Monday, December 5, 2016

What I’m Watching: The Great Indoors

The Great Indoors: Season 1, Episode 5 “No Bad Ideas” (B)

This show is always close to the line of becoming a very formulaic sitcom, particularly when it comes to the receptionist who welcomes Jack every day with a different irreverent overshare about her personal life. Starting out with an old-fashioned sensitivity training video for how to work with millennials almost had a similar effect, but that’s this show’s hook, and it’s sticking with it. Clark reciting his review word-for-word as Jack was reading it was an excellent example of how absurd this workplace is, and Emma and Mason never even considering doing work after they finished selecting a new intern reinforced that in a big way. Clark’s hot mom coming into the office to tell Jack off for giving her son actual criticism was a humorous development, and I do hope we see her again, especially since I’m curious to see what would happen if Jack started dating her, which seems inevitable. I love that we saw a lot of Brooke in this episode, trying to rap to tell an intern what to do and then saying all the wrong things while trying to search for diversity in the workplace. She hasn’t been used all that much over the course of the show, and I’m eager to see more of her too, particularly when her romantic past with Jack inevitably comes to light. Closing with Clark taking careful notes during the O.L.D. seminar was a great capper to this episode focused heavily on the generational gap that this show so loves featuring.

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