Yes, you are seeing this correctly. I watched next to zero television last week and the only new show that I watched was the latest episode of Barry. I’ve been busy cleaning around the house, listening to music, and writing this week. Usually, I use the television for background noise but this week, I listened to music. It was the right decision, I think.
Here’s a few thoughts on what little I watched this week:
Allo Allo (Sunday Night, PBS)
With the French Resistance broke and in desperate need of money, Michelle demanded that Rene hand over the painting of the Fallen Madonna With Big Boobies so that the Resistance could sell it. Unfortunately, Rene had already given the painting to Herr Flick so Michelle suggested that Rene break into Herr Flick’s dungeon and steal it back. Rene agreed, though his plan was to steal it and then sell it for himself as opposed to the Resistance. Meanwhile, Herr Flick deal with an official order to stop having sex while on duty and, as newspaper editor, Rene was tasked with helping to select the perfect model for The Spirit of Nouvion.
The important thing, of course, is that nothing worked out and, at the end of the show, the British airmen were still trapped in France,
Barry (Sunday Night, HBO)
This week’s episode of Barry was …. disquieting. While Gene filmed his hilariously over-the-top online acting class, Barry struggled to recover from being poisoned and Sally was fired from writing for the sitcom about the Medusas after she was filmed screaming the C-word at her former assistant. While Barry struggles with his own mortality, Sally seems to be heading for a very, very dark place.
That said, the episode was dominated by Stephen Root and his performance as Fuchces. Fuches has finally been arrested but, even while sitting in an interrogation room, he still managed to expertly manipulate everyone around him. He’s like a Southern-version of Hannibal Lecter. This episode made as a strong a case as any in the show’s history that Stephen Root deserves all the Emmys.
Full House (Sunday Evening, MeTV)
Starting as of late week, MeTV now only shows two episodes of Full House on Sundays and I do have to say that the show is more bearable when you only watch two at a time instead of four. Last Sunday, Joey took his crappy comedy act to Vegas and he reconciled with his father, who apparently was some sort of general or admiral. (Shades of Jim Morrison, I suppose.) In the second episode, DJ developed an eating disorder but, fortunately, all it took was for Danny to say a few understanding words and DJ snapped out of it. The episode had a good message but it would have been more effective if Aunt Becky had been the one to have the eating disorder talk with DJ.
King of the Hill (Hulu)
I watched three episodes, two on Tuesday and one on Friday. The two episodes on Tuesday both featured Bobby taking on eccentric hobbies that were nearly ruined by Hank, rose growing and dog dancing. Friday’s episode was one of my favorites: Minh, Nancy, and Peggy all run for school board and end up losing to the local kooky fundamentalist.
On Friday, I rather randomly watched an episode where Kramer and George went to the airport to pick up Jerry and Elaine. Kramer saw his former roommate. George ended up trapped on a plane with a serial killer. Jerry got upgraded to first class while Elaine suffered the indignities of flying in coach. The episode made me laugh but it also made me want to fly somewhere. But only in first class!