MELISSA & JOEY “Spies & Lies” Review

MELISSA & JOEY "Spies & Lies"

This week’s episode of MELISSA & JOEY finds Joey a bit off his game, forgetting things with the children, sneaking women into the house, and leaving Melissa wondering what is going on.

When Melissa and her assistant come home in the middle of the day, they unexpectedly find Joey drinking two fisted and attempting to hide a woman in the basement. Although Joey pretends it is a distant cousin, Mel wants to think that Joey has started dating and so she starts picking on him. As the days pass and Joey becomes more and more preoccupied with the mystery woman and less involved with the children, Melissa becomes concerned. Her suspicion is heightened when she and her assistant overhear Joe and the woman discussing the children’s father and bank accounts in Dubai. Melissa takes the issue, and a laundry basket, in her hands to bust in on Joe and Tessa to get to the bottom of things.

Turns out Joe and Tessa have one thing in common – Mel’s brother-in-law stole millions from them. Unable to get past it, they have been tracking him around the world with the hope of finding him or the money. I am not sure if they seek revenge or restoration. In any event, Melissa finally alerts Joe to the horrible job he is doing as a nanny and to Ryder’s latest problem.

Mel has been buying expensive gifts for Ryder and Lennox, but Ryder’s keep disappearing. Ryder tells Mel that a bully has been taking them. This spurs Mel into action to recruit Lennox to spy on Ryder. Lennox is a horrible spy and offers absolutely no information. My guess is she probably never even gave a second glance Ryder’s way while at school. Joe, on the other hand, goes beyond spying and straight to the source. Unfortunately, when he comes home with Ryder’s “lost” sneakers, Ryder informs him that the shoes aren’t his and then notes “Good job, Joe. You just mugged a kid.”

Later Joe happens upon Ryder and another kid hanging in the backyard and notices that the kid is wearing Ryder’s sneakers and carrying his backpack. He enlists Mel to help him spy on Ryder to determine if this is the bully. When they see Ryder turn over another item, they spring into action. To their surprise, they discover that there is no bully, just one more victim of Ryder’s father with Ryder trying to make it right. While Mel chases after the kid they just traumatized, Joe has a discussion with Ryder about letting things go. For Ryder, it is the guilt over what his father has done. For Joe, it is the anger and revenge over what Ryder’s father has done. In teaching Ryder a lesson, of course Joe learned one himself.

I thought this was a good episode. Surprisingly, the show is not completely abandoning the initial premise behind it, that Ryder and Lennox’s parents cheated a lot of people and affected many lives. Often, comedies like this tend to start off with that premise and then quickly turn into “how soon can we get the male and female to fall in love while dragging out their sexual tension.” While I have no doubt, that will play some part in Melissa & Joey, I am happy to report that, at least for now, we are spared the cliched route.

What did you think of tonight’s episode? Do you like how the show continues to address the wrongdoings of Ryder and Lennox’s parents or do you feel the opposite and wish they would all just get over it? Is anyone out there wishing Mel and Joe would actually turn into a couple or are you satisified with their seemingly mature and adult nonsexual relationship? Finally, what is your favorite line from tonight’s episode? Mine would be when Mel says to Joe, “Why couldn’t you just be having sex with your cousin?” Share your favorite line and your thoughts on tonight’s episode of Melissa & Joey in the comments below.