Thursday, October 12, 2017

Round Two: 9JKL

9JKL: Season 1, Episode 2 “Relationship Guy” (C+)

This show is at least somewhat entertaining even if it’s not particularly good. After introducing its family unit last week and putting Judy front-and-center as the zaniest of them, this episode managed to refocus and showcase the other characters in a way that I hoped it would be able to. I’m pleased to see both Liza Lapira and David Walton put to good use as the spouses attempting to coach Josh through giving up on his feelings and going for a one-night stand. In the process, we got to learn that Eve executed all of her signature moves on Andrew after their first night together, classifying it as a one-night stand that obviously turned into something much more than that. Josh was pretty terrible at bottling up his feelings and remaining distant, being far too charming with his burrito bagging and then only putting his hands in his pocket during the hug. Judy and Harry didn’t scare Lily off, but that’s because she was even more intense than Josh was, eager to jump into a relationship way too quickly, declaring her stalkerish love for Josh when he suggested that they stop pretending and just be themselves. Harry buying too many bananas and then trying to eat them all to prove a point was a slightly humorous subplot that Elliott Gould made work pretty well. I may end up continuing to watch this show since my wife thinks it’s hilarious, but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to stand it for that long.

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