Saturday, September 6, 2014

What I’m Watching: Married

Married: Season 1, Episode 8 “The Old Date” (C+)

This was easily this show’s least impressive installment to date, which is a shame since I’ve been enjoying it so much up until this point. I think what happened here is that one of the show’s strongest characters – Jenny Slate’s Jess – didn’t appear at all, and neither of the two storylines that were at play landed particularly well. I can’t say I was particularly pleased to see Ike Barinholtz as Russ’ old business partner Bruce, mainly because his performance as Morgan was one of the reasons that I stopped watching “The Mindy Project.” As a character, he was very weak, and Lina trying to distract him with enthusiasm and dancing so that Russ could steal back his board was not terribly creative. It is worthwhile to have Russ and Lina lament their lost excitement and obsess over nostalgia, but this is not the best way to do it. The same goes for A.J., who is hopelessly obsessed with his ex and felt it appropriate to show up at her new beau’s shiva. Making a speech was the worst part of it, and Roxanne telling him he needs help afterward has hardly a cathartic resolution. At least it’s good to know that the supporting players on this show are capable of hanging out on their own without Russ or Lina, as John Hodgman’s Bernie showed up again, dressed in scrubs, to unwittingly accompany A.J. to shiva and then to make their scheduled stop at a much more logical destination: a strip club.

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