Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Take Three: Julia

Julia: Season 1, Episode 3 “Boeuf Bourguignon” (B+)

It seems incredibly obvious that the producer assignments are backwards, and that Russ should continue to work with Albert while Alice gets to team up with Julia. Yet there’s likely some wisdom to the idea of those who don’t see eye-to-eye on things collaborating since they’ll be able to make each other better and come at things from a different vantage point. That’s probably a more sophisticated and polite way of saying “My circus, my clowns.” Though Russ tried to let Julia down easy by showing her the numbers and how it all couldn’t possibly work, she was ready once again to casually offer up the money to pay for it all, something that wasn’t immediately possible on her end but which she figured out a way to resourcefully provide. Knowing that it was only temporarily is affirming, as is the fact that Paul happened to find something to do that would take him out of town so that he wasn’t constantly there. He’s certainly more supportive than Julia’s father, played by James Cromwell, who has his own ideas of what success means and what the gender roles should be in a relationship. Even if he didn’t mean it to be productive or helpful, Russ pointing out to Julia that she should structure the season like a meal rather than by course so that they didn’t have five soups in a row made a lot of sense, and I’m sure he’ll be endeared to her more and more as the show – the one featured and this one – go on. The puppets will certainly help.

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