Thursday, December 22, 2016

What I’m Watching: Divorce (Season Finale)

Divorce: Season 1, Episode 10 “Détente” (B+)

Opening this episode with Robert wearing a suit and showing a FunSpace video to potential investors made it seem like he was really doing well and might actually achieve his dream. Finding out that his assets had been frozen and his check not clearing was what was going to stop him from making it was a real blow, and it put him in a really bad place. It was surprising to hear Tony suggest that Frances might not have even been the one who initiated it, and when all Frances talked about when Robert called to congratulate her about the gallery was how great it feels to see your dreams come true, that just sealed the deal. This episode ended with Frances saying something that sounded a whole lot like what Robert said so vindictively at the end of the pilot, but without any of the enjoyment of getting revenge. Calling the police to report Frances kidnapping their children crossed a huge line, and there’s no going back from that. The night before, Frances did do really well with her opening, and she even got to react dismissively to Julian showing up to profess his affection for her. Denise buying a lot of alcohol and then finding a lost child looking for his mom was an interesting moment, one that showed just how much she’s on a different page than her unhappy husband. This show, after an unenticing pilot, turned out to be pretty great, and I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes in what’s sure to be a much more hostile season two.

Season grade: B+
Season MVP: Thomas Haden Church as Robert

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