Will Ferrell returned as Ashley Schaeffer, a surprise murderer on "Eastbound & Down" (Sun., 10 p.m. EST on HBO). Ashley and his flowing white locks had been the arch nemesis of Kenny Powers for about as long as the show's been on the air, but has he ever been so cartoonish? His outlandish behavior was easier to swallow -- as outrageous is kind of a signature of the show -- than his antics later with a cannon in his backyard.
After getting into some trouble with his old luxury car dealership, Ashley is now running a Kia dealership and he's none too pleased about it. But he also has Kenny's old pal Stevie in his employ, humiliating him at every turn. But no matter how humiliated Stevie was at the dealership, it was nothing to what Ashley subjected him to later at his home. Ashley was hosting a dinner party for some of his associates from South Korea, and while he insulted them throughout, the biggest insult was when Stevie was dressed like a geisha and paraded around for the men.
It wasn't until Kenny Powers showed up with a sword in hand that Stevie even realized how far he'd been pushed and humiliated. But Ashley wasn't done yet. After his son disarmed Kenny, Ashley brought everyone outside where they saw his cannon, and the lit up field he had in front of it. He then proceeded to send the man who'd impregnated his surrogate mother into the field, and without adjusting the cannon at all, hit and killed him with a cannonball.
It was Kenny and Stevie's turn next. They dodged and ran in random patterns to avoid the continuing volley of cannonballs until Stevie's wife drove up in Shane's truck and facilitated a quick rescue. All of this so Kenny wouldn't have to face the prospect of raising his son alone after April left the baby with him in last week's season premiere.
"Eastbound & Down" airs Sundays at 10 p.m. EST on HBO.
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