Sunday, August 14, 2016

What I’m Watching: Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll

Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll: Season 2, Episode 7 “Tramps Like Us” (B+)

It turns out that this little affair between Flash and Ava, casual as it may have seemed, is going to have disastrous implications on the health of the band. Ava initially telling Flash that he was going to have to be the one to tell Gigi and Johnny led to Griffin Dunne’s peacemaker being there, which made it all seem like a much more sterile and official meeting than two breakups rolled into one. Flash and Ava are probably a better couple with a greater chance of lasting than the two pairings that existed at the start of this episode, though I’ve learned not to rely on the events of just one episode to chart the course of this whole series. Gigi bringing Johnny to the studio under the guise of meeting Springsteen helped to strengthen their connection, and they both did an incredible job of keeping their cool when they were hit with the news. Johnny has never been the voice of reason, and for him to do that was just a sign that something worse was to come later, which led Gigi indulge in some good revenge against Flash. Watching father and daughter wallowing with ice cream and television was a fun finale. Rehab really missed the boat in terms of credit with “Feast,” and it seems like tanking the project is the only way that he’s going to end up as anything more than a footnote on the show whose idea he originated long before Campbell Scott was interested.