Was it just me, or was this week’s episode of About a Boy less cringe worthy than in the past? Well, if you don't count the amount of cringing involved with middle school parties, that is.
Marcus, a well-travelled social outcast, has some trouble scoring an invite to his crush Hannah’s birthday party. Will and Fiona go about Marcus’ problem in different ways. Will tries to give him girl advice, telling him to play it cool and disinterested. Marcus’ attempt results in a small explosion in science class, and a pledge not to be a bad boy anymore - probably a good decision on his part. Fiona tries to help him by arranging a mom’s “talk group,” complete with feeling stick, but the middle schoolers’ moms are just as cliquey as their children. In the end Fiona ends up scoring Marcus a pity-invite, leaving him once again the outcast at the party.
This episode felt a lot more balanced than the previous ones; funny, sweet, and true to the characters. All the characters had their flawed moments and their growth moments - except Marcus, who’s just always a nice kid. About a Boy is usually pretty big and silly, which makes it hard to believe sometimes that it exists in the same universe as Parenthood (Will and Crosby are friends), but it was easier to see with this episode. I hope the show continues down a similar path as the characters slowly creep down the path of character development while providing laughs with their wacky situations.
What did you think about the episode? Do you think the show’s finding its stride, or are you not feeling it? Do you think it’s weird that two grown women cornered a 12-year-old in the bathroom? These are the things I’m wondering - tell us what you think below!
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