Thursday, March 24, 2022

What I’m Watching: Life and Beth (Season Finale)

Life and Beth: Season 1, Episode 10 “Kiss from a Rose” (B+)

Starting off this episode with Beth going to see Liz was nice, and I like that it was realistic in that Liz said they weren’t going to be close after all this time even if it was good to have the reunion. Her volleyball coach showing up at that moment brought it to a quick close, setting Beth up for the chance to have a legitimate do-over in saying goodbye to her mom. John was much better at recognizing that he’s not great at communicating or doing the right thing all the time than I had expected, and the sweetest gesture he made was to show her the TV he bought which had thirteen channels there were all just static. The meal that they had together to honor Jane was both entertaining and fitting, with John interrupting to ask how long she was going to take because the food was going to get cold and Matt suggested that they put it to a vote. Gerald even got an invite, and he’s definitely softened since their first very unfriendly meeting, and was among the politer guests. It was particularly endearing to see how Beth’s relationship with Ann improved, and to see Ann introduce a new relationship to her because she was letting her in to her life. Ending with Beth playing basketball with everyone during the credits was a great way to close out this season, though I do worry that it’s possible this is the last we’ll see of this show. I’ve been very impressed with that and would love to see more.

Season grade: A-
Season MVP: Michael Cera as John

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