Tuesday, March 31, 2020

What I’m Watching: Indebted

Indebted: Season 1, Episode 7 “Everybody's Talking About A Web Of Lies” (D+)

This was not a good episode. I’ve been trying to give this show the benefit of the doubt, channeling relatable notions through an admittedly less than satisfying lens, but there’s no excuse for an episode like this. It should have been simple – Dave and Rebecca needed a minivan simply because they’re parents who drive carpool a lot. Sure, they also have parents and a sibling who tag along for no apparent reason all the time, but it’s generally just a family thing to want to have a bigger car that can always fit everyone and everything. It was obvious from the moment that Dave decided not to tell Rebecca about the job that fell through that it was all going to go awry, but I didn’t expect it to be quite so dumb. Stew having a second cell phone which he used to pretend to be the assistant he let go several years earlier was absurd enough in its own right, and then things got much more ridiculous when Deb revealed that she took had a second cell phone. The entirety of the communication between the two second cell phones and the lack of intelligence present in any of it was grating, and I was relieved that Rebecca finally understood what was going on enough to put a stop to the whole thing. Deb and Stew being entertained by the ways they’re able to keep their marriage alive is fine, but excitedly watching as they encouraged their kids to have sex was definitely more than a bit much.

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