Thursday, November 9, 2017

What I’m Watching: Vice Principals (Penultimate Episode)

Vice Principals: Season 2, Episode 8 “Venetian Nights” (B+)

Imbued with the knowledge that Lee was the one who shot him, naturally Neal would turn immediately to a ridiculous revenge plan. Bringing a gun to school probably wasn’t the smartest idea, and only Lee could fail to even try to deny the accusations and instead just attack the man he didn’t see as much of a threat. Telling Amanda everything, including all they did to Brown, was a bold move, and it was thrilling to see that, despite her shock and speechlessness, she stood by him and wanted to help him unite everyone against Lee. Neal going nuts on him with his bat during the live broadcast was quite a spectacle and, entertaining as that was, I preferred Neal bringing together the cafeteria employees, the gold star teachers, and the bad kids to take down his longtime rival and former best friend. Going to see Christine and gaining access to his sister’s diary was a smart play, and it didn’t actually take much to get Lee to resign. Neal kissing Amanda before dancing with her at the prom was very sweet, and ending the episode with a furious Ms. Abbott watching them sets an ominous tone for the series finale. I still can’t believe that this unparalleled show comes to an end this weekend, and I can only hope for one hell of a memorable sendoff that does its characters justice. I’m eager to hear what both Danny McBride and Walton Goggins are doing next – these have been superb roles for them.

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