Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Round Two: Fleishman Is In Trouble

Fleishman Is In Trouble: Season 1, Episode 2 “Welcome to Paniquil” (B+)

The second installment of this show was just as inviting and worthwhile as the first, once again only showing Rachel in the past without any indication of where she is now aside from that bombshell development in the supermarket at the end of the episode. Their marriage really was toxic, and Toby made a compelling argument that he would be considered wealthy and successful in any other city, or even any other area of the same city. Clarifying to his angry daughter that he was a doctor and not a homeless person only got him attitude about what he could and couldn’t say, and he’s getting no credit at all from her for all he has to do in order to cover for her other absent parent. His son, on the other hand, is causing a different sort of trouble, and his frustration with him looking at pornography on his computer all day has now resulted in Toby hastily firing the only dependable childcare partner he currently has. I like dialogue like “Sunsets are problematic, they’re only for the wealthy,” which feels just right for Jesse Eisenberg to say and also like they come from a Woody Allen movie. I’m pleased to see Michael Gaston from “Jericho” and “The Man in the High Castle” as Toby’s boss, and I imagine we’ll see more of him as this show charts two parallel courses, the one that led to this moment and what happens after as Toby gets closer to figuring out what’s actually going on with his missing ex-wife.

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