Friday, April 21, 2017

What I’m Watching: The Great Indoors

The Great Indoors: Season 1, Episode 19 “Ricky Leaks” (B+)

This episode should win an award for its great title. I was trying to figure out where I knew Ricky the IT guy from, and some quick research suggests that it was the truly awful pilot for TBS’ “Ground Floor,” which I remember seeing advertised at a Coffee Bean in New York City long after it went off the air. Jack is relatively functional in the world due to his swagger and self-confidence, and therefore it’s easy to forget – or maybe just hard to believe – that he would still be paying thirty dollars for an AOL e-mail account with no knowledge of the existence of Gmail or any of the million other free email providers. I really enjoyed the way that the dump played out, as announced in an unfortunately-phrased way every time by Ricky. The playing field was also pretty even, with everyone trying to hide something from the rest of the team. I think Emma was safest in what got revealed about her, and I was hoping that Clark’s crush on Emma would come out as part of it as it almost did. Instead, Jack got to step up and be unselfish for once, revealing his tryst with Brooke as a way of saving Clark from a crushingly embarrassing confession. Mason’s obsession with his boat was decidedly peculiar, and I love that he was the architect of a list of fifty ways to get Brooke to give you a day off. Brooke inspiring the final dump by blatantly refusing to apologize showed some nice fire, and it seems like everything worked out in the end.

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