Friday, November 16, 2012

What I’m Watching: Apartment 23

Apartment 23: Season 2, Episode 3 “Sexy People…” (B+)

I watched this episode with someone entirely unfamiliar with the show, and she was extremely confused by Chloe’s sudden appearance at People Magazine. That’s the beauty of this absolutely ridiculous show, which found Chloe with a method for getting fake high-power jobs by firing the first two people who asked questions. Taking over People Magazine to show June that her opinions about who was sexy could easily be manipulated was extreme but typical, and it was fun to see Chloe actually get into the business of running a magazine. Her cruelty to Brenda was rather appalling, but it’s no surprise that Chloe likes to be mean to people, and clearly her maltreatment of poor Brenda led the employee to have quite the inferiority complex. It was especially clever timing to air this episode the night before People actually announced its pick, who turned out to be Channing Tatum. James purposely trying to attract June was very entertaining, and I like how he very simply quelled all of her agony about her newfound attraction by kissing her and telling her that they both didn’t feel anything because they’re friends. Mark’s reaction to the whole situation was amusing, as was Luther’s, particularly due to his book of unattractive James photos from over the years. I’m glad to see that this show has come far enough to be completely comfortable with its characters, extremely capable of knowing what sets them off and what will enable them to have absolutely fantastic and very funny interactions.

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