Monday, November 16, 2020

What I’m Watching: The Undoing

The Undoing: Season 1, Episode 4 “See No Evil” (B+)

I’m glad to see that this show is making strong use of its supporting cast, giving a superb spotlight in this episode to Donald Sutherland, who demonstrated his contempt for Jonathan, his unyielding support for his daughter, and his ability to make others understand how determined he is to have his will fulfilled. The look that he gave Jonathan when he showed up to the hospital to play affable doctor was extremely intense, and he was intent on making Grace understand that her image of her parents’ marriage as idyllic was deeply flawed. Grace was officially cleared as a suspect, but the fact that the police found the remarkably detailed oil painting of her that Elena made certainly serves to cast more doubt on them having no relationship. Haley is very good at her job, though her clients are making it very difficult. Going to see Fernando was a bold move on Jonathan’s part, and I forgot for a moment that they knew each other because Jonathan had been Miguel’s doctor. Bringing Jonathan on television was an even more daring and potentially reckless move, though Haley seemed to know what Jonathan was going to say, which absolutely creates the muck she promised she could deliver. The sadness he felt seemed forced, but Grace definitely did not expect him to say to the world that he should be viewed as a victim because he still felt like he was in love with a woman who wasn’t his wife. The second chance she was giving him is surely over now, and it’s hard to imagine that approach will play well with the public either.

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