Thursday, April 11, 2019

What I’m Watching: SMILF (Series Finale)

SMILF: Season 2, Episode 10 “Single Mom is Looking (for) Family” (B)

So, this is it. Unlike with many other series that are cancelled so early on in their runs, no one is clamoring for it to be brought back, so it’s definitely the last we’ll see of it. The one thing besides Larry that could really bring Bridgette and Nelson together is Rafi not doing well, and the news of Nelson’s pregnancy seems to have triggered a relapse that puts him in a completely different position than we’ve seen before on this show. Prior to that, Rafi kissing Bridgette was unexpected, and, fortunately, she reacted in a mature and appropriate way by telling him that it couldn’t go anywhere, even if the way she talked about it to others didn’t indicate that she was so set against it. What came next demonstrated just how disconnected he was from reality when he relapsed, and it was troubling that Tutu and Jackie didn’t seem to notice much being wrong about him actively greeting guests on the doorstep. The party wasn’t such a disaster even though it could have been, and it was nice to see Bridgette and Nelson unite in presenting a strong front to keep Rafi on track. Eliza’s role wasn’t too consequential, and her character is just one of the many things about this show that felt interesting but never really went anywhere concrete. I don’t think I’ll miss this show much, and I’m also not sure if Frankie Shaw will be making anything else soon, but I’m curious to see what, if anything, she does next.

Season grade: B-
Season MVP: Samara Weaving as Nelson

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