I just marathoned the last three episodes and wow, I missed a lot while I was off doing whatever I deemed more important than watching this show. News flash (to self): this show is too good for you to continue taking it for granted. Get your priorities straight.
So, letâ€™s talk about recent developments:
I think we need to start withÂ Tina because I did not see her evolution coming. I mean, â€œevolutionâ€ might be too strong, but we are seeing some solid growth. Yes, sheâ€™s still a mess. But she seems to be coming into her own a little bit. Before now I canâ€™t honestly say I ever saw her being maternal. But after dealing with the Frankâ€™s poopy diaper â€“ I LOVED that scene, by the way â€“ and finding her footing with both kids, it seems like Tinaâ€™s becoming the reliable, responsible sister Michelle really needs.
The problem? Larry doesnâ€™t seem supportive of Tinaâ€™s maternal streak. Granted, I think he makes an excellent point about how she used to act and talk about kids before. Nothing sheâ€™s said or done would indicate that sheâ€™s interested in procreation or taking care of said offspring. But Tinaâ€™s been slowly falling in love with her nephew, so something like that is bound to make a woman of a certain age think about having a kid. I think Larry didnâ€™t really handle that situation well, but neither did Tina. Brett, however, did. HeÂ calls her a frightening tenacious person and says, â€œI think if you decided you wanted to be a mom, youâ€™d probably be pretty great at it.â€
Speaking of Brett, things seemed to be getting back to normal with Michelle. I didn’t understand that they’d been having problems for a year. And, of course, that doesn’t excuse Michelle’s infidelity but was I the only was surprised by Davidâ€™s declaration of love? I didnâ€™t see that coming. It definitely had an impact on Michelle, but she has no interest in pursuing that further and she makes that quite clear. With this new honeymoon period with her husband, Michelle felt the need to clear the air, especially after Brett said he didn’t want to keep secrets anymore. I wonâ€™t make any judgements about whether or not she did the right thing, but Brett didnâ€™t react well and I didnâ€™t expect him to.
I love that Alex chose â€œhomeâ€ instead of the beach for their spontaneous getaway. Who chooses that option? No one, ever. But one of the many great things about Brett and Alexâ€™s return to Detroit were those suits. I mean the whole â€œmakeoverâ€ montage was amazing andÂ reminded me of every teen movie Iâ€™ve ever watched and loved. The fact that, this time, we get two grown men trying on clothes, and from decades past, made it even better. I think they looked great and if Iâ€™d seen them walk into a bar I wouldâ€™ve wanted to talk to them. Just me? I didnâ€™t think so.
When the guys take themselves to a second location, things get better and worse. Brett, clearly still reeling from Michelleâ€™s confession, is looking for some female attention. Maybe heâ€™s looking to hurt Michelle. Maybe heâ€™s looking to so something rash. Either way, heâ€™s looking for trouble and Kennedy fits the bill. Iâ€™m glad she took him on the slow roll through the streets of Detroit. That was fun and unexpected and pretty tame in terms of mischief. I was less happy whenÂ it seemed like Brett was going to cheat on his wife.
When that doesnâ€™t pan out, Brett and Alex end up back at Brettâ€™s family home. And after being caught digging up the lawn by Brettâ€™s dad â€“ the great Michael Gross, who I hope weâ€™ll be seeing again â€“ they find their time capsule. And it reminds them that they need to be true to themselves and do something they love, which brings us to Brett and Alex working on their Dune-inspired play. With puppets. But cool puppets, I assume since weâ€™ve only (barely) seen concept art. That’s what they’re doing, right?
I like that both men are so excited about this. The shine on acting seems to have dimmed somewhat for Alex, but Iâ€™m going to put some of that blame on Big C. Who convinces a show to change a character from a vampire into a pimp? I mean, as long as Alex is happy I guess itâ€™s all good. But heâ€™s not and neither is Christy.
I wasnâ€™t sure I was going to like Christy after we met her in the season premiere. She seems good for Alex and he definitely needed someone after Tina broke his heart. They donâ€™t appear that serious, although theyâ€™re living together â€“ along with their roommate, Brett. But when Christy tells Alex sheâ€™s having an orgasm with or without him, that should ring an alarm bell. The fact that she calls Alex and Brett “Bert and Ernie” also isnâ€™t a great sign. So, Iâ€™m wondering how long itâ€™ll be before Alex drives her away or Christy just gives up. I feel like that might be soon, but either way Iâ€™m rooting for Christy to do whatâ€™s right for herself.
Also, I am firmly on Christy’s side any time she and Tina interact. Tina is truly horrible to her. Is she jealous? I mean, we know Tina takes credit for making Alex skinny. But does she really want to be with him? Or does she just want him to be miserable so they’ll have that in common again?
We should also talk about Michelle. Sheâ€™s having an understandably hard time with her current situation. Brett is in no mood to talk about where they are or where things are going, so sheâ€™s in limbo. Since Brett doesnâ€™t want to talk about anything other than logistics, Michelle decides to try to go about her life. But getting the charter school off the ground isnâ€™t going as planned. The Kickstarter sounds like it was a dud, but the good news is that sheâ€™s got a new friend and ally in Anna. I like this friendship so far and Iâ€™m excited to see where it goes. Here is someone who gets at least part of Michelleâ€™s struggle and I really feel like she needs someone, who isnâ€™t family, in her corner right now.
In this week’s “Just the Range,” we seeÂ Brett struggling with the challenges and unexpected perks of being an Uber driver. Tina and Larry discuss life goals, which is good considering they live together. Alex initially bristles at an unstable new director, but the power of a great story brings them together. And Anna proves herself indispensable to MichelleÂ in more ways than one.
Here are 3 teases from the episode:
- Alex and Brettâ€™s â€œcostumesâ€ at the beginning of the episode are something to behold
- What are they feeding that baby?!
- Break (downs), break (ups) and putting on the brakes
Togetherness airs Sundays at 10:30/9:30c on HBO.
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