Sunday, February 7, 2021

What I’m Watching: Call Me Kat

Call Me Kat: Season 1, Episode 6 “Gym” (B-)

I’d say that Kat as a character is definitely overeager, and while that’s not something new, it’s becomingly a bit more front-and-center as the show goes on. Being on a finalist for the Twenty under Forty list sent her over the edge, joining a gym and then trying way too hard to seem interesting and worthwhile when she would have just done better by being her authentic enthusiastic self. All I kept thinking back to in the final scene where she tried to get herself kicked out was Chandler saying “I want to quit the gym” in a memorable episode of “Friends.” I recognized Jim O’Heir, best known as Jerry from “Parks and Recreation,” as Jordan Luther, the interviewer, but was seriously distracted by his clearly fake mustache. I do like the rapport that exists between Kat and Max so soon after they discussed the impossibility of romance, and Max’s response to being sent in to distract Kat’s gym enemy was fun. Randi really was thrown off by Daniel the purposeful non-tipper’s sudden talk of weddings and all that, and after attempting to ditch him, he came back strong with his niece and another startling line to remain fixed in her mind as an unforgettable idea. Phil’s journey to sharing his own story after his children’s books turned out to be racist might have been obvious, but it was still sweet to see him open up and concoct something based on his experiences and his identity that was definitely not reflected in those books.

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