Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Round Two: Conversations with Friends

Conversations with Friends: Season 1, Episode 2 (B+)

It’s interesting to compare this show with “Normal People” since there are four distinct protagonists here whereas there were only two there, and there’s far more opportunity for romantic crossover among them, even if I have a feeling that Nick and Bobbi won’t end up together at any point. There was a real simplicity to how Frances and Nick shared their first kiss, starting with the potentially platonic placement of a cold beer on her red face that moved down very quickly after that. Seeing her return home to see both of her parents provided some insight into her history, but she wasn’t very open with them, irritating her mom by using her phone but not interested in sharing anything real. She did mention that she kissed someone to Philip but declined to offer any more information. Bobbi, on the other hand, was far more forthcoming with her, asking her if something was wrong before telling her that she kissed Melissa. We’ve already seen how Bobbi dominates the space that she and Frances are in, and her obsession with Melissa has blinded her from the fact that Frances and Nick could be in to each other. This would actually work out nicely if the married spouses were honest with each other, but I’m not sure that’s going to happen anytime soon. The way that Bobbi and Frances interact continues to be fascinating, with the standout moment of this episode being when Bobbi told Frances that her face did look shiny, but in a good way that made her seem less complicated.

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