I love Hamish Linklater and find him irresistibly adorable, so any time he's on screen is a joy.
Tonight's episode was particularly enjoyable for me (and fellow Matthew fans), because we got to see him outside of Christine's world and in his own social environment. We also got to see Christine in Matthew's social environment. The result was a fresh look at this quirky brother-sister relationship, and Christine's epiphany that maybe she didn't focus enough on her brother.
The episode started with Christine and Matthew at Red Lobster. Christine is working early hours at the gym, so her "clock" is off. Matthew admits he's not hungry because he ate lunch earlier. When Christine questions him about it, he looks around and announces that it's 4:30 in the afternoon, and he's not sure they're even open. (Helpful hint: eating at Red Lobster at 4:30 does, in fact, avoid the crowds and long waits, even if it makes you feel slightly aged.)
The punch line of the episode is set: Christine's schedule is turning her into an old lady, and she needs to shake things up. After Christine purposely gets upset in front of the waitress because Matthew won't be getting a "birthday cake" (his birthday was a month ago), Matthew comments: "It's just like going out with Grandma, but without the bourbon and the stealing of the salt shakers." At which point, Christine shamefully takes the salt shaker out of her purse and puts it back.
I loved when Christine was in bed with the curtains drawn and she heard the ice cream truck and started calling for Matthew - who informed her that it was still daytime. When Matthew tells her he's going to a party, she begs to go. She says she has no life. Her life is getting up, going to work, going to Red Lobster, going to bed. One line in her begging was definitely something I've never heard before: "I'm eating three cups of butter a day." That's what I love about this show - the one-liners are just so fresh and unexpected. Take Christine's response when Matthew finally says she can go to the party with him: "Do you think we'll be out by nine? Because if we aren't, I'm going to need to bring my calcium supplements." Hilarious.
Once they get to the party, Christine realizes she's overdressed. Matthew tells her she's "over" a lot of things for this party, but he didn't want to tell her. Christine definitely didn't fit in. How painfully funny was it to watch her try to fit in? She started dancing (which was completely unlike Julia Louis-Dreyfus' dancing days in
Seinfeld), and Matthew warned her not to do the "booty-bop."
She went up to one guy and started talking about
An Inconvenient Truth without having seen the movie. The guy ended up being someone who had done research for the movie (which could only happen on a sitcom). You could feel the embarrassment radiate off of her as she slowly stepped away from the group. But it only got more embarrassing. Next, she went up to another crowd but they started talking in another language, and she decided Germans were bad.
All of her embarrassing moments climaxed when she tried to help Matthew by approaching his ex-girlfriend. She took on one of those young, flighty drawls and said: "Were you talking to Matthew? I get a little jealous because he's my boyfriend and he's hot." Tori, Matthew's ex, responded: "He's your brother, Christine. I've met you before." Poor Christine, only trying to make it better for Matthew, went on to explain why her brother was a good catch: During her divorce, he sat on her bed and read
Self magazine to her, painted a face on his tummy and put on a tummy puppet show, and cried with her during
Under the Tuscan Sun.
Christine wanted to make Matthew sound like a good man, but Tori thought he sounded more like a good woman. Honestly, I don't know what was wrong with Tori. If Christine had told me those things, I would've been impressed. He's sensitive, caring, whimsical and a really good brother. But Tori didn't fit with Matthew, which made it funnier when he came up to her (after a hungry, exhausted Christine told him he should go up to Tori instead of running away, because he had "lobster" once before and she didn't want to see him lose her again) and she said: "I got here late, I thought I'd miss you." And he said, "I miss you, too. I think about you all the time." He doesn't have a lot of game as far as picking up girls goes, but that's what I like most about his character.
I loved when Matthew came in to find Christine asleep under the coats. Her hand reached up from beneath the coats in a horror movie moment kind of way. Matthew told Christine that he'd gone for a walk with Tori but she hadn't shown any interest in him until he'd said he was in med school, which only shows that she's no good for him. On a side note, when will we get to see Matthew in his med-school environment? I can't wait to see him in med-student mode.
While Matthew and Christine were off trying to create a new dynamic for their brother-sister relationship, Richard was trying to get Ritchie to take an interest in his work as a contractor. Unfortunately, the last time he tried to do that, Ritchie lost half a finger and was so traumatized he couldn't bring himself to draw hand turkeys in class. Everything was going well until the end when Ritchie got another splinter, screamed, and said he couldn't remember anything before the accident. Something tells me that Ritchie will probably still stick to his original career goal - managing a women's gym.
I love Hamish Linklater and find him irresistibly adorable, so any time hes on screen is a joy. Tonights episode was particularly enjoyable for me (and fellow Matthew fans), because we got to see him outside of Christines world and in his own social environment. We also got to see Christine in Matthews social environment. The result was a fresh look at this quirky brother-sister relationship, and Christines epiphany that maybe she didnt focus enough on her brother. The episode started with Christine and Matthew at Red Lobster. Christine is working early hours at the gym, so her clock is off. Matthew admits hes not hungry because he ate lunch earlier. When Christine questions him about it, he looks around and announces that its 4:30 in the afternoon, and hes not sure theyre even open. (Helpful hint: eating at Red Lobster at 4:30 does, in fact, avoid the crowds and long waits, even if it makes you feel slightly ag...