Sunday, December 31, 2017

What I’m Watching: There’s Johnny

There’s Johnny: Season 1, Episode 6 “The Getaway” (B)

This isn’t a show that’s particularly serious about the consequences its characters get for things to happen or that they find out. Andy was typically unprepared for what he was getting himself into when he accepted Angelo’s invitation, and he was definitely surprised by Joy explaining that he has sex with other men. That fact wasn’t bothersome to the relatively open-minded Andy, and what he found so unbelievable was that he had been with his partner for as long as his own parents had been married and were also participating in a sham marriage at the same time. Andy is an honest guy, and that’s why he was so upset when he ran into Rasheed, whose name isn’t Rasheed, with his mysteriously alive parents, and realized that he had just fabricated everything he had shared with him. At least he got some good news, which is that his brother is home and safe even though he’s not entirely okay, but that’s better than the state of death that I thought he was in. I’m not sure what to make of the inclusion of a scene featuring Joy’s father having sex with a woman that wasn’t her mother right before he called her to check in, but I suppose it’s just meant to further underline how much people keep their private lives hidden in this age, with Joy and Andy being the exceptions. There’s just one more episode this season, and while I’ve enjoyed the show so far, I’m curious to see if the finale will provide anything more emphatic and substantial that would make ordering a second season worthwhile.

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