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WELCOME TO FLATCH: L-R: Holmes and visitor star Kyle Selig within the “That Old Flatch Magic” episode of WELCOME TO FLATCH airing Thursday, April 14 (9:31-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2022 FOX Media LLC. Cr: Brownie Harris/FOX

CHICAGOWelcome again to “Welcome to Flatch” recaps! In this week’s episode, “That Old Flatch Magic,” Kelly evokes Dylan to return to his ardour for magic with a go to to Flatch’s new magic and vape store, Smokus Pocus. Meanwhile, Shrub lastly takes Beth on a date. Just beginning the present? Here’s our recap of the premiere. Ready to binge? The first seven episodes are streaming on Hulu.

Good information “Welcome to Flatch” followers: “That Old Flatch Magic” simply may be the very best episode of the sequence but. The fledging storylines the present has been establishing in its first few episodes actually begin to repay this week. And the entire members of the present’s quirky small city ensemble get one thing significant to do.

Plus “That Old Flatch Magic” finds a extremely enjoyable hook when a brand new magic store (and vape retailer!) known as Smokus Pocus opens on the town. That appears to place a bit one thing particular within the air in an episode with a enjoyable new visitor character, three main romantic storylines and one disastrous retirement residence magic present. 

So let’s break all of it down, “Prestige”-style!

The pledge

WELCOME TO FLATCH: Sam Straley within the “That Old Flatch Magic” episode of WELCOME TO FLATCH airing Thursday, April 14 (9:31-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2022 FOX Media LLC. Cr: Brownie Harris/FOX

After making the stunning discovery that “The Notebook” is not a so-bad-its-good Pixar movie a few pad of paper, cousins Shrub (Sam Straley) and Kelly Mallet (Holmes) resolve to take a look at Flatch’s new magic store (and vape retailer!) Smokus Pocus. And perhaps it was the night time spent weeping over Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, however romance is within the air: Shrub is searching for one thing to impress his long-time crush Beth (Erin Bowles) on their first date, and although Kelly initially writes off the entire store as “lame,” she alters her tune when she sees her grade college crush Dylan (Kyle Selig) rediscovering his childhood love of magic. 

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As beforehand established, Dylan has a less-than-healthy relationship together with his controlling spouse Nadine (Taylor Ortega), who compelled him to surrender magic again in highschool as a result of she thought it was uncool. But this week, Nadine is out of city on a “Babes and Babies” glamping journey along with her sorority sisters. So Kelly encourages Dylan to get again into magic, and even presents to be his assistant for a comeback efficiency on the native retirement residence. 

WELCOME TO FLATCH: Guest star Murray Hill within the “That Old Flatch Magic” episode of WELCOME TO FLATCH airing Thursday, April 14 (9:31-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2022 FOX Media LLC. Cr: Brownie Harris/FOX

Thankfully, Smokus Pocus proprietor Murray Hillman (visitor star Murray Hill) is simply the showbiz skilled to get them began. (In truth, he seems like he stepped straight out of the Forties.) Murray presents to assist Dylan and Kelly jazz up their act by lending them his coveted Zig-Zag Lady trick in trade for some free Smokus Pocus promoting. And whereas Murray is busy profitable over native protestor June (Karen Huie) — who accuses him of being a practitioner of black magic — all of the rehearsal time provides some fascinating new layers to Dylan and Kelly’s relationship.

Kyle Selig and Holmes in “Welcome to Flatch” (Screenshot: FOX)

“It’s been actually enjoyable reconnecting with Kelly,” Dylan gushes. “She and I used to have enjoyable on a regular basis after we had been youngsters.” Fun is clearly one thing Dylan has been lacking currently. (Nadine’s concept of a superb time is cleansing out the attic along with her naked palms.) But whereas it’s charming to look at Dylan and Kelly goof round collectively as they follow their act, “Welcome to Flatch” doesn’t lose sight of the truth that he’s a married man with a brand new child. That makes this potential love triangle much more difficult than your common sitcom will-they-won’t-they.

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The flip

WELCOME TO FLATCH: Guest star Desmin Borges and Aya Cash within the “That Old Flatch Magic” episode of WELCOME TO FLATCH airing Thursday, April 14 (9:31-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2022 FOX Media LLC. Cr: Brownie Harris/FOX

The Mallet cousins put their romantic plans into motion on Friday night time, when Dylan and Kelly carry out their magic present on the retirement residence whereas Shrub and Beth get pleasure from their first date at China Wok, Flatch’s upscale Chinese restaurant. And what’s particularly pleasant about “That Old Flatch Magic” is the best way it manages to weave the remainder of the present’s ensemble into these storylines too. For occasion, Cheryl (Aya Cash) and her new beau, “Pockton Gazette” editor Jimmy (Desmin Borges), get pleasure from their very own date night time at China Wok only a few tables away.

Plus Shrub and Beth barely have an opportunity to look on the menu (which totally befuddles the steamed-chicken-loving Beth) earlier than Shrub’s frenemy Mickey (Justin Linville) crashes their date together with his grandma in tow. While Mickey claims he’s simply making an attempt to assist Shrub out, it appears fairly clear his personal affection for Beth is clouding his judgement. Soon sufficient, he’s launched right into a hilariously weird sport of one-upmanship involving elaborate animal serviette folding. 

Erin Bowles and Justin Linville in “Welcome to Flatch” (Screenshot: FOX)

Meanwhile, over on the retirement residence, Big Mandy (Krystal Smith) opens for Dylan and Kelly with an unique hymn she wrote earlier that afternoon. Though we see a fast look of panic from Father Joe (Seann William Scott) when he learns the customarily crass Mandy shall be performing an unique quantity, she nails it with a fully beautiful vocal efficiency and a few beautiful lyrics — a minimum of till she ends the music with a rhyme so inappropriate it needs to be bleeped out. Classic Big Mandy.

WELCOME TO FLATCH: Krystal Smith within the “That Old Flatch Magic” episode of WELCOME TO FLATCH airing Thursday, April 14 (9:31-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2022 FOX Media LLC. Cr: Brownie Harris/FOX

Still, that’s nothing in comparison with how incorrect issues go for Dylan and Kelly. While the start of their act unfolds easily sufficient, Kelly’s try to glam up her look with an previous bridesmaids gown winds up backfiring on her. The frilly neon inexperienced robe will get caught within the Zig-Zag Lady field, which not solely ruins the trick but additionally ultimately ruins your complete contraption as effectively, when Mandy winds up smashing it to items making an attempt to get her out. 

“Now I do know why I don’t put on attire,” Kelly grumbles after the very fact. 

WELCOME TO FLATCH: L-R: Guest star Kyle Selig and Holmes within the “That Old Flatch Magic” episode of WELCOME TO FLATCH airing Thursday, April 14 (9:31-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2022 FOX Media LLC. Cr: Brownie Harris/FOX

The status

The magic mishap places the kibosh on Dylan’s act (and his friendship with Kelly), particularly as soon as Nadine returns and eliminates his magician stuff. But issues are trying extra longing for this episode’s different two {couples}. Though the residents of Flatch aren’t too thrilled about Cheryl seeing somebody from Pockton, she and Jimmy ultimately share an odd however candy first kiss. 

And it seems Beth truly had a blast on her unusual double date night time too. She makes plans to have a extra correctly romantic date with Shrub the following time and even provides him a kiss on the cheek after he walks her residence. 

WELCOME TO FLATCH: L-R: Guest star Erin Bowles and Sam Straley within the “That Old Flatch Magic” episode of WELCOME TO FLATCH airing Thursday, April 14 (9:31-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2022 FOX Media LLC. Cr: Brownie Harris/FOX

Indeed, the present’s central “you win some, you lose some” thesis is beginning to take “Welcome to Flatch” to some fascinating locations. As Murray would possibly say, “That’s showbiz!”

“Welcome to Flatch” airs Thursdays on FOX. The first seven episodes are additionally at present obtainable to stream on Hulu. Recaps run weekly.

About the author: Caroline Siede is a movie and TV critic in Chicago, the place the chilly by no means bothers her anyway. A member of the Chicago Film Critics Association, she lovingly dissects the romantic comedy style one movie at a time in her ongoing column When Romance Met Comedy at The A.V. Club. She additionally co-hosts the film podcast, Role Calling, and shares her popular culture opinions on Twitter (@carolinesiede).

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The Notebook (2004): Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling ship among the finest chemistry ever captured on movie on this basic tearjerker primarily based on a Nicholas Sparks novel. “The Notebook” may not have been nominated for any Oscars, however it 

did win the MTV Movie Award for “Best Kiss.” And that’s a bit of cinematic historical past in its personal proper. Rated PG-13. 123 minutes. Dir: Nick Cassavetes. Also that includes James Garner, Gena Rowlands, James Marsden, Sam Shepard, Joan Allen

The Illusionist (2006): Edward Norton stars as a nineteenth century magician on this gripping thriller that got here out the identical 12 months as Christopher Nolan’s magician thriller “The Prestige.” “The Illusionist” presents extra of a deal with romance, nevertheless, as Norton’s Eisenheim The Illusionist makes an attempt to assist his childhood love Duchess Sophie Von Teschen (Jessica Biel) escape an organized marriage with the villanous Crown Prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell). Rated PG-13. 109 minutes. Dir: Neil Burger. Also that includes Paul Giamatti, Aaron Taylor Johnson, Eleanor Tomlinson, Eddie Marsan.

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