Sunday, February 27, 2022

What I’m Watching: Pam and Tommy

Pam and Tommy: Season 1, Episode 6 “Pamela in Wonderland” (B)

This is the second consecutive episode that ran just over thirty minutes, a stark difference from the earlier installments that were much closer to an hour. While I recognize that this is a tendency of streaming series to be inconsistent in length depending on the available and relevant content of a particular episode, it does feel jarring, especially considering that not much happened in this episode. It was largely Tommy-free, focused instead on Pamela’s own journey, one that involved a very positive relationship with Playboy and Hugh Hefner that didn’t feel like it was taking advantage of her in the way that she had expected or that the lawyer questioning her thought it would. John Billingsley, an actor I originally saw on “Enterprise” who has been in plenty since then, was a perfect choice to play the condescending lawyer whose main goal was to prove that Pamela regularly got paid for showing her naked body, and that the tape shouldn’t be any different. It was good to see that Pamela seemingly ditched her boyfriend who didn’t want her to model for Playboy and that she went for her first shoot with her mom, but now she’s dealing with all of this without any support. Paul Ben-Victor’s lawyer put up a decent fight against the onslaught of questions, but she’s not happy with that, and we have two episodes to see how this case resolves and whether the man actually responsible for this mess – one very disgruntled carpenter – will be held accountable for stealing the tape in the first place.

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