Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Take Three: The Kominsky Method

The Kominsky Method: Season 1, Episode 3 “Chapter 3: A Prostate Enlarges” (B+)

This show has had a great few weeks, earning three bids from both the Golden Globes and SAG. I liked it a lot when I started it, and the only reason that I’ve lagged a bit on watching it is that I’m trying to find the right time to enjoy it with both my wife and my in-laws, who love it just as much. This episode was a productive continuation of the events of the first two episodes, opening at the shiva for Eileen where Norman was more than eager to tell the rabbi how little he cared about covering the mirrors and how much he recommended the shrimp. Phoebe is certainly a handful, and Mindy’s story about her babysitting days was a worrisome insight into her past. Aside from having conversations with his dead wife, Norman seemed to be coping relatively well, and his daughter was causing him the most aggravation before he broke down at the cleaners. Sandy’s prostate problems were portrayed in a very entertaining manner as he continually tried to deny that there was anything wrong, and I’d say that having to pee in the bushes after he said goodnight to Lisa was a sign that he really needed to get it checked out. Danny DeVito as his urologist was a great bit of casting, and I remembered right away that Michael Douglas produced the 1975 Best Picture Winner “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” in which a much, much younger DeVito starred at the very beginning of his career. Jude’s scene choice was particularly cringe-worthy, and hopefully the way class goes will improve considerably when Sandy gets to focus again.

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