Sunday, April 22, 2018

What I’m Watching: Life in Pieces

Life in Pieces: Season 3, Episode 18 “Portrait Plagiarism Renter Scam” (B-)

This episode really spanned the gamut between relatable, realistic storylines and ones that were completely exaggerated and hard to take seriously. The opening segment was definitely one of the latter, with Jen being gifted a painting by an esteemed artist which for no clear reason included Greg with a rock-hard body and was ultimately something she really didn’t want to look at, complicated by the fact that Greg and her parents thought it was appropriate to hang publicly. Tyler and Clementine deciding to rent out their tiny house on AirBNB was no surprise, but you’d think they would be slightly conscious of the fact that should at least notify Heather and Tim that they were going to be responsible for certain things. Clearly, that went way over their heads, and now these horrified parents have two new tenants not paying rent again. Sophia stealing her friend’s Socktopia story was a bit cleverer, though the lack of research that the theoretical authors of the “Chicken Choo Choo” book did was more than a bit worrisome and hard to believe. The final segment, building off of those IRS scam calls everyone kept getting throughout the episode, was a bit more of a saving grace, with a mildly logical train of events almost signaling Joan and John that something was wrong before Heather came in to break the news that it was just a scam. Choosing to barter with the nephew in need of “monies” was an amusing end that showed just how little they had learned.

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