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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).

 

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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).

 

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)

The Wrong Girl–Season 2, Episode 6

So it turns out Jack and Lily are engaged.

This episode starts with its near ending and then goes back 30 hours. The gold Logie nominations have come through at the office—Erica and Jack were nominated, while Eric and Nikkii were not—which doesn’t surprise me, not to mention Erica’s nomination is a nice dose of karma for Eric and the studio for knifing her earlier in the series.

The episode then moves on to Jack and Lily announcing to their engagement to mostly Lily’s family and friends, plus Gillian. I felt that the reactions from everyone from surprise, to happiness, to awkwardness, and then confusion at Lily and Jack’s choice to buy an “engagement table” instead of a ring, were well played and realistic. I found it odd that Gillian was there and that Jack’s family wasn’t, not to mention the choice of an engagement table, which to me seems very hipster, a quality that hasn’t really been shown in either Jack or Lily. I felt that the “hurdle” that they were facing—being papped—was cheesy and cliche, and didn’t really add anything to the episode, drama or otherwise.

I felt the highlight of this episode was the reveal of Anthony on a dating site, despite his engagement to Yvonne, running parallel, and mirroring Jack and Lily’s engagement and Lily’s clear doubts. Marais’ performance of Lily’s confrontation was well done and realistic. What I appreciated was the fact that Anthony reassured Lily about her own doubts and in the process got rid of his own, by asking Lily to delete the app at the end of their conversation.

Another highlight of the episode was Pete and Lily’s feelings starting to come to the surface, but not exactly being fully addressed yet. The clear instances of this are the disappointment on Pete’s face when Jack and Lily announce their engagement, and Lily’s disappointment when she sees Pete and Gillian together. However it’s the subtle presence of Augie March’s “One Crowded Hour” as the episode’s soundtrack that brings this idea home. This is especially true as this song is playing while Lily sees a sign advertising Jack’s show, illustrating that she feels she’s at a crossroads of sorts. I’m looking forward to seeing how this is addressed in the remaining episodes, but hopefully it won’t be dragged out for too long.

On smaller notes, I was glad that the focus was taken away from The Breakfast Bar in this episode with the addressing of the gold Logie nominations and the brief scenes of Eric resigning. While Eric seemed genuine in his delivery of his reasons for resigning, considering how disingenuous his previous actions in the workplace have been, especially his previous threats to quit, I’m not holding my breath on the resignation sticking.

I also enjoyed the scenes between Ivan and Mimi as cringeworthy as they were, especially when they found common ground on their hatred of litter. I felt that the bonding between Simone and Alice through alcohol was cliche and their eventual drunken kiss was forced, however what I really appreciated was Vincent’s lecturing of her, pointing out that she’s driving a wedge. This made me question whether he’s aware of how Simone really feels about him. I’m hoping this will be addressed before the finale.

Overall an enjoyable episode showing a lot of potential for the impending finale, which is a few episodes away.

 

Stray Observations:

-I’m hoping engagement tables don’t become a thing.

-Ivan’s hobby is to collect rubbish or get rid of litter, something Mimi approves of and Pete goes along with, to the point of even joining him in doing so.

-Another flashback into Lily and Pete’s past, when Lily asks Pete for a cuddle years earlier when she is told by her parents that they are splitting up.

-Meredith, Mitchell and Manisha were absent from this episode.

 

The Wrong Girl–Season 2, Episode 5

So Jack and Lily are engaged…or they seem to be. But I’ll get to that.

Four weeks have passed since Jack left to go on the road with Gillian. Jack comes back due to a break from filming and is acting suspiciously. Of course, Lily and the viewers jump to the cliche conclusion that Jack and Gillian have hooked up and thankfully they haven’t. Instead we find out that Jack is a little sick of Gillian at the moment, which I personally didn’t buy as there were no hints to suggest this, even though the viewers are meant to be mislead, you can’t pluck things out of nowhere either.

Throughout the episode, the issues that Lily and Jack are avoiding finally come to a head, with Jack telling Lily that he doesn’t know how to be with her if she can’t see a future with him. While a break-up would be the most realistic outcome after a conversation like this, of course it doesn’t happen as the season is nowhere near over and the story arc needs to keep going, so naturally they talk, miss seeing each other, and resolve their issues. I appreciated the writers’ choice to end the episode with Lily about to propose rather than having her give a cliche and cheesy proposal.

The other things going on in the background–Bernard and Mimi’s “relationship”, Nikkii’s struggle to be sexy, and the Alice-Simone-Vincent love triangle–were nice breaks in the episode from the Lily-Jack story.

I enjoyed the contrast between how Anthony treats Mimi and how Bernard treats her, as awkward and cringeworthy as Bernard has been throughout the series, he is going through some great character development through his relationship with Mimi, especially with the reveal of how sweet he can be.

I found Nikkii’s struggle to be sexy and her and Pete’s subsequent hookup to be unrealistic and it didn’t really add anything to this episode, however I think it will come up again in future episodes as these moments between them were never fully resolved or concluded.

The Alice-Simone-Vincent love triangle was subtly addressed in this episode, with Simone finally admitting to Lily and herself that she loves Vincent. This, and Jack and Lily’s engagement, are the turning points for this season and I’m looking forward to seeing them being played out over the remainder of the season.

Overall this episode was solid but not spectacular, there were definite crucial moments however it didn’t feel as strong as the previous episode.

 

Stray Observations:

-Apparently Jack and Lily have sex three times a week.

-Apparently The Breakfast Bar runs a “Logies campaigns” every year.

The Wrong Girl–Season 2, Episode 4

So in this episode we discover that some of the characters aren’t who they appear to be.

With the A story, we have the fiasco of leaked footage of Eric sexually harassing Erica on air years ago. While Eric has been created as unlikeable with his clearly sexist and old-fashioned opinions, in this episode he becomes a more likeable character with the revelations that he has four daughters to support and apparently has strained relationships with them, that he loves babies, and that when Erica pushed Eric, he was genuinely shocked by how hurt she was by his behaviour. One of the most interesting aspects of this story was the reveal that Eric and Erica were best friends for 15 years, which I feel is inconsistent with what has been shown throughout the series, but as I’m yet to read the series’ source material, I’ll give it a pass. Another interesting aspect was that Lily was the antagonist in this story by her choice to leak the footage, while it all conveniently and predictably worked out in the end, for the first time she is truly unlikeable and I hope it is the last we see of these qualities.

The B story of Meredith’s and Pete’s opposing views on vaccination was interesting but a little underwhelming. I felt that both of their opposing views were portrayed accurately and in good taste. Pete’s drastic actions to vaccinate Manisha were predictable, however I appreciated that the writers didn’t drag on the vaccination debate by having Meredith have a change of heart. I found that Meredith’s reaction to Pete’s revelation by moving out and Mitch offering Pete to live but not live with them, a little odd, however I would like to see how it plays out in future episodes.

Meanwhile, Simone and Mimi go out together as single ladies on the prowl, these scenes and Simone subsequently losing Mimi were hilarious. I hope we see more of them as “BFFs”.

Simone and Vincent’s sexual tension, and the Gillian-Jack-Lily love triangle were barely addressed in this episode, which I didn’t mind.

Overall this was a strong episode with great character development.

 

Stray Observations:

-“Shake that cash”.

-Ivan cleaning Mimi’s gutters in the background of Simone and Vincent’s argument was hilarious, it’s hard to go wrong with background jokes.

-Eric is a surprisingly great ukelele singer-songwriter, especially loved his consideration of Nikkii in his song by clarifying to her that she’s “not through” on The Breakfast Bar.

The Wrong Girl–Season 2, Episode 3

Well this episode revolved around what looked like a marriage proposal, when it was obvious from the beginning there wouldn’t be one.

The episode starts with Lily finding her grandmother’s ring in Jack’s pocket and the panic kicks off from there, going back in time 24 hours. The fact that Lily was panicking and even dreading having to deal with the thought of a proposal, is clearly another hint that her relationship is not going to work out. This A story was already predictable, without the addition of another cliche conflict in Jack’s fellow-chef slash ex-girlfriend, Gillian (Natalie Bassingthwaighte). I haven’t seen Natalie Bassingthwaighte in acting action since her Neighbours days. While her character has been added for the necessary cliche romantic conflict, I’m looking forward to seeing her come into play in future episodes. I felt that as she was only just introduced that she really didn’t shine in this episode.

I actually enjoyed The Breakfast Bar subplot more than the Lily-Jack A story. I felt it was very gutsy of the writers’ to tackle a current real-world issue and manage to pull it off with a respectable amount of humour. I felt that Eric’s “six signs” that he informs Lily about came straight out of an article in Cosmo, however they were a nice way to bring the viewer back to the A story.  My theory on Nikkii eclipsing Eric’s popularity was proven when Lily tries to cheer him up in his office. I also enjoyed the scenes between Shaun and Lily with him questioning her on her professional choices and the quality of The Breakfast Bar, something which the viewers haven’t seen any other character do.

I enjoyed the B story with Vincent trying to figure out how to be intimate with Alice and later Simone. While Vincent’s paralysis and the limitations it presents in his day-to-day life were briefly explored last season, this season the writers’ have the made the choice to bring them to the surface and develop his character more, which I appreciate. This episode also marks the first time we are given a glimpse into his and Simone’s lives as roommates and possibly a couple in the near future, especially since they almost had sex. I was disappointed as a viewer that Simone stopped herself for an unexplained reason, most likely her fear of relationships, even more so when she was later disappointed at Vincent giving things another go with Alice, but as a writer it makes sense–if the sexual tension is gone, it’s a boring story.

Overall this episode wasn’t the best, but I appreciated the exploration of Vincent and Simone’s relationship and the introduction of Gillian and Shaun.

 

Stray Observations:

-The six signs that a man is about to propose (according to Eric):

  1. Saying “we’re a team”
  2. Increasing touch
  3. Meeting the family
  4. The presence of new jewellery boxes
  5. Buying a house
  6. Secret meetings with dad

-Best one liner:

  • “Relax, I’ve seen you both naked” (Simone to Jack and Lily)