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Kidding Season 2 Episode 2
After delivering a wonderfully appropriate introductory episode, Kidding knocked it out of the park in episode two. The season two premiere handled the real-world penalties of Jeff mowing down Peter along with his PT Cruiser whereas “Up, Down, and The whole lot In Between” grapples with the emotional penalties, and the outcomes are fairly astounding. Not solely does Jeff lastly grapple with the unhealthy behaviors that led him to behave so violently, however we additionally lastly study the heartbreaking backstory of Pickle Barrel Falls and Jeff’s emotionally stunted nature.
One of many keys to this episode’s success was Seb’s presence, which was sorely lacking from the premiere. Clearly, it wasn’t a secret that Seb’s chilly, business-focused nature wasn’t good for Jeff whereas he was coping with a lot private tragedy and strife, however we lastly study a secret that Seb and his son’s relationship has all the time had a poisonous, co-dependent nature; Seb allows Jeff’s unhealthy emotional habits by pushing him to do the present and Jeff gives the nice and cozy, imaginative, constructive affect that’s lacking from Seb’s life.
We study that relationship is the product of Jeff’s mother leaving the household, which Jeff thinks is as a result of she’s fallen in love with Niagara Falls. At first, he’s determined to seek out the falls for himself and is indignant at his father for driving his mom away. Finally little Jeff’s creativeness will get the very best of him, and he invents the magical land that his mom couldn’t assist leaving; Seb performs alongside, and an empire is born in earnest. Seb spends the remainder of Jeff’s childhood coddling that artistic spirit, not ever asking Jeff to work by his abandonment, and he finally ends up neglecting Dierdre within the course of. This dynamic was all the time within the subtext final season, but it surely’s delivered to affecting life right here.
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These flashbacks are sprinkled all through the meat of the episode’s motion, which takes place throughout Jeff and Peter’s liver transplant. The minute Jeff goes underneath for surgical procedure, he imagines that he’s in the true Pickle Barrel Falls, however all of his puppet associates are scared and distrusting of him. If there’s ever a present outfitted to deal with a drug journey or dream sequence, Kidding is the present for the job, they usually don’t disappoint right here. The episode continues final season’s metaphor of Jeff not figuring out the best way to get again up from the underside of the falls, and whereas he continues to grapple with the query, Peter joins him.
Peter wasn’t a personality that was as fleshed out as he may have been final season, so it’s good to see him get vital display time right here. It’s humorous seeing him enact revenge on Jeff whereas Jeff tries to clarify their whereabouts, however issues actually take off as soon as Peter begins singing. In a humorous and emotionally complicated tune, Peter explains that Jeff’s violent outburst was due to his unhealthy behavior of suppressing his ugly feelings, and Jeff involves the identical realization mid-song. He additionally lastly verbalizes one thing that shocks even himself – Jeff is indignant at Jill for being behind the wheel when Phil died. It’s heavy stuff, but it surely’s occurring in a goofy musical quantity alongside puppets. It’s Kidding’s entire aesthetic in a single scene.
The episode then goes fully earnest with a musical quantity delivered by a large sasquatch. That’s an extremely foolish sentence on paper, however the tune is nice and nearly convinces Jeff that his relationship along with his father, the one which led him to be an emotionally stunted grownup, is wholesome. Nevertheless, Jeff lastly sees the vicious cycle that Seb has held him in his whole life, and when he wakes from surgical procedure, he fires Seb on the spot. It’s a implausible, abrupt ending that wraps a bow on a half-hour that runs an emotional gamut. “Up, Down, and The whole lot In Between” is without doubt one of the collection’ most interesting episodes and spells good issues in regards to the remaining episodes in season two.
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