'Miracle Workers: Dark Ages' Episode 8 sees romantically challenged Prince Chauncley court Al Shitshoveler
Spoilers 'Miracle Workers: Dark Ages' Episode 8
After a few pleasant but not really funny episodes, 'Miracle Workers: Dark Ages' gets its humourous backbone back in 'First Date', the eighth episode this season.
Simon Rich again taps into the absurd, giving Prince Chauncley and Al's their very own "independently wealthy" bard to provide a terribly on-the-nose, blow by blow account of their awkward "will-they, won't-they" moments.
But even without the intrusive soundtrack, the two who obviously enjoy each others' company, struggle to say they like each other more than ordinary friends.
But that shift from platonic to romantic is something both have no idea how to achieve. Chauncley uses every substitute phrase imaginable in the English language to avoid saying the word "date" like "Saturday hanging out session".
Al, understandably, confused about the prince's intentions, is into him, as she tells her friend Maggie, but knows not what to do.
Lord Vexler the Wise, played by the wonderful Karan Soni, throws subtle shade on Chauncley's whole dating proposition, running holes through the prince's courtship strategy. He is 100 percent sure that the prince will c--k it up somehow. He points out that Chauncley's refusal to confess to Al that he wants to date her is counterproductive.
And the confusion about their relationship status is exactly what leads Chauncley to mess up royally at the astronomy lecture "date". He refuses to buy the cheaper "couples' entry" pass for 3 dollars. Instead, he pays four dollars for the "two friends" pass and doesn't see how Al's face falls.
Al, thinking she has been friendzoned, flirts with the surprisingly young astronomer, Archibald Cosmos aka "Archie" (Chris Jenks) instead.
Archie tells her how he too had his ambitions thwarted at first since he was "Archibald Pukemopper". Then, he decided to leave his town and study astronomy, renaming himself "Archie Cosmos". Bonding over their poor working-class background, Archie gives Al a feather as an inspiration to fly high till she finds her own destiny.
At this point, Prince Chauncley, feeling competitive, hands Al some coins, saying "Here, I give you this money, till you find your own!". His gesture doesn't go down well. Soon after, when Al and Archie play tonsil hockey, Chauncley leaves in a huff. Later, he calls Al mean names and says they can't be friends.
Al, who despite liking Archie, still has Chauncley in her thoughts. She uses the telescope to spy on him rather than the stars. Will these "star crossed" friends make it -- we'll know in the next episode!
'Miracle Workers: Dark Ages' airs on Tuesdays on TBS at 10.30 pm ET.