MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE “The Pickup” Advance Review


MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE “The Pickup” Season 2 Episode 8 – If the first midseason episode of MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE last week started on an up note, tonight’s episode certainly serves to bring everything down. Some things come crashing down, others simply deflate like a neglected balloon.

Owen is moving forward with his plans to expand the dealership rather than sell it. His attempts to rally the troops, however, is stymied by none other than Terry who is taking the breakup with Erin rather hard. How much is Owen willing to let slide in order to give his friend a break? Wise advice is to never loan a friend money. I think the same wisdom could be applied to this situation. Never give your out of work aging actor friend a job and then continue to keep him around merely because he is your friend. I wonder just what Terry will have to do in order for Owen to finally give up on him, at least career wise.

It is an interesting dynamic between the three men. They are all so willing to let each other slide in most aspects because they have known each other for so long. However, when they later expect that same person to act their age or to “just grow up”, no one is taken seriously.

While Owen and Terry’s troubles this time around seem to stem from outside sources (Erin for Terry and Terry for Owen), Joe’s demons are all his own. He has a big goal with qualifying for the Senior Pro Tour, but pressures at home, at the store, and from Manfro seem to be interfering. The focused and determined Joe seems to simply be disappearing. How much will he lose before we make it until the end of the season?

This episode was moving, if not difficult. It is hard to watch the characters struggle with the same things over and over. At times, it is hard not to scream at the TV, “just DO something.” Naturally, what happens on screen is not quite what you meant. I suppose it is an accurate portrayal of how life works. You would think, however, at 50 years of age, you would have a bit more figured out.

Watch the latest episode of Men of a Certain Age on TNT tonight at 10 PM ET/9 PM CT and then come back here and let me know what you think about what is happening with the men on this show. Will they get back on track? Do we want them to?

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