When Ryan, Jane's ex, comes to town for a visit, Brad is surprised to learn that Ryan is a woman. Meanwhile Max gets a super cool new roommate, Chase, who immediately upgrades the apartment with expensive furniture and gadgets. The gang is in awe, but when Chase suddenly disappears, they start snooping into his private life.
Previously on Happy Endings Season 3 Episode 10 "Kickball 2: The Kickening", Alex signs up the gang to participate in the Northside Kickball Classic tournament. However, self-appointed manager Max has difficulty bringing his players up to scratch - Dave has a history of freezing at crucial moments after an unfortunate incident during a previous game, Penny uses the tournament as an opportunity to meet good-looking guys and refuses to put on appropriate footwear, while Jane abandons her friends altogether and started playing for another team.
On this week's Episode title "The Ex Factor", When Ryan, Jane's ex, comes to town for a visit, Brad is surprised to learn that Ryan is a woman. Meanwhile Max gets a super cool new roommate, Chase, who immediately upgrades the apartment with expensive furniture and gadgets. The gang is in awe, but when Chase suddenly disappears, they start snooping into his private life.
Happy Endings is a raucous comedy about six dysfunctional thirtysomething friends living in Chicago. Called "the funniest show on TV" by Associated Press, Happy Endings follows the lives of shop owner Alex and her ex-fiance, Dave, an aspiring restaurateur who runs a food truck called "Steak Me Home Tonight"; crazy-in-love husband and wife duo Brad and Jane, who is also Alex's sister; Max, their perpetually underemployed gay friend, and singleton Penny, always in pursuit of, but never quite finding, the right guy.
Some of the developments viewers will see early this season: Alex and Dave (who haven't been a couple since Alex dumped Dave at the altar) will begin dating again, trying to "keep it cazsh." But since the last time these two got together did not end well, who knows how far the romance will get this time?
For now, only Max knows that Penny also has some unresolved feelings for Dave, but that will change as others in the tightly-knit group catch on. While "the year of Penny" is over (and was less than "ahmahzing"), Penny will continue to date and might finally find a steady boyfriend. Brad, once the biggest breadwinner of the group, was fired from his job in last year's season finale. He'll turn to Max for tips on surviving underemployment. He'll try out a variety of jobs to make ends meet, including working on a bar mitzvah hype team with Max.
Max will also keep looking for the right guy, but his road to romance won't be easy either, and even kind of dangerous when he develops a crush on a physical therapist -- with hilarious consequences for Penny.
On January 19, 2010, ABC green-lit the pilot episode, which was written by David Caspe and directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo. The show is from production companies Sony Pictures Television, ABC Studios, and executive producer Jamie Tarses' FanFare Productions. Executive producers are Jamie Tarses, Jonathan Groff and The Russo Brothers.
Casting announcements began in February 2010, with Damon Wayans, Jr. first cast as Brad, Jane's husband who does whatever she says. Next to join the series was Casey Wilson as Penny, the group's desperate and single friend. Eliza Coupe and Adam Pally shortly joined that cast, with Coupe playing Jane, Alex's control freak sister who is married to Brad, and Pally playing Max, Dave's close friend and roommate. Elisha Cuthbert later joined the cast as Alex, Dave's ex-fiancé who leaves him at the altar. Zachary Knighton was last actor to be cast as the newly single Dave.
The pilot was ordered to series on May 13, 2010, as a mid-season entry in the 2010–11 United States network television schedule.
On May 13, 2011, the show was renewed for a second season, which premiered on September 28, 2011. On October 13, 2011, the show received an additional episode order of 6 scripts from ABC, citing improved ratings for the series On November 3, 2011, ABC picked up the series for a full 22-episode second season.