Did this show remind anyone else of the classic West Wing episode from the first season when Toby and Sam went to get the next Supreme Court Justice, Edward James Olmos out of prison. Maybe it was just me.
Like all Studio 60 episodes to date, it had moments of brilliance and moments of “I don’t care”. Let’s start with the good. Aaron Sorkin brings out the best in John Goodman who was great as a Nevada judge who doesn’t care for Studio 60’s Liberal humor that offends him, his friends and his community and takes it out on Tom who’s been arrested for a variety of charges. Also, Steve Weber was his fantastic self as he defends Jordan at the same time as he recognizes the politics of being an executive at a big American corporation. I even laughed a few times as they rehearsed the Jesus skit that wasn’t going to be aired.
Here’s the bad. No more subplots about Jordan’s ex-husband. I don’t care. They need to stop using religion as the central plot and source of conflict for every episode – it was interesting once or twice but it’s become lazy storytelling that does justice to no one – liberals or conservatives. Finally, does anyone not think that Tom is going to get off in time to do the show. Yeah, me neither.
Bottom line: I still hope the show can get better and have more moments of brilliance but the weaknesses are becoming more apparent as the show plays through its run.
Avi’s Episode Rating: B