Friday, November 18, 2016

What I’m Watching: Life in Pieces

Life in Pieces: Season 2, Episode 3 “Eyebrow Anonymous Trapped Gem” (B+)

This episode’s four threads were much more connected than usual, and they served as a fitting tribute to actress Ann Guilbert, best known for her roles on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “The Nanny,” who played Gigi and who passed away back in June. The shock of hearing about Gigi’s passing made Tim slip while he was trimming the little hair he has left on his head, and his subsequent efforts to rectify the mishap made it even worse. Colleen is lovely, but her penciled-in eyebrows were at least a few inches too high. The hilarity of it all was captured in Tim’s horror when he saw that the photographer had photoshopped in hair on his head, not on his eyebrows. I loved Tyler’s reaction to Clementine’s mentioning of multiple bad news boyfriends from her past. Matt responded perfectly to Greg’s casual mention that he had anonymously donated a bench, alleging that he was the one who donated it and maybe Greg seem like a crazy person for trying to take credit. John had quite the time at the nursing home when he was cleaning out Gigi’s things, and you’d think that the workers at this facility would be a little more cognizant of who the residents are and not just assume that any senior citizen must be a mindless wanderer of the halls who needs to be taken back to a room that definitely doesn’t exist. The diamonds plotline was weird, but Wallace Shawn’s delivery of the line about Jen condensing down to a beautiful sapphire was excellent. Matt giving Colleen the ring as an engagement ring was a wonderful solution to turn the haunting gem into something positive.

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