Monday, December 23, 2019

What I’m Watching: Dollface

Dollface: Season 1, Episode 6 “History Buff” (B+)

This episode was a lot of fun, and I really think that this show is finding its offbeat rhythm. There are certain things that are definitely odd and unexplained, like Izzy dressing up as Hanukkah Harry rather than Santa and giving out challah that she’s written on with a sharpie, but that’s all in the service of, for instance, her pointing out that she wasn’t being the weirdest one for once. Madison is definitely high-energy while Stella is cool and subdued, and I liked watching them interact in this episode as Madison revealed just how much she’s stepped in to alter the course of Stella’s life, allegedly for her own good. Starting it all out with her obsession with preparedness provided a good segue into the revelation of some information that made Stella determined to show her that she didn’t need to meddle so much. Dan, played by Macaulay Culkin, really did seem too nice, and like that Izzy noticed how creepily he was eating the challah, which led him to confess his affinity for mascot characters that ended up proving his innocence and getting him booted right away from the manually-propelled Lyft that Madison took over pedaling. Jules did experience the “big one” both in terms of an earthquake and a dreaded run-in with Jeremy at the museum, and she handled it formidably, even if it didn’t seem that way while it was happening. Getting tackled after she gave herself a makeover was a misstep, but she gave one hell of a speech to Jeremy right where, for once, she finally said all the right things before mentioning that she left money for the items she had taken made for a great series of events that showed what a great lead character she is.

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