Now the premiere has come and gone, the season can get well and truly underway.
This episode’s A story focused on Jack and Lily trying to find their own place, or at least that’s what the writers were trying to have it focused on. Simone’s efforts to find a girlfriend for Vincent, and Lily and Pete’s fight over using the latter’s book as a segment for The Breakfast Bar, overshadowed this character development.
What I enjoyed the most about the A story was the flashbacks to when Lily and Pete first met and became flatmates, which provided a necessary, interesting and hilarious background on their friendship. I also appreciated the writers’ choice to juxtapose these scenes, with scenes of Jack trying to convince Lily to buy a house together as another sign to the viewers that their relationship will clearly end in the finale.
I found the B story of replacing Erica on The Breakfast Bar more interesting than the A story. I enjoyed the “pitch fight” between Jeremy and Lily, which perfectly juxtaposes what Lily wants to show to be (real news/documentary) and how Jeremy and the rest of the staff want it to be (tabloid). I couldn’t help but wonder as I watching these scenes whether these kind of “pitch fights” happen behind the scenes on real-life morning shows.
The highlight of the B story and the episode was Nikki coming into her own, awkwardly yet perfectly, from stage frightened first-time co-host to a co-host with guts and potential. I hope they show her improvement throughout the season as she is clearly smarter than she lets on and will eventually eclipse Eric in popularity.
Overall this episode was an improvement over the premiere but it wasn’t spectacular either.
-Lily and Pete have been friends for 10 years.
-Nikki’s “audition” for co-host reminded me of the “admissions essay” video scene from Legally Blonde.
-Ivan’s mystery illness hinted at in last year’s finale was finally addressed–he has Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease usually found in contact sport athletes.
–Seachange alumni, Kerry Armstrong and Kevin Harrington sharing scenes together.
-Apparently Mimi and Ivan kissed at Pete’s 21st birthday party.
-Meredith and Mitchell are back together and she can see that Pete is in love with Lily. I actually like that the three of them are friends, it turns the “ex” situation on its head.
-Nikki throwing up on the Health Minister was very fitting.
-I’m not a fan of the close-up head shots, this week they were done on Vincent and his date.
-Best one liner:
- “This is the second time you’ve had to apologise in a week, so you get points on your turnaround time.” (Pete to Lily)