Saturday, February 10, 2018

What I’m Watching: Divorce

Divorce: Season 2, Episode 4 “Ohio” (B+)

This episode holds up as firm support of my argument that this show has evolved well beyond its original premise, now portraying a mature adult relationship with two people who still have a connection that can’t be broken even by the dissolution of their marriage. Frances didn’t hesitate to offer to come with Robert as soon as he shared the news of his father’s deteriorating health, and he didn’t react all that poorly other than to tell her that she didn’t need to come. When she showed up anyway, he wasn’t happy, but he got over it right away since it was good to have her around. It turned out to be very helpful that she was there given how Amy Sedaris’ Cathy was infinitely less tolerable than Robert had even made her out to be, arriving with nothing but anger about Robert paying the extra $6 for the upgraded cable package and then taking full credit for that decision when her father woke up. There wasn’t much catharsis in the way of Robert and his relationship with his father, but it was all worth it for the brutal takedown of Cathy delivered by Frances and supported by a grateful and equally frustrated Robert. Back at home, Diane and Tom were weird but surprisingly not all that incompatible together, and we’re still waiting for Dallas to connect the dots and realize that Jackie’s “Robbie” is in fact Robert, whose horrific ex-wife isn’t exactly the worst considering she’s Dallas’ best friend.

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