Wednesday, February 3, 2016

What I’m Watching: Grandfathered

Grandfathered: Season 1, Episode 13 “Tableside Guacamole” (B)

This episode, unlike many others, had just one central theme: Jimmy trying to get the restaurant back on track. It’s very true that Jimmy has not been focused since he found out about his family, and logically Annelise is the one who doesn’t see that as a good thing since her whole life is about work. I can’t imagine that Gerald’s idea of a celebrity would have worked out too well, but the airheaded musician they got wasn’t too terrific either. I like Ryan Hansen from his time on “Party Down,” and he was exactly the right actor for this part, even if it didn’t give him as much opportunity to show his trademark stupidity and instead just to be carefree and obnoxious. Gerald getting ready to give him a piece of his mind and getting interrupted after firing off a few opening compliments was funny, and it didn’t take long for him to be nearly ready to get a tattoo and compromise all of his principles to make his dad proud. Jimmy wasn’t exactly subtle about what he wanted, and that’s part of what made Chasen leave in a huff. Sarah thriving on her 80s knowledge was fun, and good for her for bringing the eighteen-year-old who asked her out over to the girls who said she was old to rub their clueless faces in it. Vanessa getting her own tattoo while Jimmy got his modified was amusing, and it’s good to get reminders every once in a while that she and Gerald couldn’t be more different.

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