The Best Episodes of Happy Endings

Last Updated: Nov 17, 2018

For years, perfect couple Dave and Alex were the core of their group of friends, holding them all together. But when Alex leaves Dave at the altar, the gang must figure out how to deal with the fallout and split their time. Luckily, Alex and Dave realize what they all have together is worth saving. The exes decide that, just because their relationship has changed, it doesn't mean they need to lose each other completely, and as they all adjust to their new reality, they have their friends there to help get them through.

The Kerkovich Way

#1 - The Kerkovich Way

Season 2 - Episode 17

A panicked Alex enlists Jane's help in convincing Dave that something he's certain happened never did using "The Kerkovich Way," an ancient Serbian memory-wiping technique passed down through the Kerkovich clan. Meanwhile, Penny and Max are determined to finally beat an annoyingly perfect couple in the annual Rosalita's Run and Scavenger Hunt.

star 8.40
282 votes
Directors: Steven Sprung
Writers: Todd Linden
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Cocktails & Dreams

#2 - Cocktails & Dreams

Season 2 - Episode 16

Dave gets a liquor license for his food truck, making it a new hot spot. The gang avoids Dave because his signature drink gives them sex dreams about him.

star 8.35
282 votes
Directors: Rob Greenberg
Writers: David Caspe, Matthew Libman, Daniel Libman
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The Marry Prankster

#3 - The Marry Prankster

Season 3 - Episode 12

When the gang pranks Max into thinking he won a big lotto jackpot, he vows revenge when they least suspect it. Meanwhile, Brad gets a new job as a CFO, but Jane is not amused when she learns the title is Chief Fun Officer and that Brad is working at a kids' gym.

star 8.35
279 votes
Directors: Rebecca Asher
Writers: Jackie Clarke, Gil Ozeri
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Four Weddings and a Funeral (Minus Three Weddings and One Funeral)

#4 - Four Weddings and a Funeral (Minus Three Weddings and One Funeral)

Season 2 - Episode 21

The gang find themselves at yet another wedding, this time the nuptials of Derrick and Eric. Brad struggles to tell Jane something important, Jane tries to find a way to help Eric hide the fact that the pricey reception must be downscaled, and Max tries to find the courage to perform with his old all-male Madonna cover band. Meanwhile, a dateless Penny is sad that she's at another wedding, alone, until she meets cute guy Chris via Skype.

star 8.28
238 votes
Directors: Rob Greenberg
Writers: Leila Strachan, Josh Bycel
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Big White Lies

#5 - Big White Lies

Season 2 - Episode 20

Things spiral out of control after Penny tells a white lie to avoid an irritating childhood friend. Dave and Max's lonely and jealous landlord falls for Alex.

star 8.20
251 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Gail Lerner
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The Shrink, the Dare, Her Date and Her Brother

#6 - The Shrink, the Dare, Her Date and Her Brother

Season 2 - Episode 10

Dave has a surprising reaction when his shrink starts dating Penny. Max and Jane's fight over a sweater leads to a strange competition, and Alex and Brad bond when they discover a shared interest.

star 8.20
284 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Gail Lerner
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The Shershow Redemption

#7 - The Shershow Redemption

Season 1 - Episode 12

An old friend gets married, and the bride thinks Alex is a jinx; Penny and Derrick pretend to be engaged.

star 8.16
302 votes
Writers: Todd Linden, Sierra Teller Ornelas, Stephen Basilone, Annie Mebane
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Bo Fight

#8 - Bo Fight

Season 1 - Episode 10

Alex's string of "girls' nights out" doesn't sit well with Penny; Max pushes Dave to get even.

star 8.16
283 votes
Directors: Joe Russo
Writers: David Caspe
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Makin' Changes

#9 - Makin' Changes

Season 2 - Episode 12

Jane encourages Penny to find a man and then change him to suit her expectations. Alex stages an intervention to stop Dave from his obsession with V-neck shirts.

star 8.15
272 votes
Writers: Gil Ozeri, Jackie Clarke
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Everybody Loves Grant

#10 - Everybody Loves Grant

Season 2 - Episode 14

When the whole gang, with the exception of Dave, falls in love with Grant, Max wonders if he really is good enough to date the "perfect" guy. Meanwhile, Dave sets out to prove he's way cooler than Max's new boyfriend.

star 8.13
258 votes
Directors: Kyle Newacheck
Writers: Leila Strachan
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Spooky Endings

#11 - Spooky Endings

Season 2 - Episode 5

Penny, Max, Dave and Alex head to a Halloween warehouse party, where their costumes don't have the effect they anticipated. Meanwhile, Jane and Brad spend their Halloween house sitting for some friends in the suburbs.

star 8.13
285 votes
Directors: Fred Savage
Writers: Daniel Libman, Matthew Libman
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The Butterfly Effect Effect

#12 - The Butterfly Effect Effect

Season 2 - Episode 15

The friends wait for Brad and Jane's annual "Spring Smackdown," their yearly blowout of a domestic squabble, to let them know when Max will come out of hibernation and when winter will end.

star 8.13
283 votes
Directors: Victor Nelli
Writers: Jonathan Groff, Sierra Teller Ornelas
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Grinches Be Crazy

#13 - Grinches Be Crazy

Season 2 - Episode 9

Max agrees to dress up as Santa for Penny's charity event. Jane accidently gives housekeeper Gita the envelope stuffed with money for their big Xmas getaway to Turks & Caicos, instead of the $200 Christmas tip she had planned. Dave cashes in all the homemade coupons Alex gave him as gifts from past Christmases.

star 8.11
288 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Hilary Winston
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The Code War

#14 - The Code War

Season 2 - Episode 7

When Max's high school girlfriend Angie, the girl he dated before he realized he was gay, returns to town, Penny (who was Max's girlfriend in college) starts to feel jealous. Meanwhile, Alex starts to develop an unusual crush on Max. When Dave starts dating Angie, Max becomes angry and declares a "code war". Jane finds out that Brad has a "work wife", so she sets out to obtain a "work husband".

star 8.09
294 votes
Directors: Rob Greenberg
Writers: Josh Bycel
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You Snooze, You Bruise

#15 - You Snooze, You Bruise

Season 2 - Episode 19

Dave finds himself bullied at the gym by Corey, and former bully Alex coaches him on how to fight back. Meanwhile, the residents at Brad and Jane's condo are fed up with Jane being too controlling as president of their home owners' association, and rise up to challenge her for the job.

star 8.09
252 votes
Writers: Leila Strachan
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Of Mice & Jazz-Kwon-Do

#16 - Of Mice & Jazz-Kwon-Do

Season 1 - Episode 6

Brad plays matchmaker to a co-worker; Penny regrets inviting Jane to her martial-arts class; Dave helps Alex with odd jobs, leading his friends to think

star 8.08
350 votes
Directors: Troy Miller
Writers: Rob Kerkovich, Todd Waldman
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No-Ho-Ho

#17 - No-Ho-Ho

Season 3 - Episode 7

The gang discovers that Jane has been lying about her birthday, and that she was actually born on Christmas but never liked her natal day being trumped by the holiday. With that in mind, they throw her a celebration that is Christmas-free and all about Jane.

star 8.07
267 votes
Writers: Prentice Penny
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Like Father, Like Gun

#18 - Like Father, Like Gun

Season 1 - Episode 5

When Brad's dad receives good news on some medical tests, his new view on life is difficult for Brad to accept; Penny meets an attractive Italian, but she can only speak to him when she's drunk.

star 8.04
347 votes
Writers: Daniel Libman, Matthew Libman
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Dave of the Dead

#19 - Dave of the Dead

Season 1 - Episode 7

Dave shocks everyone by quitting his job and plans to open a restaurant; Jane and Max face off in silly challenges; Penny is exhausted by trying to keep up with her new boyfriend's friends.

star 8.04
305 votes
Writers: Leila Strachan
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Brothas & Sisters

#20 - Brothas & Sisters

Season 3 - Episode 23

The third Kerkovich sister, Brooke, is the alpha sister of the group, and Jane has the daunting task of planning a wedding for her more perfect and exquisite older sibling. Meanwhile, Brad is having a tough time himself dealing with Brooke's equally more perfect African American fiance, Elliot, and Alex and Dave have a big secret they're hiding.

star 8.01
302 votes
Directors: Rebecca Asher
Writers: Josh Bycel, Leila Strachan
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The St. Valentine's Day Maxssacre

#21 - The St. Valentine's Day Maxssacre

Season 2 - Episode 13

Penny has a new boyfriend she wants to dump and Dave is afraid his new girlfriend is about to dump him. Alex goes looking for a party in the sketchy part of town, and Brad's hopes for a perfect night out for Jane are dashed when a dental appointment goes terribly wrong. Max picks up a couple with his limo only to find that one of the passengers is Grant, the boyfriend he broke up with a year ago.

star 8.00
277 votes
Directors: Joe Russo
Writers: Daniel Libman, Matthew Libman
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Party of Six

#22 - Party of Six

Season 2 - Episode 18

After years of bad luck every time the gang celebrates Penny's birthday, the gang starts to believe the day is cursed.

star 8.00
261 votes
Directors: Fred Goss
Writers: Lon Zimmet, Dan Rubin
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Lying Around

#23 - Lying Around

Season 2 - Episode 6

Brad discovers that Jane's old sorority sister is coming for a visit, so he lies and says he has a work retreat out of town, when he's actually on "staycation" in a fancy hotel in the city. Penny becomes jealous when Alex dates her former boyfriend Liam, and Max and Dave make a commercial to promote the "Steak Me Home Tonight" food truck.

star 7.99
282 votes
Directors: Fred Savage
Writers: Prentice Penny
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Full Court Dress

#24 - Full Court Dress

Season 2 - Episode 8

Jane needs a dress to wear to her charity event, but she's a little leery when Alex offers to design one for her. Penny helps a panicked Max babysit his niece and nephew, and Dave and Brad's new friendship with their oddball mailman, Drew, isn't quite what they had hoped for.

star 7.99
286 votes
Writers: Sierra Teller Ornelas
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Sabado Free-Gante

#25 - Sabado Free-Gante

Season 3 - Episode 2

Dave and Alex's inability to commit to a new apartment proves to be quite a challenge for their real-estate agent, while Jane pulls out all the stops when she takes Penny car shopping. Later, Max shows out-of-work Brad how easy it is to spend a cashless Saturday in Chicago.

star 7.98
300 votes
Writers: Josh Bycel, Jonathan Fener
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