EPISODES “Episode 6″ Advance Review

EPISODES "Episode 6"

EPISODES “Episode 6″ Season 1 Episode 6 -
I’ve previewed the next to last installment of EPISODES and while I can’t tell you too much, I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say we finally circle back to the beginning of the pilot and we see some of the fallout from Sean and Beverly’s confrontation and Matt and Beverly’s accident.

Last week’s episode ended with a heartbroken Beverly watching Sean wank to Morning’s sex tape. Should she have been as upset as she was? I think we could debate that for days. While we know what Sean did and didn’t do, Beverly doesn’t and her insecurities combined with Sean’s deception and deflection have had her convinced for a while that if Sean hadn’t yet slept with Morning, he was going to soon enough. The whole situation is frustrating, but honestly, the bottom line is that these two have terrible communication problems and they’re champions at avoiding issues until they absolutely can’t anymore, so I think the bitter fight (which still resonates even though we’ve seen it before) was inevitable.

The rest of the episode follows Sean and Beverly as they separately deal with the mess at hand. Merc outdoes himself in the hypocrisy department and I’m now actively wishing for his wife to publicly humiliate him and hire the most vicious divorce attorney on the planet. Carol is-hands down-the funniest and best part of tonight’s episode. Unfortunately she only appears in two scenes as she tries to keep ‘Pucks’ alive.

A taste of the episode:

“I’m really the star of her hate. You’re, at best, co-hated.”

“Maybe really teach him a lesson and take him for a drive.”

“What? You don’t do that here?”

“I know; it’s shocking. Something called ‘Pucks’ isn’t good.”

“That’s why people always say she’s such a f-king woman with integrity.”

One of the things I enjoyed so much about the first five installments of Episodes is that even as the humor got darker and the situation between Sean and Beverly grew tenser, the show still had charm and an almost innocent quality to it. That ended with last week’s final scene and now the humor that’s left feels much more bitter than sharp while the plot has become unnecessarily messy with characterization also taking an unneeded hit. It almost seems that Episodes is rapidly sinking into predictability and mediocrity just as the ‘Pucks’ pilot has, and it makes me a little sad. Don’t get me wrong-there are still elements of the show I like and I need to know what happens to these characters, but the overall tone has gone from dark to morose, and that’s simply not fun.

After you’ve watched Episodes on Showtime tonight at 9:30pm eastern/8:30pm central, I hope you’ll come back and post your thoughts. Am I too harsh or are you disappointed, too?

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  • Bill Lancaster

    I was very disappointed

  • Bill

    So now Beverly has cheated on Sean. Oh, how hilarious. Is that the so called “dark humor” the show is supposed to be moving toward? Well, I think it stinks. Never thought infidelity was funny. Never will. I kind of liked the quirky but loving relationship Sean and Beverly have had. As for their rift, I suspected she would have eventually believed Sean about not having an affair with Morning. Now it doesn’t really make any difference. And she cheated with her husband’s friend – a double stab in the back. To really complete the doenward spiral, the previews have Beverly lying in bed with Matt feeling guilty because he had finally convinced her that Sean had not been cheating. So before, sleeping with Matt was okay as long as she thought Sean had cheated too? Sean needs to get as far away from this woman as possible.

    I had really enjoyed watching Episodes up until now. The dialogue was clever and funny. Now it’s just another sad story about a marriage gone to hell. I won’t be watching next season (if there is a next season). Although, I might watch next week’s season finale just to see Sean slug Matt and hopefully tell Beverly to “Go to hell!”

    Bill

  • Bill

    So now Beverly has cheated on Sean. Oh, how hilarious. Is that the so called “dark humor” the show is supposed to be moving toward? Well, I think it stinks. Never thought infidelity was funny. Never will. I kind of liked the quirky but loving relationship Sean and Beverly have had. As for their rift, I suspected she would have eventually believed Sean about not having an affair with Morning. Now it doesn’t really make any difference. And she cheated with her husband’s friend – a double stab in the back. To really complete the doenward spiral, the previews have Beverly lying in bed with Matt feeling guilty because he had finally convinced her that Sean had not been cheating. So before, sleeping with Matt was okay as long as she thought Sean had cheated too? Sean needs to get as far away from this woman as possible.

    I had really enjoyed watching Episodes up until now. The dialogue was clever and funny. Now it’s just another sad story about a marriage gone to hell. I won’t be watching next season (if there is a next season). Although, I might watch next week’s season finale just to see Sean slug Matt and hopefully tell Beverly to “Go to hell!”

    Bill

    • Anonymous

      You hit the nail on the head with why I was so disappointed with the episode. I obviously couldn’t mention the cheating in the advance review, but no, it’s not funny to me. Like you, I enjoyed the relationship between Sean and Beverly and to see it shredded just isn’t entertaining for me.

      I had hoped Episodes would go the unpredictable route and have there be no infidelity but it seems the writers wanted to go the bitter route. Worse, I don’t think Beverly cheating with Matt was even in character. The whole thing really is too bad because it colors the entire season for me.

      • http://www.daemonstv.com/ Sandie

        I didn’t dislike the cheating as much as you do, not that I think it’s alright or anything but it does lead to a few funny scenes in the finale. That said I just thought ok well where do we go from here, because to me Sean sort of has to leave Beverly or at least their relationship won’t ever be the same. And since their relationship was one of the things I loved about the show, I’m not sure where they’re going to go in season 2, if there is a season 2.

        But overall I really enjoyed the show and would tune in to find out what happens next.

        • Michelle StJames

          Just so I can be a complete hypocrite, I’ll say that there have been some shows where not only did cheating not bother me, I actively wanted it to happen, so I like what you said about wondering where there is to go. For as much as this show was about satirizing Hollywood, it was even more about Sean and Beverly as a couple and I would have a hard time buying into them as a couple going forward.

          That said, there definitely are some funny moments in the finale because of the cheating and if they wanted to turn a potential season 2 into a War of the Roses kind of deal, that might work. I just still don’t think the cheating was in character for Beverly. Matt–absolutely, but not Beverly, and I think in the end that’s what bugs me the most.

  • Lynne Voyce

    I love the show. The expectations of this show were so high it was impossible to succeed I make a point of seeing it and thoroughly enjoy it when I do. Matt le Blanc and Tamsin Grieg have wonderful chemistry on screen. It is television! It’s escapist and quite right too. The deconstruction of every episode, expecting every moment to be ground breaking comedy or ground breaking narrative is unfair! Le Blanc is a gifted screen presence and deserves to be seen.

  • k rock 23

    Decent 5shows. 6th sucked. Beverly character was awesome until that show. Now its like the hockeycoach on pucks did the librarian in episode 6 on the first season of pucks!

    • Joan johnson

      Exactly k-rock 23. The tension between them was so funny. Beverly was great.Now shes to angry w the kicking and whining. The show is going down hill. Cant have another season can they? Might rather watch Pucks at his point.

  • manasota

    Think its got better with every ‘episode’. Perhaps Bev’s loathing of Matt was a tad contrived as a cover up for her secret attraction for him. And we dont know as yet if the deal is actually closed do we? Maybe Bev – or rather Matt – pulls out !

  • Episodes Fan!

    I thought that final scene was as sexy as hell!!!
    No – I don’t like infidelity, but this is a TV show for goodness sake!!
    Matt Le Blanc is the sexiest guy around – far sexier than ever he was in Friends.
    I do agree though that I am not sure where these relationships can go now, Sean and Beverley’s relationship was so amusing – it’ll never be the same again.
    But Matt……. phwoar!!!!

    • Michelle StJames

      I have to agree that Matt LeBlanc is very sexy–and very good–in this show and I’m not in any way trying to moralize about cheating in a TV show or otherwise. There have been other shows where I thought infidelity worked, but I disliked it here because I really liked Sean and Beverly as a couple and because I thought it was out of character for Beverly.

      To make the cheating happen, Beverly not only had to become completely consumed by her insecurities, she had to turn into a hypocritical shrew, and I don’t think that Beverly is at all fun to watch.