Wednesday, April 27, 2016

What I’m Watching: The Grinder

The Grinder: Season 1, Episode 19 “A System on Trial” (B)

Having this show off the air for a while has made me forget all about it, which isn’t necessarily a sign of the quality of the show, but moreso an indicator that it’s not one of my must-watch series. We still have three episodes left before this show closes out its first season and goes on hiatus, possibly forever, though by then I imagine we’ll have the expected confirmation that this show will be back for a second season, which I hope will continue to hone the quality and get us towards a better and more consistent place. What was fun about this episode was that it brought in a focus group, something our friend Dean is very familiar with, to analyze Dean Sr.’s behavior. As always, it ended up backfiring on Stewart, who found himself subject to critique by the focus group and tried to shape his behavior to appear more lawyer-like, among other things that shouldn’t matter given the fact that he, and not Dean, is actually a lawyer. I’m really enjoying the brief interactions between Claire and Debbie. Debbie doesn’t get nearly as agitated as her husband about not being heard, and therefore it’s a delight to see her marvel at Claire’s ability to just not care in any given moment, and to give the impression that she doesn’t care even if she actually does. I’d still like to see Claire put to better use and featured more, but for now having Debbie around to get her to speak is a perfectly adequate and entertaining solution in the interim.

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