Tuesday, January 25, 2022

What I’m Watching: United States of Al

United States of Al: Season 2, Episode 12 “Poker / Pokar” (B+)

Al’s justification for playing poker even though it was haram didn’t hold much water, though I can understand how he got excited about the idea of being able to read people and beat them with his skill. I suppose it’s easier to opt to stretch some boundaries when there isn’t a crisis but instead an opportunity that seems manageable, though Al fell hard and fast for the gambling habit that he just couldn’t quit. His nightmare where he ordered a Slippery Slope and Lizzie brought him a bottle of haram as Hazel was revealed to be the devil was entertaining, and I like that Art was the one to try to get him to stop. Riley had success by having Al come outside in his underwear, and it’s not common that he’s the more levelheaded one. I’m glad that we got to see an extended spotlight on Lizzie’s burgeoning romance with Brett, which involved a solid date and then Lizzie getting awkward with her finger guns on the way home. It’s fun that Brett admitted he came the night before to practice his artistic skills and that he then showed up at her house to show that he could really play music. Having Lizzie confide in a disappointed Vanessa about how the date went was also a nice touch since we don’t tend to see the two of them getting to be sisters and friends anymore, but hopefully Freddy and Vanessa playing poker with the family means they’ll be more involved and present this season.

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