Friday, February 28, 2020

Take Three: Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist: Season 1, Episode 3 “Zoey’s Extraordinary Boss” (B)

One of the most questionable elements of this show so far has been its usage of Lauren Graham, who was crucial to the success and classic nature of “Gilmore Girls” and who came in as a last-minute replacement on “Parenthood” and was also vital to that show. Here, she’s been irritable and generally unpleasant, and it stands to reason that there would be something under that steely exterior. I was curious who her famous husband, who was serenaded with “Jesus Christ, Superstar,” would be played by, and it turns out it was an actor also appearing on another Sunday night show, “Kidding,” the typically hilarious Justin Kirk, who was just impolite and cruel as Charlie. Zoey got very awkward when Joan leaned on her for support, and Charlie wasn’t at all happy to hear her sharing her input on their marriage. Standing up to him and losing his endorsement at the last minute was a bold choice, and maybe Joan will look more kindly on her top employee. I like that Zoey utilized technology to help her father communicate better, and naturally Maggie was upset with him making a request rather than thanking her for everything she was doing. Just trying to give her some time off was sweet, and this show is definitely very relatable, with Zoey and David having to approach their mother about stepping in to take care of their father. Mo is being given an increased role, which I don’t think is a bad thing, and I like the notion of being either Team Max or Team Simon.

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