Powerful New York mob boss Jimmy Falcone enters the Witness Protection Program and brings his family — wife Cookie, daughters Theresa and Gina, son Petey, and Uncle Cheech — along for the adventure of a lifetime. Far from New York’s busy streets, the Falcone family arrives in the peaceful town of Regina, Saskatchewan, where the pace is far slower and Jimmy doesn’t always get his way.
Meet ex-New York mob capo Jimmy Falcone, who gives us an account of the events leading up to his current situation. After throwing his boss from a nineteen-storey window, every gangster in the Big Apple is gunning for him; as Jimmy reiterates his boss’s last words, “… I was fucked!”
So the FBI relocates the newly monikered “MacDougals” to the Great White North, right before the theme song retells Jimmy’s introduction in rhyme, to the tune of an Italian polka number.
From the first scene the laughs take flight, as the “MacDougals” object Canada’s “ten states”(no mention of the three territories), currency and genteel.
The main angle of the show seems to play on Italian and Canadian stereotypes, but of all the Canadian jokes I’ve heard over the years, Fugget About It has taken a fresh approach. Not once was there an utter of maple syrup, lumberjacks or igloos.
The MacDougals pertain their fair share of stereotypes as well: Jimmy the patriarch, a bloated wise guy, who constantly smokes cigars (even in his sleep) and resorts to threats and violence in mundane altercations. He is loud and foul mouthed, but comically, he is the show stealer. The absent-minded Uncle Cheech, who is responsible for the Falcone’s current predicament, is an old-fashion kind of guy. He randomly appears in situations, either to hilariously put in his two-cents or be the punching bag for the slapstick humor. Jimmy’s wife Cookie is a cookie-cutter image of what a mobster’s wife would be. Unfortunately, she doesn’t get much screen time for quips. Theresa, the adjusting couple’s eldest daughter is a materialistic and anorexic, yet buxom, ditz. She’s practically an incarnation of one of the girls of Jersey Shore. But her shtick works for laughs. Then there’s Petey, the left-leaning and social conscious son. His mannerisms are relatable to Steve Smith from American Dad. He is contradictory to the rest of the family’s beliefs, which adds subtle humor through conflict.
Lastly, Little Gina; a hood in the making. As she sleeps with a bundle of baseball bats beside her bed and posters on her wall of the Big Apple, Al Capone and yes, a horse’s head (Godfather shout-out), she dreams (or plots in the waking world) of ways to whack Uncle Cheech for setting off the cascade of events. Although Gina doesn’t get much screen time, and her comic relief is very generic, there is a hope that her bottled up rage will eventually become a violent gimmick (think Stewey and Lois).
After a group of jocks bully Petey and the intervention from RCMP Special Agent Strait McCool (another supporting character, with the catchphrase “For Canada! And whatever she stands for!), old-fashion Uncle Cheech decides to introduce Petey to “the sweet science” – boxing.
During a bout, Petey cold cocks his opponent and Uncle Cheech realizes what his nephew’s trigger is – right wing ideals. Jimmy then concocts a plan to challenge a brute boxer, who’s signature move is called the “Moose-Jaw Breaker” (Moosejaw is a city in Saskatchewan, for all international viewers), and Petey’s ‘father-of-the-year’ doesn’t mind because, if anything goes wrong, there’s healthcare.
Of course, everybody knows you can’t have a boxing story without a training montage, and this one unfolds with Petey insufficiently reaching his goals. At least until Jimmy and Uncle Cheech meddle with influences, such as FOX News broadcasts.
McCool returns to convince Jimmy to throw the fight, because if the underdog wins, it may set off a media sensation, jeopardizing the Falcone’s secret identities.
The boxing match ensues. Coach Jimmy reminds Petey that hate crime legislation is for pussies and it sends him into a vicious mood. It’s also the motivation for Petey’s epiphany and a self-inspiring monologue.
The rest is up for you to witness, without giving the ending away.
On a perspective note, this is the first show in a long time that is earthy and explicit, but who doesn’t like crude and straight-to-the-point? And it’s also a show where a character inaccurately calls the Queen City vagina instead of Regina and over-emphasizes “Eh” – on purpose.
Overall, this episode has much to offer. And like the country it takes place in, the show and its characters has room to grow. Let’s hope this series doesn’t get Fugget About.