"And the Pretty Problem" started out problematic for me. The opening scene where Max insults a table of grating caricatures made me doubt whether I would enjoy this episode. But cut to the following moment and I was laughing my head off while squealing at the same time.
The Good. Johnny was back! Okay, not the most significant plot point of the episode, but I have two words: eye candy. Another set of two words: amazing chemistry. The pair seems to be on a collision course from friends to lovers.
Not sure what's making them put on the brakes. Surely it can't be Oleg, right? Which reminds me: somebody reign in that romance-blocker! How dare he interrupt their moment in the freezer! Anyway, secret's out. I'm a sucker for love, and these two are rocking the hotness factor.
Also, I have to again note the pacing of the girls' relationship. We began this season with Max constantly insulting Caroline. Each episode we now see more and more of Max respecting Caroline's opinions, even as she resists and shows anger at first. Caroline has been literally forcing character growth in Max. Max, in turn, has given Caroline a sense of purpose, and a way to redemption. Also, a home. And a wall for her vagina bed. Both very important.
The Bad. The opening scene was so awkward for me. It was just so forced. Not every line Max utters must end with some sort of snarky insult. Yes, she is really good at that, but at the rate she does it, it seems almost unnatural.
The sitcom has enough going for it - charm, characters we can root for and relate to - that it can ease up in the punch-line delivery. We're still early enough in the season that we may see improvement in that arena. It's happened in other aspects of the show.
- I applaud the network for welcoming curves in their roster of slim starlets. I mean, you go Kat!
- Now that I'm thinking about it, I wonder if she'll succumb to second season weight loss like almost all stars of hit shows do.
- Daisy from Bones was here!
- Is anyone keeping up with the profit and loss tally? Does the math add up? Next week I better see a mention of the money they earned from that shower, and a tally increase.
- How has no one stolen Chestnut yet?
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