Monday, November 30, 2015

What I’m Watching: Life in Pieces

Life in Pieces: Season 1, Episode 9 “Hospital Boudoir Time-Out Namaste” (B)

I think that this is definitely the best episode this show has produced so far, and I was especially impressed with the first segment. Jen cutting her finger a moment after she said that she couldn’t trust anyone else to be safe around her baby was ironic, and a trip to the hospital was the obvious next step so that the plotline didn’t become too slapstick with her bleeding all over the place and Matt vomiting as he saw it unfold. Their time in the emergency room waiting room was a blast, with Jen pushing too hard to be seen after being rudely told that she just had to wait, and her realizing that this was the perfect opportunity for the kind of one-on-one date she and Greg hadn’t had in a very long time. The ending with the two of them celebrating not being called was extremely sweet. What Tim did to make up for laughing at Heather’s boudoir photos and not getting her a good present was silly, but it’s the commitment that counts. I’ve commented before that Sophia is a bit unbelievably precocious, but I’ll admit that having her narrate a segment from her perspective was an entertaining experiment. The closing segment with John realizing that he wants to spend time he missed with his children was less serious but enjoyable enough, and Joan diagnosing her husband as uncomplicated was an amusing final moment that helped to tie it all together and set things right again in regards to his relationship with his adult children.

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