Monday, July 26, 2021

What I’m Watching: Physical

Physical: Season 1, Episode 8 “Let's Not and Say We Did” (B+)

It’s good to see that, disconnected as he may be from what Sheila needs right now and most of the time, Danny is most concerned with protecting her and feels an absolutely loyalty to her over her parents because of their lack of faith in her reports of sexual abuse. Until this point, Sheila’s fractured relationship with her parents had been boiled down Danny being Jewish and them not liking him because he wasn’t rich, but this installment revealed a much deeper rift based on a categorical dismissal of Sheila’s feelings and experiences as valid. She knew she needed the money to get out of the hole that she’s in, and she was willing to let them meet her daughter, but Danny wasn’t going to budge at all on that. I did appreciate the casting of Wendie Malick and Ray Wise, two formidable actors, as Sheila’s parents, though Sheila’s lawn-smashing indicates that we probably won’t see them again. Sheila is going to have to deal with her financial predicament when she gets home and learns that a dead woman in her bed isn’t the best reason not to leave Jerry alone in her house. Greta’s hairstyle change seems to have paid off, with Ernie being much more honest with her and actually noticing her all the time. I’m a big fan of Tyler’s, and I’m glad that his forgotten night out with a new surfboard didn’t result in him getting stabbed by Bunny and that the two of them seem to be a great match for each other.

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