Archive | October 2017

Sisters–Pilot

So after much promotion, Sisters finally premiered last night.

The job of a pilot is to establish a show’s premise and characters and set up story arcs for the season. This pilot managed to accomplish this beautifully. What I didn’t expect was the chapter-like introduction to the three sisters: Julia (Maria Angelico), Roxy (Lucy Durack) and Edie (Antonia Prebble). It was something that I had never seen before and it was well executed, as while rarely used writing techniques can provide a breath of fresh air to a TV show, if they drag on, especially a technique like this, it can bore and confuse the viewer. While the pilot does go back-and-forth between the three of them, it doesn’t go out of its way to knock the viewer on the head with the chapter technique.

In the first chapter we are introduced to Julia Bechly, the daughter of IVF pioneer, Julius Bechly (Barry Otto), who is portrayed as a clutzy and awkward woman, and a devoted albeit struggling carer to her father.  Her disastrous first date with Sam was the first comedic moment of the episode and a fine one to start with, the payoff later in the episode was beautiful, but I’ll get to that. She is the first out of the three sisters to find out about Julius using his own sperm when he provided IVF treatment. The fact that she found out by reading the paper left on the front lawn made chronological sense, as well as sense as a whole as she should be the first to find out.

In the next chapter we are introduced to Roxy Karibas, a children’s entertainer who is struggling with an unidentified medical problem that has lead her to overdose on painkillers. While it’s clear as day that Roxy is someone who loves attention, to me it wasn’t so clear if she actually had an addiction or whether her stage mother, Diane (portrayed brilliantly by Magda Szubanski) is just as dramatic as Roxy is and sees her issues for more than what they are. While Roxy isn’t the first to find out about Julius’ actions, she is the first IVF child to come forward. While Roxy is an attention seeker and I briefly wondered a con artist, I appreciated the writers’ choice to reveal that Roxy has most likely turned out that way due to the influence and parenting choices made by Diane.

In the next chapter, we are introduced to Edie Flanagan, a solicitor who appears to have it all–the perfect job, the perfect marriage, the perfect life in general. However this is torn to shreds within seconds of her introduction in a marriage therapy session with her husband, Tim (Dan Spielman). While I enjoyed the honest scenes of Edie expressing her dissatisfaction of her sex life with Tim, what I appreciated even more was the payoff later in the episode, which again I’ll get to.

After these three chapters, the floodgates open with Julia organising a party for all of the IVF children to meet each other and this is where the fun really begins. The first surprise, for Julia anyway, is discovering that Sam is actually her married brother. The second surprise for Julia is discovering that her former childhood friend, who she apparently despises now, is her sister. The third surprise for everyone is that even though there are hundreds of brothers, there are only three sisters, and that right there is where the premise of the show is officially established. I loved Roxy’s behaviour on stage, cheerfully and happily encouraging everyone and her subsequent disappointment when she discovered that there are, in her own words only “three of us”.

The fallout of both the revelation of Julius’ actions and the discovery that there are only three sisters was executed beautifully and clearly will be explored throughout the season. I enjoyed Edie’s tense interactions with her own mother, Genevieve (Catherine McClements) about the situation, providing a nice insight into their clearly strained relationship. I was also pleasantly surprised by Genevieve revealing to Julia that her mother went to see Julius for treatment and then fell in love with him. Julia’s subsequent reaction of kicking her mother’s grave in anger was incredibly heartbreaking and well acted by Angelico. Diane kicking Roxy out of home for wanting to find out for sure whether Julius is her father was equally heartbreaking. Edie’s reaction of asking her assistant to play devil’s advocate on the possibility of a class action against Julius provided necessary variety within these reactions, not to mention their hook-up was a beautiful and unexpected payoff to the marriage therapy session earlier in the episode, revealing one of the major reasons behind her marital woes and unsatisfactory sex life.

While the premise of the show revolves around the actions of the girls’ father, I’m also interested in seeing the development of the relationships with their mothers. Interestingly both Diane and Genevieve have tense relationships with their respective daughters and both emphasise to them that Julius “helped a lot of women”. Due to the fact that Julia’s mother is dead, we’ll only ever discover what their relationship was like from Julia’s and possibly Julius’ perspective, something which I hope is touched on further, other than through Julia’s obviously regular visits to her mother’s grave. I’m also interested in seeing Edie and Julia’s history of being childhood friends, and Edie stealing Tim away from Julia explored further.

On smaller notes, I’m wondering whether Julia will end up with Isaac (Charlie Garber), Julius’ protege, or Tim, that being said I’m hoping there’s no love triangle business as that is a cliche that has been done to death. I also felt that Julius’ informal list of his patients, through the baby photos of his IVF children on his wall, was genius. I also appreciated the small twist of Julia turning out to be Julius’ first born child, as well as the girls possibly being the eldest out of all of the children.

Overall this was an excellent pilot, which did its job establishing its premise, characters and story arcs. For those who feel the premise is unrealistic, if you Google it, you will be surprised to find the amount of cases of “real life” doctors actually having done this. The performances and the writing so far have been superb and I’m looking forward to reviewing the rest of the season.

 

Stray Observations:

-Julia took the wine being spilled on her like a pro, turning the dress around was an absolute bonus and probably something I’d consider if I was in a similar situation.

-Joel Creasey as Oscar, one of the IVF children, was an unexpected highlight of the episode. I’m wondering if his appearance is a cameo or whether he’ll appear throughout the season. Not only did I love his first appearance and reaction to meeting Julia, but also his subtle actions throughout the party.

-One little writing nitpick I have is how Julia would have been able to give her siblings the right “show bag” at the party, when she was seen filling them with birth records or patient files. I’m open to being wrong about what she was stapling and putting in the bags, it may have not been birth records or patient files at all, but that’s what it looked like.

-Special mention for the episode goes to Magda Szubanski, although I’m aware of her distinguished career, this is the first time I’ve seen her in a dramatic role.

-Roxy’s, Julia’s and Edie’s behaviour when they were on stage at the party perfectly reflects their personalities.

Best one liners:

  • “I don’t want to know you’re not my daughter” (Ron to Roxy)
  • “I’m hanging up…I love you” (Diane to Roxy)

The Wrong Girl–Season 2, Episode 9 + Season 2 Finale

While it’s clear as day that the final two episodes of the second season of The Wrong Girl were aired on the same night so Sisters could premiere tomorrow, since they were aired at once I’m going to review both episodes in this singular post.

I felt that episode 9 wasn’t that memorable however it was a good lead into the finale. Overall I liked the change of pacing by choosing to focus on the Logies—-it provided a great location outside of the studio and showed another side of the characters. Eric Skyping everyone throughout the episode provided some great comedic moments, as well as surprising heartwarming ones as he was encouraging Erica. I appreciated that their friendship was touched upon again, even more so now that Eric has left The Breakfast Bar.

I also appreciated that there was a focus on Jack and Lily having to deal with each other for the first time since their botched wedding, however I found their argument happening in front of the camera crew to be cliche. That being said I felt that their scenes together of being honest with their break up and making up as friends were heartfelt and tasteful. I also felt that the ending of their subplot with Jack winning the Gold Logie and acknowledging Lily’s contribution to his career, provided the right closure to their relationship and story arc.

As the promo indicated that a character would die and it would be someone close to Lily, it surprised me that it was Ivan in a way. On the other hand due to the focus on Ivan’s then-unidentified health issues in last year’s finale, I wasn’t surprised that he died. Mimi informing Lily of Ivan’s death was the perfect ending of the penultimate episode.

The finale episode accomplished something rare in the series, starting where the previous episode left off, which I felt was appropriate considering the circumstances. I felt that Pete’s actions during his grief haze were realistic and Meadow’s performance was on-point and the best out of all the actors in the entire episode. I also felt that the finest writing moments of the episode was the choice to link his grief as a man who lost his father to his current situation as a father himself, by letting his emotions lead him to hire a solicitor for the impending custody battle.

Speaking of the custody battle, my feelings towards this brief story arc were mixed—-one on hand it wasn’t dragged out, on the other I felt it was only inserted as a convenient way to write out Meredith, Mitchell and Manisha as they were barely featured in this season. Not to mention the outcome of Pete eventually dropping the proceedings was predictable.

Another part of the episode I felt was awfully convenient was Lily’s promotion. While Lily certainly deserves a promotion after her years of hard work, not to mention it provides great character development and potential plots for next season (if there is one), I felt it was a way-too-convenient solution for everyone else to keep their jobs and therefore was a predictable ending to this specific subplot.

The highlights of this episode for me were Jack’s developing friendship with both Lily and Pete, and Lily and Pete finally getting together. The former was more of a highlight than the latter as I felt the writing was more on-point and the character development more intriguing—-now that Jack and Lily have given each other closure on their relationship breakdown they can work as friends, this is even more true between Jack and Pete. Jack making Pete a ravioli and helping him decide which suit to bury Ivan in was very touching. I also felt that Jack and Lily’s choice to become housemates was logical and true to their characters, I’m looking forward to seeing what they would be like as housemates in the future, as long as they don’t reignite their romance.

While the viewers may be screaming for joy that Lily and Pete finally got together, as a writer their hook-up and the subsequent complication was predictable. The joy that the viewers felt didn’t last long as Pete decided to go to London, which provides great plot opportunities for next season but would annoy the viewers as a whole.

Overall I felt this finale did its job in concluding this season’s story arcs and opening a few doors for the next season (if there is one). While the acting was superb, I felt it was undermined by the predictability and cliches in the writing. In regards to season 2 as a whole, it was a great improvement over and continuation of the previous season.

I’m hoping there is a third season next year and if there is, I’m looking forward to reviewing it.

 

Stray Observations:

-Anthony deals with break-ups in the same way Lily does–becoming a hermit and eating Cheezels.

-Not sure if Pete wearing an Equality shirt was meant to give an insight into his character or the show’s crew making their views/beliefs on the issue clear. I personally feel it was a combination of both.

Best one liners:

  • “It’s itchy and it’s cutting off my circulation, but I love it!” (Nikkii describing her Logies dress)
  • “Yours sincerely kiss” (Lily to Jack on their kiss).
  • “It is very risky this falling for people” (Mimi to Vincent on their respective partners).
  • “Thank you for that nautical analogy” (Lily to Liam on his analogy regarding the futures of The Breakfast Bar staff when Lily is promoted).

 

Doctor Doctor–Season 2 Finale (A Little Piece of Heaven)

To review this season’s finale, I read my review of last season’s finale to give me something to go off. For those that don’t remember, last season’s finale focused on Tugger’s investigation into Joey’s death, Penny leaving for a new job, Matt leaving Charlie, Meryl campaigning to become Whyhope’s mayor, Nora replacing Penny, and Hugh and Penny almost declaring they had feelings for each other in the final minutes. While all of this was addressed this season and isn’t entirely relevant to this finale, which aired last night, I felt it was good to reflect on and make a comparison.

This season’s finale was a much lighter one with Ajax and Hayley’s nuptials. Hugh and Charlie trying to convince Ajax and Hayley they were too young to get married and have children respectively frustrated me, as it was an obvious obstacle that the writers threw in to drag the story out. I understand the need to make the story and the episode as a whole interesting, but I personally didn’t enjoy that it was at Ajax and Hayley’s expense. That being said the payoff was beautiful, especially when Ajax and Hayley put the fate of their nuptials in their respective shooting abilities. Of course they were going to get their happily ever after, I would have liked to have seen an actual ceremony take place, but I appreciate the writers avoiding schmaltzy dialogue and scenes by not doing so, choosing to have them kiss at the start of their ceremony to applause and cheers was a better choice.

Meanwhile I didn’t really enjoy the Harriet and Hugh subplot as the outcome was obvious. While Harriet’s volatile personality was described by Hugh in the previous episode, in this one we saw it in action. Harriet’s order to Hugh to basically screw Penny over and kick her out of his life was a forced obstacle to their non-relationship, which made me appreciate his decision to end their marriage, as predictable as that outcome was. I felt for Harriet for a moment when she tearfully admitted she didn’t want their marriage to end, and I would have liked to have seen Hegney’s acting chops on display for a little while longer, however I appreciated that this story arc was short.

On smaller notes, I felt that Hugh and Penny’s stent being purchased wasn’t celebrated enough but perhaps there will be a focus on it next season. Also I felt the throwback to Charlie’s ectopic pregnancy and her fears about having and possibly not wanting children subconsciously being revealed in her writing, was a let down. I was hoping she was actually pregnant, but then again that would be a cliche.

Speaking of Hugh and Penny, once again they did not declare their feelings, or at least not overtly. Rather it was done with subtlety when Hugh held out his hand and simply asked “partners?” and she responded with “always”, they certainly are in more ways than one. While having a couple together and happy makes for a boring story, and I appreciate the writers keeping them apart to avoid the cliche for the most part, I do find myself wondering how long they’re going to keep them apart for. On a more positive note though, unlike the previous season, I felt that their relationship development was more realistic, which was proven when Hugh refused to end his partnership with her when Harriet ordered him to, and when he stated outright that Penny is his friend.

Overall this season’s finale was solid, doing its job by opening a few doors for next season with the stent purchase, Ajax and Hayley finally getting married, and Rod proposing something mysterious to Meryl. As for the season as a whole, there was an extensive amount of character development, and the show has a whole has settled and found itself. I’m looking forward to seeing what season three will throw at us and reviewing it next year.

 

Stray Observations:

Hospital Drama: The young boy whose brother hit him in the face with a cricket bat, resulting in Harriet pulling out his teeth.

Dora sighting: Ajax and Hayley’s wedding.

-Apparently Hugh has 88 days left of his probation, which means 11 days have passed since the events of the previous episode.

-In last year’s finale, Hugh had six months left of his probation, now he only has 88 days (about two-and-a-half months). Therefore this season spanned about three-and-a-half months.

-Hugh told Harriet about Ajax being his son.

-Harriet’s a dentist.

-Everyone but Floyd hated Harriet.

Best one liners:

  • “Other Dad time!” (Hugh at the family dinner celebrating Ajax and Hayley’s impending nuptials).
  • “He’s a clever man, but not a wise man” (Matt describing Hugh to Ajax).

 

The Wrong Girl–Season 2, Episode 8

In all honesty this episode wasn’t particularly memorable, it was clearly a filler to lead into the upcoming penultimate and finale episodes.

In the opening seconds I thought that myself and the other viewers were experiencing something rare—-the episode picking up where it left off last week or starting in real time. However it was not meant to be, with it going forward instead of backward, two weeks in time, which in itself is rare, which I appreciated, rather than starting in the usual in media res manner.

While this episode does deal with the fallout of Lily being left at the altar, it felt like it was glossed over to focus on Lily finally realising her feelings towards Pete. Jack only makes two appearances in the entire episode and is completely unlikeable by avoiding Lily and sending Gillian in place to collect his belongings from the house. What I found interesting with Gillian’s role was the fact that she wasn’t being the snarky ex, she was actually trying to be helpful to both of them, I appreciated that the writers chose to avoid that cliche.

In life we usually realise how we really feel about situations or people when a loved one spells it out for us, in Lily’s case, Sim is that person. Sim offers unconditional support and comfort, yet she is completely and unapologetically honest to Lily, which makes her the type of friend that we all should aspire to have. She ultimately sets in motion Lily’s choice to finally, albeit sort of, tell Pete how she feels. Of course it’s only natural that the writers insert the cliche obstacle that just as Lily realises her feelings, apparently Pete has decided he’s over her. This obviously isn’t the case but I’m interested to see how long this obstacle lasts.

Meanwhile, The Breakfast Bar antics were only briefly shown with the reveal of Liam’s harsh treatment of the staff and trying to control Lily. I personally didn’t find Liam likeable at all, not to mention he was inconsistent. While he was professional on camera, off camera not so much, he berates and tries to control Lily, yet he tries to kiss her at the end of the episode. Who is the real Liam Johnson? While Liam is unlikable at the moment, Joel Jackson certainly isn’t with his on-point performances adding a breath of fresh air to the series and I certainly hope he sticks around if there is a third season. The building collapse segment was brilliant and well executed to the point that I felt chills during those few minutes.

On smaller notes, I appreciated the contrast between Mimi’s reaction to Simone telling her that she is dating Vincent, and Anthony’s support of Lily as she grieves over her broken engagement, as well as his honesty of his feelings of their relationship as a whole. Seeing Anthony living the tent in the front yard as Yvonne has thrown him out was a nice, humorous highlight of the episode.

Overall as I said earlier this episode wasn’t memorable, but it wasn’t terrible either. Hopefully the last two episodes will be more captivating.

 

Stray Observations:

-Close up head shots: Liam shooting down everyone’s ideas and Bernard getting “dumped” by Pete.

-Running gag: Pete’s jacket, and Ivan’s and Lily’s disdain for it.

-Sim’s effort to help Lily move on from Jack is to find someone to pash her in the guise of a “palate cleanser”.

-Bernard confusing the five stages of grief with the seven deadly sins was the best joke of the episode. His efforts to console Lily about the broken engagement by comparing it to Pete dumping him as a work colleague was another humorous highlight.

Best one liners (They were deep this week):

  • “Don’t come here and explode my life because yours is falling apart” (Pete to Lily).
  • “You’ve got to get lost to be found” (Anthony to Lily).
  • “Is it a sin to love Lily?” (Bernard after Lily points out to him he is mistaking the five stages of grief with the seven deadly sins).

 

Doctor Doctor–Season 2, Episode 9 (Forgive and Forget)

Well this episode was a rollercoaster.

I found the A story of Hugh’s “Las Vegas” wife, Harriet (Genevieve Hegney), coming to Whyhope was a great distraction from the kidney transplant. However I also felt it was another forced spanner in the works for Hugh and Penny’s “non-relationship”. I felt absolutely frustrated when Hugh gave into temptation with Harriet, in fact I found him just plain unlikeable when he was around her. That being said, the most interesting part of her introduction was the development of her character throughout the episode. She wasn’t a stereotype or one dimensional, she had depth with the reveal of her recent sobriety after years of alcohol and drug addiction, which resulted in the breakdown of her marriage to Hugh.

I felt that her attempts to make amends and her amends themselves were sincere and I actually grew to like her. I also enjoyed the backstory into their marriage and her interactions with Betty at the A.A. meeting. However I felt that Hugh’s request to ask her to stay at the end of the episode was another forced obstacle to keep him and Penny apart, and due to its obvious nature, I frankly didn’t like it at all. However I’m looking forward to seeing it played out in next week’s finale, especially as her intentions and her true nature haven’t been made completely clear yet.

Meanwhile, I also enjoyed the balance of emotion and comedy with the transplant subplot being paralleled with Harriet’s return, however I felt Hugh’s heart attack was only added to fuel the Hugh-Penny-Harriet love triangle. I also found the dream sequence of Hugh’s love life flashing before his eyes to be cliche but humorous. I’m not sure how Dora fitted into the equation, nevertheless it was the most creative sighting of her ever.

The B story of Betty’s jealousy of Ken and Mia’s relationship was much more intriguing and well written than the A story. I loved the character development of Ken and Betty’s friendship with the reveals that they have their own book club and regularly play one-on-one netball games. I didn’t buy the possibility of Betty having feelings for Ken as the idea has never presented itself throughout the series, and the kiss between them felt cliche and forced, however it redeemed itself with its outcome. The outcome of both Ken and Betty feeling nothing and the latter realising that she just misses their friendship, was more realistic and true to their characters. The ending of this story with Ken and Betty expanding their friendship by inviting Mia and Darren to their netball game was very sweet and I hope we see more of this friendship group in the future.

I felt that the Ajax-Hayley C story was weak due to the fact that the outcome was predictable–they were always going to get back together. However I enjoyed the way in which Charlie taught Hayley a lesson in harmless desire.

Overall this episode was mostly solid, however its strength was undermined by its rollercoaster-like nature. While there were some fantastic one-liners, to me this didn’t feel like a penultimate episode, but I’ll see what happens and how I feel when I watch the finale next week.

I would also to congratulate the Doctor Doctor cast and crew on their renewal, I’m looking forward to seeing season 3 next year.

 

Stray Observations:

Hospital Drama: Jim’s kidney transplant and Hugh’s subsequent heart attack. For the first time, the hospital drama was outside of Whyhope.

Dora sighting: In front of Hugh’s car in his “love life flashing before his eyes” dream sequence as he was having a heart attack.

-Surprisingly Betty was once an alcoholic, but has managed to turn it around through 12 years of sobriety and leading the Whyhope A.A. meetings.

-Apparently Hugh has 99 days, 7 hours and 42 minutes left of his probation.

Best one liners:

  • “Can you castrate my husband?” (Nameless patient to Hugh after being diagnosed with Herpes).
  • “Did we just witness a murder-suicide pact?” (Not sure if this was Hugh or Matt, feel free to correct me).
  • “Will the transplant be as painful as this is for you?” (Jim to Hugh on Harriet bonding with the rest of the family, especially Charlie).
  • “He is handsome and very organised!” (Betty on Ken’s attractive qualities).
  • “Please ignore the burp and continue” (Dream Sequence Penny).

The Wrong Girl–Season 2, Episode 7

Well what we or I thought was inevitable finally happened…Lily and Jack’s relationship has ended.

While the writers have hinted at the incompatibility between Lily and Jack and the cracks in their relationship throughout the season, they have done this slowly and with subtlety, but in this episode they completely abandoned this writing technique, choosing to bring the relationship down on us like a tonne of bricks. While I don’t like when writers drag these story arcs out, I don’t think rushing the ending and hitting the viewers with a tonne of bricks and completely unravelling Jack’s character, with the climax of him breaking his four year sobriety, is the right way to go either. I felt overwhelmed by all of the drama to the point where I couldn’t keep up.

Despite the rapid speed of their relationship breakdown, I did enjoy the build up to the wedding and the little tidbits that came with it. I enjoyed the seemingly mundane reveal that Jack knows Lily’s lying tell which was crucial in his decision to ultimately leave her, as well as the reveal that Simone has gone back to uni, and the reveal that Jack’s family are apparently selfish and wouldn’t be coming to the wedding. I also enjoyed the interactions between Pete and Gillian interweaved throughout, especially with Gillian representing the audience by asking Pete whether he’s in love with Lily, and sharing his confirmation of this with Jack, shaking him up further.

I found the B story revolving around The Breakfast Bar far more interesting than the A story. I enjoyed Joel Jackson’s performance of disgraced journalist, Liam Johnson, as the reluctant replacement of Eric as host, especially with the idea of the pregnancy segment focusing on Erica’s baby. I could tell that Erica was pregnant but I didn’t see the twist of Dale being her sperm donor coming, which effectively explained his out of character behaviour. In fact as I was watching the emotional and touching segment unfold, I thought to myself that I would actually watch morning shows if the segments were of that calibre.

On smaller notes, Mimi and Anthony bonding like teenagers over Mimi’s text exchange with Ivan provided much needed comic relief. I was also surprised to see Jack at the AA meeting and the reveal that he is a former alcohol and drug addict, using his experiences to ease Sasha into seeking help for her hinted alcoholism. I was also satisfied that Sim and Vincent finally gave into their feelings and kissed, which provided a great contrast to the deterioration of Lily and Jack’s relationship.

Overall this was a strong episode with mostly solid writing, especially with the twist ending of Jack uncharacteristically leaving Lily at the altar, and the B story. However I have to deduct a few points for the rapid deterioration of Lily and Jack’s relationship completely undermining the slow pace of the breakdown in previous episodes.

 

Stray Observations:

-As I was watching Lily and Sim run to the wedding I couldn’t help but think that it would be much smarter and quicker to catch a cab.

-The crew are at it again with the extreme close-ups, this week on Mimi and Ivan during their awkward encounter, and on Bernard, Jeremy and Pete during their meeting at work.

-As pointed out by eagle-eyed viewers on Twitter, Lily and Jack’s wedding was set in the future, 22 October 2017 (the episode aired on 4 October).

-Sim, Vincent and Pete dressed up as hens and clucking and going to a Unibar is the kind of hens party I’d love to go to.

Best one liner:

  • “It’s winter wear socks!” (Lily to the young women at the Unibar)

Doctor Doctor–Season 2, Episode 8 (Step In Time)

This episode managed to contain a lot of drama and subtlety.

The A story was Jim’s dialysis and need for a new kidney. Jim has another collapse at the wheel and is taken to hospital where it is eventually revealed that he has been avoiding dialysis and now needs a new kidney fast. I liked the realistic moments of worry and love between Meryl and Jim, as well as Hugh’s attempts to avoid being tested. While Hugh gives valid medical reasons for his reluctance, his true reasons for his reluctance aren’t fully addressed, which I’m hoping will happen in next week’s episode.

The B story of thieves stealing Christmas trees from Matt and Charlie’s land was hilarious and provided necessary comic relief throughout the episode, especially from the serious and sometimes grim A story. The question of whether the thieves would be revealed or caught added some fun intrigue to the episode, with eventually Craig, a farmer from season one, being revealed as the culprit. I felt that the ending of this subplot was anti-climatic as Craig wasn’t properly punished or dealt with, despite the build up throughout the episode.

I felt the C story of Charlie being stalked by a fan, Frank, was minor but solid. I enjoyed Charlie’s book making another appearance, this time in a reading, showing the book’s success with subtlety. What I thought was brilliant about this subplot was being led to believe that Frank was a crazy fan only for her to encourage and help Charlie with the development of Love at Lightspeed‘s sequel, almost like an advisor. I also liked the contrast between Frank’s encouragement and honest advice with the trolling tweets as Charlie was trying to write, eventually switching to using the typewriter. I hope we see more of Frank in future episodes, or if not, at least hear about her.

On smaller notes, I enjoyed the scenes between Ken and Mia as they finally kissed and dealt with their feelings for each other. I especially enjoyed Hugh’s reaction to their kiss and Mia bossing Ken around. Although I felt that Ken’s declaration of love for Mia in front of the hospital was cringeworthy and cliche, as it was sweet and true to his character, I’ll give it a pass. There was also an excessive amount of scenery shots in this episode, I was wondering whether this was to stretch out the episode or if the crew were trying something new with their filming techniques.

Overall this was a solid episode, however there was a little too much going on to be able to follow everything with an equal amount of attention.

 

Stray Observations:

Hospital Drama: Jim’s car accident, dialysis and Hugh trying to avoid donating one of his kidneys.

Dora sighting: At Charlie’s house after her book reading. This is the first time that I have seen her in weeks and the writers’ certainly made up for this lost time, giving her a lengthy appearance by having Charlie happily talk to her.

-Every member of the Knight family, except for Hugh, offers to donate one of their kidneys to Jim.

-Hayley’s desire to donate herself lead to the revelation that she was born with only one kidney.

-Even Penny considered donating one of her kidneys.

-Ken throwing out Mia’s homemade lunch so he could ask her out on a date was both inconsiderate and genius.

-Meryl stated just after Jim collapsed but before she found out about it, that it felt like “someone walked over her grave”, clearly showing that her gut instincts are on point.

Best one liners:

  • “What, are you trying to stubborn yourself to death? (Hugh to Jim)
  • “I shouldn’t have glittered Millie” (Ajax)