This episode was a little too flat for my liking.
I like the start and the end being connected to the same plot. I like Ms Looby including Lewis in the school play so he can spend more time with Tilda, as it shows character development. The writers are slowly integrating her more and more into the main men’s lives with subtlety, especially this season, which I’m enjoying as she is one of the few recurring characters not serving as a love interest. I quite enjoyed the interaction between the two of them at the end of the episode, especially Ms Looby liking the emotion Lewis brought to the role and asking him to take part in the next play. It seems that every school play is filled with political correctness, I’d like to know whether this is the way it truly is in primary schools these days.
I found Lewis highly unlikeable in this episode, first with buying the bike and his toast to Luci and Justin. I guess you could make the excuse that he is not coping with the separation, which is plausible and understandable, however I am worried about how long this is going to go on for, as it is starting to get a little old. I felt that the drug trial tidbit wasn’t adding anything to the plot and should have been thrown out. However I will say he did redeem himself during the school play, by finally taking responsibility for his actions. I do take issue with the continuity error, at least what I think is a continuity error in his toast to Luci and Justin. He says it has been two years since Justin came into their lives, however twelve months have passed since the season 2 finale. However it could be possible that it’s not an error as season 1 was set in one school term, season 2 started in the next term and then season 3 started 12 months later—therefore it has been two years. However this is not made explicitly clear.
I loved Ned and Luci bonding further and I also liked that he was the one to point out to Luci that she needs to live more before settling down. Justin clearly loves Luci to facilitate letting her go and her farewell clearly showed how loved and important she is as a character. I hope the House Husbands writers haven’t written off completely and I wonder what will be down the road for Justin.
Overall a little flat but not terrible.