'Men of a Certain Age' - 'Whatever Gets You Through the Night': The tooth comes out

'Men of a Certain Age' - 'Whatever Gets You Through the Night': The tooth comes out

A review of tonight's "Men of a Certain Age" coming up just as soon as overalls are my best pair of pants... "I screwed up so many things." -Joe"Men of a Certain Age" usually occupies an odd but not uninteresting position between comedy and drama. Serious things happen, but the problems tend to be small (but sharply-observed). Every now and then, though, the show gives us an episode like "Whatever Gets You Through the Night" that - while still offering a few laughs (Joe with Fantasy Woman, Lawrence shooting the final version of the commercial, anything with Carlos) - is pretty damn dark. And pretty damn fantastic, too. First, we have Owen not only burning the candle at both ends, but splitting the thing in two so he'll have some extra ends to burn. Running the dealership was tough enough before, but with no Bruce - and with no one either available, qualified or (in the case of Senior) interested in taking on the second-in-command job - it's killing him. And I almost mean that literally. The show usually treats Owen's weight and general health as a running joke, but the way Andre Braugher played that scene of Owen alone in his office, the phones ringing, the world closing in on him, felt very much like our man could be on the verge of a heart attack (or, to borrow from Braughter's most famous role, a stroke). Just a great, tough scene, and one that nicely set us up for Owen's later panic attack during the commercial shoot - all of which made the ultimate triumph of the shoot that much sweeter.  Read More...


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