REWATCHING: IT'S A WONDERFUL JOB Dec 30, 2020 14:31:22 GMT -5
Post by satirise on Dec 30, 2020 14:31:22 GMT -5
MacGillicuddy's actions, well, that's another gimmick, I guess. He only does it because the episode needs him to so it can play out the way it needs to. It's still a great episode, but that particular rough edge could have been polished a bit more.
I think you’re right about the kiss. I suspect Maddie’s state of mind at the end of this episode is pretty fungible-and, given that this is a fantasy, it’s fine if she/we imagine a Very Merry for her and Dave. I do disagree with you about BoB, though. Is it so awful for Maddie to come to the conclusion, after months alone, that she’d like some companionship? Given how she handled the whole subsequent Sam and Dave business-essentially, rejecting them both-it doesn’t shock me that she’d seek a “meaningless” fling with someone. She had her choice of a LTR with one of two archetypes, the straight-laced astronaut and the devil may care rake, and walked away from both. I guess I’d chalk it up to what Sydney Pollack’s character said in the movie “Michael Clayton”: “people are (bleeping) incomprehensible.”
It's definitely not awful for Maddie to feel that way, it's just a sharp break from her path that season: she and David grow extremely close, learn a ton about each other, go on a date, fantasise about each other, they enable each other's growth. Her reasoning during the love triangle and her objections to David are definitely not invalid, but I don't think it's right to apply them retroactively: at the start of Blonde of Blonde, Sam's not anywhere close to being in the picture, and without him, David hasn't had the opportunity to compromise his chances.
The thing is, and it's my general take on the entire Sam storyline, in episodes 11-14, I believe the writers consciously chased ratings, probably for the first time in the show's run. We got some great television out of it, sure, but going from episode 8 to episode 11 feels really abrupt. Now, it's not quite psychologically unrealistic for Maddie to feel adrift even with things going well, but when her mood changes so suddenly, I can't see it as earned, or rather, as properly built up to in previous episodes.