But, on the plus side, it has given Mark some hilarious scenes. He really is a great character and a great actor (the actor's name is Dan O'Brien). I love Mark.
So Neal is now staying at Mark's. He makes a comment about the couch being comfortable.
Mark: Come on guy, we both know you're not here for the couch. You're here because your heart just got its ass kicked. Right in the balls. And of all the people that you know, you came to me.
Neal: Well I didn't want to impose on Alex and Whitney --
Mark: B-b-b-b-b, I'm just happy someone finally recognized I'm the emotional go-to-guy for our group.
Neal: I was actually just about to say that I --
Mark: Sssshhhhh. Look, I used to be just like you, okay? Shut down. Always trying to be the tough guy. You know many times I cried in a helmet?
Neal: I'm fine.
Mark: Your engagement broke off last week. Now you're sleeping on the couch of a guy whose middle name you probably don't even know.
Mark: Fine. We're best friends. But you can't tell me you're not hurting right now.
Neal: Honestly, I don't know how I'm feeling. There's a lot of things going on in my mind right now and I just need to sort some things out.
Mark: We will. I promise you. Two nights on my couch and I will get inside of you. [Uncomfortable pause.] Feel like we got off to a weird start.
So Neal realizes he's basically okay with not marrying Lily. (I hope that changes.)
And Mark tries to take him to "Pound Time" by introducing him to two women in a bar. He doesn't take the bait so I'm hoping
Everyone on the show is great. But, of the guys, Mark is my favorite. And though he's so often a dork, the fact that he cares so much under all his bluster makes him especially sexy in my opinion.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):