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Mr Black–Season 1, Episode 7 + Season 1 Finale

As the final two episodes of the season were aired at the same time, I’m going to review them both in one post.

Episode 7 revolves around the discovery that Finn apparently has a son.

Episode 7 kicks off with Mr Black arguing with his doctor over how to manage his ankylosing spondylitis and leaving the doctor’s office only to be hit by another man riding a scooter. The episode then cuts to Mr Black back home in a neck brace, with a woman named Greta showing up at the house to tell Finn he has a son.

Greta tells Finn that she didn’t tell him about her son, Bacardi, as she didn’t want to ruin his life. She also invites him to meet Bacardi at a cafe, which Finn does, unaware that Mr Black has followed him on his scooter and taken pictures. Mr Black (with the help of Malcolm) writes an email to Finn with the photos from Angela’s account. Surprisingly, Finn believes Angela sent the email, admits to the one night stand to Mr Black and leaves.

Although Mr Black rejoices in Finn’s departure and thinking his plan works, Angela reveals he didn’t win as she got a notification and a copy of the photo as it was saved to the Cloud. Angela reassures Finn that she’ll be there for him and asks him if he’s sure Bacardi is his son. They go to see Greta and Bacardi, and Angela finds a photo of Greta and Bacardi with another man. Angela finds out by doing an image search on the photo that Greta is married and her husband met Greta shortly after hers and Finn’s one night stand, and she left him when he lost his job. While everything is cleared up, randomly, Greta’s friend, Simone, shows up at the house, also a one night stand of Finn’s, with her own son, Evian, who also looks like Finn. It’s later revealed that Evian is not Finn’s son either.

Overall I felt Episode 7 was the weakest episode of the season as the story was unrealistic and it blatantly pointed out the strong flaws in Finn’s character, specifically his unquestioning gullibility.

The Season Finale gets off to an amusing start with Finn being pranked by Mr Black in a large teddy bear costume while he is on the phone to Angela ranting about his Uber rating going down. The episode then changes pace to focus on Mr Black introducing Finn to a woman named, Julia, that used to work as a cartoonist at The Post, who is now a famous portrait artist.

Julia and Finn hit it off and Julia offers to paint a portrait of him, however she only paints nudes. Although Finn is nervous, he goes along with it and Mr Black is on Skype call with Angela, making sure she sees what’s going on in the background. Although Angela finds it weird, she doesn’t start to lose faith in Finn until she interviews a body language expert for a story she’s working on at The Post.

Angela resorts to buying a security camera to spy on Finn (the same one Mr Black bought), which he finds and turns off. Afterwards, he and Julia disappear, however Angela sees Julia leave from the backyard. Angela later finds Finn playing the guitar in the garage and he rightly calls her out for not trusting him and tells her they would be engaged if it weren’t for her need to have Mr Black’s blessing. He also tells her that Julia painted another portrait of him, which is of him on one knee proposes. He then proposes, with his grandmother’s ring, and Mr Black storms in begging Angela not to say yes, (although politely) and she says yes. He walks off telling them not to expect him to dish out a lot for the wedding, however the episode ends with him posing nude in front of a half-dressed Julia saying that he’s got a wedding to pay for.

Overall I felt the finale was hilarious but solid as Finn was truly tested and ultimately passed, and finally proposed to Angela. Although Mr Black isn’t too happy, he reluctantly accepts the news and Finn, something which has been consistent throughout the season.

Overall I felt the first season of the show was rocky, but eventually found its stride. It’s not the best Australian show I’ve come across, but in all honesty it does have potential and I would prefer to see more Australian shows on air then more reality TV. I’ve enjoyed reviewing this season and I hope there is a second one, that being said if it isn’t renewed, it did end on a good note.

 

Stray Observations:

-Greta apparently named her son Bacardi as she was drinking it the night he was conceived.

-Malcolm keeps a party popper in his pocket in case there’s good news.

 

Best one liners and interactions:

  • “We’ve been through this, ankylosing spondylitis is not a death sentence.” (Mr Black’s doctor to Mr Black)
  • “Yoga is for wankers!” “Pilates?” “Is for wankers who don’t like to stretch!” (Mr Black’s doctor and Mr Black on the former’s suggestions to the latter on dealing with his condition)
  • “Three of my patients have reported being hit by a scooter.” “Only three? I’ve got to get my average up!” (Mr Black’s doctor-Mr Black)
  • “Seeing you two together is like seeing a fat man in a sushi restaurant…it makes no sense.” (Mr Black to Angela and Finn)
  • “Curious to see where you draw the moral line…we’re using her computer and sending an email from her account.” (Malcolm to Mr Black when Mr Black objects to reading Angela’s emails)
  • “That’s the best thing we’ve co-written since we busted Warnie with those strippers and a blow-up doll.” (Mr Black to Malcolm on the email they sent Finn from Angela’s email account)
  • “I can’t believe you thought it was me, it looks like an old man Googled ‘what words young people use’ and threw them all in the email.” (Angela to Finn on the email)
  • “He’s just like me, overly sensitive and with no hand-eye coordination.” (Finn to Angela on Bacardi)
  • “You think that working on a surveillance story is a good idea and then you put your partner under surveillance and you find out he is having an affair with a Vodafone rep.” “My partner would never cheat on me.” “And I’m with Telstra” (Daina-Angela-Jess)
  • “I’m giving Finn the lowdown on posing nude, I’ve done it many times myself.” (Malcolm to Mr Black while he is spray tanning Finn)
  • “Don’t forget to spray tan his doodle.” “That’s the first thing we did, why do you think it’s taken so long.” (Mr Black-Malcolm on spray tanning Finn)
  • “Malcolm’s a friend of mine and look how he turned out…a Finn sympathiser.” (Mr Black to Angela)
  • “Why do you have a security camera in your bag?” “How do you know I have a security camera?” “I saw it on my security camera.” (Mr Black-Angela-Mr Black)
  • He passed all the previous tests your previous boyfriends tripped up on, plus tests specifically for him that I thought he wouldn’t survive.” “He did so well.” (Mr Black and Angela on Finn)

 

Mr Black–Season 1, Episode 6

This episode revolves around Mr Black and Finn teaming up to break up Rowena and her fiance, Barry’s, relationship as Mr Black wants Rowena back.

The episode kicks off with Angela and Finn in bed comparing their IQ scores, with Angela’s score turning out to be higher than Finn’s, unaware that Mr Black is eavesdropping in the hallway, on the other side of their bedroom door. Finn jokingly suggests to Angela that they get married so Mr Black can’t use his lower IQ score against him, when Angela calls him out, Finn attempts to propose, only for Angela to stop him and ask him to get Mr Black’s blessing first.

Meanwhile, Rowena is coming for a visit and Mr Black wants her back now that he has seen a photo of her on Facebook with another man. His strategy involves spray tanning himself (with the help of Malcolm) with a tan that smells of warm vanilla. However Rowena arrives with her fiance, Barry, who is also spray tanned. After everyone goes inside the house when Rowena and Barry arrive, Mr Black talks to Finn quietly to ask for his help, Finn refuses however he gives in when Mr Black agrees to give him his blessing to marry Angela, if he’s successful with helping him split up Rowena and Barry.

Mr Black’s and Finn’s efforts to split Rowena and Barry up mainly revolve around tips they found on Google, which of course don’t work. In a twist of fate, while waiting for him to show up at dinner, Finn goes to get Barry, only to find him dead on the bed in the guest room. Finn calls for Mr Black’s assistance, but of course he’s no help, with Rowena and Angela coming into the room to find out for themselves.

The episode ends with Mr Black not giving Finn his blessing as he didn’t fulfil his end of the bargain, however Mr Black does tell Finn he is on the right path to getting his blessing but how long and rough that path is, is yet to be seen.

Overall I thought this was a hilarious episode, with a great twist, and an ending which shows growth in Mr Black and Finn’s fledgling father-son like relationship.

 

Stray Observations:

-Mr Black’s search history:

  • How to break up a couple
  • How to break up your daughter’s relationship
  • How to spell ankylosing spondylitis
  • How to get your wife back
  • How to hire a hit man

-Finn and Angela have been together for a year now, which means four months have passed since the events in the pilot.

-Barry’s IQ is 111, which is apparently why he is in real estate.

-The house Angela, Finn and Mr Black live in is Rowena’s parents’ house.

-Malcolm is gay.

 

Best one liners and interactions:

  • “My first words were ‘Gallipoli, 1919.'” (Angela to Finn)
  • “You want me to spray your doodle?” “It would be weird if you didn’t wouldn’t it?” (Malcolm-Mr Black on Malcolm spray tanning Mr Black)
  • “Invite trouble via misinformation.” “You’re good at that.” “Fake incriminating evidence.” “Another one of your specialities.” “Thank you.” (Mr Black-Finn-Mr Black-Finn-Mr Black going back and forth while Mr Black is reading out Google’s tips on how to break up a couple)
  • “Unusual combination of humans!” (Rowena to Mr Black and Finn when she sees them sitting in a room together)
  • “Well if it’ll help you change your mind, Malcolm spray tanned my doodle.” (Mr Black to Rowena on her telling him she doesn’t want him back)
  • “Stop piss phoning around!” (Mr Black to Finn)
  • “I was a terrible husband.” “Yeah…no!” (Mr Black-Barry)
  • “Joke’s on you, there’s no staples left…and I can see your balls!” (Mr Black to Barry after their fight, which involved Barry’s shower towel coming off his body)
  • “If I had known you’d found love I never would have given Peter a spray tan.” (Malcolm to Rowena)

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Mr Black–Season 1, Episode 5

This episode explores Angela’s romantic past when her ex-boyfriend, Mark Strauss, comes to town.

Of course Mr Black talks him up and tells Angela he can’t believe they broke up in front of Finn, while watching him being interviewed on The Project. Angela reveals that Mark got the foreign correspondent job offer and she didn’t want a long distance relationship. Mr Black gives Finn a bit more of a ribbing before Angela asks him to be easy on Finn as it’s the anniversary of his father’s death.

Mr Black apologises about the impending anniversary and asks Finn to pick up his repaired scooter, after blackmailing him with footage of him accidentally destroying it. When they get to the garage they find it closed, however as Mr Black knows the mechanic, he guides Finn into opening the garage to get the scooter.  They find the scooter, however the propped open door closes, locking them in.

Mr Black and Finn spend most of the episode trading barbs and trying to escape, however they are forced to spend the night. During this time, Finn admits he was estranged from his dad towards the end of his life as his dad wanted him to take over the family farm, while Finn wanted to write. Mr Black then admits he cheated on Mrs Black, which is why they split up, and Mr Black believes that Mark plagiarised a quote from his own autobiography. The next morning, they are found by Gary and his staff, spooning on the garage floor, and they tell them that there is a green button next to the door that releases the lock.

Meanwhile, Mark comes to Angela’s to visit, where he bombards her with stories of his foreign correspondent adventures and tries to make a move on her. The entire time, Mark is coming across as self-centred, pretentious and one-dimensional, and Angela ultimately refuses his advances and makes him sleep on the couch. After a lot of tears and anxiety, Angela is relieved to see Mr Black and Finn return, with the scooter. Mark later comes out of the house, where Mr Black accuses him of plagiarism, only for Mark to correct him on the fact that the quote is in fact a Dr Seuss quote. Mr Black storms into the house, Mark then informs Finn that he tried to hit on Angela but she rejected him. This revelation angers Finn until Mark also informs him that Mr Black treated him the exact same way he is treating him, and now that he’s Angela’s ex he wants to be mates. Finn is relieved to find out that Mr Black’s behaviour towards him isn’t personal, which Mr Black himself admitted to earlier while they were in the garage.

The episode ends with Mark asking Finn and Angela to go out and get a beer with him, Angela asks Mr Black who initially refuses, however he gives in and ends up chatting to Mark.

Overall this was a good but not great episode. I found it to be a little predictable, but it was good to finally see Angela’s ex who Mr Black kept talking up.

 

Stray Observations:

-On the way to the garage, Mr Black is quizzing Finn like he did with him and Angela in the pilot, however this time, Finn is answering every question correctly.

-Mr Black admits his behaviour towards him isn’t personal, it’s him acting on fatherly instincts, which is something Mark confirms to Finn at the end of the episode.

-According to Mark, he played Truth or Dare with Wendy Deng and Tony Blair.

-Angela tells Mark her mother is living on the Gold Coast with a new man.

-According to Mark, he sent Kim Jong-un Swiss cheese. He found out he likes Swiss cheese by Googling him and confirming it with Dennis Rodman. He never found out how Kim Jong-un and Dennis Rodman became friends.

-Mark worked at The Post and Mr Black took him under his wing.

-Mr Black admits that Finn is a decent man, however he said this in spite of Mark, so whether he really believes this isn’t made clear.

 

Best one liners and interactions:

  • “Working at a hot desk does not constitute adventure.” (Mr Black to Angela on Finn)
  • “I don’t know if you’re joking or being an irredeemable soft cock.” (Mr Black to Finn)
  • “Have you ever considered working as a grief counsellor?” “No, it’s only a hobby.” (Finn-Mr Black after the latter makes an insensitive comment to the former about his father’s death)
  • “Be careful there’s barbed wire up there, I don’t want to take you back to Angela with a shredded ball sack.” (Mr Black to Finn while the latter is climbing over the garage gate)
  • “Gary’s way too much of a tight arse to spring for real dogs!” (Mr Black to Finn when Finn hears the sound of barking dogs)
  • “Is he still threatening to beat everyone up?” “Yes, but that’s now tempered by the fact that he has a degenerative bone disease.” (Mark-Angela on Mr Black)
  • “A poo is not a thing you decide to do, a poo has a mind of its own.” (Finn to Mr Black after coming out of the garage bathroom to see Mr Black hanging from the garage ceiling)

 

 

Mr Black–Season 1, Episode 4

This episode was action packed with guns, burglars, snakes and blackmail.

The episode kicks off with Finn discovering a tiger snake in the backyard and calling his local council to get animal control to get it, only to hear Mr Black shooting it dead. Finn is naturally against the guns and wants it out, which Angela at first agrees to but Mr Black hides it under the mattress.

Meanwhile, we see Angela at work at The Post for the first time when she is in her editor’s office with her editor, Daina, and her colleague, Thomas. One of the crime stories was wrong and Tom accuses Angela of writing the story, something which Angela denies and Daina believes anyway because Thomas is clearly her favourite. Angela eventually finds proof that Thomas wrote the story and has him admit to it while secretly recording him. She emails the audio clip to Daina, and it’s later revealed when Daina apologises to her that Angela blackmailed her into giving her the crime reporting job. However Daina keeps Thomas on, in her own way telling Angela that she knows she recorded Thomas.

Overall I enjoyed this subplot as it was a nice break from the usual Mr Black-Finn-Angela conflicts.

Throughout Angela’s work subplot, the snake subplot escalates into being about guns. Mr Black invites Angela and Finn to go to the gun range with him to try shooting since he’s keeping his gun in the house. Angela is an excellent shot to the point where she’s asked to enter a competition. Angela feels that the competition will help her blow off steam about her work situation, to the point where she agrees to let Mr Black keep the gun in the house, which Finn is against. This ends up working against them, as Finn’s worst fears are realised and burglars break into the house and manage to overpower Mr Black and hold them hostage with his own gun. Just as the burglars are about to leave with Mr Black’s gun, the police (who Angela and Finn called) arrive and arrest them.

The episode ends when Angela realises that Mr Black wasn’t shot after all and tells Finn that this is her first crime story, and tries to come up with puns for the headline revolving around western movies and Mr Black.

Overall while it started off a little silly, the guns subplot addressed a serious issue and turned surprisingly dark. While I’m glad no-one was hurt and appreciated the little bit of dark territory, I felt the subplot ending was rushed.

Overall a solid episode with more action in it than usual.

 

Stray Observations:

-Mr Black is a clay target shooting, boxing and hockey champion.

-Mr Black thinks Finn’s pancakes are too floury, however when he says he’ll throw them away, Mr Black says he’ll eat them reluctantly.

 

Best one liners and interactions:

  • “I cry like a real man: when Collingwood wins, at the national anthem and at the end of Toy Story 3!” (Mr Black to Finn)
  • “If you can’t make Finn a better man or manly man, at least help me lower my standards.” (Mr Black to God)

 

Mr Black–Season 1, Episode 3

This episode is first to contain A and B stories.

The A story revolves around Mr Black antagonising his new Sudanese neighbours as they are playing loud music when he is trying to watch his beloved Magpies play the Bulldogs. However the owner of the house, Dr Balla, won’t put tolerate Mr Black’s complaining, pointing out that she is allowed to play music in the middle of the afternoon. His feud with the neighbours briefly escalates when their dog poos on his lawn and he drops it off to them in a doggy bag with a note on their front door, he pulls a fuse out of their fuse box when they are playing music again at night, and he refuses to give Dr Balla’s son, Hassan’s, ball back to him after he kicks it over the fence. However the feud ends when he discovers Hassan has talent as an AFL player.

After this discovery, Mr Black and Mal do chores for Dr Balla, and it culminates with them having a fight on the front lawn after Mr Black calls Eddie Maguire to recruit Hassan for Collingwood, and Mal calls Stephen Kernahan to recruit Hassan for Carlton. The fight and the subplot ends when Dr Balla tells them that Hassan will be signing up with the Bulldogs after Bob Murphy comes to the house to recruit him.

Overall I enjoyed this subplot as it showed that Mr Black’s behaviour isn’t limited to Finn and it was good to see him antagonise someone else for once. I felt that the appearances of Eddie Maguire, Stephen Kernahan and Bob Murphy were a little silly, however I did enjoy them.

The B story revolved around Finn and Angela getting tested for STDs after Mr Black informs them of a chlamydia outbreak in Melbourne. While Angela’s results come back clean, it turns out Finn didn’t go to the clinic as the test makes him anxious. Angela forces him to go and he tries to escape out of the clinic’s men’s room window, only for Angela to catch him. It’s later revealed that he was clean too but the doctor recommended he deals with his fear of needles before having to have tests for anything again.

Overall I felt this subplot was a little boring and unpredictable, but it broke up the A story nicely.

Overall this was a funny episode with character development in Mr Black, and development in its writing.

 

Stray Observations:

-According to Eddie Maguire, Mr Black has somehow embarrassed the Collingwood Football Club before.

-Finn has been with two other women before Angela.

-Three nurses held Finn down to take a blood sample and he kicked one of them in the shin.

 

Best one liners and interactions:

  • “He’ll probably want to see the document with the results!” “I will! (Finn to Angela on getting an STD test and Mr Black responding to Finn off screen)
  • “Our players have hair and umpires are bald.” (Mr Black’s partial answer to Finn on why the umpires hate the Magpies)
  • “At least Jim and Marjorie played loud music you could sing along to!” (Mr Black angrily to Dr Balla on her loud music)
  • “Racist and sexist, hard to believe you’re still single!” (Angela to Mr Black)
  • “Get your phone, wallet and balls, you’re getting tested right now.” (Angela to Finn)
  • “You’re not going to embarrass the club again are you?” (Eddie Maguire to Mr Black)
  • “For the love of God Mal! Put on a shirt and some reasonable pants!” (Mr Black to Mal when he sees him wearing jean shorts and no shirt when washing Dr Balla’s car)
  • “I was promised a high octane performance, all I got was a TropFest film…short and weird.” (Angela to Finn on his performance in bed)

 

Mr Black–Season 1, Episode 2

Now that the pilot has established the show’s premise and characters, the fun can begin.

This episode revolves around Angela’s birthday with Mr Black and Finn competing to see who can give Angela the best gift. It starts with Finn and Mr Black giving her books and escalates to the Mr Black giving her a car from the money that he owes his ex-wife, Rowena.

Before he gets in the new car with Angela, Mr Black proposes to Finn that they have a fight to settle the birthday gift competition. While Angela and Mr Black drive off, Finn practices his fighting dirty talk in the shower and realises that Mr Black used all of his towels. As Finn walks around the house naked to find a towel to dry himself with, he realises Rowena is sitting in the house and they get to know each other.

When Angela and Mr Black return, Angela’s happy to see Rowena and Mr Black isn’t, knowing this Rowena immediately informs Mr Black of Finn’s apparently large penis. Later, Rowena and Finn tamper with the new car. When Angela can’t start the car to get to an appointment, Mr Black sees the car has been tampered with, and Rowena decides to surprise Angela with a Tuscan swing chair for the backyard.

While the chair is being assembled, Mr Black discusses Finn and apparently how bad his generation is (except Angela) with his friend, Malcolm (Mal). When Angela returns from her appointment, Rowena and Finn take her to the backyard to surprise her with the chair, only to find that Mr Black set it alight. When Rowena and Finn fight with Mr Black over his actions, Angela reveals she knows he tampered with the car. Mr Black’s actions make Finn angry enough to accept Mr Black’s proposition of a fight.

An impromptu ring is set up in the backyard, with Mal umpiring. Mr Black and Finn dance around each other and bait each other before Finn punches Mr Black, knocking him out and winning the fight.

At the hospital, Finn brings Mr Black the most “masculine flowers” he can find and apologises to him for knocking him out. However Mr Black says he doesn’t need to apologise and compliments Finn on his right hook, offering to take him to his gym so he can be trained. Finn is happy they can actually talk and Mr Black said he might have knocked some sense into him. However typical to his character, when Angela walks into the room he acts like a victim, which provokes Finn into reacting.

However just as much as Mr Black thinks he’s winning, Rowena comes in and tells him that her lawyers are returning the first edition Ernest Hemingway novel and the car he bought for Angela, which brings him back to his normal self. To justify his actions, he tells Rowena that Angela is the victim of their separation, but Rowena won’t have a bar of it and leaves.

Mr Black tells Finn he’ll honour the bet and will move out when he can, however Angela tells Finn that he needs to stay a bit longer due to his head injury. Finn reluctantly agrees after Angela tells him it won’t be long and Mr Black nods his head in agreement.

Overall, this episode was a large improvement of the pilot, especially with the introduction of Rowena/Mrs Black who is an ally for Finn, and Mr Black’s friend, Mal. I also liked the fact that basically Finn “won this round” and that despite his manipulative behaviour, there seems to be hope for Mr Black and Finn’s relationship.

 

Stray Observations:

-When Mr Black reprimands Finn for his barbecue cleaning technique and asks him whether his father taught him anything, Finn tells him his father passed away. You can see the look on Mr Black’s face indicates that he regretted saying that, but brushes it off by saying that it explains a few things and tells him how to clean it correctly.

-Angela has an ex-boyfriend, Mark, who’s a war correspondent in Crimea.

-Finn’s boxing nickname is “Thriller in Vanilla”

-Mal says to Finn that he has “zero wins, zero knock outs and zero chance” at the start of the fight.

-According to Mal, Mr Black was a boxing champion.

 

Best one liners and interactions:

  • “I’m in my jarmies!” “That’s okay!” “No it’s not!”(Finn-Angela-Mr Black when Angela tells Finn to come for a ride in the new car)
  • “Can’t we just have a bake off?” “No, fights are quicker.” (Finn-Mr Black on the latter’s proposition of a fight)
  • “I already saw it, don’t tell Peter whatever you do, he think he’s adequate” (Rowena to Finn on his penis)
  • “I always love the people Peter hates!” (Rowena to Finn)
  • “I’ll make it look like an accident so your family gets the insurance money.” (Mr Black to Finn)
  • “No-one’s going to get hurt, at least not physically.” (Mr Black to Finn on their fight)
  • “You can be cruel sometimes like your mother…but yes I will join you I’m famished.” (Mr Black to Angela when she invites him to join her and Finn for dinner after she realises he tried to manipulate her)

 

Mr Black–Pilot

The job of a pilot is to establish the show’s premise and characters. I feel that this pilot did half the job.

This shows premise or rather its titular character was summarised in one sentence: “Mr. Black moves in with his daughter Angela and her boyfriend Fin to receive extra care. Mr. Black joyfully sets about psychologically dismantling Fin in an effort to get him away from his daughter.” I feel that this summed up the premise and the titular character perfectly.

The episode kicks off with Mr Black attacking Fin’s car with his cane after Fin honks his horn at him, as he is making a phone call. The episode then goes on to show Fin arriving at home and finding out from his girlfriend, Angela, that her father has a debilitating back condition, and that he will be staying with them until he finds the extra care he needs. Fin sympathises with Angela and sees it as an opportunity to finally meet her father, but his tune changes when he realises Angela’s father is the same man who attacked his car.

Mr Black, whose name is revealed to be Peter, appears to not remember Fin and their run in. Although they seem to quickly bond over punctuation or rather its incorrect use, due to their respective occupations as a sports writer and an advertisement writer, this is quickly shut down by Peter’s bad behaviour towards Fin.

Peter’s animosity towards Fin escalates when he walks in on him going to the toilet in the middle of the night, witnessing him sitting down to pee. After he makings fun of him again, he asks Fin to come and see him in his room. It is from here that the running gag of Peter asking Fin random questions is established.

The episode then moves on to show Peter swimming at the pool with a GoPro camera on his head, where unsurprisingly it’s revealed that he is using the camera to perve on women in a pool aerobics class. Fin spots this pretty much straight away but does nothing. Peter is having the time of his life until his muscles give out on him and he falls to the bottom of the pool. Although Fin seems to notice, he doesn’t get him out of the pool until the aerobics instructor notices that Peter hasn’t come up either. Fin goes in, gets Peter out and revives him with CPR and true to character, Peter dismisses Fin’s heroic actions.

Peter dismissing the fact that Fin saved his life is the last straw for Fin. He packs his bags and stays a hotel in the city. This pleases Peter, who ends up watching home footage with Angela on his computer. His happiness is short lived shortly after the home footage ends and the footage of the pool incident begins playing on his laptop. This leads to Peter apologising to Fin at his hotel Love Actually-style.

Peter and Fin return to the house, where Peter admits he only wants Angela to find the right man and he believes Fin is the right man. However moments later, he tricks Fin into falling off of his scooter as he remembered that Fin honked at him.

What I appreciated about the pilot and the characters of Fin and Peter, is the fact that no-one would know “who to go for” as Fin and Peter alternate as the unlikeable character throughout the episode. It was also hard to tell whether Peter was sincere at the end of the episode or not to Fin, so I’m looking forward to seeing this dynamic played out in future episodes. I also appreciated that the focus was on the three main characters and not overwhelming the audience with the introduction of too many characters. However, despite the decent writing, I felt that the pilot fell flat due to its slow pacing. However I feel the show has a lot of potential and I’m looking forward to reviewing the rest of the season.

 

Stray Observations:

-Peter was the Sports Editor at The Post.

-Peter’s approach to attacking Fin’s car resembled a golf swing.

-Angela tells Fin that Peter was on the phone to his specialist when he attacked Fin’s car.

-Fin and Angela have been dating for eight months and have been living together for three of them.

-Angela’s middle name is Geraldine.

-Peter’s questions revolve around many topics, including but not limited to: anal sex, drug use, the Indian city Mumbai, salt, Greek mythology, Paul McCartney’s middle name, whether Fin loves Angela, whether Fin drives a 2005 Mini Cooper Convertible, crows and Bob Dylan songs.

 

Best one liners and interactions:

  • “Is the English cricket team South African?” (Peter to Angela to answer her question of whether he wants a beer)
  • “A lot of guys do it.” “Guys might, men don’t.” (Fin-Peter on men sitting down to pee)
  • “Take a seat, you’d be use to it.” (Peter to Fin)
  • “It stops me from doing certain things but it doesn’t stop me from punching an arsehole in the neck.” (Peter to Fin on his condition)
  • “I’ll be passing on my recommendations to Angela.” (Peter to Fin)