Friday, February 21, 2020

What I’m Watching: Kidding

Kidding: Seasons 2, Episodes 3 and 4 “I’m Listening” and “I Wonder What Grass Tastes Like” (B+)

This show is definitely unusual, but there’s such a wonder to its worldview. One of the things I liked most about these two episodes was the relationship between Peter and Jeff, which for a while was prevented by Jill’s angry interference and then turned into something very sincere. Peter is right to blame Jeff for the many things he took away from him, but he also still likes him and appreciates his honesty. Smoking weed together and then trying Jeff’s theory about taking the elevator to the top of the tallest building allowed for a sentimental moment in which Peter helped Jeff out of friendship after his Julie Andrews revelation. Fast-forwarding four months was helpful, giving us Seb in post-retirement phase and Will dating the new girlfriend he met after finding useful information in the hidden wall of his house. Jeff’s doll idea is fascinating, and it’s amazing that it also allows him to connect with his Croatian fan who can perfectly mimic his voice. His haircut is also welcome, though Deirdre’s wave of successes came to a brutal end when Scott came after for her for so much of what she and Jeff had helped to create. There’s still a lot that Jeff and Deirdre can do together, especially with the show back on the air under their shared conditions, but the loss of so much is going to have a lasting impact. It wasn’t addressed after her surprise appearance, but Tara Lipinski being Jeff’s hospital neighborhood was definitely a wild and dramatic choice.

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