Saturday, December 3, 2022

What I’m Watching: Abbott Elementary

Abbott Elementary: Season 2, Episode 9 “Sick Day” (B+)

It’s helpful to remember that Quinta Brunson is the creator of this show, and therefore she casts herself in the role of the person who is perpetually made fun of, with Jacob there to defend her honor when he saw how Barbara and Melissa were gravitating to Tasha with Janine briefly out of the picture. Ava’s incompetence was on full display here as her face masks filling up the fridge were directly responsible for Janine’s sandwich going bad, and she had absolutely no idea what was going on with the shortage of subs at the school. Gregory watching Ava continually refuse to follow Janine’s carefully-prepared binder was entertaining since he’s always looking for something to find fault in everything that she’s doing, but he couldn’t help trying to set her up for success rather than pushing her further towards her downfall. Surprising him when Gregory went to confront whoever told the kids they could have recess at 8:30am was probably the best moment of the episode, and I like how he’s still not sure what to do with her. She did manage to grow over the course of the experience, but not quite enough to give Jacob a refund after he showed up with a clear adverse effect from the face masks. The fact that she refused to store Janine’s number in case she met a better Janine was also very much on-brand, as was her asking Gregory what time school ended, the one thing you’d think she would actually know given that it would mean she too could go home.

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