Thursday, January 21, 2021

What I’m Watching: Search Party

Search Party: Season 4, Episode 4 “Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity-Jig” (B+)

So much for Ann Dowd being an enduring part of this show. Her refusal to accept any part of her situation didn’t resonate with the very resigned Dory, who didn’t bother to ask any helpful questions other than identifying the state where she was being held captive. I would have thought that Paula Jo would have done herself in by insisting on the many food allergies she had, but, while she appeared to asphyxiate on a nugget cooked in peanut oil, it was her demand to be kept separately from Dory the murderer that did her in. Though it does seem to have resulted in her death, it may be worse for Dory, who chose that moment to beat herself up for her past actions and confess that she did in fact kill Keith, something that will likely lead to the intense setup we saw in the season three scenes where Dory was being forced to recount everything that really happened. The movie version of this story didn’t actually feel too fake, and Portia is hardly the only one who needs acting notes. Busy Phillips’ Donna is over-the-top in a very different way than Portia, and I think this whole starring role thing isn’t going to last too long. Elliott is finding lots of fame with the network, and though he wouldn’t have wanted Charlie to be ousted or killed by a falling book, he’s not exactly doing much to stop it. Drew going through his storage locker for three hours was a good use of time, and let’s hope they can be slightly more motivated than they seem to track down Chip and the missing Dory.

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