Sunday, August 16, 2015

What I’m Watching: Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll

Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll: Season 1, Episode 5 “Doctor Doctor” (B+)

This episode reminded me very much of a memorable “Rescue Me” season two episode, “Sensitivity,” in which the firehouse crew is assigned mandatory sensitivity training and spend the entirety of it being as offensive as possible, destroying their instructor and the program in the process. This episode was extremely similar, even if it started out from a less serious standpoint. At the beginning, I wasn’t sure that it was going to be as effective, but this episode demonstrated that the writing on this show really is terrific, enabling every minor character to contribute in some way to the conversation, a perfect thing to illustrate in an installment highlighting those who aren’t usually part of the conversation, like Bam Bam and his drumsong and Ava and her ukulele. Getting Griffin Dunne’s doctor to declare that they were the most messed up band in history was a badge of honor, and the scenes that precipitated that were truly hilarious. I especially enjoyed Gigi and Johnny competing to name celebrities, with Gigi identifying George Harrison and then the two arguing over who Steve McQueen was when, in fact, both photos were of people who have that name. The setup of this episode provided a fantastic framework to showcase all the characters and give them the opportunity to speak up, most often with selfish and absurd sentiments, but that’s the beauty of this show and its title. The band didn’t do much making music, but they did accomplish a whole lot by completing eviscerating the bold doctor who deemed himself worthy to try to fix them.

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