Saturday, March 26, 2022

What I’m Watching: Mr. Mayor

Mr. Mayor: Season 2, Episode 2 “Mayor Daddy” (B)

Sometimes this show has a tendency to be just as infantile as its characters, but there was still some humor to be found in this half-hour. Mikaela being honored for her work in reducing homelessness in Los Angeles was ruined by Arpi telling her that they count people on Oscar night when they know the numbers will be virtually nonexistent, and that sent her spiraling in a different way than everyone else who needed approval from their father figure the mayor. The notion of all the empty Souplantations (a terrible name for a decent chain that on the east coast was known as Sweet Tomatoes) being turned into homeless shelters is not actually a bad one given that most, as far as I know, have yet to be purchased or converted. Betsy Sodaro has a tendency to play obnoxious characters who don’t want to let other people off the hook, like basement ghost Nancy on “Ghosts,” and her Teri was funniest when she welcomed Mikaela treating her in a petty manner rather than being nice to her. I liked the mention, during all of Neil’s inability to relate to his employees, that Orly and Neil had two Hulu accounts because they were both trying to watch “Normal People” (an excellent show) in secret, and Tommy’s historical parking sports and Jayden’s Citibike, but for lizards were among the worst ideas pitched. Jayden’s other idea, about inviting all the sister cities, made a lot more sense, and I enjoyed his defense of one of the most-maligned victims of an expression: chopped liver.

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