Thursday, July 2, 2020

What I’m Watching: Dead to Me

Dead to Me: Season 2, Episode 7 “If Only You Knew” (B+)

The last scene of this episode was much more predictable than the previous one, but it was still just as effectively-executed and sets the story in an equally compelling direction. There wasn’t any waiting for Perez to discover that Judy was sleeping with her ex, and their run-in in the kitchen was entirely uncomfortable. It’s really a shame that the relationship had to end there, and it’s going to have a very detrimental effect on Judy, who was already saying to herself that she loved her, a reminder that she falls hard for people and doesn’t necessarily recognize what’s actually happening. I’d argue that this is the Emmy episode actress Linda Cardellini should submit if she does (hopefully) get nominated, since she demonstrated such incredible range on the beach, first when she saw that Steve’s girlfriend was pregnant, then turned to watch Jen not respecting the same smart boundaries she had asked her to, and finally had to endure more taunting from the always unpleasant Perez. This was also a solid half-hour for Christina Applegate, with Jen getting to take a break from always being so angry to show some true emotion as Steve’s mother, played by Frances Conroy from “Six Feet Under,” pointed out that they both have two sons and urged her to hold them tight. That brings us to Charlie, who’s becoming more tolerable by the minute. The maturity he displayed by wanting to show up for Ben may well be indicative of some growth, and let’s hope that his inevitable recognizing of the car leads him to go first to Jen rather than to reveal it to Ben or Perez instead while making his own conclusions.

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