Thursday, December 23, 2021

What I’m Watching: United States of Al

United States of Al: Season 2, Episode 9 “Christmas/Krismis” (B)

I like that Riley and Vanessa’s relationship has come back into focus after being out of sight for a while, and that it was Vanessa who was much too bothered by Riley bringing a date with him to Art’s party. To be fair, Riley started it by not being open to Hazel being with her on Christmas Day so that Freddy’s parents could see her, and there’s no reason that he shouldn’t have finally asked out Holly, especially since she was half-jokingly upset with him that he hadn’t called her yet. Hazel was very open to the idea, and I like that she asked Riley if she could bring her boyfriend. Holly did a great job bonding with Hazel over a game of basketball, which was sweet to see. Unfortunately, Vanessa didn’t take her presence in stride, and the fact that Freddy, the man who is never bothered by anything, was embarrassed by her, said something. Art has his own relationship issues to navigate with Lois when he found out just how expensive the soft sweater she got him was, and the way they got through it with Lois confirming that he had not yet apologized was sweet and endearing. After everyone kept making sure to wish Al happy holidays rather than Merry Christmas, he just wanted to go caroling, and even though they got wet with the sprinklers trick, I think he enjoyed himself. I also liked Art’s description of his favorite ornaments, all of which he liked because they were free.

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