Thursday, November 24, 2022

What I’m Watching: Dead to Me

Dead to Me: Season 3, Episode 2 “We Need to Talk” (B+)

It’s good to know that one of this season’s biggest secrets is already out in the open, which is that Judy may have cancer. It’s telling that Judy’s first and second reaction involved expressing gratitude and relief that Jen was okay, and though she puts on a gruffer front, hopefully Jen would have responded in the same way if the situation were reversed. Judy is taking plenty of abuse from Charlie when Jen confirmed that Judy was having an affair with Ted, though she did a remarkably good job of spinning it as a mistake that wasn’t so terrible since she had no idea he had a family. The sentiment she expressed was true even if the surrounding context was entirely fictionalized. I love the new dynamic that Jen and Perez have, with Perez pretending to like tea and asking if Jen was threatening her, which she replied to by asking if it was working. Lorna giving Charlie a car for his birthday is just the latest tactic she’s using to undermine Jen, and Charlie is armed with a bit too much information, only some of which is true, to be trusted not to screw everything up. Henry is without doubt the nicest person on this entire show, enduring a day of torture from his friend and then coming home to give Ben a hug after expressing his condolences on the loss of his brother. But he did give that incriminating bird to Ben, which would have been bad enough had he not left it at the bar for Nick to find, which is definitely not a great development.

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