Friday, April 1, 2022

What I’m Watching: Winning Time

Winning Time: Season 1, Episode 4 “Who the F**k Is Jack McKinney?” (B+)

It’s pretty wild that Jeanie ended up where she is given the experiences she had growing up with her father, namely that moment in the restaurant when the kids ended up there with their mother while he was there and otherwise engaged with a date. That did prove helpful to her, of course, in pitching the big idea that Jerry finally got excited about, the combination of a number of different things that were not particularly family-friendly, and to finally be accepted as one of the team by Linda. Putting the team in Joann’s name was a bold move and one she was furious to discover, and it’s so interesting to see how that relationship plays out when she knows she holds some of the power. We got to meet a few new characters in this episode played by terrific actors, Tracy Letts’ Coach McKinney and his wife Cranny, played by Julianne Nicholson, and the assistant coach, Paul Westhead, played by Jason Segel, who I would have expected to have a bigger role based on his fame. McKinney’s approach is certainly novel, and West was able to compel him to scale back a little while trusting him to get it right. I’ve never been a fan of seeing new players hazed to any degree, and Magic being forced to do Kareem’s bidding and get attached to the orange juice wasn’t all that pleasant to watch even if it was considerably better than what many have to endure, I’m sure, and his ego could use a bit of trimming even if the rest of the team isn’t being too kind.

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