Tuesday, March 29, 2016

What I’m Watching: Togetherness

Togetherness: Season 2, Episode 5 “Just the Range” (B+)

I was so devastated to learn just before I wrote this review that this show has been cancelled, leaving only three episodes left in what will now be the final season. I’m so sad about this news since this season has been so terrific, and it has so much potential to get even better and now won’t get that chance. There’s no use bemoaning that fact sadly, since HBO has so many successful shows that there’s no way that this is going to earn any sort of reprieve. Talking about this episode, however, I can report only good things, as the addition of two new characters was great. I couldn’t figure out how I recognized Anna, and it turns out she’s played by Katie Aselton from “The Freebie” and “Weird Loners.” She’s superb, and did a superb job helping Michelle relax when she really needed it, even if they fired a contractor while they were high on pot lollipops. After Brett got physically assaulted by some very frisky and violent female Uber passengers, he had a much better experience when his battery died and he made an ill-advised joke about murdering Natalie, played by Emily Althaus from “Orange is the New Black,” who is an equally strong new player. Brett was so upset at Michelle for bringing David up, and it seems like he’s more than ready to move on from the idea of them being a couple. Tina’s very into this parent thing, and to have Larry react so poorly to the thought of them considering children after he was so adorable when Tina brought her nephew over was a real shame. Alex had less serious things on his plate in this episode, and with Christy’s very passive-aggressive departure, maybe he and Tina being supportive to each other is exactly what both of them need right now.

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