Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Round Two: Life and Beth

Life and Beth: Season 1, Episode 2 “Funeral Proposal” (B+)

It’s hard to watch this show because it really does feel like no one can see Beth at all. Matt is the worst offender, eating the sandwich out of her mom’s fridge that Beth definitely hadn’t prepared for her and focusing on his needs much more than her own. Proposing to her in a flash mob that made her cringe and then running off to spend time with another woman showed his complete lack of regard for what she wanted, and he literally spoke for her when he went up and started by saying “Beth feels.” It’s uncomfortable to see someone who is not considered in any part of her life, and the flashbacks to her childhood with Michael Rapaport’s temperamental father are very informative. Hearing her tell the doctor about how she eats pasta as a breakfast snack, lunch, and a meal after dinner was just bizarre, and he seemed more concerned about her four to six alcoholic drinks per day. I enjoyed seeing Hank Azaria as the frazzled and incredibly hungry funeral director who also had a questionable demeanor when he came up to Beth after services, which reminded me of my own experience of my mom going to say the Mourner’s Kaddish following her father’s death at a synagogue service and having the cantor greet her with “What’s up?” after she had been introduced as a mourner. I do think that the relationship between the sisters has some depth and sincerity, and I’m looking forward to seeing that explored more in future episodes.

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