Meredith’s TV Guide – 12/11-12/17
I’m here with this week’s installment of Meredith’s TV Guide.
I, shockingly, didn’t want much television this week because I was out several nights. I do have a life you know! But here’s my recap. To save time and space, I’m only going to mention the shows where I have detailed opinions based on my last episode.
Warning: Spoilers ahead!
I treated myself to an episode of Fleishman is in Trouble last Sunday night as a treat to soothe the Sunday Night Blues and it did the job. It is so damn good. I don’t know how they are going to turn Toby into a bad guy when it switches POVs. The way he handled what happened to Hannah (his daughter) in camp was so great! She sent an allegedly “inappropriate” photo to a boy camper who shared it with his friends. Hannah was kicked out of camp but the boy got to stay. I loved when Toby told off the miniature douchebag who shared the picture with his friends. And when he asked how the camp planned to punish said boy and was told they wouldn’t? Unbelievable! I will be watching another episode tonight!
I watched Something from Tiffany’s and was not a fan. I think there are way better romantic comedies out there, although I like both lead actors a lot (Zoey Deutch and Kendrick Sampson). The story was ripe with misunderstandings and failures to communicate. Rachel’s boyfriend Gary was a legitimate criminal and I felt like that was underemphasized. Not only did he initially refuse to give Ethan’s ring back, but he was absolutely planning to steal Rachel’s bracelet the day they met. Not a catch at all! On the other hand, I thought Vanessa was treated unfairly. She wasn’t a bad person. I didn’t think the connection between Rachel and Ethan was strong enough to warrant a grand gesture right after their respective breakups. I also thought Rachel was presumptuous to hide the ring in the bread without confirming Ethan still wanted to propose to Vanessa. And I can’t believe he proposed to Rachel with THE SAME RING. So many problems.
On Monday night, I watched the season finale of The White Lotus. I was cheering so hard for Tanya when she shot the life out of the murderous gays, but then she died anyway jumping off the boat. Oh no!!! Will Greg, her greedy husband, inherit all her money now? I hope not! I was scared for Ethan and Harper for a while but happy they made it. Do you think she slept with Cameron? I want to believe no, but I have this pesky habit of being blindly optimistic and naïve. At the same time, Harper found Cameron to be a gruesome person so unless she really wanted revenge on Ethan, I don’t think she’d go there. The award for the least character development definitely goes to Daphne, yet I also admire her ability to stick her head in the sand for self-preservation. I saw Lucia’s betrayal of Albie a mile away and thought he handled it with grace. I also think, and this might be my optimism/naivety again, that she legitimately cared for him but, really, was she going to leave Italy for him? There was no future. I got a kick out of Portia and Albie re-connecting at the airport after they both chose so wrong, especially Portia. I think Albie had an experience he probably doesn’t regret, especially since it was his dad’s money! I’m excited for season 3!
I cannot get enough of My Unorthodox Life. I think Julia is adorable. I laughed when she went to a matchmaker in the middle of her life supposedly falling apart. I also find it hilarious how much money her family spends when it seems most of this money is tied to a company she’s in the process of losing. Who is going to pay all those bills? Her children are so clueless about it! I wonder if Robert had been anyone else whether his dream to be on Broadway would be taken seriously. Yes, he can sing but he has zero performance experience since college and didn’t exactly graduate last year! I worry that Robert and Ra’d won’t last in the long run given how differently they feel about monogamy. I read a spoiler that he proposes but I haven’t gotten there yet! I respected Nathalie for maintaining her own place in Queens even after moving into the penthouse with Miriam because it’s dangerous to rely so completely on your significant other and their family. Finally, while I’m still not a big fan of Batsheva, I understand why she’s unable to completely forgive her mom for leaving her when she escaped the community. That is not something you just recover from. And I like the way she cares for their youngest brother, Aron. I think it’s nice that all the siblings are so protective of him. I’m a big sibling person here! Don’t know what I’d do without my own.
I watched another episode of Extraordinary Attorney Woo. I know…it’s taking me forever. It’s getting so good. Woo Young Woo had her first kiss and this slow burn was worth the wait! But now her hotshot lawyer mother, who abandoned her at birth, is trying to get her dad to ship her off to Boston to protect her own reputation. She’s succeeding at work and falling in love. She cannot leave Seoul!!!
I really enjoyed The Holiday Dating Guide on Lifetime about an author of a dating handbook who strikes a deal with a publisher that if she can get a man to fall in love with her using her own guide in twelve days, he will publish the book. Maria Menounos was charming as Abigale, the main character and Brent Bailey did a phenomenal job as the love interest, Michael. When Michael found out that Abigale betrayed him, his eyes filled with tears and damn if it didn’t get to me. Of course, they didn’t get the publishing process accurate, but they never do. Sigh.
I only have one episode left of Dead to Me and I can’t even talk about it. It’s so sad! But it was fun seeing Christina Applegate in scenes with Katey Sagal, who humorously played Judy’s mom in the show. As most of you know, Katey played Christina’s mom in Married with Children.
The problem with watching so many shows at once is that it takes a much longer time to finish them, but I’ll hopefully have updates on The Sex Lives of College Girls, The Umbrella Academy, Firefly Lane, and Wednesday next time. I’m also starting The Recruit and A Storm for Christmas, and eventually Emily in Paris, since season three drops this week.
I will most likely not post for the next couple of weeks due to the holidays/New Year. Wishing you all the best until next time!
I’m watching Storm for Christmas. It’s very entertaining once you get to know the cast of thousands. Trust the Swedes to make classy holiday entertainment.
I watched the first episode last night and looking forward to more!
I enjoy reading your thoughts on shows and movies. I loved season 2 of White Lotus and can’t wait for it to come back. Currently watching Wednesday, but only two episodes in. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the finale of Dead to Me and on Sex Lives.
I enjoy your thoughts too! I’ll let you know what I think. I’m not prepared for Judy to die. Just bracing myself.