Sunday, May 12, 2019

What I’m Watching: Life in Pieces

Life in Pieces: Season 4, Episode 4 “Birth Meddling Jacket Denial” (B-)

It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that this show won’t be coming back for a fifth season – its late return at the end of April didn’t suggest much of an endorsement from CBS. While I do enjoy watching it, I’ve never found it to be all that great, so I’ll happily finish out the thirteen episodes of this season and then forgot all about its existence. That said, I do hope that some of the better actors on this show end up with great new roles on other comedies or dramas in the near future. It was a relief to see Morgan not be completely horrible about something for once, though I did get nervous that she was having second thoughts about giving the baby to Colleen and Matt in general before realizing that she let her guard down and managed to get scared. She didn’t have much of a part, but I was excited to recognize Kate Berlant, who had a great part in the Tribeca movie “Safe Spaces,” as Eliza, the woman who pitched the home birth. Sam’s friend Jenna really was the worst, and it was fun to see Heather and Joan react the same way to their daughters not listening to their advice. “You’d be surprised how fast a friend can go from being dead to just being dead” was a memorable line from Joan. Greg’s present mistake was truly regrettable, and it was funny to watch him mess it up even more by putting Jen’s make-up gift in Joan’s jacket pocket. I don’t know what to make of Tim’s health stuff, which seems both more serious in nature and more over-the-top ridiculous in presentation.

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