Monday, March 21, 2016

What I’m Watching: Grandfathered

Grandfathered: Season 1, Episode 19 “Some Guy I’m Seeing” (B+)

This was another great episode, further exploring the complexities of the newfound relationship between Jimmy and Catherine and the renewed romance between Gerald and Vanessa. It’s nice to see Jimmy trying so hard, though he isn’t necessarily going about everything the right way the first time. Bringing Sara along to shop for feminine hygiene products and introducing his doorman to give Catherine illegal privileges to walk into his apartment were nice gestures that showed his narrowmindedness, and he got it right later by showing up and suggesting talking about her sister, cuddling, and the like. Reacting to being referred to as “some guy I’m seeing” was a fun way for the whole thing to begin, and I’m so pleased to see that this relationship may well last a long time. They’re great for each other because of just how similar they are, whereas Gerald and Vanessa are so completely different. Vanessa’s participation in movie night went pretty terribly, partly because it seems like an awful and unbearable process that’s also pointless, and Gerald’s frantic eagerness to place bets quickly revealed a problematic past involving gambling addiction. It was pretty funny to see them make up and suggest a variety of activities that they might do together, which couldn’t work since every suggestion one of them made the other rejected outright as unappealing. It might actually be okay for the two of them to be so different, and as they’re struggling to be business partners and parents, it will be fun to watch them navigate the ups and downs of a relationship.

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