Sunday, May 8, 2016

What I’m Watching: Grandfathered

Grandfathered: Season 1, Episode 20 “Jimmy’s 50th Again” (B+)

I almost forgot this show existed since it’s been off the air for six weeks. Its return is a welcome one, especially since there are only two episodes left this season and it has yet to be renewed for a second round, which is hardly guaranteed. This episode was helpful because it reacclimated us to where our characters are now while reintroducing them a year earlier before they made such positive steps in their lives. Obviously, Jimmy has gone from being the vapid, self-absorbed playboy that Sara told Gerald he was to someone who actually cares about other people and is interested in them. Sure, he’s still prone to a bit of drama, but none of that was his doing in this episode. Instead, it was Catherine who was unusually nervous and was ready to tell Jimmy that she loved him, only to be upstaged at every moment, mainly by Sara trying not to burn the crème brulée (one of my favorite desserts, as it happens). The flashback to a year earlier introduced us to his dad, played by Paul Sorvino, and it’s a shame that he never got to see the man Jimmy has become now who didn’t want a massive blowout and instead just requested a simply family dinner. The ending was surprisingly intense, starting with Gerald telling Jimmy he was going to propose to thunderous approval in the form of no judgment and then the news that Jimmy’s father died, punctuating this episode on a serious and poignant note that is sure to lead into a sentimental next episode or two.

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