Monday, September 22, 2014

What I’m Watching: Married (Season Finale)

Married: Season 1, Episodes 9 and 10 “Halloween” and “Family Day” (B-/B+)

I wasn’t too into this show’s penultimate episode, which I felt got away from anything relevant on the heels of the show’s equally disappointing eighth episodes. Out of all of the characters on this show, I think A.J. is one of the weakest, entertaining in small doses but not as worthwhile when he’s taking up a greater percentage of the episode’s runtime. Sending him to rehab could have been something simple and didn’t need to take up the whole half-hour. I’ll spend more on a time, as a result, focusing on the show’s season finale, which renewed my faith in it by offering up a very intense and surprisingly dramatic setup that turned into something happy by the end. It was uncomfortable to see Russ and Lina fight as he talked about wanting to move to Costa Rica and travel the world and she obsessed over getting a third bathroom, and then things turned ugly by the time they were in the middle of A.J.’s opportunity to make amends. Lina snapping at and being rude to Jess was worrisome, and it’s a good thing that, when we checked in with them at the end, it seemed like all the tension had been rectified. Having them all talk about how they’re going to die was a fun way to end the season, and a fitting finale for a show that’s layered with sarcasm. I hope this show comes back for a second season since I did truly enjoy it and would embrace the idea of revisiting these characters.

Season grade: B+
Season MVP: Jenny Slate as Jess

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