Alex is face-down in a swimming pool, floating limply as this plot. Sam walks up with a towel and stares at him. "Alex," she calls out. Nothing. "Alex," she says, a bit more sternly. Then she waits, and sure enough, Alex pops up sputtering a few seconds later. "I could've been dead and you wouldn't have noticed," he whimpers. Sam ignores this and says that if they leave now, they'll be halfway to Florida by dinner. "I don't want to go there," he complains. Then we cut to an AlexCam shot, peering up from the water at Sam's downturned face. It's really distracting and it's no good for the scene because it takes us right out of it, so the director is basically just showing off at this point. It's off-putting. Maybe TPTB sent out a memo saying that the water cameras were very expensive to be used in just one act of the show, so could they please find a way to incorporate them elsewhere? In which case, I am blessed and grateful that they rejected any and all drafts of the script that called for "Carter ponders life during a hot bath," and "Frank and Malarkey fall in some mud and have to take a shower, with R-rated results." Alex rejects every idea Sam tosses out for where to go. He only wants Chicago. "That's not an option," Sam says firmly. "I don't have time for this." Alex decides mulishly that he'd like to stay here. "Really. Right there?" she asks. "Yeah!" he grins. "And I can't change your mind?" she asks, jocularity creeping into her tone. "Nope," he insists. Sam shrugs and then leaps into the pool, fully-clothed. PoolCam shows us what Linda Cardellini's stomach looks like when she's submerged and her shirt floats up to her chest. TPTB have got to be salivating. "We'll stay here in this pool for the rest of our lives!" Sam laughs, dunking Alex. PoolCam shows her tackling him under water, except that at first glance it looks shockingly like an illegal clinch of some kind. Ew.
Episode Report CardHeathen: C | 385 USERS: C+
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