Monday, April 16, 2018

What I’m Watching: Santa Clarita Diet

Santa Clarita Diet: Season 2, Episode 4 “The Queen of England” (B+)

One of the best parts of this show is the relationship between Sheila and Joel, and this episode featured some entertaining banter that involved them shouting the same arguments at each other because they hadn’t moved past their fight to realize that they were in fact in agreement. I also love that they’re so concerned about being perceived well, whether it’s discussing Nazi-occupied bookshelves or the embarrassment of having nothing but a frozen lasagna and tomato soup to serve to Lisa and Ann for their long-postponed dinner. The notion that Ramona was a high-energy auctioneer before she became undead is far-fetched, and she went from using Eric to wanting to keep him forever in a short span of time. After they learned about Mr. Ball Legs, Sheila and Joel did a great job accidentally convincing her that she needed Eric to be her Joel, and I loved the moment where Sheila, Joel, and Abby all decided that they were going to try to protect Eric and save him from her grasp. After some awkward fighting, Abby proved that she is capable of more than just smacking bullies in the face with lunch trays and convinced Ramona to back down and move to Seattle to pursue the Joel she really needed. We still have the unresolved issue of Gary not wanting to die, and I for one really want to see this dinner party actually happen! More crucially, the clam special is the first clue that might explain how Sheila got this way, whether or not that will actually lead them to any more answers.

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