Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Take Three: Fleishman is in Trouble

Fleishman is in Trouble: Season 1, Episode 3 “Free Pass” (B+)

Though we’re not seeing as much of her as I’d like, I do enjoy that this show is narrated by Lizzy Caplan’s Lizzy. That also gave us a fun intro scene of Seth firing off the little Hebrew he knew to impress an Israeli girl at a college party framed around Toby’s first magical meeting with Rachel. It also showed how quickly things turned when Rachel made no effort to pretend that she liked Lizzy or Seth, not even bothering to come up with a convincing specific excuse to leave the party almost right away. There were much more romantic aspects to Toby and Rachel’s relationship, like his expression of how he was already nostalgic for the moment they were in and her reaction to the warmth of Shabbat dinner with his family. But that all turned very toxic when she came home from a long day angry that he hadn’t cooked a big dinner and then cruelly mocked his food issues. Her response to having a different doctor and then his inexcusable breaking of her water without her consent was their true downfall, and answering a phone call instead of staying in their fight about how money does or doesn’t buy happiness represented her truly giving up from Toby’s perspective. Fighting within earshot of their dinner guests was a low point, and Rachel saying a personal acquaintance rather than a celebrity when asked about her free pass made things even worse. That also catapulted us back to the present and that rotten watermelon, with Josh Stamberg’s Sam Rothberg apparently occupying a bigger role on this show than otherwise indicated so far.

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