Saturday, March 5, 2016

What I’m Watching: Grandfathered

Grandfathered: Season 1, Episode 16 “Gerald Fierce” (B-)

This episode had an unexpected serious undertone to it that gave us the first real bit of drama related to Gerald but especially to Jimmy. The flashbacks to their childhoods were interestingly effective, particularly seeing Jimmy and the way that his father reacted to his getting beaten up. Prior to this point, the things that had been keeping Jimmy away from his family were selfish desires to focus on himself and not be held back by commitments to other people. In this case, he responded badly and tried to stay away so that he wouldn’t negatively influence Gerald and be like his father was to him. Fortunately, showing up to help Gerald before both of them ended up getting hurt and embarrassed pretty badly was a great way to bring them back together and show that everything is okay, returning this show to its comforting sitcom status. As usual, Sara wasn’t able to say no when someone asked her something, and Vanessa manipulating her into helping out and essentially doing a lot of things that she should have been doing was nothing new. What was nicer was Sara realizing just how much Vanessa does and makes it seem effortless, which inspired her in turn to stick around and help out. The relationships on this show are really very warm, and it’s a delight to see characters who manage to get along so well with each other even it takes a bit of time. This wasn’t the funniest episode, but it was pretty pleasant and satisfying.

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