“Knife Feelings”

Grade: B+

“Keep that chin up, little lady.”

I know this show is a success because it’s made me feel for Bamford. When her mother delivers the line above, in the Duluth, it’s evidence of real growth in her character.

There’s even more evidence of success here: Bert the pug. Each time he gets a voice-over, I feel like Bamford is safe. How weird is that? It’s a dog! I guess not as weird as anything else on the show.

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Each section of this episode is based around the fact that Bamford needs help. In the present, she needs help with her new big man, who “mostly buys clothes at the gas station”; in the past, she gets the opportunity to pitch a show to “the biggest actor on tv,” Wendie Malick, and ends up in her lap, hallucinating her own personal version of that early 80s Apple ad; in the Duluth, her mom asks her to speak to a man who’s “not technically a sex offender, but technically kind of is, if you get what I mean.”

In the present she runs away from her new man while they’re on a nature hike because, with his own baggage, he reminds her of her suicidal past. She runs off yelling the title of the episode: “Knife feelings!”

They come back together, happily, in fact.

After acknowledging she needs help, she also learns other people’s baggage is not her own, and that takes (ironically) some of the load off of her. She worries less. She can settle in to her new relationship, see where it goes. The two will have a marriage full up with baggage but that’s all right, since both have learned to be able to support, for the time being.

Note: This episode progressed the story. It took on more of the serialized form I initially thought it would, and I’m happy about that.

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Some Bits I Liked:

  • “What about the horArs!?”
  • Chantelle is a goddamn back breaker!
  • “Shakespeare! He was a handjobbing hobo!”
  • “Whiny. Coffee. Jews. ‘Friends’.”
  • “These assholes? They’re pieces of shit. They’re my best friends.”
  • Hallucination to that first major Apple commercial
  • “We experimented with saying, ‘me!'”

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