Monday, August 19, 2019

What I’m Watching: Dead to Me (Season Finale)

Dead to Me: Season 1, Episode 10 “You Have to Go” (B+)

Opening this episode with Henry’s baptism and Abe’s funeral going on at the same time was very effective, and it was very interesting to see how Jen dealt with the information she got from Judy at the end of the last episode. Going to the police to tell Detective Perez that Judy confessed to her didn’t yield the results she wanted, and it makes some sense that Judy’s guilt would end up being a known factor without her heading straight to prison. Instead, she was able to get Steve looked at for his criminal behavior, and managed to drain their bank account before he realized what she was doing. The way his mind works really is puzzling, since he thought for some reason that Jen wouldn’t have any problem with the fact that he was in the car with Judy when she hit Ted, blaming the entire thing on Judy. While Judy definitely tried too hard to earn Jen’s forgiveness right away when she showed up to one of her open houses, Steve didn’t care at all, and he managed to get Jen angry enough to shoot him, likely in her own defense. Now, Jen and Judy have a new shared bond that will link them in season two, and will surely be difficult to hide with Jen now having to get Perez to believe that she and Judy are getting along again. I’m thrilled that Christina Applegate got an Emmy nomination but sad that Linda Cardellini wasn’t nominated alongside her. This has been a fantastic first season, and I’m very excited to see what comes next in season two.

Season grade: A-
Season MVP: Applegate and Cardellini

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