Thursday, April 15, 2021

What I’m Watching: Breeders

Breeders: Season 2, Episode 5 “No Baby” (B+)

One of the most powerful elements of this show is something that’s far from original: the interspersing of flashbacks with moments from the present. Every time we see Paul try to control his anger, we’re treated to the explanation for why he wants to do so because we see what happened a previous time when he completely lost his temper. The best instance of that in this episode was Ally remembering how horribly Paul responded when she told him she was pregnant with Ava, which of course made her put off telling him that she was once again pregnant. He ended up being the one to bring it up, even if he didn’t think he was being serious, and he actually did a decent job of being legitimately surprised and uncertain about what to do but not negatively dismissive of the entire thing. Ally consoling Ava after she heard the comment about how hard the post-pregnancy time was turned out to very sweet, and it was probably good for her to have that great motherly moment before she found out that she wasn’t actually pregnant but instead experiencing perimenopause. Seeing how Paul and Ally dealt with the news that Luke had lied to them and was in fact smoking was entertaining, and they really do choose their battles since making too big a deal of it might have ended up sending the wrong message. Ally’s mother asking Ally if she had told him she was pregnant in front of Paul was pretty hilarious, and I enjoyed all of the reactions that came immediately after that.

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