Date: May 2, 2021
Season 2, Episodes 7, 8, and 9
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Interstellar News: This morning I watched Lilo & Stitch, which I have not seen in AGES. I saw a friend for lunch, ran some errands, made dinner, and then watched Disney’s Robin Hood… which I also hadn’t seen in a few years and is one of my favorite renditions.
Episode 7 – “Kyle Whitaker’s Got Two Sacks”
“You’re fired. I’m firing you. Tell J.J. I’m the one who did it.”: Dan is still in therapy, Jeremy has an intern issue (it’s J.J.’s cousin), and Dana’s brother is part of a steroid scandal. This is such a wonderful episode. Dan is trying so hard, but he’s in the early stages of therapy where you usually feel worse before you feel better and it’s awful because you don’t feel like you’re making progress. Jeremy is trying to be the go-between the network and the show, but we see that Natalie is his tipping point. It’s a very Jeremy thing to do. Dana’s story, though, takes the cake. She is so totally stoked to get an exclusive and then absolutely crushed that her brother, whom she was so fucking proud of earlier that day, is on the list. More on that in the next episode.
Episode 8 – “The Reunion”
” I once thought being a field-goal kicker looked easy ’til 11 guys running after me demonstrated why I should never try it again.”: Dana’s brother, Kyle, comes to visit, Natalie asks Dan to watch her audition tape, the team tries to figure out the “athlete of the century”, and it’s Christmas time so there’s a Secret Santa thing happening in the office. Casey is absolutely adorable trying to get Isaac the very best gift and completely misses the point, while Natalie is very upfront about what Casey is going to get if he doesn’t give her a clue. Dan lies to Natalie at first and then realizes he needs to be honest with her, and I absolutely love that moment they have. Natalie accepts the criticism but also berates Dan for lying to her in the first place. They don’t come anywhere close on the athlete list, and that bit feels a lot like filler though it’s excellent Jeremy material. My favorite part, again, is Dana. Casey gives her advice she eventually takes, and she gives her brother the best present by being the one person who isn’t mad at him and just loves him unconditionally. It’s a wonderful big sister move and he visibly relaxes when she stops yelling at him.
Episode 9 – “A Girl Named Pixley”
“Once again, it’s not the sport of kings. Horse racing is the sport of kings.”: Casey goes out on his first date as part of the “dating plan”, Jeremy is nominated for an award, and the show for the next night is terribly short. There’s a lot of time spent on Dan trying to come up with ideas to fill the show, Jeremy finds out he didn’t win the award but Sally Sasser did, and Casey goes on his date that ends just about as awfully as you would expect. This one is okay, but it’s more of a set up for how terrible the dating plan truly is. The best part is Jeremy thinking about his award and then accepting his defeat graciously. There are some great lines, as always, but it’s not too stand out of an episode.