Episode #22 - Don't Worry, Be Happy
Original Airdate - November 13th, 2009
Tony finally convinces Rhodey to take the Iron Man armor out for a spin, with disastrous results. Rhodey is terrible at flying and abandons the armor, only to have the worst person on Earth find it – Happy Hogan. Happy puts on the armor, only to fall right into a Maggia plot that could destroy the city. Now Tony and Happy have to work together to save the city, all while Tony tries to get Happy out of the armored without blowing his secret identity. Plus: Rhoedy versus Traffic!

Story Editor Christopher Yost
Written By Andrew Robinson
Directed By Stephane Juffe and Phillipe Guyenne
Review by Arsenal

I’m left with a few questions after watching Don’t Worry, Be Happy.

Why would James Rhodes be so irresponsible as to take off the armor in public? How does Happy Hogan intuitively know how to assemble and wield the armor? How come Hogan can overpower Tony Stark’s override of the armor by willpower alone? Why design the armor’s remote control as a gyroscopic amusement park ride?

I know, I know.

The episode is about Happy Hogan hijacking the Iron Man armor. It’s supposed to be funny—no more, no less. The faulty logic of the plot is secondary to the fun.

We laugh with it for 22 minutes and, then, forget about it.

Unfortunately, the episode isn’t that funny. I laughed once during the entire episode (when Gene Khan deadpans to Happy, “I hate you.”)

It’s too bad because the plot had the makings of a romp, and the actors have performed comedy well before. The script is the problem. It piles upon complication after complication without making the best of each development.

Pepper Potts and Gene Khan’s pseudo-date, Rhodey’s disastrous test drive, Happy’s discovery of the weapons systems—all had unmined comic potential. (At least, the animators had fun with Happy’s jerky movements in the armor, and I did like how Happy solved the bomb scare.) So, instead of harmless laughs, I’m left with a bunch of unimportant questions.

Not a bad episode, just bland; and that’s too bad, because the creators had the right idea, but it suffered in execution.

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