Friday, January 22, 2016

What I’m Watching: Grandfathered

Grandfathered: Season 1, Episode 12 “Baby Model” (B)

I’m never so into the plotline of modeling since it tends to get characters very distracted and preoccupied, and in this episode, it did just that, which was fortunately more entertaining than not. It makes sense that Jimmy would be all for the idea of his granddaughter modeling, though naturally he thought that he was the one being approached first. Vanessa following him outside to tell him that she was secretly agreeing with him before she slapped him to make it look real was fun, and I like when Vanessa gets the chance to interact with different characters since she really does tend to be underused. Sara getting into it when they asked her to model was fun too, as was her reaction to having her face pasted over on the billboard. When Jimmy, Vanessa, and Sara have to keep something from the serious-minded Gerald, it usually ends up being pretty entertaining. Meanwhile, at the restaurant, we saw Annelise go from calm, emotionless work-minded individual to full-on crazy, paranoid for good reason that the cook she broke her rule about mixing work and play with had been missing work for more devious purposes than actually being sick. It was a bit much, but it wasn’t the worst use of her or Ravi that I’ve seen. Typically, Ravi is the louder, more annoying one, and so having him switch places and try to keep Annelise sane while not egging her on too much was at least worth taking up one episode.

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