Sunday, December 6, 2015

What I’m Watching: The Grinder

The Grinder: Season 1, Episode 9 “Grinder Rests in Peace” (B+)

The big bombshell that Dean’s career-making show was being resurrected without him could have sent this show on an episodes-long tangent, and I’m pleased to see that instead it was resolved within just one entertaining installment. Dean is so rarely the voice of reason on this show, and in this case he was only to a degree, since he set forth as one of his main arguments that Mitch and Dean don’t know each other and he can only be one of them at any given time. Cliff coming to him almost immediately to ask him to reprise his role so that he could be killed off paved the way for a quick resolution, though naturally Dean had to doubt whether this is how he wanted the world to say goodbye to Mitch. I enjoyed the reference to the Caruso Deal, a humorous send-up of the glasses-wearing star of “CSI: Miami” who Mitch very much resembles. Stewart interrupting the shooting of the scene and telling Mitch that he poisoned him was great, and it was a superb way to say goodbye to the character. As usual, Claire was the one person who voiced the feelings that Stewart thought carefully not to say and expressed that she actually liked the new Grinder. I love that we got to see a different side of her, one hopelessly infatuated with one Timothy Olyphant, who, like his onscreen brother, was too obsessed with his own ego and the art of the performance to notice that there was a woman there who just wanted to have sex with him.

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