Everyone is having trouble with his or her love life this week. Sam gets his heart broken, Hannah breaks up with Ray after he asks her to move in with him, Janet can't decide whether or not Eddie is romantically interested in her, Phil struggles with asking Pizza Girl "in" for a date, and Nick has an embarrassment of riches in Aubrey and Hannah.
Sam asks Nick for help getting the attention of Amanda, the girl he has a crush on. This causes all sorts of trouble at home. Hannah can't believe her baby is growing up and not coming to her for advice on girls and Ray can't believe Hannah is letting Nick of all people give Sam advice. Nick's three-phase approach includes the following:
Phase One: You've gotta do something interesting. As Nick says, "If you want to make the time, you've got to commit the crime." Sam takes this quite literally by liberating the fruit flies the second graders are experimenting on. Amanda seems impressed but the school's principal is not.
Phase Two: Nothing attracts like indifference. Sam ignores Amanda and she starts paying attention to him. Nicely done. Now just reel her in.
Phase Three: Rock the stadium of her heart. The air guitar band, with Sam as its front man, performs "Amanda." This doesn't go over so well and Sam is heartbroken. The end result of all this is that Hannah admits she's been acting like a teenager around Nick since he's been back and she's got to stop doing that for both her sake and for Sam's. And part of being a grown up is breaking up with Ray so she can concentrate on her son and possibly finding him a real father figure. Right now, it doesn't look like that person will be Nick or any other man.
At the same time Nick is also struggling to grow up, in his own special way. He seems to like that Sam is coming to him for advice. He just doesn't seem to understand the consequences of giving Sam the wrong advice. Who convinces a nine year-old to sing a love song to a girl he likes? It worked for Nick when he was sixteen, but that doesn't mean it'll work for everyone at any age. Nick also proves, perhaps unintentionally, that his three phase plan still works at least on Aubrey. I like that Aubrey kisses him but for Nick it just brings a world of trouble. In Ray's words, "All the ladies love Garrett."
But Ray and Eddie are deep in hate with Nick right now. Not only is Ray blaming Nick for his breakup with Hannah but Eddie still isn't speaking to him. Which brings us to Eddie and Janet's date. What do you guys think about this relationship? You can't see it, but I used air quotes there when typed relationship. Last week I said Eddie couldn't possibly redeem himself but I think I spoke too quickly. But a big red flag went up for me when Eddie gave Janet the kiss on the forehead something Hannah warned Janet about. I guess I'm willing to wait and see how this all turns out. And the same thing goes for Phil's little flirtation. It's good to see Phil making strides to join the real world. I felt so bad when he saw Mrs. Kessler collapse outside and couldn't really do anything to help her. Just for a moment I thought he might go outside, but I was kind of glad when he couldn't. It would have been too easy for him to be liberated by an event like that. I'm willing to stick around and find out what has him trapped inside that house. And at least he'll have company now. I enjoyed the reveal that Phil is lactose intolerant and that Pizza Girl already knew that.
There was some quality acting in this week's episode. I especially enjoyed the look on Hannah's face when Nick told her Sam wouldn't talk to her about girls. It was almost heartbreaking. And when Hannah said it was okay for Nick to help Sam? Ray's look of disbelief really made me feel for him. I think he's still a bit of a bully but he really seems to love Hannah and Sam so he probably isn't entirely evil. Phil was great too. In addition to his reaction to Mrs. Kessler his discomfort with Pizza Girl was genuine and sweet.
I know you guys have mentioned liking this show but not loving the writing. This week I felt there weren't quite as many bad/sappy/strange lines. I'm started to be very invested in these people's lives and I think you are too. But would you let your nine year-old child read
Turtle on a Snare Drum? Even if Sam is super smart and seems very mature for his age he's still nine. Oh, and did you catch the mention that the book had been turned into a movie? And yes, let's get back to this question about paternity. Settle it already.
Everyone is having trouble with his or her love life this week. Sam gets his heart broken, Hannah breaks up with Ray after he asks her to move in with him, Janet cant decide whether or not Eddie is romantically interested in her, Phil struggles with asking Pizza Girl in for a date, and Nick has an embarrassment of riches in Aubrey and Hannah.Sam asks Nick for help getting the attention of Amanda, the girl he has a crush on. This causes all sorts of trouble at home. Hannah cant believe her baby is growing up and not coming to her for advice on girls and Ray cant believe Hannah is letting Nick of all people give Sam advice. Nicks three-phase approach includes the following:Phase One: Youve gotta do something interesting. As Nick says, If you want to make the time, youve got to commit the crime. Sam takes this quite literally by liberating the fruit flies the second graders are experimenting on. Amanda seems impressed but the ...