Wednesday, February 24, 2016

What I’m Watching: Life in Pieces

Life in Pieces: Season 1, Episode 16 “Tattoo Valentine Pregnant Guitar” (B)

This partially Valentine’s Day-themed episode was fun, filled with the same typical interactions, some believable and some over-the-top, that define every episode of this show. Tim going to get a tattoo with Heather’s name on it wasn’t a bright idea from the start, but blaming the omission of a letter on doctor’s handwriting was a bit weak. It was impressive how much he got the Heater nickname out there, and his genuine effort won Heather over enough for them to have a great Valentine’s Day. Tyler and Tim trying to impress the women in their lives when Josh Groban’s accent-donning salesman threatened to one-up them was fun but forgettable. The best part of Matt’s late-planned Valentine’s Day date with Colleen was not bringing his overly affectionate parents with him to score a four-top at a restaurant that was already booked up, but rather Jen’s bluntly-offered multiple choice test that included “I’m an idiot” and “All of the above” as the options. I like that Greg and Jen set an alarm for when they wanted to start trying for a second baby, and that they found as hard as possible against the need to start right away despite signs like a stork literally showing up at the their doorstep popping up all over the place. I think the next family step is a proposal from Greg to Colleen, but I imagine that’s going to be fraught with drama and obstacles rather than a simple and sweet gesture that will result in a certain yes.

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