Tuesday, July 12, 2011

What I’m Watching: Love Bites

Love Bites: Season 1, Episode 6 “TMI” (B)

I’m happy to report that this is most certainly the best episode since the pilot, if not the best this show has ever aired. Each segment was connected in an interesting way, and the three different threads were all relatable and fun. In the first segment, I was pleasantly surprised to see a good performance from Ashley Williams, who I knew previously only from NBC’s “Good Morning, Miami.” I was rather disappointed by James Roday, who is so consistently excellent and funny on “Psych” and didn’t have all that much to do here. The “Fetishes” segment was amusing and strong, transitioning into another young-love segment which only tangentially related to a main character. With Annie entirely absent from all segments, Judd did uncle duty to his niece Becky as she coped with thinking she might have an STD. All I can say is that she’s one scary driver, and it’s good to see Judd used for something other than tattooing or getting high. The third segment wasn’t ultimately all that related to love, but more so to the aftereffects of a breakup and how it left Brian without much hope for being another other than a creepy dad. Jay Harrington turned in a fantastic performance in this episode, and it’s clear just how effortlessly he plays a role like this so well. It’s fitting that he’d have a precocious daughter who ultimately proves deeper and a more positive force in his life than Cheryl Hines’ Kristen. This installment was definitely fun, but there’s still somehow missing in the execution.

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