Monday, February 7, 2022

What I’m Watching: The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window

The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window: Season 1, Episode 7 (C-)

For a show that often restarts from scratch whenever something new is revealed, a lot happened in this episode in terms of discoveries, though it’s hard to know if any of them are actually real. There were a few more indications that this is supposed to be a humorous parody, like how Anna developed a “cottage industry” of putting people’s dogs into masterpieces before she started getting burnt out and Douglas’ absurd sentiment that he didn’t want to tell her that Buell had been found criminally insane after he killed his entire family with a claw hammer because she never would have wanted to hire him. I kept seeing him and thinking he was suspicious, but I didn’t realize until I looked him up that he was played by Cameron Britton, a terrific actor who has portrayed a criminally insane man – on “Mindhunter” – as well as someone falsely accused of criminal activity in “Manhunt: Deadly Games.” It seems obvious that Buell is the killer, but every episode has suggested new suspects before pivoting completely away from them. Whether or not she’s innocent, she has to process her wild imagination that allows her to convert actions like stabbing a painting of someone into memories of actually killing a person. I imagine that Neil did come over with a gun to threaten her to stay away, but who knows at this point? While I understand that this is supposed to be a parody, it’s falling very flat and has only one episode left to redeem itself.

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