Underemployed Season 1 Review “The Crib”

I was impressed by last week’s premiere of new MTV drama Underemployed, and the job of this second episode as to keep the interest going. ‘The Crib’ just about did the job, even if some characters are coming across as much more likeable than others this week.

With Rosemary now in the world and part of our core group, the gang become a kind of five-part co-parenting clan all banding together to help Raviva and Lou raise their new and unexpected offspring. The unexpected part of course means that none of them were prepared for a new addition right now, and living in Lou and Miles’ man-child apartment doesn’t quite fit in with the lives of new parents. The first scene of the episode, in which the group decide to effectively raise any children they have together, was cheesy but quite sweet at the same time. Things aren’t perfect, but they’re going to try their hardest to give Rosemary a better life.

It also points out how each generation always thinks they know best, and this narrow focus could become a problem down the line. All of the ‘grown-ups’ we’ve met so far have been incompetent, slightly predatory, or cruel for the sake of being cruel, and it makes the young characters seem a little self-centered in their perspective. I would like to see a boss who understands the struggles of just starting out, or a parent who genuinely has their child’s best interests at heart. It’s something that could definitely get Underemployed into trouble.

Sofia’s first sexual encounter is meant to be the episode’s big mystery, but she ends up spilling the beans for Daphne right at the beginning. Being the group’s resident gossip, Daphne tells almost everyone else about the exciting news, but Sofia left out one vital piece of information. She does eventually tell the group the truth about her experience, though, and I liked the differing reactions. There were no melodramatic shows of homophobia, of course, since these are all very educated, liberal kids who’ve been exposed to all walks of life, but there’s still an element of surprise that makes the moment feel real.

So far I like Daphne and Sofia, am indifferent about Miles (who loses his throwaway Russian girlfriend this week), but haven’t really warmed to Lou and Raviva. With the writers presumably trying to portray the loneliness of being a young stay-at-home mother while their partners are at work, the character just comes off as nagging and needy in comparison to her loving boyfriend. It’s a dangerous combination when we haven’t really gotten to know her pre-pregnancy, and I find no reason to care about her dreams or ambitions. This week was less about work in general, and more about the balance between ambition and family.

What did you think of the episode? Are some characters emerging as favorites over others? Let us know in the comments.