Happy! Season 1, Episode 3 Recap: "Does It Matter?"

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Welcome back to Bleeding Cool's weekly recap of Syfy's Happy! for another round of "reminder recap," with our sights set on Episode 3, 'When Christmas was Christmas.'

So on the plus side? Happy (Patton Oswalt) has Sax (Christopher Meloni) back in "detective mode" to save Hailey (Bryce Lorenzo) from Very Bad Santa (Joseph Reitman). Negative side? Round one did not go well for Sax; and unfortunately for Happy, our Very Bad Santa has some very bad eating habits. Meanwhile, Amanda (Medina Senghore) and McCarthy (Lili Mirojnick) have started their own investigation into Hailey's abduction – an investigation that takes them down some very unexpected roads.

And throughout it all, we get a look at "The Ghost of Nick Sax Past"… and a possible backstory for our psycho Santa:

My Happy! live-blogs and recaps are less "formal reviews" and more of a review/recap hybrid (a "rev-ap"-type thing): I'm going to cover the nitty and the gritty of the episode, along with some of my thoughts on what worked and what should've be left untouched by human hands. So in other words, it's like a mash-up offspring that results from a mating between a review and a recap. If you're not familiar with the graphic novel series, then definitely keep that in mind as you keep reading or watching. If you know what's coming, then spoilers probably aren't going to be a big deal for you; but there may be some discussion (translation: rants) of either subtle changes or drastic differences that you might want to avoid until you see them for yourself.

For a look back at our live blog of last week's 'When Christmas was Christmas', feel free to make your way here.

Here's AMC's sneak preview of our next episode 'Year of the Horse;' and don't forget to check out our interview with Happy!'s Patrick Fischler (Twin Peaks, Mulholland Drive):

Happy! is based on New York Times best-selling author Morrison and Robertson's graphic novel of the same name, and stars Christoper Meloni (Law & Order: SVU), Patton Oswalt (Ratatouille), Joseph Reitman (Money Monster), Lili Mirojnick (Friends With Benefits), Patrick Fischler (Twin Peaks: The Return), Ritchie Coster (True Detective) and Zabryna Guevara (Gotham).

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Join me every Wednesday night at 10 p.m. ET for Happy Trails, Bleeding Cool's live-blog of the ten-episode series. We'll have the live-blog post go live at 9 p.m. ET for some pre-game fun, so please make sure to check out Bleeding Cool's website and Twitter accounts (@bleedingcool, @bleedingcooltv, @bcoolfilm) for updates… and we'll see you then!

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About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought on board as staff in 2017.

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