Sunday, December 25, 2022

What I’m Watching: Fleishman is in Trouble (Penultimate Episode)

Fleishman is in Trouble: Season 1, Episode 7 “Me-Time” (B+)

I was quite surprised when I found out that Claire Danes had been nominated in the supporting actress category by both the Golden Globes and the Critics Choice Association and this show had been otherwise ignored by all awards bodies. I do think the other players, particularly Jesse Eisenberg and Claire Danes, are very much worthy of praise, but I can see that Danes is doing very strong work, first in the flashbacks and now in an episode of complete circular chaos that still felt radically different from what she was doing when Carrie was going through her own episodes on “Homeland.” Seeing the doctor break her water without her consent was much more brutal this time around, and every scene was reframed differently, as Libby pointed out, with the help of another perspective that facilitates telling the whole story. His response to the idea of her moving to LA and taking the kids was particularly harsh, as was his reaction to her being late to therapy shortly after saying that she didn’t even have time to get a divorce. The beef lo mein took on an entirely new meaning as she cycled and ordered it over and over, forgetting what had happened and then just starting right over. Libby does seem very interested in helping her, and we’ll see what that looks like in the upcoming series finale. I wish that this show could go on much longer, though given that I haven’t heard nearly enough buzz about it, this limited series getting extended feels very unlikely.

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