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Vice Principals Season 2 Episode 8: Venetian Nights Review

If you would like to read my review of the last episode, click here.

Synopsis: Tensions between Gamby and Russell come to a head as prom night approaches. (HBO)

Writers: Danny McBride, John Carcieri, and Jeff Fradley

Director: Danny McBride

Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 30mins

Last episode finally revealed that Russell was the one who shot Gamby. It was pretty obvious but it was nice to see it finally put to rest. But what was Gamby going to do about it? He’s already gone through great lengths to find his shooter so what will he do knowing his identity? The answer is quite a lot.

First, Superintendent Haas announced the results of the HSAPs to the rest of the school and much to the surprise of the teachers, they were nearly perfect thus ruining their plan. As a reward, or punishment, Russell made them Gold Star teachers and prom chaperones.

Later, Russell was confronted by Gamby, who didn’t have any weapons in his baggy suit, about shooting him. Gamby pulled out a gun from his sleeve and Russell admitted to shooting him. Of course Gamby wasn’t going to shoot him immediately because he wanted to give Russell time to put his affairs in order before he resigned the next day. It looked like Gamby was victorious, boasting about it with his family, but it was short lived as Russell was unwilling to give up just yet.

Looking for someone to believe him, he turned to Snodgrass who he admitted to all of the bad stuff he did with Russell, including burning down Dr. Brown’s house before getting her fired. It was definitely a lot to take in but the more pressing matter was getting back at the person who shot him. He told the other teachers that he was going to get revenge on Russell for himself and what he did to them, however, they didn’t believe him with Abbott destroying what relationship they had.

Gamby then stormed into Russell’s office to try and shoot him again but he couldn’t do it. Russell’s response was to fire him which led Gamby to storm in and interrupt Russell’s morning announcements and then fight him across the school where all the students watched. Snodgrass checked up on him later on and vowed to join him to take down Russell. They then visited Christine where she led them to his sisters’ diary that was full of dirt on him.

Now with a real weapon against Russell, Gamby rounded up the cafeteria workers, the bad kids, and the teachers to hash out a plan against Russell at prom. First, he had to say his goodbyes to his family who of course did not take him seriously.

In what could mark the end for Russell (but probably not), Gamby managed to corner Russell in a storage room where he began to read entries from the diary and threatened to do the same for the prom goers if Russell didn’t resign which he did.

The episode ended with a moment of victory for Gamby who kissed Snodgrass and danced with her while a defeated Russell sat outside.

Overall, this was a great episode with Gamby getting his revenge in a very Gamby way. However, Russell wasn’t willing to give up without a fight and he literally did which was fun to watch. It would have been nice to see a little more of that, especially with Russell seemingly resigning at the end. There’s still one episode left so it may not quite be the end anyway.

Score: 9/10

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