Friday, October 18, 2019

What I’m Watching: The Conners

The Conners: Season 2, Episode 4 “Lanford…Lanford” (B)

I should have guessed that Darlene’s double-dipping would end this way, with her trying to break up with David only to have him beat her to it and then Ben do the same thing as soon as she went to finally come clean with him. It was fun while it lasted, and the shock with which she responded when David preempted her at therapy was indeed entertaining. Sara Gilbert definitely deserves the most credit for her performance on this show, constantly on and delivering each and every line in a way that really lands. Investigating Harris’ costume hidden under two layers of decoy clothing was smart, and it’s a good thing that she’ll no longer have to deal with being blackmailed by her daughter so that she can get back to being able to parent with some degree of authority. Darlene isn’t the smartest texter, drafting a very long message to each of her boyfriends and trying to get that out with limited service rather than just a short note for help. I enjoyed Jackie’s commentary on the whole thing, showing up after David, Ben, and Dan all came to help fix Darlene’s tire and then chanting excitedly for Team Ben when they were analyzing the situation back home. Becky pouring out all of Dan’s beer could have been milked for lazier laughs, but instead it appears that they’re just finding ways to get along in close quarters when neither of them are in particularly great shape at the moment.

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