Sunday, November 29, 2015

What I’m Watching: Grandfathered

Grandfathered: Season 1, Episode 8 "Gerald's Two Dads" (B+)

It’s no surprise that Jimmy isn’t someone who celebrates Thanksgiving in a typical manner, instead focusing on selfish pursuits that involve much younger women. But he’s also someone who is very prone to being influenced by others when he sees that he isn’t the center of attention, and meeting a father figure for Gerald who threatens to upstage him was just the motivation he needed to spend the requisite time with his new family. Burning the canoe the poor guy made for Gerald out of a tree full of meaning wasn’t the best way to show his affection, but he’s Jimmy, and he often has trouble finding the perfect way to show how he feels. Feeling the butterflies and realizing that he is capable of jealousy was an important step, and experiencing that same sensation when he saw Sara kiss someone else, which should lead to some fun moves on his part as he attempts to articulate his apparent desire for the woman he once loved. Vanessa pushing Sara to open herself up to a bit of romance was fun, and I like when she tries to assert herself into the storyline. Jimmy’s date getting very horribly sunburnt in just a few places was a humorous reminder that Jimmy might get distracted easily, but that doesn’t mean that the world stops moving when he loses interest. The best moment of the episode was Jimmy coldly stating that his new buddy shouldn’t call him James, prompting an apologetic and confused reaction from an all-too-gullible Gerald.

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