Life in Pieces: Season 2, Episode 18 “Favorite Vision Miguel Matchmaker” (B)
Greg has made some very questionable parenting decisions over the course of his time as a father, and I’d say that trying to bribe Lark to like him better than her mother was one of the most extravagant and outlandish yet. I’m sure it’s something that parents do go through in real life, but there’s something about the way that Greg went about it that felt ridiculous. I was much more swayed by Jen’s immediate breakdown when she realized that Lark wasn’t just pretending to make Greg feel good about himself but that she had, at least for the moment, become the less loved parent. Heather’s deteriorating vision was a great source of entertainment, something that Tim took advantage of right away with by ordering a dessert item on the menu at a supposedly healthy restaurant that prompted the waiter to comment that no one’s wife let any husband get. Matt asking Colleen’s father for permission to marry her didn’t go too smoothly, mainly because the artist was so taken with what Matt said to him that he promptly ended his marriage to an equally vain and attractive woman named Sangria. Colleen just wanted his blessing, but the fact that it came with the judgment that he will never amount to anything artistically is definitely going to bother Matt. I’m not fond of Greg Grunberg’s obnoxious cousin Mikey on this show, and the weak link of these four vignettes was definitely the relatively obvious recurring ill-fated setups with Joan’s barista which were undermined when he hit it off with the hairdresser and even scheduled an emergency circumcision to show his loyalty to her. That’s enough of that, I think.