Wednesday, June 10, 2015

What I’m Watching: Happyish

Happyish: Season 1, Episode 7 “Starring David Ogilvy, Anton Chekov and Lady Liberty” (B+)

I watched this episode on a flight home from Los Angeles, which I found to be pretty ironic given its setting and Thom’s attitude towards the city of angels. It’s interesting to see Thom’s trip out west marked by the time left until he can leave, and the fact that he got stuck there much longer than he wanted was at first comical and then much more dramatic due to the effect it had on his family. Thom calling to sweetly tell Jules that he wasn’t coming home resulted in deep disappointment manifested as anger in his son, and it’s a real shame given that he did his best to keep things rolling. Despite going in without much optimism, Thom stepped up when both Rob and the star of the commercial were divas and managed to assuage the situation by boosting JJ’s ego and getting him to be cooperative. Rob, on the other hand, decided he was done because there wasn’t anything left that needed his participation. Urinating on his car would have been the ultimate fulfillment of a revenge fantasy for Thom had he actually managed to find the right car. Lee’s initial reaction to being sold a phone was typically icy and harsh, and it didn’t take long for her to mellow out and accept the fact that she needed to buy the protective case and plenty more. Jules throwing the phone down in anger and breaking it right away was just the kind of cosmic reasoning this show loves to live by.

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