“The Mayor” Returns With “A City Hall-oween”

Actress Lea Michelle plays the role of Valentina Barella in

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Actress Lea Michelle plays the role of Valentina Barella in "The Mayor."

Aarushi Bhaskaran, Staff Writer

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ABC’s newest sitcom, “The Mayor,” had a strong start and it does not seem to be slowing down! The latest episode, “City Hall-oween,” aired on Tuesday, Oct. 24. The show concerns a young rapper, Courtney Rose (Brandon Michael Hall), who runs for mayor to gain attraction for his career. However, what starts off as a mere publicity stunt becomes much more when he wins the election and realizes that he now has the power to fix his community. Teamed up with his ambitious, by-the-book Chief of Staff, Valentina Barella (Lea Michele), his childhood best friends, T.K. Clifton (Marcel Spears) and Jermaine Leforge (Bernard D. Jones), and his mother, Dina Rose (Yvette Nicole Brown), Mayor Rose tackles the city’s problems in ways that have never been done before.

 

The episode opens with Valentina walking into the mayor’s office with her typical driven work ethic, trying to prepare Mayor Rose for a press conference with the police department. As she walks into the office, she is pranked repeatedly as she attempts to keep order and stay on task. Before the press conference, Mayor Rose is handing out candy to people on the street while riding his bike, when he comes across a kid, Elijah (Dallas Young), who informs him that he is not allowed to go trick-or-treating this year due to the high crime rates in the city. Dejected, Courtney talks to his mother, Dina Rose, reminiscing about the times he went trick-or-treating as a kid. She tells him that the reason he was able to do this safely was that she took the effort to shut the building down every year so he could enjoy Halloween. This sparks the idea in him to use City Hall to host a safe Halloween party for all the children in the city. He announces his idea at the press conference right after the police Chief Fox (Kristen Johnston) gives a speech about increasing police presence on Halloween. In true character, Mayor Rose makes the announcement at a highly inappropriate time and rubs Chief Fox the wrong way by stating that crime wouldn’t be defeated by “throwing more police at the problem.” Having made an enemy of the police chief, much to Valentina’s disappointment, he proceeds to tackle the new problems that arrive with this development and throw the city’s kids a Halloween party they will enjoy.

 

“The Mayor” is a refreshing, funny, and heartwarming show. The series’ concept, while not new, takes a novel approach to the idea. The characters are hilarious and the episode is full of well-timed gags to mount the hilarity. As many shows decide to proceed with Halloween-themed episodes, “The Mayor” is able to hold its own with a strong episode, indicating a spectacular future for the show. The series maintains a childish, fun atmosphere with immature but well-meaning characters taking the center stage. “The Mayor” is definitely one of the best comedies created in recent years, being an important addition to ABC’s selection of comedies. The mother-son dynamic between Mayor Rose and Dina is touching and entertaining, and the friendships in the show are truly enjoyable to watch. This light-hearted comedy is an excellent execution of a comedic trope that has been worn out over the years, bringing new life to the concept. With the impending departure of ABC’s most popular comedy, “Modern Family,” the network needs as many new quality comedies as possible, and “The Mayor” rises to the occasion as an excellent new comedy. In addition, the episodes are all stand-alone plots which are ideal for new viewers to tune in and enjoy the show. “The Mayor” is an excellent comedy and will almost definitely have many seasons to come.

 

(4 out of 5 stars)

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