Thursday, June 4, 2015

What I’m Watching: Happyish

Happyish: Season 1, Episode 6 “Starring Helen Keller, Moses and Lenny Bruce” (B+)

I liked this episode because I felt like it took a different approach than usual, casting Thom and Lee in slightly different roles. Thom started out being annoyed that he had to work with Atomic Goldfarb, who thought Woodstock was some concert that happened in the 1990s, and then he ended up indulging him by going with his idea for the Wonderbra ad, only to have the spot and his approval of it ridiculed by his colleagues, who told him that he should have known better. That will teach him to think outside the box and try being open-minded every once in a while. It’s good to see Michael Zegen of “Rescue Me” and other shows as Goldfarb, so very hip and detached yet somehow infinitely less irritating than Gottfrid. Lee, on the other hand, didn’t try to let go and enjoy something different, and got chewed out by her friend for it. Bella yelling at her and asking her how perfect her life had to be for her to be happy was an important wake-up call, and Richard Kind’s Moses, who got lost in the mall and then went to the Cheesecake Factory, was a helpful symbolic element of Lee’s search for meaning in life. I like the Israelite scene with the sand as the soul imagined experience of the episode since it was easier to digest than some of the other hallucinations Lee and Thom have had. More importantly, it was good to see Lee with Bella and to see both of them letting loose and letting go.

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