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The Wrong Girl–Season 1 Finale

In all honesty, for a finale, this episode was a little disappointing.

The first third of the episode is spent on the birth of Pete and Meredith’s baby. I felt that the birth scenes were realistic without being overly graphic, which I appreciated. I also enjoyed finding out why Lily ended up looking like she had been through the wringer when her brother showed up 10 hours later. I also enjoyed the moments afterwards such as Mitchell showing up to congratulate them and Ivan telling Lily to stay away from them. I wasn’t surprised that Mitchell showed up, however I was relieved when he didn’t go in as it would be going too far and is unrealistic, that being said I felt a little heartbroken for him. I also enjoyed Ivan telling Lily to stay away as he is the only character who is being honest and realistic about the situation and deep down, Lily knows this. It did annoy me that the baby’s name wasn’t revealed (unless it was and I missed it, please let me know if I did).

Another third of the episode focused on Lily’s work situation with Jack. I felt that both Jack and Eric were unlikeable in this episode for different reasons. I felt that Jack was being a little bit of a jerk to Lily when she said that she couldn’t go away with him due to her responsibilities, not to mention it seemed out of character for him. While Eric’s behaviour and joy of Jack leaving didn’t surprise me, I still felt that he was being especially over-the-top and out of control, even for him. I hope he’s fired in the next season or at least finally called out on his behaviour.

On a similar note, I felt that Lily’s choice to resign from her job to travel with Jack was a ridiculous one and quite out of character for her, considering how much she wanted the Supervising Producer job in the first place. I also enjoyed the argument between Pete and Lily when she tells him about her travel plans as they finally call each other out on their questionable behaviour throughout the season.

The other third of the episode focused on Lily’s attempt to repair her friendship with Simone. I felt that the phone call between them, especially on Simone’s end, was realistic and well done. I personally felt that Simone forgiving Lily because she saw videos of their friendship over the years was a cliche and purely because it was a finale, however I appreciate that the writers chose not to drag it out. I also liked Simone’s subtle blessing for Lily’s choice to be with Jack by telling her to follow her heart, especially as she goes on to follow her own with Vincent.

The highlight of the episode for me was Ivan subtly and slowly revealing to Pete that he may have a brain tumour or cancer. For the first time, Ivan shows his vulnerability, not to mention it explains his behaviour both throughout the season and in this episode with his new granddaughter.

The end of the episode for me was perfect in regards to its transition into the next season, however the rest of it I just didn’t like. Pete declaring his feelings for Lily at the end of the episode and season is a cliche, not to mention it made me like him less as his baby with another woman has literally just been born. I also didn’t like it as it seems that Pete and Lily’s attraction to each other has been inconsistent throughout the season.

As I said at the beginning of my review, I felt that this episode, for a finale, was a little disappointing. I felt it was disappointing as there really wasn’t much drama in it and the ending was cliche. However I felt that this episode sets up the future plots for the next season quite well. Despite how I felt about this finale, I’m looking forward to reviewing The Wrong Girl again next year.

 

 

The Wrong Girl–Season 1, Episode 7

For a penultimate episode, I felt this episode was done rather well.

Again we are given more of an insight into Lily’s new job and the toll that it’s taking on her. This episode shows the realities of working long hours and how a person’s social life can suffer as a result, which I think is something we can all relate to, I can (in regards to the social life side). I love that Pete comes to her rescue and how, at first, the ramifications of this in his relationship with Meredith are subtly shown.

This episode also addressed the ramifications of relationships with colleagues. Inevitably the rumours were circulating, I was disappointed that the identity of the perpetrator wasn’t revealed or even addressed and the cliche of Nikki judging her on it. I thought Eric might have been the perpetrator considering his weird choice to try and strong arm Lily into firing Jack because of his own jealousy. This subplot to me wasn’t all that satisfying, perhaps because it hasn’t been resolved yet, but it’s mainly due to the fact that Eric gets away with his behaviour, however I did enjoy Sasha’s reappearance and plan to help her out.

I did enjoy the Pete and Meredith subplot. I felt that the baby shower really wasn’t necessary, sure it inserted/added necessary conflict to advance the overall story, however considering it never ended up happening, it feels like a bit of a waste. I love how honest Meredith is with him and she is starting to see Pete’s feelings for Lily, another hint that their relationship isn’t going to last. I also love the writers’ choice to have these moments constantly interrupted, preventing Pete and Lily from discovering whether they are meant to be, in this episode, it was Meredith going into labour.  I felt that Meredith and Lily’s interaction whilst getting her to the birth centre and Meredith asking Lily to be in the room with her, was the highlight of the episode, as it shows the kindness in both characters and it’s good to see them together without Pete for once.

It didn’t surprise me that Simone was staying with Vincent, in all honesty, I went right back to disliking her as she basically used Vincent for accommodation, turned him down romantically and called her idiotic ex-boyfriend for help. I did enjoy Vincent finally being honest about his feelings and the apology between him and Lucas.

Overall the episode was good but not great, that being said, I thought ending the episode on a bit of a cliffhanger was the perfect way to lead into the finale, which I’m looking forward to watching next week.

The Wrong Girl–Season 1, Episode 6

This episode dealt with all kinds of ramifications.

I’m not going to complain about the use of in media res, as I’ve done this enough, that being said I found it hilarious that it focused on Lily being stuck in the closet by a coat hanger and her hair.

The morning after awkwardness was played out realistically, especially with Simone showing up. I know that Simone still having feelings for Jack was inserted purely for the consequences to be played out, but I feel it’s getting old, which is why I was ultimately happy at the end of the episode when the truth came out. For the first time, I actually felt for Simone as she hit the nail right on the head whilst on the verge of tears and for the first time, Lily is completely unlikeable in this episode. I felt that Simone making the choice to move out in the end was realistic and I’m looking forward to seeing how it plays out.

I didn’t really like the Pete and Meredith subplot. The fact that they are clearly not going to last is obviously going to be dragged out until the finale, so the writers have to thrown in another moment showing their incompatibility, which was Meredith’s desire to move to the country. I found this idea and Pete’s choice to kiss another woman ridiculous, however the ideas redeemed themselves when they were both honest with each other, which provided a nice contrast to the Lily and Simone subplot.

On smaller notes, it was nice to see the consequences of Lily being promoted play out with her ideas being shot down by the executives and having to deal with Eric’s inappropriateness. I also liked seeing moments of Vincent dealing with the realities of being disabled and living alone, as well as when he is trying to declare his feelings for Simone. I also enjoyed Zoe Foster-Blake’s cameo as ‘enthusiastic girl.’

Overall this episode was interesting, but not the best I’ve seen.

The Wrong Girl–Season 1, Episode 5

I felt this episode is about building up to the last few episodes of the season.

This episode again started in media res, this is seriously getting old but as it has happened in every episode, I will accept that this is clearly going to happen in the remaining episodes. In this episode the use of in media res established the main plot–Lily gets promoted just before her 30th birthday.

I liked the tension between Pete, Jack, Simone and Vincent in the scenes leading up to the surprise party. It was nice to see Pete and Jack working together, however it was undermined by Jack asking Pete about his relationship with Lily. We get that they are clearly fighting for Lily, however it would be nice to have a scene between them where that’s not an issue. I also liked the scenes between Simone and Vincent, clearly the writers’ are building up their friendship into the cliche “I’ve never viewed him as nothing more than a friend” love story, however I’m interested to see how long the writers’ will drag it out. I also enjoyed finding out exactly what accident Vincent was in, which lead to him becoming a paraplegic.

The tension between Sasha and Lily was well-done, realistic and slightly heartbreaking. Sasha is clearly good at her job and loves Lily, therefore should would be understandably devastated at losing her job, however Lily is not the bad guy, at least not intentionally. I was thankful for only brief appearances of Eric and Nikki, who were interestingly placed in the scene to enhance Lily’s guilt.

Overall I loved the partying scenes as they exposed the characters for who they are and set future plots in motion. Pete only just stops short of declaring his true feelings for Lily, Ivan sees this and reminds Pete that ‘his focus is in the wrong place’, Meredith inadvertently reveals Lily’s feelings for Jack to Simone, and Jack’s choice to walk Lily home ultimately leads to them giving into their feelings.

On smaller notes, I did love the ‘quarantine period’ gag, Lily and Simone’s dance, and the flashback into Pete and Lily’s friendship. These small comic gags and moments are a great way to balance out the big dramatic ones.

Overall, this was a good filler episode and sets the remainder of the season in motion perfectly.

 

 

The Wrong Girl–Season 1, Episode 4

This episode was absolutely spectacular.

This episode again started in media res, I said it last week and I’ll say it again, this is really getting old, unless every chapter in the novel started this way, I don’t understand why it’s necessary.

Lily is finally given the chance to run the show and from there the can of worms are open. I loved the dynamic between Sasha and Lily in that moment, especially with Sasha reminding Lily that when those opportunities present themselves you say yes and getting the chance to start over, as I’m sure women in these jobs everywhere can relate. Throughout the course of this subplot, Lily is doubted by her clearly jealous colleague Nikki and has to deal with Pete’s childish behaviour and ultimately an on-set meltdown during the Big Day.

With the title, The Wrong Girl, of course everything would go wrong for Lily during her big break, however what did go right was her way of saving the day. Ultimately her actions lead to Erica coming out on national television, which not only saved the day and lifted a weight off Erica’s shoulders, but has also enabled Lily’s career to advance in future episodes. I loved the strong emotions during those scenes as it ultimately showed the characters for who they really are: Erica as a strong but closeted lesbian who illustrates what she has to deal with in today’s society, Eric is an obliviously chauvinistic and old-fashioned man, and Lily and Co. are shocked but ultimately happy for Erica which proves how much of a family they can be.

Meanwhile, the Vincent and Mimi subplot was incredible. Vincent was expressing his frustration about his parents keeping him from independence in the last episode but now it comes to the surface, especially with his mother. The inevitable blow up was spectacular with Vincent shocking both his mother and the viewers. What I loved was not only the strong emotions on display, but the fact that the viewers would be able to emphasise with both Vincent and Mimi, as well as the fact that their resolution comes during Erica’s coming out and ties into that subplot.

Jack and Simone’s break up is no surprise due to the trailers giving it away, however it was clearly going to happen as they weren’t compatible and Jack has obvious feelings for Lily. I felt that the moments leading up to the split were authentic and well-paced, especially Simone’s reaction.

It was an interesting choice by the writers to have Meredith only make a brief appearance, as well as making Simone and Pete rather unlikeable. However the difference between Simone and Pete is that I feel Simone is immature and not always intentionally unlikeable. Pete is intentionally unlikeable due to his own choice to be immature, in regards to the job that Lily offers him. I loved that Ivan was the one who set Pete straight as it further expands his character.

The long-awaited kiss between Jack and Lily at the end of the episode was authentic, well done but also slightly cliche. I loved Lily getting into the bathtub with Simone, illustrating their long, odd and cute friendship, however it also shows in a cliche way, the moral bind that Lily is in, which will be focused on in the remaining episodes.

Overall this episode was without a doubt, the best so far.

The Wrong Girl–Season 1, Episode 3

The opening of this episode was hilarious with Lily being forced to endure the excessively loud sex sounds apparently made by Simone and Jack, which she uniquely calls “sex terrorism”. However it was ruined for me when it was revealed that the writers were yet again using in media res. This is really getting old, to the point that I feel that this show takes the “in media res excessive use cake” from House Husbands. However the technique redeems itself by catching up with itself a lot faster, in comparison to the previous episode, not to mention it seamlessly enables a plot twist.

Anyway, this time the writers take the viewers back 20 hours earlier where we see Pete informing his father, Ivan, that he is about to become a father himself. These scenes were incredibly sweet and honest, with Ivan unable to contain his happiness not only at the thought of becoming a grandfather but also at his assumption of Lily being the mother, as well as his admission that he found parenting boring but amazing. These scenes added another dimension to the apparently odd Ivan.

Meanwhile Lily finally has an idea at work that is approved, a happy moment for her which is quickly undermined by Eric’s behaviour. This episode did a great job at sending the message to the viewers–both male and female–that sexual harassment is unacceptable. Eric was set up to be a cringeworthy character to be mocked, however until now he wasn’t completely unlikeable. I loved the moment when Jack stood up to Eric by giving him a taste of his own medicine, which in turn lead to Lily finally admitting how she really feels. I liked the choice by the writers to have Eric both be shocked by the truth and simultaneously not learning his lesson, it shows that he is human, as well as the reality of how sexual harassment can affect many women.

However my favourite choice by the writers by far, not only for this subplot but for the entire episode, was to have Lily end up acting in a similar way to Eric by unwittingly talking about Jack’s attractiveness simultaneously behind his back and out in the open. Lily and Jack talking about Lily’s “statistics” on Jack was hilarious and the ending of this plot worked out well in regards to building up the feelings between them.

In regards to Pete’s plot, I found the writers choice to make Meredith a little “out there” questionable. As I mentioned in my review of the pilot, I haven’t read the book so I’m only judging at face value, however I feel that her incompatibility with Pete has been shown adequately, I don’t think abruptly changing her personality is necessary. Considering how unsure Pete is of their relationship, it was good to see another side to him in this episode when his jealousy of Meredith’s ex, Mitchell, shows itself. It’s a darker, more selfish side and adds another dimension to the character. I also liked the choice by the writers to make Mitchell a good guy, avoiding the stereotype of two jealous men competing over a woman.

I didn’t think that the truth of Lily and Pete’s one-nighter would come out at the dinner as it’s too early in the series, however I liked the choice by the writers to have Simone almost reveal it. On a technical note, I didn’t like the choice by the director to have close up shots of Pete’s and Meredith’s faces, it was very off putting. However it was clearly the purpose of the shots that being said, knowing this didn’t make me dislike the choice any less.

On another note, it was nice to see Lily’s family members again, however as amusing as it was to see Mimi struggle with botox, they didn’t really add to the episode. However one thing I did like was more of an insight into Vincent and discovering that he wants to live independently and is a doctor, these facts expand his character not to mention they display the great choice by the writers to avoid the misconceptions surrounding disability.

Overall this episode was a huge improvement with the focus on the development of the characters.

 

The Wrong Girl–Season 1, Episode 2

Now that the pilot has done its job, the series can continue with plot and character development. This episode did a great job with the latter.

Again the episode starts in media res, I really hope that they stop using this technique to revolve the writing around, it’s cliche and gets tired quickly in short seasons, I felt the same way about House Husbands‘ excessive use of it, but I digress. The use of in media res in this episode was outside the box with Lily finding herself trapped in a vent in a door, which I liked. It was a good use of humour and a great way to intrigue the viewer, I also appreciated the choice in post production to speed up the footage when the in media res served its purpose and the episode ‘caught up with itself’.

The character development of all the characters: Lily, Pete, Simone and the cast of the breakfast show were all well done. With an hour long episode and many characters to develop, each character could only be focused on for a certain time and I think the episode pulled it off well. We get more of an insight into what Lily and Pete face in their own lives, the kind of men Simone attracts (making it more obvious that her and Jack won’t work), and how the employees at the breakfast show really feel about each other. I especially love the development of Eric (Craig McLachlan), his scenes were equal amounts humorous and cringeworthy, however it was nice to see a character outside of the main three being fleshed out. The reason why Eric was chosen to be fleshed out remains to be seen/explained and I hope it pays off in later episodes.

In other areas, the jokes were better with a great focus on one-liners, such as Hamilton’s (Hamish Blake) one-liner of keeping any pets he has away from Eric, and Pete’s almost-insult towards Lily when she was stuck in the vent. One interesting note was the choice by either the writers, the director and/or those working in post production to not include the word ‘abortion’ when it was clearly being talked about. I’m not going to pretend that I know anything about censorship rules or any rules regarding certain topics that can be discussed during prime time, however in this day and age, surely the word ‘abortion’ can be used considering the topics of casual sex and contraception can be easily talked about with no reaction.

On another note, as much as I’m a fan of Hamish Blake and he is a competent media personality, I can’t help but question whether he was truly hired for his acting abilities or whether his hiring was purely nepotism, especially since Hamilton is a rarely seen character.

Overall this episode was an improvement from the pilot and I’m looking forward to watching and reviewing the remaining episodes.