GCB: Season 1, Episode 4 “A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” (C+)
There’s a certain point at which I begin to ask myself why I’m still watching a show, if it’s not hooking me right away and if the grades I’m giving each episode aren’t particularly high. That’s the case with this show, an intriguing premise that isn’t particularly tailored to me, and in whose story I haven’t yet become fully invested. Generally speaking, however, this show is quite harmless, though I’m sure that plenty of people are still offended by it on a weekly basis (not that they’re watching, of course). This episode is full of duplicity, though everyone at first seems to have honest intentions, which isn’t always the case on this show. Amanda working with Blake and Cricket was never going to work out, even if Cricket can’t be jealous of Amanda in the same way that other wives might. Trying to sabotage her, however, was rather cruel, and Amanda, for all her good intentions, is being a little too indiscreet about Blake’s secret life. The spotlight in this hour shone on Sharon and Zach, who began a trial separation at the insistence of Pastor John. Zach heating up frozen dinners and claiming that they’re just as good as Sharon’s, only to try to end their time apart by asking her to come back and cook again, wasn’t terribly impressive, whereas Sharon actually made the most of her alone time and did some serious building. Carlene’s investigation hasn’t been all that fruitful, and the whole storyline with Uncle Burl wasn’t nearly as enticing as it could have been.