Sunday, June 20, 2021

Take Three: Physical

Physical: Season 1, Episode 3 "Let's Get Down to Business" (B+)

It’s good to see Sheila try to take charge of her life and figure out how she can sustain the high that comes from the workout by teaching herself. It’s not too surprising to learn that the main reason she doesn’t have a lot of friends is that even those she thought she was close to felt taken advantage of by her in their relationship, like her old ballet teacher. Getting Greta to come to the class was something she didn’t seem happy about, and it’s probably a good thing that she’s going to invest the time and energy in coaching her personally, even if she’s not thrilled about it. Successfully overcoming the voice in her head while she was teaching was a great development, though finding out that her cut was much lower than she thought put a bit of a damper on it. Though he seemed at first like a supportive, encouraging husband, Danny is increasingly revealing himself to be the ultimate passive chauvinist, laughing off the idea that he as the candidate would be hitting the pavement when he fully expected her to and transforming his reachable signature goal into an astronomically higher one that he knew she’d put in the effort to help him achieve. Using their savings to hire a campaign manager felt like the last straw, though I don’t think Sheila is ready to take decisive action to make herself heard and seen just yet. That parting shot of Danny having to take care of their crying daughter spoke volumes, and he’s not going to respond well when Sheila does show up. I was glad to see more of Paul Sparks’ John Breem, and I’m curious to see what his involvement is going to be in all this.

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