Sunday, August 30, 2015

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

Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll: Season 1, Episode 7 “Supercalifragilisticjuliefriggingandrews” (B+)

As if Johnny and Gigi weren’t complicated enough in terms of their own relationship, it’s abundantly clear that there’s much more drama in the extended family. After Gigi’s mother showed up last week, now we get to meet both of Johnny’s parents who are truly a handful. Johnny’s mother, played by Kelly Bishop from “Gilmore Girls,” is remarkably similar to her son in that she continues to thrive on a fame that could have been, citing her pregnancy with him as the reason she lost out on the starring role in “Mary Poppins” and missed out on a career of stardom. Pretending to have cancer and flouting her engagement to a very gay man played by Roger Bart were behaviors extremely typical of rock stars, and she didn’t even try to bolster up her son in any way, even ignoring him in her scheduled interviews. Johnny’s father, played by Peter Riegert, on the other hand, is firmly against the music industry and life, abandoning it for a medical career and disapproving of both his son and granddaughter for their choices. Throughout the episode, I enjoyed Johnny’s mother calling Ava by the wrong name consistently, and then arguing her point further when she was finally corrected, and Bam Bam discussing the things he would be okay doing to have taste some truly terrific ribs. Everyone in this band has their standards and limits, but a bit of free stuff or a shot at immortal fame won’t stop them from compromising on anything and everything.

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