Thursday, April 6, 2017

What I’m Watching: The Great Indoors

The Great Indoors: Season 1, Episode 17 “Cubicles” (B+)

As one of the few shows on CBS that didn’t score a renewal about two weeks ago, the clock is likely ticking for this show, but I’m glad to see it still on the air, especially with two episodes offered last week. Jack’s inability to get anything done at the office is nothing new, because he works with infantile millennials who don’t understand boundaries. Brooke installing cubicles in the office was an interesting idea, and of course it would be presented as the most foreign thing to these people who are used to being in each other’s faces and right next to each other the entire day. Their reactions were a bit excessive, particularly Clark cutting a hole in the cubicle to communicate with Jack, and I actually found Brooke’s enjoyment of her mean girl behavior, that came out in a big, ugly way, to be the most entertaining part of that plotline. Mason and Clark both saying the exact same thing at the same time was funny, and their friendship only got stronger as Emma obsessed over the enigma of Ashley Gordon, who turned out to be Jack! Rachel’s departure was probably inevitable but still unfortunate since I like Maggie Lawson, but at least we still have Eddie, who’s really terrible at getting out of constricting situations in his efforts to be a magician. We didn’t see Roland at all in this hour, but Brooke still had a moment worthy of her family when she told Jack that having an office was no picnic when she literally had a cheese plate on the floor next to her.