Wednesday, March 15, 2017

What I’m Watching: The Detour

The Detour: Season 2, Episode 4 “The Court” (B+)

This show is knocking it out of the park this season. It may well be the strangest comedy on television, but it’s so incredibly aware of what it is and doesn’t tend to leave things, or supporting players behind. While this episode provided a rare showcase for Vanessa, who argued for her relevance as a character, it also had some fantastic moments with Delilah and Jareb where the somewhat precocious daughter pointed out that they’re almost always there when the parents are talking, Jareb ordered a cheeseburger in court, and Delilah ran back into the court just in time to hear that her brother might actually have a different father – something that wouldn’t surprise me at all on this show. I love how Robin sarcastically suggested a series of flashbacks and then precisely that happened, with Nate and the judge making numerous appearances to object to the absurdity of what was going on. My favorite lines included “That’s a trick question because adults don’t have favorite colors” and “Grills – who discusses that kind of stuff?” Serving as a green card spouse for hire is quite the profession, and so much of Robin’s storied past was revealed in this episode. Nate’s entry wasn’t exactly noble, as he was the least boring guy in Syracuse for Vanessa to randomly hook up with and then bring to a funeral. I’m excited to see what comes next with Carlos’ wild assertion, and I enjoyed the ending shot of Nate angrily breaking the pencil in half.

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