Last week's episode of SYFY's Happy! "Arlo and Marie" brought together and really made the most out of a number of season's dangling storyline details – and in doing so, not only put the series back in a strong position for a final three-episode season run but also served up that sweet cocktail of hardcore, heartache, and head-scratcher that we've come to love and expect from this season. In fact, take a few minutes after you're done here for a "reminder read" of our review here.
Good thing, too: from what we can see in the following two previews for this week's "A Friend of Death," Sax (Christopher Meloni) and Happy (Patton Oswalt) are starting to connect the dots on Smoothie's (Patrick Fischler) connections to Hailey (Bryce Lorenzo) and Sonny Shine (Christopher Fitzgerald) – and it's not pretty on a whole lot of levels:
Happy! season 2, episode 8 "A Friend of Death": Smoothie + Hailey take a trip into the past. Sax hits rock bottom. Good thing Happy brought a cake.
Just in case those previews weren't enough, here's a look at the official images from "A Friend of Death":
Happy! Season 2 begins with Easter on the horizon –a season of hideous pastels, dye-stained fingertips and a general "who really gives a f***" attitude. A newly sober-ish Sax finds himself struggling with the demands of family and fatherhood. He has sworn to do right by his ex-wife, Amanda, and his daughter, Hailey, which means no booze, sex, drugs or killing.
Happy, meanwhile, is resigned to keeping his partner on the straight and narrow while coping with the fact that a maturing Hailey can no longer see him. Sax's fresh start will be tested by a familiar enemy: Sonny Shine, who is on a mission to Make Easter Great Again (MEGA) with the help of his demented Easter Bunny henchman.
Written and executive produced by Brian Taylor and comic book writer Grant Morrison, SYFY's Happy! is based on Morrison and Darick Robertson's comic book series, starring Christopher Meloni, Patton Oswalt, Christopher Fitzgerald, Patrick Fischler, Lili Mirojnick, Bryce Lorenzo, Medina Senghore, and Ritchie Coster – with Curtis Armstrong, Paul "The Big Show" Wight, and Ann-Margret joining the cast this season. Both Lorenzo and Fitzgerald were promoted to series regulars with the second season.
'Weird Al' Yankovic voices Smoking Man Baby: toxic masculinity in a diaper, Smoking Man Baby is a jealous, volatile baby blowhard with full tats and a cigarette always dangling from his mouth.
Neal Moritz, Pavun Shetty, and Toby Jaffe of Original Film, Meloni and showrunner Patrick Macmanus also executive produce; and the series hails from Universal Cable Productions (UCP).
SYFY's Happy! season 2 airs Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET.