Tuesday, February 18, 2020

What I’m Watching: Outmatched

Outmatched: Season 1, Episode 4 “Bad Guy” (B-)

This show definitely isn’t too concerned with being sophisticated, but the plotlines it features do continue to be entertaining. It’s not at all surprising that Brian and Nicole would come to the conclusion that they didn’t need their parents since they were far more intelligent than them, though their lack of life experience was their undoing since they were never actually prepared to be on their own in the first place. Kay being tired of always having to be the bad guy was relatable and funny, and she finally got the chance to come to the rescue and be the good guy when she told the kids that they didn’t have to move out after Mike, for once, was the bad guy. Offering his approval just to get a hug wasn’t a particularly glorious moment, and they seemed pretty angry about it when he refused to let them go as he delivered the bad news. Kay was perhaps a bit too direct when dealing with her own problem at school, taking down Kourtney, played by Helen Hong, recognizable from her role as Tracy from HR on “Silicon Valley,” by telling her the reasons no one liked her. Fortunately, that didn’t seem to have too many repercussions, at least not any that she wasn’t prepared to deal with in her headstrong way. Mike’s obsession with Kay helping to figure out what kind of bird he is probably most accurately defines this show’s maturity level in addition to highlighting its often questionable irreverence.

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