Monday, June 3, 2019

What I’m Watching: Abby’s

Abby’s: Season 1, Episode 8 “Backup” (B)

It’s hardly a surprise that, despite hanging on a few extra weeks to see how some of the remaining episodes would perform, NBC opted not to renew this show, axing it along with “The Village” and “The Enemy Within.” This was never a fantastic comedy, but I’ve enjoyed it, and now there’s just one more episode that aired with this one, which I’ll review separately, and what will be the series finale airing in two weeks. I’ll take what I can get, and maybe Natalie Morales will be able to get another now after her appearances in two other one-season shows I liked, “Powerless” and “The Grinder.” This episode was fun because it pitted Abby against Bill in a more equal way than usual, due both to Bill’s physical stature and his legal threats. Though the bar is a rather participatory experience, Abby doesn’t like to feel like she can’t do something, and therefore she went to extreme lengths to show how capable she was even with two burnt hands, which was a relatively entertaining visual. It’s nice to see that relationship taken mildly seriously for once. James breaking Beth’s mug by accident and then trying to pin it on Dan was fun, mainly because James is such a terrible bouncer who can never stand up to anyone. Fortunately, it all seemed to work out, and Bill’s 3-D printer that no one wants to hear about helped to recreate the mug whose absence might well have caused Beth to stop drinking altogether.

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