Sunday, February 20, 2022

What I’m Watching: Somebody Somewhere

Somebody Somewhere: Season 1, Episode 5 “Tee-Tee Pa-Pah” (B+)

It’s easy to forget that this show’s Kansas setting links it to one of the most famous disaster movies of all time, “The Wizard of Oz,” and that its residents might be both more prepared for similar events and behave very recklessly in the face of them, like hiding out outside while trying to calm a foster dog. Joel’s timing didn’t work out so well, but there was something therapeutic in how he sat completely drenched with those terrifying clouds in the distance, pondering about what mattered to him and ultimately leaving a voicemail about the things he wanted – a Vitamix and kids – and what he wasn’t ready for yet – a proposal. Fred’s advice to Sam was not particularly helpful, but she didn’t have much say in what how she could approach Tricia since the window smashed in pretty quickly so they too had to hunker down. After some copycat vomiting, they had a nice time drinking together and bonding, and then we got to see the humorous motel scene where Tricia bartered for information and the key to Rick’s room. Joel trying to Venmo the guy was pretty funny. Rick seemed like he might be able to get away with it, but Charity was right there in the bathroom and earned herself a very painful-looking punch to the stomach before she could say much. We’ll see what happens going forward, but Tricia isn’t likely to hold anything against Sam, which is a good thing, and this could actually be very positive for their relationship.

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