That Kiss, Though!
The broader takeaway from this week’s Mad Men episode was Sally’s complete and total disillusionment with her parents. But to get there, we were treated to the return of one Glen Bishop, who’s gotten taller, older, and considerably more attractive since his “lock of hair” days. So of course he and Betty shamelessly flirt when he stops by to hang out with Sally, and of course he comes on to her after Sally leaves on her teen bus trip. Betty’s reason for not taking things further with Glen, who’s about to ship out for Vietnam? “Because I’m married.” Definitely not the fact that he’s 18.
Jessica Huang vs. Mac ‘n’ Cheese
It’s hard to pick a specific gag that worked best in Fresh Off the Boat‘s solid finale to a solid first season. Louis taking country club banter too far! Eddie putting on an awful Jamaican accent! Jessica getting more invested in Melrose Place than she’d like to admit! Still, the bit that best reflects the episode’s theme — Jessica’s anxiety that their increasingly seamless transition into Orlando life is coming at the cost of the Huangs’ Chinese identity — wins out: Jessica realizing, to her horror, that the dinner she’s made for the kids that night isn’t stinky tofu but… mac ‘n’ cheese with bacon bits. Cue horrified dish drop.
My Parents, the KGB Agents
The Americans, by some estimates the most critically acclaimed drama on TV that’s not set to end in a few weeks, ended its third season with the Jennings women on a trip to Eastern Europe. This being a show about KGB spies, the voyage isn’t exactly a mother-daughter vacation; it’s the first time Paige, who’s just been let in on her parents’ true occupation, has met her maternal grandmother, who happens to be dying. It all culminates back home with Paige fessing up to her pastor while Philip and Elizabeth watch Reagan’s “evil empire” speech in the other room, a stark depiction of the two generations’ separate worlds.
Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Don’t Rape
TV editor Pilot Viruet already highlighted one excellent sketch from this week’s Inside Amy Schumer, so I’ll use this space for another: “Football Town Nights,” Schumer’s spot-on parody of Friday Night Lights, rape culture, and Connie Britton’s performance as Tami Taylor, co-starring First Dude of IAS Josh Charles. Highlights include copious amounts of white wine and Charles’ haunting but hilarious assertion that football isn’t about winning — it’s about “violently dominating anyone who gets in between you and what you want.”
Jane and Raphael Call It Quits
Even for a network semi-soap, Jane the Virgin moves incredibly fast. Exhibit A: the first season isn’t even over yet, and the show’s central will-they-or-won’t-they couple already has — and now they’re through. The title character and the man whose sister accidentally inseminated her with his sperm (it’s a lot less weird and more romantic if you watch the show, I promise) ended their relationship of several months this week, and for surprisingly normal and mature reasons. Raphael remains committed to being a present father, but isn’t in an emotional place to give Jane what she needs, especially considering his abandonment issues. Rough, sad… and good news for ‘shippers of Jane with her original beau, Michael. Fingers crossed!