Wednesday, September 1, 2021

What I’m Watching: Work in Progress

Work in Progress: Season 2, Episode 4 “Apologies and Their Fluctuating Nature” (B+)

This episode was very effective without Abby having to say all that much, and the expression on her face spoke volumes. Julia’s eagerness to gain her forgiveness by sending her horrified daughter with an overeager Al on the tablet rescued Abby from one unbearable interaction and took her into another, but Julia is so well-meaning and genuine, as opposed to Susan’s complete lack of awareness. Inviting Abby to come with her to hear the author of the book that she so loved was also done with the best of intentions, and when she stood up and quoted from the book, she actually wanted to change and right her wrongs. That author, on the other hand, simply wanted to reject the idea of being cancelled without atoning in any way for what she said or acknowledging that she bore any responsibility for having been offensive, whether or not she intended it that way. Abby clearly appreciated Julia’s efforts, stepping up to defend her when someone came and pounded on the way to tell Julia how terrible she was. Abby found comfort in a place that wasn’t about her at all, and, even though she was distracted by looking at photos that Abby initially thought were prospective mates, Campbell was a good source of support for her too. The obsession she was indulging with checking Chris’ GoFundMe page, and I’m not sure if her very generous $2500 donation is going to do anything to make her feel better, her own sort of un-cancellation and self-forgiveness.

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