Santa Clarita Diet: Season 1, Episode 9 “The Book!” (B+)
The news that a streaming show has been renewed always seems to come at a perfect time in my viewing schedule, with the announcement of a second season for this show occurring about six weeks after it started but just when I’m finishing up the first great season. I’m glad it will be back for more, and I don’t even know how it’s going to end yet! I love that Joel took Eric with him to the paranormal convention to serve as a translator of sorts, and the relationship the two of them have is fantastic. Joel refusing to be defined by the one he murdered someone is very entertaining, and the part of the episode that made me laugh the most was when he forced Anton, who wasn’t really who said he was, to stop peeing at the urinal, something that he wasn’t actually able to do for very long. I enjoyed the fact that Joel being able to catch a water bottle and having nice hair meant that he was a government agent, and him telling Eric that he’s not a squid but a boy who smells like a baby was another odd but superb line. Ravi Patel’s lackey and Portia de Rossi’s mysterious doctors may have answers for Joel and Sheila, but it also seems like they’re pretty nefarious. Apparently, Eric writing about Sheila on forums was productive after all. Sheila and Abby’s mother-daughter bonding was fun, and I like that they played Rafi to try to get the brother out of the storage locker and then using tear gas to smoke him out only to realize that it was the wrong locker was pretty great. Abby may turn okay after all.