Thursday, March 24, 2022

What I’m Watching: Life and Beth

Life and Beth: Season 1, Episode 8 “Homegoing” (B+)

Starting off in a new career is probably a good idea for Beth, but her father’s mistaken enthusiasm for her volleyball prowess was likely better left to the imagination. It was very awkward when she showed up and her old coach thought she was there looking for an AA meeting even after she identified herself, and throwing a ball at a girl and suggesting that her coach retire shortly were not great moments that were fortunately quickly forgotten. She was pretty great at selling produce at the farmer’s market even if she had no idea what Swiss chard was and the things she made up happened to be true. But John isn’t fond of the tactics she uses in order to get people to pay more than they should or to get them a better spot due to her fabricated IBS, and that’s only part of the trouble that’s showing up in this budding relationship. Bringing him to the funeral was unpleasant since he made it all about his concern for his boat, which I think has more to do with anxiety than with his desire to think only about what mattered to him. His stage whisper about them being the only white people there was uncomfortable, but not quite as much as his rude refusal to even acknowledge the impossibly kind Shlomo. Her anger at John for simply repeating himself was very relatable since I think that does happen in real-life fights, and I’m hopeful that they’ll be able to reach a positive place where they can communicate in a good and supportive way.

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