Sunday, January 17, 2021

Take Three: Mr. Mayor

Mr. Mayor: Season 1, Episode 3 “Brentwood Trash” (B-)

I feel like I’m going to be offering up the same general conclusion about every episode of this show, which is that it’s so irreverent that it’s hard to take any of it seriously. The opening scene actually worked decently for me, mainly because the woman eating on the bus reminded me of one of the things that I joke about wanting to be able to do once the pandemic is eventually over, which is to eat on the New York City subway. Having to fight a guy with no pants who declared himself the true mayor was a typically absurd development, and then the Brentwood meeting was a bizarre parade of celebrities playing themselves which, unrealistic as it may have seemed, is probably pretty accurate. David Spade’s appearance felt unnecessary, while Andie MacDowell got Neil so hot and bothered before Arpi teed her up to clue him in to just how self-centered and horrible everything they were saying was. Chrissy Teigen’s moments were fine, but I don’t want this show just to be a cameo opportunity for everyone who feels like they’d have fun mocking their public personas. Orly stopping by so that Mikaela could show her how great real life is didn’t work too well, and the conclusion that it’s always high school is one that doesn’t always apply but this episode was really trying to tell. Jayden’s interview process was flawed at best, with humorous moments like bringing his own underwear to help nervous contenders picture him that way and misreading PR as Puerto Rico, and I wasn’t sure how it was going to end following his discovery of his exact clone Derek. Finding a much more qualified female candidate whose obvious hiring meant Derek ghosting him was at least a bit unexpected and funny, so that’s something.

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