Saturday, January 6, 2018

What I’m Watching: SMILF (Season Finale)

SMILF: Season 1, Episode 8 “Mark’s Lunch and Two Cups of Coffee” (B+)

If nothing else, this show is full of enormous potential. The first season is now wrapped, and it’s hard to find any true consistency in it since every episode is pretty different. Featuring recognizably Woody Allen-font opening credits in an installment that opened with young Bridgette energetically calling the important people in her life to let them know that her father had molested her was an odd tribute of sorts, and the theme didn’t persist throughout the episode. Again, I’m convinced that creator and star Frankie Shaw has a lot to say and some great ways to do it, but this show hasn’t found its signature style or voice just yet. The scene that I found to be strongest was the one where Bridgette tried to get out her frustration by having sex with Ally’s son and telling him to say depraved things to her, a moment of release that was interrupted when she thought he was judging her by pointing out that Larry might be able to hear them. Bridgette considers herself to be a good parent even if she makes questionable decisions, and while she’ll admit her flaws, she doesn’t want anyone else calling her out on them. Matching with her father on Tinder set the stage for an intense confrontation, but of course the man wasn’t actually her dad but rather a poor guy who was fortunately able to quickly note that he wasn’t who she thought he was. It was great to see Nelson come out of her shell a bit too, confronting Bridgette when she found out that Rafi slept over, an occurrence that didn’t faze either of them but had her feeling out of the loop. I’m excited to see where this show goes in season two and beyond, and look forward to its return, whenever that may be.

Season grade: B+
Season MVP: Frankie Shaw as Bridgette

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