Sunday, April 3, 2022

Take Three: The Girl from Plainville

The Girl from Plainville: Season 1, Episode 3 “Never Have I Ever” (B+)

This show does a lot of time-jumping, getting to know its characters in the past as we see the aftermath of Conrad’s suicide unfolding in the present. It’s somewhat disorienting but does help to give the full picture and add more to them. Seeing how Michelle and Conrad interacted with their friends is very informative, and also unsettling given how little they share at different points. Michelle in particular seemed to be very close to her friend in a way that likely didn’t end well, and she pulled away from Natalie after confiding in her, something that’s only going to make her look much more suspicious. Conrad, on the other hand, felt like he was being cut out of his life with other friends taking his place, and the text exchange had with Michelle was imagined as a conversation by her basketball hoop which felt appropriately distant. The case against Michelle is intensifying with Scott bringing it to the district attorney, and I’m thrilled to see Aya Cash, a great talent from “You’re the Worst” and “The Boys” who is also appearing in another new show, “Welcome to Flatch,” as Kate, who seems set on trying this case to get an important precedent set. Michelle didn’t react all that poorly to Scott showing up at school to interrogate her, and her harshest response was when her sister called her out on verbatim reciting “Glee” lines when she was trying to make a point. It’s only going to get more awkward and uncomfortable once her potential guilt becomes public knowledge.

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