EPISODES “Episode 7” (Season Finale) Advance Review

EPISODES "Episode 7"

Episodes “Episode 7” Season 1 Episode 7 – I can’t believe the season finale of Episodes is here already, but it is, and I was lucky enough to watch it early. The ‘Pucks’ pilot wraps and it’s time for the network to make its decision while Beverly must come to terms with the fact she slept with Matt.

Well, when Beverly makes a mistake, she certainly makes it count. I’ll admit it: I hate that she slept with Matt, and not because I consider it immoral (I don’t care about that) or because I don’t think she and Matt had chemistry (they do), but because I don’t just like Sean and Beverly as individuals, I like them as a couple. The cheating irrevocably changes that couple as well as the Sean-Matt friendship that was such fun. I’m also afraid this paints the show into a corner, but I’m very much hoping I’m wrong because I will absolutely watch a second season should Showtime renew Episodes. They’ve got me hooked now, darn it.

To be clear, I’m far from gloom and doom about the finale. A sharply funny network meeting and Sean’s stubborn hope that ‘Pucks’ really isn’t that bad keep me giggling and there’s a Sean-Matt scene that is hilarious as it devolves into absurdity. Because the end is swamped with emotion, I’m also happy to say that Matt makes sure we leave laughing.

I may not like every plot development in Episodes, but I do love the entire cast. I’m a new fan of Tamsin Grieg, Stephen Mangan, and Kathleen Rose Perkins, but as a Friends viewer, I already knew Matt LeBlanc was talented. As it turns out, I didn’t know how talented. While playing this twisted version of himself, he has run the gamut from deviously manipulative to endearingly vulnerable while always remaining charming and, more importantly, funny.

A taste of the episode:

“I have to say I have a vague sense I’m a terrible, terrible person.”

“The self cock-block? Not my kind of move.”

“Did you know your front door was ajar?”

“This is the Hindenburg of development slates.”

“I’m not going to fire you, but I do think less of you.”

“I don’t care. We’re going home: home to proper tea and gentle irony. To a place where no one says ‘Oh my God, I love your accent.'”

I’ve enjoyed most of my time with Episodes and I hope you have, too. I liked the ride best the first five installments because these last two have a more bitter than sharp flavor and there’s more melodrama than I like with my comedy, but I hope we get a chance to see where these characters go next and what other parts of Hollywood get skewered.

After you’ve had the chance to watch the Episodes season finale tonight on Showtime at 9:30pm eastern/8:30pm central, I hope you’ll post what you thought. Now that it’s over, how do you feel about the season as a whole? What would you want to happen to Matt and the gang next?

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