Sunday, May 23, 2021

What I’m Watching: Hacks

Hacks: Season 1, Episode 4 “D’Jewelry” (B+)

It was great to see more of Kaitlin Olson in this episode as DJ, especially after I had the chance to interview her along with Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder. Being Deb’s daughter can’t have been easy, and it’s interesting to see how they accommodate each other’s differences in their very rocky relationship. “It’s like watching Picasso sing” was a particularly cruel way for Deb to comment on her talents, and telling Ava to “do yourself a favor, take the afternoon off and get your tubes tied” was somehow meaner. Ava coming to DJ’s show just to piss Deb off was an opportunity for the two of them to connect and for DJ to open up a bit, and it was fun to see Ava spring into action to pretend to be a buyer so that an actual buyer would express interest in her line. Even though she hates Deb, Ava ran right to her when she found out how DJ actually supports herself, and we found out that Deb knows all about this and purposely deglams for the cameras so that it can help her. I’m excited to see that Jane Adams, a fantastic actress who has appeared in such shows as “Hung” and “Sneaky Pete,” is playing Ava’s mom, and I hope we get to see more of her in the future. Their relationship doesn’t seem to be much healthier. One dynamic that has more baggage to it is the one between Deb and Marty, who really do see something they need in each other even if they’re spending most of their time trying to sabotage each other and Marty was ready to push Deb aside instantly when a photographer mistook her for his wife.

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