Thursday, May 23, 2019

Take Three: Dead to Me

Dead to Me: Season 1, Episode 3 “It’s All My Fault” (B+)

It’s helpful to get the clarification that Steve wasn’t aware that Jen’s husband was the man they hit, since it seemed extremely manipulative for him to be considering Judy crazy when he was acting pretty terribly by working with her to sell his house. This reveals instead that he’s just not that bright, evidenced also by his excuse to his parents that his “tummy” hurt when she called him to be bailed out, eliciting a fantastic response from Judy that he should be able to come up with something better given that he’s forty-four years old. I don’t think that the two of them lapsing back into a romance is the best idea given that Judy seems to be doing well with Jen and her family, though the guilt she’s feeling is eating away at her. I was worried, as I’m sure everyone watching was, that Judy’s very enlightening balloon message would come floating back down, and instead we got a surprise of different order in the form of a woman on Jen’s husband’s game who appears to have been sleeping with him. I don’t think she’ll express the same rage when she tracks her down as she does when she’s hunting dented cars, but I am eager to learn more. Jen has a very harsh relationship with her mother-in-law, who is incredibly condescending and terrifies the hilarious Christopher, who got a great showcase in this episode. I also enjoyed Abe’s less-than-friendly greeting when Steve showed up to see Judy.

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