Thursday, July 21, 2016

What I’m Watching: Casual

Casual: Season 2, Episode 7 “Threesomes” (B+)

This was a pretty transformative sexual episode for all three of our characters, though not in expected ways for most of them. Alex playing into the relationship with Fallon to make Sarah jealous was an interesting and dangerous road to tread, but it turns out that she was doing the same thing. Britt Robertson, formerly of such short-lived series as “Life Unexpected” and “The Secret Circle,” is actually pretty terrific as Fallon, who is much more layered than expected, though not necessarily in the most sophisticated way. The fact that she carries around instructions on how to make her drink on a card to give to waiters is extremely high-maintenance, and she seems even more delusional than Alex in her pursuit of her engaged boss. I enjoyed watching the two of them try to convince a party guest of the quality of “The O.C.” before Fallon gave him notes on his performance. Her point about being racist for thinking that calling Koreans Koreans was racist demonstrated a sort of strange intellectual capacity to her. Sarah showing up to make out with him at the end of the episode was a nice surprise, and we’ll see where that goes. Laura engaged in just about the most casual threesome ever, which clearly made Aubrey more uncomfortable than she was. It was sweet to see the two of them holding hands as the affable Spencer lay next to them smiling. Valerie is throwing herself fully onto the wild ride that is Jack, and it did great things for her up until she realized just home impermanent it really was.

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