Speechless–Season 1, Episode 18 (D-I–Ding)

This was a unique episode due to the fact it was in one location and since it was unique, this review will also be unique as I will be doing it character by character.

Maya, Ray and Heather–The episode kicks off with Maya trying to squeeze into a tough parking spot, although she successfully does so, she leaves little room for everyone to get out of the van. Maya squeezes out of the van when Ray notices a ding in the car next to them–Ray believes Maya dinged the car, Maya believes she didn’t, and Ray insists on leaving a note. However the conflict between them kicks off when Ray leaves a note behind her back. I enjoyed the fact that the writers lead the viewers to believe that Maya would be in big trouble, only for Maya to team up with the car’s owner, Heather, to teach Ray a lesson. What I enjoyed even more was the fact that it all lead to Ray making his own and much bigger ‘ding’ later on, and the reveal that Ray never gives Maya the benefit of the doubt.

Jimmy and Dylan–I loved the character development with Jimmy as Dylan reveals to him exactly how many promises he has broken to her and his efforts to make up for it. It’s not very often that we see Jimmy and Dylan team up and the way they did was well done, I especially enjoyed how sneaky Jimmy was with the switch of the Banjo Cola and the root beer. I thought that the ending of their subplot with Dylan not enjoying the taste of the Banjo Cola as much as she use to, was perfect and realistic.

JJ–JJ’s subplot was given less time, however it was significant in that it peeled back another layer of the metaphorical onion–how JJ deals with people who treat him like crap because he has a disability. I think it was typical of JJ’s character to get even with this man by giving him a taste of his own medicine and act as he stated “an object in his way”. It was enjoyable to watch as the man definitely got what he deserved.

Kenneth–My favourite part of the episode was the reveal of Kenneth moonlighting as the supermarket’s weekend manager and how he was watching the events between the other characters unfold rather than being a participant. I felt that the reveal of his second job so he can continue working for the DiMeos and make ends meet to be true to his character, and I loved his reactions and questioning of each character’s antics, as well as making the staff participate in them. I enjoyed the fact that Kenneth is the character with the most power in this episode, especially as he isn’t given much of it when he is working for Maya. I also enjoyed how significant his role in this episode was to the other characters’ subplots–he reveals that Maya did not in fact ding the other car, that Ray never gives Maya the benefit of the doubt, he puts his staff in place in regards to the Banjo Cola, and commends JJ on standing up for himself. I felt that his choice to let the DiMeos leave without paying because it’s more beneficial for everyone to be true to his character, and it perfectly concluded the episode as the family were going to leave the supermarket at some point.

 

Overall this was a solid and understated episode with the singular location, simple premise and character driven plots. I hope there are more episodes like this in the future.

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