Thursday, September 9, 2021

What I’m Watching: Only Murders in the Building

Only Murders in the Building: Season 1, Episode 4 “The Sting” (B+)

It’s good to know that Sting has been eliminated from the pool of suspects, but I’m also pleased at how the celebrity was used in this episode, presented with an absurd morning turkey and then accused of murder before he revealed that he was relieved because he blamed himself for Tim’s death, and the fact that he was murdered meant that it wasn’t his fault. That interaction was entertaining, and, though there was excitement about the idea of having a celebrity murderer, they’ll have to move on to other suspects. The introduction of Tina Fey’s Cinda Canning was fun, and I think the Emmy-winning comedienne is a great fit for the tone of this show. She’s also obviously a bigger part of it since this podcast is going to end up becoming a sensation of its own, enough for her to be talking about it on her show a few months later. The progression of Charles’ relationship with Jan was sweet, starting with some terribly awkward sexy bassoonist talk in the elevator, passing through Oliver’s terribly dated advice that Mabel categorically rejected, and ultimately resulting in him righting the wrong he first committed by showing up to her door to be honest after he had earlier failed to do so. It’s certainly better than Charles’ brief spiral where he suggested that he was going to essentially marry murders so that he wouldn’t be alone, and it’s a good recovery from his past missteps that he outlined to Jan regarding how his last relationship ended. Unfortunately, all is not well for the dynamic trio since Oliver’s son has just exposed Mabel as being someone closely connected with Tim and not worthy of their trust. They’ll almost certainly go about approaching her and calling her on it the wrong way, but entertainment – accompanied by intrigue and danger – does await.

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