Sunday, October 6, 2013

Round Two: Back in the Game

Back in the Game: Season 1, Episode 2 “Stay In or Bail Out” (D)

I want so badly to like this show because I loved Maggie Lawson on “Psych” all those years, but it’s just not going to be possible. This episode takes a flimsy enough premise and runs in absolutely the wrong direction with it, dooming all of its plotlines to awfulness for the foreseeable future. The Cannon taking the team to a prison to learn how to play baseball was the moment that this show crossed the line, unable to come back to a legitimate and believable place. Terry getting a car sales job just by signing a few pictures of a celebrity was far-fetched, even if it could be explained away be the boss being attracted to her, but she managed to tank that job as quickly as possible. Convincing her client to go across the street to get a better deal was a preposterous move, though not as over-the-top as putting the manager in the trunk as she quit. Netting a restaurant job after complaining to the manager that they didn’t offer individual slices and pitchers makes it seem like she could really get any job she would want pretty easily, and therefore she might not need to settle. We didn’t see all that much of Gigi in this episode, but just a little is plenty considering how overbearing she is as a character. I’m even more irritated by Dick, whose mysterious mass fortune allows him to own every single business in town. I don’t think I’ll be coming back for any more of this show since it seems beyond saving at this point.

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