Saturday, January 7, 2017

What I’m Watching: Good Behavior

Good Behavior: Season 1, Episode 7 “The Ballad of Little Santino” (B+)

After a number of episodes focused solely on Letty and what she’s going through, it was refreshing – and extremely intense – to see an hour centered on Javier and his very complicated family dynamic. At the start, I enjoyed her emphasis of the difference between a Big Mac and a cheeseburger and the way that she got revenge on the salesperson who talked down to her by trying on plenty of clothes and then leaving without buying anything. Killing his client from the first episode in the parking lot was hardly his fault because he pulled a gun on him, but that set the stage for a much more serious hour that involved the most brutal attack possible from Javier’s father, who definitely didn’t come to make peace with his son. Telling the story of how Javier let his little brother fall asleep after he hit him in the head and then didn’t wake him up was cruel, and then he had to top it off by revealing to his family the details of his side job. Javier was strong to own up to it, but unfortunately that means that his sister doesn’t ever want to see him again or have her daughter see him, which is the most devastating development of all. Javier displayed his formidable abilities by wresting the gun his brother his pointing at him out of his hands, but now he’s lost what’s most important to him. Letty staying and comforting him even when he told her to leave was touching, and I’m eager to see how she takes care of him in the next episode.