Monday, November 22, 2010

What I’m Watching: Better With You

Better With You: Season 1, Episode 8 “Better with Flirting” (B)

I’m genuinely curious to know what kind of people are watching this show and what they think of it. Whereas the clearly superior “Modern Family” likely appeals to all demographics (especially Republicans, according to a surprising recent study), it’s not as clear who would like this show. I’m enjoying it just five, however, and even if this episode is a little weaker than some of the episodes, it’s still funny. Watching Ben flail about in a given situation is always amusing, and this episode gave him two things to go on about, the defense of his hotel and his miserable efforts to flirt. I suspect that this “special flavors” theme isn’t something entirely unfamiliar to some viewers, and it’s entertaining to see just how unaware Maddie is of how her actions have been misinterpreted by her kindly barista (yogurt equivalent). Of course planning a wedding would be a stressful affair for all involved, and I’d like to commend the show and Reba McEntire on keeping her cameo to a fairly non-intrusive, not-so-distracting bit that proved to be pretty funny, especially considering Mia’s reaction to all of her prized wedding pieces being stolen and Lorraine’s response to being attacked by the bride-to-be. I enjoyed the sentimental conclusion of the episode, featuring Casey making a grand gesture and Mia appreciating but ultimately rejecting it in favor of a family-planned, extravagant, expensive wedding. I’m not sure this show is going to make it to their big day, of course, since I don’t actually know for a fact that anyone’s watching.

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