Like any franchise with an extended lifespan, Trailer Park Boys has fans both devoted and hyper-critical. Many are just glad the series is still continuing and still funny. Others whine that the style has changed and many original cast members (Jonathan Torrens, Lucy Decoutere, Mike Jackson, Barrie Dunn) have left. The death of John Dunsworth (Mr. Lahey) late last year put things into perspective. Just be glad we have Trailer Park Boys at all. John finished season 12, which was lovingly dedicated to him.
What’s the Boys’ deal this time? After much pressuring from Bubbles, Ricky and Julian agree to go “legit”. Bubbles is already running a successful brewing company. Green Bastard beer is a hit. Julian gets a job working for Gary in security at the mall. And Ricky? Odd jobs around the park. The first is an unmitigated and hilarious disaster. Things go way off the rails from there.
Lahey and Randy are back, with Bo-bandy trying to keep Jim from causing trouble. But they need help supervising the park, and hire old nemesis George Green. Barb Lahey’s still in charge, and a thorn in everyone’s side. Sarah, Trinity, Jacob and Corey still reside in Sunnyvale. And wait until you see what Ricky has done to the Shitmobile. (Turned it into a two storey home with two TVs and both upstairs and downstairs bathrooms.)
One of the reasons you don’t miss Lucy this season is because she’s been replaced by Susan (Susan Kent of This Hour Has 22 Minutes). She’s batshit crazy and mad for Ricky. Their on-off-on-off relationship is a source of many of Ricky’s problems. All he really needs is a break. Maybe he’ll catch one from some “Angel Shit Sent Down From Jesus God”.
Julian might even have a shot at love. An old girlfriend, from all the way back in season one, reappears in his life….
The season ties into the real world release of the official Trailer Park Boys beer called Freedom 35. It’s a fictional take on how that beer got to the store shelves. Bubbles, who now drives his own green truck, has a secret recipe and it’s caught the notice of the Halifax Beer company. They want to pay Bubbles to sell his brew! Can Bubbles ramp up his production, or will Ricky fuck it all up?
Without spoiling too much of the fun, the best episode this season is called “Happy Birthday Bubbles”. If you liked the old episode when the Boys played “space” and fired a rocket, you’ll love this one. I hope Steve Rogers makes a full recovery though his helicopter sure is fucked. Best of all, this season we return to the arena where Ricky shines like no other: the courtroom. Judge Ticklebury presiding.
Knowing that Jim Lahey has taken his last drinky-poo gives the season a bittersweet flavour. How does the show continue now? We don’t know, so just enjoy season 12 for what it is.