Wednesday, June 14, 2017

What I’m Watching: Casual

Casual: Season 3, Episode 3 “The Table” (B)

This season is off to a seriously slow start, and while this episode was an improvement on the truly lackluster second installment, it’s still not back to the quality this show once used to have. Leon has been the go-to punching bag for both adult siblings almost since the show began, and naturally his accepting the thankless job of waiting around for a table to be delivered would be ruined by his acting on the impulse to do something else nice for Valerie. It’s good that Valerie appears to be taking Leia’s advice to start sharing her knowledge with others, since she seems to be close to the edge in terms of snapping at her patients and recommending that no one ever go into the business of therapy. I enjoyed the iPhone/Samsung issue, and this episode was rich with technology thanks to Alex’s brand name-heavy pitch, which was extremely well-delivered but very tepidly received due to its lack of originality and newness. I’m not sure why there’s such a strong focus on Laura wanting to get her tattoo removed and that being the only motivation for her to make some money. It is interesting to see Laura’s eagerness to make up stories because she thinks they’re more enticing, prompting an unamused interviewer to let her know that she gets paid even if she tells the truth. I’m curious what will come of this new method of making money, since at the very least it will allow her to do some introspection of her relationship with her mother. Quote of the episode: There’s no such thing as a Luke Hemsworth.

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