Mark Rodriguez (Keegan-Michael Key) is pretty much the perfect man; he’s always been there in Pinebrook for Maggie (Lennon Parham) and Emma (Jessica St. Clair). And Keegan-Michael Key is pretty much the perfect actor to play Mark, too: His episodes are full of scenes that make you fall in love with him.
Here are 10 times we loved Mark more than life itself in Playing House, which is airing Friday nights at 11/10c on USA!
10. When He Went Undercover
Season 2 Episode 8: “Celebrate Me Scones”
Mark was dodging Emma’s calls since they had an almost-moment at the Policeman’s Ball. The cops had been saying Mark was undercover but Emma didn’t believe them until she actually ran into him -- in disguise! Mark was busting a scalping operation at the Kenny Loggins concert! Hair and sideburns are a good look for Mark!
9. When He Fixed the Sink!
Season 2 Episode 5: “Employee of the Month”
After separating from Tina (Lindsay Sloane), Mark was looking for distractions to keep himself busy. How could the girls refuse his offer to fix their sink, as well as every other household task he could think of? Yes, he was wearing a trash bag like Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook.
8. When He Rescued the Gnomes
Season 1, Episode 2: “Bird Bones”
You can tell Mark was exasperated by the case of the week in Pinebrook. He’d rather be solving real crimes than dealing with stolen garden gnomes. But when they found the gnomes on a driving range, Mark still sprang into action to save the loved ones of a kooky Pinebrook citizen.
7. When He Said He’d Move to China for Emma
Season 1, Episode 8: “37 Weeks”
While helping to paint the nursery for Maggie, Mark and Emma really had it out over their failed relationship. Unfortunately, it made things worse when Tina found out how close they once were, but when Mark said he would have gone to China with Emma, we all saw the Sliding Doors alternate future where they ended up together in our minds.
6. When He Sang “Do It Upstairs”
Season 2, Episode 1: “Hello, Old Friend”
Going behind Tina’s back got everyone in trouble. Since she didn’t want Mark hanging around Emma anymore, Maggie secretly brought baby Charlotte over for visits. When she left Mr. Kooky at Mark’s house, Maggie and Emma got stuck sneaking in to recover him. Mark saw them first and tried to keep Tina from seeing them by singing, “You know I wanna do it upstairs.” It’s a catchy ditty.
5. When He Admitted He Still Cares About Emma
Season 1, Episode 3: “Unfinished Business”
When Maggie started divorcing Bruce, she had confusing feelings. Mark was there to explain that you don’t stop caring about someone just because you break up. That sort of gave it away that he still cares for Emma. Are these two going to end up together forrealz?
4. When He Ate Charlotte’s Toes
Season 2, Episode 1: “Hello, Old Friend”
When Tina banned Mark from seeing Emma, that made it difficult for him to see Charlotte. Maggie still wanted Mark in Charlotte’s life, so they planned a secret playdate. You can tell Mark would be a great dad by the way he ate Charlotte’s little toes!
3. When He Described How He Would Kiss Emma
Season 2, Episode 7: “Officer Of The Year”
By this point Mark was single again, but Emma was still dating Rabbi Dan (Kyle Bornheimer). Now, even though Emma realized she had feelings for Mark, he’s just not the kind of guy to cheat with a committed woman. But oh my God, when he described how he would kiss her if he were that kind of guy, let us see that kiss! Get out of their way, stupid conga line!
2. When He Made Emma Miss Her Flight
Season 1, Episode 1: "Pilot"
The whole reason Emma stayed in Pinebrook with Maggie was because Maggie asked Mark to pull her over before she got to the airport to go back to China. There wouldn’t even be a Playing House without Mark!
1. When He Did the Strip Tease
Season 1, Episode 7: “Spaghetti and Meatballs”
Mark was against doing a striptease for a policeman fundraiser, but once he saw how many tickets Emma and Maggie sold, it was too late. The cops got cold feet, so Mark warmed them, and the crowd, back up again by “shaking my ass and making that money.” Enough said!