Monday, August 29, 2022

Emmy Catch-Up: Abbott Elementary

Abbott Elementary: Season 1, Episode 10 “Open House” (B+)

This show really does do pretty well with its dramatic moments, balancing one disappointing discovery with another uplifting note. Janine was way too present in the drama that ensued between Barbara and her daughter Taylor, who apparently only comes to visit when she’s in town for work, a profession that Barbara doesn’t respect at all. She did try too hard to insert herself into their relationship when she hadn’t been invited, but Taylor’s lack of interest in spending time with her mom ended up being to Janine’s benefit in a way that she didn’t expect. Barbara asking her to dinner was a very sweet moment, especially on the heels of the new and relaxed “Greg” turning down her dinner plans because he was going on a date to the place Janine had suggested with Taylor. Gregory went through his own little crisis when he found out that Ava had blackmailed her way into the job, which makes a lot of sense, but apparently that’s no longer the case. I’m curious to see whether Ava actually puts any effort into trying to keep a job she never wanted in the first place, since her mood changed when she told Janine she was going to miss being annoyed by her. Janine positing that maybe she was getting less annoying was endearing if definitely not the case according to Ava. Melissa was indeed impressed by Jacob hustling her in poker, but Jacob didn’t really win that one now that he’s going to be looking over his shoulder for the rest of his life.

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