Wednesday, July 14, 2021

What I’m Watching: Physical

Physical: Season 1, Episode 6 “Let’s Get It on Tape” (B+)

There are so many opportunities for Danny to show Sheila that he’s actually paying attention to her, and he comes through on so few of them. She’s rightly watching them carefully and typically expecting the worst, but when she thought that he was going to step in and defend her when Jerry was talking down to her, he utterly failed. She’s capable of much more than he is, as evidenced by the ease with which she got Breem to give her a space, one that she’s going to use for her own purposes rather than to help her husband. Telling him that she doesn’t think about him at all was particularly harsh and had him not knowing how to respond. She also forcefully called Jerry out when he wouldn’t stop rubbing Simone’s shoulders, but he’s too clueless to realize what an unwanted presence he actually is. Fortunately, Tyler is working out as a filmmaker for both campaigns, and, even if they didn’t give Sheila much of the credit, he has exactly the stoner vibe they need mixed with an enthusiasm for the camera. The aerobics videos also seem to be going well, but she’s digging herself into a deep, deep hole financially. Sheila did a masterful job selling her tape to everyone at Greta’s party but lost a friend in the process, and I’m not sure exactly what giving her Ernie’s tape back is going to accomplish since she could have utilized it for leverage with him but has now given up on that option.

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