Saturday, May 26, 2018

What I’m Watching: Santa Clarita Diet

Santa Clarita Diet: Season 2, Episode 9 “Suspicious Objects” (B+)

I don’t know which was funnier, the fact that Joel is just as unsubtle about trying to gather facts about clams with a series of very specific questions or that he billed himself as a “clamauteur” (if you will). The casting of Sarah Baker from “Louie” as Ruby, who managed to produce a staggering 5000 infected clams, was great, and I enjoyed watching her try to seduce Joel only to realize that he wasn’t the aspiring clam man he claimed to be. Eric and Abby, who were hilariously passive-aggressive to each other, did the bickering for this episode while Joel and Sheila almost stumbled over each other to apologize and take the blame for starting this whole mess. Sheila had some trouble remembering which side of her face Ann accidentally punched her in, and her encouragement of the painting unfortunately just pushed Ann to go to the right audience to be able to get her investigation fast-tracked. Joel was correct in noting that they’re not precise people, and it was fun to see him squirm when he kept assuming that certain people were female. I’m glad that these characters have time to debate current social issues while attempting to save the world. While Paul and Marsha taking out Ruby’s clam incubator was helpful for one problem, the fact that their next step is hunting down and killing whoever it was that ate the clams is definitely something that they’re going to have to contend against in what’s sure to be a memorable finale.