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About a Boy - Episode 1.09 - About a Kiss - Review

Lots of (fake) romance in this episode as Will reveals “feelings” for Fiona, Marcus has his first (forced) kiss, and Andy just really wants to get his wife drunk and happy enough to have sex with him. Odd numbers?! Odd numbers ruin the whole thing!

Will may be the duplex’s resident lothario, but Marcus has him beat when it comes to first kisses by a solid three years. Granted, it was forced upon him by bored tweens, but the manufactured pairing had some real sparks -- if you count extreme nut allergies as a commonality.

Will tries to look after Fiona, which is nice, although since this is a comedy he goes about it in an ineffectual way. He tries to protect her from being “won” by his friend T.J., by telling T.J. that he’s in love with her, only encouraging his …friend to pursue her even harder. Of course T.J. tells everyone that Will loves Fiona right as his actual crush Dr. Sam strolls through the door. And although Will tries to explain, Game Night is ruined and with it Andy’s night is too. Oh poor Andy and Laurie…nothing about that relationship seems fun.

It was nice to have a play on the idea that Will likes Fiona, because if there are lead male and female characters, it seems to be automatically assumed that they’ll at least get together, if not turn out to be soul mates. Although Will and Fiona have a lovely antagonistic repartee, neither of them are interested in one another (a fact they’ve both made very clear), and it would definitely be nice to see them develop a really strong platonic relationship that never develops in a romantic way.

It seemed like Will’s revelation to Dr. Sam regarding his feelings for her was quite a surprise. It’s odd that this was the first time she really understood that, since he’s been trying to win her over for a few weeks now.  But they finally get together, so Will can stop moping around and have a little fun again.

Laurie got to show the tiniest bit of range this episode, moving beyond “annoying” to “annoying and drunk.” On behalf of all the nagging sitcom wives out there (of which I am not a part, just their spokesperson), we salute you, Laurie, for breaking out of your one-note mold into a slightly more intoxicated mold.

Not the best episode overall, but Will’s attempt to be gallant was sweet, if misguided.

Line of the week: “Does the fact that I’m now covering up my boobs suggest flattery?” - Fiona

What did you think of the episode? Do you think Will did the right thing, or should he have trusted that Fiona could protect herself? Are you glad that Marcus didn’t go through with the peanut-death pact? Let us know below!

About the Author - Kimberly
Kimberly is a college student studying Writing for Film & TV, and a big TV nerd - willing to talk any show, any time. Her tastes are various and sundry, but she’s got a soft spot for comedy. She currently writes the SpoilerTV reviews for Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and About a Boy.

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