Thursday, January 21, 2021

What I’m Watching: Search Party

Search Party: Season 4, Episode 6 “The Thoughtless Woman” (B+)

It’s so hard to read Dory and to figure out if she’s just playing games with Chip or she’s really been convinced by all the mind work he’s done on her. Taking her out into the world was a bold and surely risky move, and I don’t even think that leaving her alone with the keys in the ignition was meant to be a test. He freaked out when the ice cream place that made his beloved caramel balsamic swirl – which sounds disgusting, by the way – and Dory managed to salvage the situation by suggesting another place which made her much happier, mostly because it’s a welcome change in her diet. Running into Marc was a worrisome development, but it didn’t even seem like Chip noticed, though he managed to post her name and location to social media very quickly after she reacted very poorly to being identified. It was a welcome “break in the case” for her friends, who did manage to finally see through the elaborate deception that was put on for them at the factory by Chip’s publicity-fearing parents. Portia’s “we actually did it, we put our minds to it and found Dory” was a bit too congratulatory, but they are indeed close now to finding her, even if she may not be eager to come with them if they do show up to rescue her. The role of Chip’s father was a good fit for Griffin Dunne from “This Is Us” and “House of Lies,” and Deborah Rush from “Orange is the New Black” and “Billions” was a great choice to play his mother. I’m curious to see how much following up they’ll do on these troubling allegations. I don’t often comment about the song choices on this show, but the closing number was really perfect.

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