Thursday, June 10, 2021

What I’m Watching: Black Monday

Black Monday: Season 3, Episode 3 “Eight!” (B)

It’s fun to see how Blair and Dawn’s lives are taking a similar route now, with them being forced to pretend to be something they’re not in order to achieve the goals they so desperately want and to manipulate others into doing their bidding. Having them both take phone calls in order to appear more important was entertaining, and it’s not clear who’s having the rougher time at the moment. Blair was ready to go and to meet Charlton Heston while killing some ducks so that he could be, in his words, “the next Dan Quayle,” yet another instance of this show’s humor given how lackluster his post-vice presidency career has been. Shooting the TV that had the pastor on it who was trying yet again to hold something over his head felt emphatic, but unfortunately it appears to have paralleled the real-life murder of the man, which isn’t going to play too well if Blair is considered a suspect (or if it’s the same person going after them, given the Republican resistance to actually find the real shooter). Larry is losing patience with Keith, who is struggling with his own identity, and while his hair does look surprisingly good, it’s not going to be possible for him to remain in this role for so long without cracking. Mo’s latest scheme caught Dawn off-guard, but she managed to spin quite the story for her parole officer and make herself out to seem sympathetic. Mo’s long game is typically maniacal and not all that clear, but Dawn should be able to get back on top now that she’s out of prison and has some sense of what she wants to do.

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