentary about how much these guys are still fumbling along without a real plan, succeeding more by accident than anything else, but also worked as an unintentional meta commentary on how sloppy and yet endearing "Reaper" itself is.
What did everybody else think? And with Sam's (non-Satan) dad looking all blue, is he supposed to be a demon, or a zombie?