Thursday, March 3, 2022

What I’m Watching: The Afterparty

The Afterparty: Season 1, Episode 7 “Danner” (B+)

This was definitely a half-hour distraction that had absolutely nothing to do with the current case, but I imagine there will be some connection that will come to light, even if it’s in the form of a major realization that the person telling the story doesn’t choose to share with anyone else. The sheer number of guest stars contained in just one episode rivaled everyone we’ve seen throughout the past six, and that made this seemingly irrelevant journey very much worth watching. Reid Scott is back to playing the mean, manipulative operator he perfected on “Veep,” who may have far more villainous tendencies motivated by a potential TV consultant deal here. Fred Savage was the husband, Kelen Coleman was the apparent mistress, and Barbie Ferreira from “Euphoria” was Willow. My favorite appearance was Jimmy Tatro from “Home Economics” as Danner’s partner, who proudly described Arizona as “Florida of the West” when she assumed he was from there because of how he acted. It’s hard to know what all this had to do with Xavier’s murder, but I did like that Aniq and Zoe got to hear everything that was going on until the very end when Culp finally discovered the phone and knew that Aniq had been listening all along. One of them might go down for murder if this case gets solved at all, but at least Zoe seems to be open to spending time with Aniq, even if her furious side came out again when Brett once again returned with their daughter.

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