I am happy to say that things are finally coming together on HTGAWM. Towards the end of the episode, our present day storyline reaches the night of the bonfire, just hours before Sam’s murder and the aftermath. Hopefully next week, in what is apparently the “winter finale,” we will see our flash forwards fully unfold and find out #WhoKilledSam. (Disclaimer: I hate TV hashtags and am using this one ironically).
I was right last week in predicting that this episode would be Asher’s time to shine, as both the COTW and our flash forwards focus on Asher and his father’s legal history. The episode opened with Asher dancing alone in his apartment, drinking beer and throwing money in the air.
Before I dive in to what happened on this week’s episode of HTGAWM, I would just like to say that if have to see that Middleton cheerleader flying through the air in slow motion one more time I might have an aneurism.
In this episode’s COTW 17-year-old Ryan Remini is on trial for killing his father, Anthony, a respected police officer but also an abusive alcoholic. After years of watching his father beat his mother in drunken rage, Ryan “couldn’t do nothing anymore,” so he got his father’s gun and shot him in the back. And he was happy he did. “Things are better now that he’s dead. Ryan said. In a case where the facts are clear, the defense must play to the jury’s emotions. Selecting jurors sympathetic to the defendant and his mother is their best (and only) chance of winning.
Okay you guys, Bad Judge is getting pretty good. I laughed out loud multiple times and didn’t cringe once. I might even call it delightful. In this episode, a dangerous criminal Rebecca had previously sent to jail for drugs and weapons, has been released. She sees him at a bar (duh, it’s Fully Loaded Potato Skin Tuesday) and Tedward goes full court officer on her.
This week was the Halloween episode of “Mulaney,” and the bad omens started early. On Saturday it was reported that Fox has cut the order from 16 to 13 episodes. Now, this does not mean the show has been canceled or even will be canceled. But it is not a promising sign from a show that has not been met with overwhelmingly positive reviews.
The good news? This week’s episode is the best one yet. The writing of the show is improving, and the jokes are no longer just adapted-for-television versions of stand-up jokes. While the acting is still a bit clunky, it is improving, and the characters are getting more likeable. The studio laughter is still awkward, but that’s a hurdle that the show is getting closer to leaping over with better jokes.