Saturday, July 11, 2020

What I’m Watching: Dead to Me

Dead to Me: Season 2, Episode 9 “It's Not You, It's Me” (B+)

I know that Christina Applegate got all of the awards attention for season one, but Linda Cardellini is really the MVP of this season. I couldn’t remember what we knew of her mother, and I think the casting of Katey Sagal, who was such a formidable presence on “Sons of Anarchy,” is great. Her long-term absence from her daughter’s life explains a lot, and now, just as she was ready to take the fall for everything and get sent to jail herself, she’s going to have to think about showing up for someone else who’s clearly guilty of one or possibly many crimes. Judy really does try hard, and giving Perez a gift to help her remember Flo was very kind and unnecessary, which made Perez and Nick questioning her about the irrefutable evidence of Charlie being in the car all the more crushing. I like that she went straight to Jen and expressed her desire to shoulder the blame, though she wasn’t prepared for Jen’s confession that Steve hadn’t attacked her but instead said hateful, unforgivable things about how Ted really felt about her. Judy is much more forgiving than Jen, and perhaps that’s why this episode ended with Jen leaving the emergency binder with Judy and showing up at Perez’s door ready to confess to it all. Things on this show never play out as they seem like they’re going to, and so I’m nervously excited for the final episode. I’m also hopeful that a third season is going to happen, though I don’t want to Google anything for fear of unnecessary spoilers so close to the end.

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