Saturday, September 11, 2021

What I’m Watching: Nine Perfect Strangers

Nine Perfect Strangers: Season 1, Episode 6 “Motherlode” (B)

Having characters take drugs in an episode of TV or a movie is always risky since things can devolve into senselessness, either comically or dramatically, in a way that just isn’t appealing to watch. Jessica thinking that her nose was falling off, for instance, was a bit absurd, and didn’t really feel like it enhanced the story overall. Tony’s nervousness about not going in the water was more interesting, though I also appreciated his awkward kiss with Frances that progressed their romance forward in a considerable way, a welcome break from Frances’ musical nightmare. The Marconi family had a much more harrowing experience, with them all encountering Zack in some form in the woods and Heather having a full-on conversation with him in which he blamed her for having him take medication that was known to cause suicidal ideation. Napoleon expressing resentment towards his wife for being too anal and not being able to forgive Heather for knowing or not knowing about those side effects felt harsh, in a way that makes his happy front seem all the more problematic since it really is just an illusion. Masha’s intentions for Lars are a bit peculiar, and Lars does manage to say all the right things even if Carmel is legitimately worried about hallucinating her ex and hurting someone there. Delilah’s concern is the most worrisome since she’s done this before and seen it go off the rails, and Masha is evidently too distracted by malignant memories to be relied upon for clearheaded leadership.

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