This show is going so many great places, and I’m terribly sad for it to end (for the season or forever? Who knows at this point). Tonight we got something that I felt the show had been lacking this second season – certain characters have been too far off in their own worlds and not connecting, and finally, we see Kal meet up with Abby and Raquel with Beth (boy is that character irrelevant). I loved both of these scenes.
Kal’s deal with Abby went way too slowly, but the payoff at the end was worth it – Abby naturally freaks out over knowing the truth about Tariq. I’m really, really hoping this leads to Tariq’s return. I don’t necessarily think that Kal and Tariq should be together again (anymore than I would for any abusive relationship), but I think that the way things ended were horrible for both characters and they deserve some resolution. Also, I enjoyed Tariq as a character – not near as much as Kaldrick, but Tariq was an interesting guy that was actually starting to become successful in a unique business.
That’s another deal we faced in this episode – that everyone, and I mean everyone, who succeeds on this show ultimately screws things up or has things screwed up for them. Entourage, this is not. I loved Nick in the writers room (yet another unique part of Hollywood that we don’t see on TV very often), and the appearance by Paul F. Tompkins was hilarious and added some legitimacy to the show (my roommate, forced to sit through this episode with me, actually perked up and paid attention after Tompkins showed up and brought the coke and the jokes). I should have seen it coming that Nick would be fired for taking the blame for his bosses’ coke problem, but I thought that maybe some twist would set it right. It didn’t, Nick was fired, and so I guess we will be forced to sit through more of his awful stand up once again. Which I love, don’t get me wrong.
Raquel was just an amazeballs waitress. That’s really all I have to say about her. More service industry for Raquel, please.
Finally, we come to Conner, who has not been the most interesting character this season, but now you better believe he has my full attention. I loved the plot with his sister and I was really, genuinely excited for him when he got the DNA test results at the end. That is, until the plot thickened!!! She’s into Scientology “Scienetics”!!! And then, suddenly, everything I found charming about their blossoming family relationship was suddenly called into question in my mind, including the test results themselves. I FREAKING LOVE THIS SHOW.
Tonight’s Quotant Quotable: “This is not the ‘70s. It’s not the mid-‘80s. It’s not various portions of the ‘90s. You are not day traders. This is not a high school or a discotheque in Monaco. You are pale, miserable, uncool writers who should not be able to afford this much cocaine. You’re lucky you get a writers’ bathroom!” – Paul F. Tompkins