Thursday, June 30, 2022

What I’m Watching: Breeders

Breeders: Season 3, Episode 7 “No Pressure” (B+)

The way that this show incorporates its casual flashbacks makes it mesmerizing to watch, particularly when it comes to the state of Paul and Ally’s marriage, which seemed to be in a lot of trouble at the end of the previous episode. Things were much better when they were chatting in the waiting room of the dentist’s office, and they almost went into the bathroom together when Ally remembered an earlier instance when they had done that. Ally kept repeating that it was just so nice for the two of them to be together talking, and it was definitely sweet to see that. Talking about walking on landmines rather than eggshells did exemplify the way that Paul goes from zero to sixty at almost every opportunity, and that was absolutely a good way to describe his reaction to Ava purposely failing her exam. For all the issues she’s had recently with responding to Ava and what she needed from her, Ally said exactly the right thing, first when she was upset that Grace had failed the practice exam and then when she acknowledged to Ally that her theory had been right all along and that she had failed on purpose. Ending the episode with Paul raging and Ava very upset was not promising. At least Luke managed to get back on good terms with Jacob, whose every word of dialogue is hilariously so much older than he is, talking like a person with infinitely more life experience and not finding the way others respond to him strange.

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