Underemployed Season 1 Review “The Confession”

Firstly, this review is coming to you late due to a mixture of Christmas festivity and MTV’s strange scheduling decisions regarding Underemployed. The show has been inordinately messed around over the past few weeks, with the network moving it around willy nilly, first from Tuesday nights to Saturdays, and then from one week to the next. ‘The Confession’, thus, managed to get lost in the holiday shuffle, which is a shame, because it might be one of the strongest installment of the show so far.

I’ve made no secret of my disappointment over how the show has sometimes squandered it’s potential to depict a stage of life not seen often enough, but the group’s career situations, as well as their relationship statuses, all come to a head in this episode. Lou and Raviva lay all of their mistakes out on the table, Daphne and Miles are finally honest with each other, and Sofia gets on with writing her novel at long last. It’s too bad that said novel is almost destroyed when a breast milk spillage lands on her computer. Here’s a lesson to all writers out there – back up your work!

When Raviva takes the computer to get fixed (that computer man must be a wizard if he can fix the melted insides of that machine), she finds a less than flattering chapter about herself. Yes, Sofia has pulled a Dan Humphrey and bad-mouthed one of her closest friends in the name of her art, but it doesn’t exactly make Raviva face up to her flaws. She’s right in saying that her quirks are what make her interesting, but it’s still a pretty crappy thing to do. Even Lou, ever the gentleman, doesn’t come to her defense, and poor Raviva is left to endure the character assassination by herself.

But that’s the least of her worries this week, as Lou’s Becca-shaped secret is finally out. She finds a presumably naked picture of his bit on the side on his phone during an already escalating argument, and Lou’s immature indignation doesn’t quite wash. Apparently, it’s his girlfriend’s opinionated ‘perfection’ that caused him to cheat with the office bike – could Lou be the most horribly insecure character on television right now? I haven’t been on Raviva’s side at all until now, but her little speech about Lou’s victim complex was just spot on.

Making money to provide for your family doesn’t make you a hero, and he’s been acting like its some kind of massive sacrifice since the series premiere. Clearly not listening to anything she has to say, he takes a big promotion at work and only asks his dad to fund his grad school dreams once a co-worker recounts his own disappointments with life. When compared to Sofia’s tunnel-vision approach to her goals, this might be the smart option, but it doesn’t scream ‘character development’ as loudly as the show seems to think it does. Will this be his future now? With a few episodes left to go, I doubt things will stay this way.

Elsewhere, after embarrassing Daphne at a pseudo-college reunion party, Miles finally lets her in on his true feelings. It’s a sure fire way to make things awkward at the breakfast table, so maybe it was good that she decided to go stay with her boyfriend for the time being. With Raviva and Lou’s love story being such a toxic mess, these two are clearly meant to be the series’ big, romantic love story, so I’m looking forward to them finding each other before the end. Also, her current boyfriend does close-up magic for fun, so I doubt they’re well-suited enough to end up together.

This episode was great, with lots of brilliantly written home-truths for every single character. Daphne is flighty and irresponsible sometimes despite her efforts to white-wash her personality, Miles is selfish in his feelings for his roommate, Raviva is often too opinionated and judgmental, Lou is a self-important douche most of the time, and Sofia can’t separate her work from her personal life. I’m curious to see how the gang deal with the fallout from this explosive hour, and hope there aren’t any easy answers for them.

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