Thursday, January 11, 2018

What I’m Watching: Life in Pieces

Life in Pieces: Season 3, Episode 9 “The Chicken and the Egg” (B)

I’ve never been too fond of Joan’s secret life as an author which features some very explicit sexual writing that just doesn’t seem to jive with who we know her to be. For once, John was concerned about getting her children to remember what their mother did for them and pay her back by showing up to the reading, something that didn’t go well and only made her much more nervous. It was their own fault for sticking around to hear it, and that’s not something they’ll quickly forget. I appreciated the creativity of using an animated sequence to illustrate – literally – what Colleen and Matt were going through with their fertility issues, and having the actors voice the characters made it more entertaining. I’m fortunate enough not to have experienced the problem of a barking dog next door, but I can imagine the awkwardness of having to try to track the owners down and then ask them to make it stop without being rude. Greg probably would have thrown in the towel and apologized right away once he heard that it was a service dog for seizures, but his scary new neighbor wasn’t about to let her off the hook, and now Greg will live in constant fear of him. I didn’t know what was going to go wrong with Heather’s perfect choice of nurse, Cindy, played by Lauren Lapkus from “Orange is the New Black,” and it turns out that it was this decision-maker’s poor choice to spill the beans about how she changed Tim’s mind that undid all of her wise work up to that point.

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