Monday, October 10, 2022

What I’m Watching: Abbott Elementary

Abbott Elementary: Season 2, Episode 3 “Story Samurai” (B+)

It’s refreshing to see Janine in a different position than the one who’s always being made fun of for once, even if she still did have her scarf taken by an entirely unapologetic Mr. Johnson. Jacob has a similarly dorky energy, and it was sweet to hear the students talk about how they call him Mr. C because he’s corny but that they do like him. Janine probably should have just been honest from the start with him rather than trying to bolster his ego as a way to get him not to go on stage with his old Story Samurai buddies. It wasn’t surprising that Gregory thought it was over the top, but he did have the best advice for Janine, which was not to stop him from being who he is. His very obvious flirting with Janine when he knocked just to say hi and check in was great to see, and I imagine it’s going to take a very long time for something to actually happen between them. It was a treat to see the typically unflappable Melissa get very overwhelmed by having two different grades in the same classroom, with her precocious students constantly switching seats and answering questions they had been asked a year earlier. Barbara was the right person to step in and help her, and having a new teacher’s assistant likely won’t be all that great considering her general demeanor. I immediately recognized Ashley from Keyla Monterroso Mejia’s previous role as the entirely unqualified Maria Sofia from “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and I’m glad to see her getting a great follow-up part like this.

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