Friday, March 11, 2016

What I’m Watching: The Grinder

The Grinder: Season 1, Episode 16 “Delusions of Grinder” (B)

This show is getting pretty silly, but that’s to be expected given the premise. It does seem clear that Cory Manler is a pawn of some sorts, not invested in any way in the case against the elder Dean, and therefore that would imply that Stewart isn’t crazy. He got egged on by the fact that every person was treating him like he was crazy, including his kids, when Dean was the one entering into a completely inappropriate relationship with his therapist, who is definitely getting on everyone’s nerves except for Dean’s. The divide between her role as his girlfriend and her role as his therapist is definitely blurred, and cuddling with him on the couch while they were having a conversation with Stewart and Debbie definitely crossed a line. Watching Dean try to tone himself down and water plastic plants as an intern while commiserating with Debbie, who also isn’t really an intern, was entertaining but also predictably absurd. Ending the episode on a cliffhanger means that this plotline could go on for some time, and it might be a while before we figure out what’s actually happening with the case against Dean Sr., who continues to argue that the son who bears his name should be helping him more than the one with legal training. On a side note, it was fun to see Dennis Haysbert of “24” fame in a brief appearance as the special agent in the episode of the show-within-a-show where Mitch was hiding in a preposterous witness protection cover.

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