Friday, March 20, 2015

What I’m Watching: Episodes (Season Finale)

Episodes: Season 4, Episode 9 “Episode Nine” (B+)

This was a funny season finale, one that tied up a few important loose ends and set them all on very different courses for the fifth season that I certainly hope ends up getting picked up and produced. I wasn’t pleased with how the Helen storyline went, but I think that this is the best possible way that it could have been rescued and resolved. Helen telling Carol she’d be out of town and then tracking her down to surprise her at her walk with Beverly, followed by an immediate demand for her clothing back that left Carol topless, was a pretty spectacular takedown of the woman she believed had wronged her. I doubt she had anything to do with Caster happening to show up and then offering Carol a made-up job as his number two at the CW, but that was an even greater punishment that unfortunately will leave Carol seriously in the lurch. Not cancelling Beverly and Sean’s new pilot at first seemed noble, but bringing Tim, who announced his presence with his token “Oh, no,” in to run it instead was the best revenge she could possibly have gotten on Beverly. It seemed inevitable that either Matt, Merc, or both would end up in the box, and after Merc insulted Matt’s time spent at the gym, it was fitting that he would be the victim of a triumphant “Release the bugs!” from a vindictive Matt. And finally, Myra did end up having a baby, one who groans and grumbles just like her. This wasn’t the most even season this show has had, but for the most part, I really liked it, and eagerly look forward to a very worthwhile season five.

Season grade: B+
Season MVP: Andrea Savage as Helen

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