The Secret Daughter–Season 2, Episode 2 (Respect)

This episode picks up where we left off and focuses more on the minor characters–especially Harriet and Layla.

Harriet’s anger at Susan for her ignoring her needs, as well as her treatment of Billie, comes to a head when she looks into “divorcing” Susan and trying to sell her share of the motel–both of which she tries without success.  Interestingly when she has the chance to get away from her mother in a realistic and more successful way, she reconsiders, which I’m hoping is played out later as it was left unresolved in this episode.

The bigger focus was on Layla trying to find independence and ultimately remove the label of “gold digger” that Susan put on her in the previous episode. I felt that her dissatisfaction with her life at the hotel and her attempts to find work were portrayed realistically for the most part, with the exception of the scene at the gardening shop which I felt was predictable. I appreciated the outcome of Billie and Layla moving out into their own place as it provides potential for character development and for great scenes away from the hotel.

The most interesting aspects of the episode for me were ultimately the ones that weren’t fully explored–Chris’ career dreams and Katrina, Jack’s first wife and the boys’ mother. Obviously her video diaries will lead to some sort of twist or obstacle in the overall story, however this is yet to be revealed, I did enjoy Chris’ and Matt’s reaction to seeing their mother again, especially Chris’, as Katrina was never mentioned and Chris’ character development wasn’t really explored in the previous season. I’m looking forwarding to seeing these aspects explored further.

On smaller notes, Gus has returned to Walperinga and his seemingly failing health is yet to be addressed. Also, I feel that Marc and Billie’s burgeoning relationship, if you will, is developing too quickly and that the writers are quickly demolishing the tension between them. I did enjoy their scenes in the bar, especially with the writers’ choice to turn the “man saving woman from a brute” cliche on its head by having Billie save herself and then make it clear to Marc that she doesn’t need saving. That being said while no viewer likes sexual or romantic tension to drag out, at the same time it’s not satisfying if it’s demolished too quickly. I also enjoyed Billie’s photo shoot at the studio, however due to the boss’ demands to have her photos severely altered in PhotoShop, specifically to lighten her skin, I see a sad betrayal-like outcome on the horizon.

I felt that the episode’s ending of Susan about to tell her solicitor of her plans to cut everyone out of the estate shows a lot of promise for future episodes–both for this developing story arc and for Susan’s character, especially as Harriet is calling her out on her behaviour and her jealousy of Billie is becoming transparent.

Overall this was one of the most interesting episodes I’ve seen, especially as the focus was more on the minor characters rather than the main players.

 

 

Stray Observations:

-The requests to have Billie’s photos severely altered in PhotoShop provides a sad but realistic glimpse into the expectations of women and their looks in the entertainment industry.

-The Walperinga Band (forgive me I can’t remember their name) that Billie was a part of makes a reappearance.

Best one liners:

  • “I like you so much better now that we don’t have to pretend” (a drunk Susan to Billie).
  • “You’re a shocking liar, honesty suits you better.” (Marc to Billie)
  • “For future reference, I don’t need saving.” (Billie to Marc)

 

 

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Sisters–Season 1, Episode 4

This episode mainly revolved around Julia, Edie, Roxy and even Genevieve, being interviewed for a piece on the obvious A Current Affair spoof, Sunday Spotlight. I felt Natasha’s (Jane Hall) calls to everyone was a nice thread throughout, with it coming to a hilarious head when the piece airs with Genevieve’s anecdote on Edie’s experience at a nudist beach and her apparent subsequent obsession with penises. When Roxy wanted to promote her single on the show, I was expecting a reveal that she doesn’t have singing talent, however it was nice to see that she does have talent and it lead to the disastrous but hilarious piece ending on a happy note. Overall, the Sunday Spotlight subplot provided hilarious moments, but between Genevieve’s interview, the lack of content from the girls themselves and Roxy’s oddly inserted single promotion, it didn’t really come together to form a coherent piece of journalism, even though it was fictional.

Meanwhile, Julia is digging deeper into the IVF scandal and actually formulating a formal timeline of each IVF child through Julius’ photo gallery, with her and Isaac deducing that Julius was using his own sperm from 1978 until 1987. To me this was the most interesting development in the episode and it left me wondering whether both the first and last child will show themselves next week, especially as it was a bit of a letdown that they weren’t revealed this week. Another letdown was the question of why Julius started using his own sperm being left unanswered.

Just as I was feeling disappointed that Kasey didn’t appear in this episode, especially as the previous one revolved around her, sure enough she showed up at Julius’ physio session with Oscar. Again it hasn’t been established whether she actually is Julius’ child due to her reluctance to take the DNA test, I’m wondering how long that’s going to be dragged out for, not to mention I find it unrealistic that Julia would allow her to stay with them if she’s so reluctant to prove herself as her sister. However Kasey is emerging as an interesting character, despite the fact that her character is currently “flat”—she’s a little odd, possibly a con artist, yet she hasn’t shown any malicious intent towards anyone, despite her reluctance to prove she is another sister. That being said whether she uses her witnessing Roxy stealing Julius’ pills to her advantage remains to be seen.

Another interesting aspect in this episode was Zanetti’s choice to have discovery of Edie’s secret touched on but not directly addressed, through Tim’s inadvertent guess and suspicions of Edie’s true sexual nature. Tim asking Amanda about her “gaydar” and Edie’s sexuality, and subsequently quitting her job added some great tension, however I found the opportunity for Edie to reveal herself only to end up deflecting to be a cliche.

While I’m yet to receive confirmation that next week’s episode is the season finale (I suspect it isn’t due to the network not promoting it as such or whether my count of what episode we’re up to is off), I am getting the impression that the end of the season is coming as certain tensions and story arcs are coming to head, specifically the Edie story arc. In this episode, Edie’s secret nearly comes out, her mother reveals that she has Huntington’s Disease (and therefore it’s possible Edie has it) and she realises she has fallen for Amanda. I didn’t see the Huntington’s Disease reveal coming and it will be interesting to see it played out.

Overall this was a mostly solid episode, an improvement on last week, however there were a few too many letdowns, specifically the lack of reveal of the first and last IVF children, whether Kasey is another sister, and why Julius started it all in the first place.

 

Stray Observations:

-Interestingly Ron and Diane didn’t make an appearance (feel free to correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t recall seeing them), I thought this would be the episode where they would want to be front and centre.

-Genevieve makes possibly the most hilarious reappearance after not being present in the previous episode.

-Sam makes a reappearance with the reveal that his marriage has broken down, however whether this is because his wife found out about his encounter with Julia in the pilot wasn’t made clear.

-Genevieve’s anecdote on Edie’s nudist beach experience made me think of the penile impression scene at the beginning of Bridesmaids.

-Not that I condone drug use/abuse, but Roxy is funny when she’s high.

-Julia cleaning up nasty graffiti at her home was another subtle reference to the consequences of the saga.

-Both Julius and Julia visited Julia’s mother’s grave.

-Loving the bonding sessions between Oscar and Julius, I hope we see more of them.

Best one liners:

  • “In aged care we call this fake sleeping” (Oscar on Julius).
  • “Making up is good” (Roxy to Edie and Julia after their first fight as sisters).
  • “It was circumcised, it did look aggressive” (Genevieve on Edie seeing a penis for the first time at a nudist beach).

The Secret Daughter–Season 2 Premiere (Always on My Mind)

As it has been a year since the season 1 finale aired, I had to re-read my review on it to be able to review this episode, even though Mauboy provided a voiceover summary of the season at the beginning.

My review of the finale focused on Harriet’s misguided actions and mistakes to keep Billie around, Susan pretending to be nice to Billie in an effort to avoid a lawsuit by her, Billie performing in Jack’s Bar in front of a record producer (portrayed by INXS’ Kirk Pengilly), Billie finding out that she’s not a Norton and discovering it was okay for her to have feelings for Jamie, Billie running away with Gus, and Susan lying about her departure to Jamie.

The episode kicks off with Billie and Gus travelling home on the train and apparently according to Susan, a couple of weeks have passed since the finale. I’m not sure if this is a continuity error (especially as there are unfortunately a few in this episode) or whether Billie and Gus just took their sweet time getting back home.

I felt it was an interesting choice to have the episode briefly focus on Billie finding another side to her family through her mother, unfortunately I felt it was just a distraction away from the Norton side of things. It felt forced and awfully convenient, especially the moment Aunty tells Billie to go back to the city. That being said, the moments from this brief subplot paid off with subtlety throughout the episode, with the warm welcome Billie received from her mother’s side of the family contrasting beautifully with her tension with Susan. I felt that the photo of Billie as child confirming that she is in fact a Norton was a nice throwback to the pilot, not to mention a full circle way to provide the confirmation.

Meanwhile back in the city, it’s revealed that Hannah’s actions in last year’s penultimate episode and finale are now common knowledge to Chris and Jamie. I actually enjoyed the moments of sibling bonding between Chris, Jamie and Billie throughout the episode, as it was something that couldn’t be touched on last season due to the uncertainty of whether Billie was really a Norton. I also enjoyed the moments between Billie and Susan as they are finally addressing Susan’s hatred for Billie. Billie’s choice to stick around wasn’t a surprise, there would be no season if she didn’t. These moments contrast beautifully with tense moments between Susan and Harriet, as Harriet inadvertently exposed Susan’s airport lie to the family.

It didn’t surprise me that Kirk Pengilly didn’t reappear as the record producer and that another opportunity to start a singing career was presented to Billie, as it’s a reason to keep her in the city and with the Nortons. Unfortunately I felt that her dance performance in the record company’s office was cheesy and over-the-top.

On smaller notes, I appreciated that Billie and Jamie’s feelings were addressed especially at Layla’s hand, although I found it weird that Layla and Jamie would still date after that. My favourite moment of the episode was actually Layla locking Jamie and Billie out so they can deal with it, and her subsequently watching them via the CCTV cameras, alongside Chris at the reception desk. I also loved Billie and Jamie’s thumbs up to the camera, knowing that they were being watched. I also appreciated the hints of Gus suffering from a yet-to-be-identified serious health condition, which will obviously be explored this season.

The addition of James Sweeny to the cast as the wealthy Marc Laurent will hopefully provide a breath of fresh air to the series. I felt Marc and Billie’s first and second meetings to be cliche, and apparently he’s been introduced as a love interest for Billie, so it will be interesting to see how this is played out throughout the season.

Overall I felt this was a good but not great season premiere, I felt that the closure of the Billie-Jamie subplot and the confirmation of Billie as a Norton after all of the sample-swap drama from last season, was messy. That being said, I’m looking forward to seeing what this season will bring.

 

Stray Observations:

-The train that Billie and Gus were travelling on certainly looks nicer than those on offer through NSW TrainLink.

-The little girl that Billie’s Aunty says is her niece would actually be her second cousin (continuity error).

Best one liners:

  • “It’s easy to be good on you” (Jamie to Billie).
  • “I guess that goes for you too” (Aunty to Gus in regards to his place in Billie’s mother’s family).

Sisters–Season 1, Episode 3

So there’s a potential new sister.

In all honesty Kasey’s (Emily Barclay) appearance was a real let down. She only appears sporadically throughout the episode, being an imposition to Julia, and whether she is Julius’ daughter is never established. While the writers would be leaving this open to keep the arc going, I felt that the build up and the lingering feeling weren’t established well enough or strong enough to justify dragging it out.

I felt that Julia feeling overwhelmed at the situation was predictable, as it was inevitable and hinted at in the previous episode. I also felt the scenes with her trying to find relief fell flat, as the outcome of trying to hook up with a man who turned out not to be her sibling, only for him to be married with a family, was predictable. However these predictable moments redeemed themselves, when they lead to the most surprising moment of the episode of Julia catching Edie and Amanda in the act on her way home.

I felt that the MVP of this episode was Roxy, the focus was more on her whilst Julia and Edie were really in the background this week. Roxy genuinely tries to look after and have fun with Julius, with her own problems resurfacing in the process as she is becoming addicted to drugs again, which comes to a head when Ron sees this (but not Diane) when she returns to work.

On smaller notes, the brief emotional moments involving Mr Browning added another side to the IVF saga, by exploring how paternity would be made clear for an IVF child who has died. It was also an interesting moment for Julia as she steps up and is there for a stranger, rather than someone she knows, who is affected by the saga. I also felt that the parallel of Tim and Julia’s history and sexual tension, and Edie and Amanda’s sexual tension and kiss was executed perfectly. Also Roxy and Julius getting high, and the reveal of the origin of Tim’s “cleaning in undies” fantasy were the comic highlights of the episode.

Overall this episode wasn’t terrible but it did fall a little flat, in all honesty it felt like a filler.

 

Stray Observations:

-Roxy getting Julius into Snapchatting was gold.

-WWJD, no not Jesus, What Would Julia Do?

-Roxy got her “princess with a hammer” wishes at work.

-Genevieve (Catherine McClements) didn’t appear in this episode, but judging by the promo it looks like she’s going to cause trouble next week.

-Ron and Diane only appeared briefly and surprisingly Ron was the one to make the biggest decision in regards to the class action.

-Roxy felt like a middle sister when she was sitting between Edie and Julia at breakfast and trying to get them to be more optimistic.

Best one liners:

  • “I’m driving a car with no brakes heading into a tidal wave of shit” (Julia).
  • “Date guys whose DNA tested negative, easy!” (Isaac to Julia on how to avoid accidentally dating another sibling).
  • “I’m just a lady that’s really good at avoiding her own life.” (Julia)

Sisters–Season 1, Episode 2

So the Pilot established the show’s premise and dealt with the fallout of the IVF scandal on the three sisters, shortly after they all met. This episode dealt with the fallout on some of the girls’ family members, as well as their developing relationships, getting off to a great start by picking up where the viewers were left off–the girls’ impromptu sleepover.

While the Pilot introduced the three sisters to the viewers by separating them and their stories through obvious chapters, this episode continues this technique by alternating between the three of them with subtlety.

The most interesting themes present throughout this episode was the two sides presented within the characters, and also the loneliness they feel. With Edie, she describes the homosexual or bisexual side to herself without revealing it outright in therapy, and she’s struggling not only with the two sides of her sexuality, but also the two sides of simultaneously trying to be a good sister and trying to be a good solicitor. With Roxy, her two sides is being her happy self which could possibly be a front due to her profession, and trying to have the strength to stand up for herself both at work and with her mother, which she manages with success. With Julia, her two sides are basically trying to make everyone happy while trying to keep her head above water.

The two sides theme really comes to a head at the best awkward family dinner I’ve seen on a television show in years. While a family dinner of this nature was never going to go well, I felt for this situation it was quite realistic. Ron, Diane and Roxy air their issues, in the midst of Oscar (Joel Creasey) letting the cat out of the bag in regards to Edie’s lawsuit, whilst Genevieve provides a harsh but honest voice of reason and commentary on the recent events. While the tension was executed beautifully, I felt that the dinner being the moment that the lawsuit truth comes out was predictable.

In regards to the loneliness theme, this is shown beautifully with the soundtrack and dialogue-less scenes with all of the main characters at the end of the episode. All of the characters are lonely in different ways–Edie with turning on her siblings and her unexplored sexuality, Julia with trying to take care of everything on her own (which Roxy points out that she doesn’t have to), Roxy with her strained maternal relationship, and Diane and Ron missing Roxy.

Another highlight of the episode was the reappearance of Sam and Oscar, especially as I wasn’t sure when the Pilot concluded whether any of the other siblings would be reappearing. As Sam was portrayed as an unlikeable character, I’m glad his reappearance was only brief. In contrast, I loved Oscar’s reappearance, who provided much needed comic relief. While Creasey’s talents are in comedy and he provides this in spades with the character of Oscar, he also started to show his acting chops in this episode, especially during the dinner scene, as his presence was of a more subtle nature. I’m looking forward to seeing Oscar in future episodes. The reappearances of Sam and Oscar also provided some subtle foreshadowing at the reappearance of another unknown sister at the end of the episode, although that being said, it is yet to be revealed if this woman actually is another sister, which will be the focus of next week’s episode.

On smaller notes there are some loose ends that haven’t been tied up, which leaves me wondering if they will be addressed in future episodes or whether they were just random mishaps. These include Sam’s desire to meet Julius, Roxy’s “negotiations” at work, and Amanda’s (Zindzi Okenyo) anger towards Edie.

Overall this was a solid episode, but I wouldn’t say as spectacular as the previous two episodes. Perhaps this is because as the premise and characters have been established, the focus is now shifting to more subtle character development. Interestingly, according to IMDB, there are only six episodes, so we are already halfway through the first season.

 

Stray Observations:

-Oscar Skyping or Facetiming with Roxy whilst at lunch with Edie was a nice, if not awkward attempt at sibling bonding.

-The way Julia was fired would not happen in real life, or at least if it did it wouldn’t be legal.

-Ron, Diane, Genevieve, Isaac and Julius only make brief appearances in this episode.

Best one liners:

  • “I want a hammer!” (Roxy)
  • “As an adult, I’m coming for you.” (Edie to Julius)
  • “I am not scum!” (Diane to Julia)

 

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).