Saturday, September 17, 2016

What I’m Watching: Vice Principals

Vice Principals: Season 1, Episode 8 “Gin” (B+)

I love that every character on this show has no qualms about dropping curse word after curse word, regardless of who’s within earshot. That’s particularly true of Belinda and Amanda, both of whom are far less crude than Neal and Lee but still manage to avoid any type of filter on a regular basis. It was affirming to see Neal headed towards incredible happiness, spending time with his daughter after her motocross injury and enjoying a blissful night out with the two women in his life. Getting jealous about Bill was an unfortunate development, and Amanda handled it with poise, launching an offensive at Neal when he spoke to her in a way that made her feel uncomfortable. His summary of the situation – that she broke up with him, he broke up with her, or maybe they just had their first fight – was completely accurate. What Belinda was offering him was actually what he’s always wanted, employing his talents fully and giving him the recognition and authority that he deserves. You could see it on his face that he didn’t like seeing Belinda go nuts on the alcohol and then, when encouraged by Lee, pee on a police cruiser. Neither of them could have expected the ferocity that came with her drinking that led to them having to heavily secure the bathroom door to make sure that she couldn’t get out and pummel them to death. I’m curious to see what comes next and more than mildly worried about how things are going to play out now that they’ve done this to her.

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