Wednesday, November 23, 2022

What I’m Watching: Dead to Me (Season Premiere)

Dead to Me: Season 1, Episode 3 “We’ve Been Here Before” (B+)

I’m glad to have this show back, even if this is the final season for a series that has managed to stay consistently interesting and find ways to reinvent itself. I didn’t realize that it had been two and a half years since this show finished its second season, and I was impressed with myself that I remembered Ben crashing his car into Jen and Judy and then driving away. That’s more than Ben remembers, and it’s intriguing to see him come by Jen’s home and find Charlie alone, and now Charlie is the only one who knows he was driving drunk and may keep that secret out of spite since he’s aware that Jen and Judy aren’t telling him something. I’m amused by the position Perez is now in, furious at Jen for having put her in an impossible situation where she has to pretend that the witness didn’t see her with a blonde woman since it would directly implicate her in the cover-up of Steve’s actual cause of death. Ben nearly confessed to hitting them when he ran into Judy in the hospital, but now she’s going to be the one tiptoeing around him so that she doesn’t give her guilt away. But the biggest development came after a perpetually but understandably cranky Jen got terrible news in the form of a potential cancer diagnosis, only to learn that it was actually meant for Judy. Honesty is the best policy, but that’s never the way this show works, and it will be very worthwhile and likely stressful to see Jen as the one keeping a secret from Judy for a change.

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