Thursday, April 18, 2019

What I’m Watching: Brockmire

Brockmire: Season 3, Episode 2 “Player to be Named Later” (B+)

And just when I thought that this show had a whole new cast, it turns out that J.K. Simmons wasn’t in this episode at all and Amanda Peet was! I very much enjoyed the focus on Jules, who tried to buy a new shirt in the bathroom before her interview and managed to offend the receptionist by judging her fashion style rather than asking for her shirt. Eagerly accepting the challenge of populating the stands against all odds demonstrated just how confident she is, and when her strategies were maligned because no one in the crowds was actually into the game for its own sake, she knew exactly what to do to get all eyes on the field. She was also pretty formidable after asking Brockmire if she could drink and then ordering a whole bottle of wine in a cup with ice that she hastily consumed before demanding an instant refill. Not being a sports fan, I really do miss a lot of the humor here, namely the fact that both George Brett and Bob Costas are real people. Coming clean with Bob about having given him pink-eye as part of his journey to make amends was extremely poorly-timed, but somehow that got him to do the favor because he knew just how much it would hurt Brockmire inside to see it fulfilled. Jules threatening to kill the pig and then Brockmire doesn’t suggest that she’s leaving on a great note, so I’m not sure if we’ll see her again, which is a shame. But Brockmire’s latest problem – the yips – should more than keep him busy for the time being.

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