Thursday, June 4, 2020

What I’m Watching: The Baker and the Beauty (Season Finale)

The Baker and the Beauty: Season 1, Episodes 8 and 9 “May I Have This Dance?” and “You Can't Always Get What You Want” (B)

This was quite the epic double-decker finale, and without any knowledge of whether ABC is going to bring this show back for another season, it can either serve as an entertaining finish or the introduction to a wild new round that might come sometime in the future. Natalie’s desire to fix everything with her quinceañera was perhaps a bit bold but did actually end up working, as it triggered the appropriate feelings for her parents to realize what they wanted and how they could better understand each other at this point in their marriage. Vanessa came through in helping to amplify Mateo’s career opportunities, but it’s a shame that she chose not to talk things through with her after the unfortunate call he took on speaker phone so that he came by to profess his true feelings while Marlow was there. Mateo’s a nice guy, and it would be good if he and Vanessa got together, but that’s not looking entirely likely right now. Natalie and Amy seem very happy together, and that just leaves one couple – the primary reason for this show’s existence – to be reunited. Noa wasn’t being kind to any of her employees, and fortunately the focus on the quinceañera helped soften her a bit. Lewis of all people calling Daniel to rush to the airport to make a plea for her affection was affirming, and it was great to see that, as predicted, she decided to get off the plane and was more than happy to be greeted by him at the airport. Their decision to get engaged was certainly impulsive but not unlike most of their relationship. This show has been a pleasant retreat from stressful realities, and I’d gladly watch more of it if it did end up getting renewed.

Season grade: B
Season MVP: Michelle Veintimilla as Vanessa and Belissa Escobedo as Natalie

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