Review: 'Men of a Certain Age' - 'You Gonna Do That the Rest of Your Life'
by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 2nd 2010 3:02AM
(S01E08) Things are rarely as we think they are in life and on this show. Each guy has an idea about the other, but it's never as simple as they think it is. So this week we learned that Joe's bookie is a sore loser and perhaps a catalyst. We also learned that everything doesn't always go Terry's way, no matter how often he seems to luck into things. And Owen's diabetes is conflicting with his appetite.
The dichotomy with Joe is that for all his positive qualities, he's a neurotic guy. The slightest stuff gets to him. He can't let it go. His obsessing about the dead woman's apartment and what her life had been was very real. Even on the golf course, it was on his mind. Oh sure, it took getting pissed off at the bigotry displayed by the other guys to get him focused on the game at hand, but after the game, he was right back on the old woman. He was the old woman. Manfro suggesting he seize the opportunity and get on the senior tour before it was too late drove home the point. At least Joe is thinking about it now.
The old woman's death created an opportunity for Terry. From Owen's perspective, Terry's good fortune was typical and undeserved. He was seething with envy which is pretty funny considering that Owen seems to have everything most men would want -- a loving wife and children, a lovely home, family. Sure his father is a pain, but does Owen really want Terry's life? The bad eating would suggest that he's acting out, being self-destructive. He said it was control issues, but was it really?
Jamie's secret video was killer. You can only imagine how horrible it must have felt for Owen to be caught like that. It looked like one of those 'Intervention' sequences, only Owen wasn't ready for rehab -- or sticking to his diabetes diet. After the talk with Jamie the morning after, and the promise he made, it'll be interesting to see whether Owen lives up to his son's expectations. It's doubtful because parents, generally speaking, do fail in their children's eyes. Owen will eat Fiddle Faddle again; sorry, Jamie.
Terry's excellent new adventure as the building manager turned out to be a trap. He got a $3,000 a month, 1,500 square foot L.A. apartment, but the responsibilities that came with the job were way more than he was ready to take on. And he was stuck because once he said yes, he couldn't take it back. Acting has to look a lot more attractive to him now that he's dealing with the poop backing up into Shelley's shower and moving the dumpster.
The more we see of Terry, Owen and Joe, the more real and likable they become. Good guys. Guys you could be friends with, but they are definitely men of a certain age and men of a myriad of issues.
Other points of interest
-- Manfro was quite the sore loser. Have you ever played a game with someone who can't take losing well? It's just like that. You feel bad for winning.
-- Annie and Melissa really had nothing to say to each other at the party.
-- Amazing ... Owen Senior actually did something to help his son with the veggies at work
-- Hated the hedge fund managers. Too bad Manfro didn't go after them with a wedge or a putter.
-- Terry was not completely useless; he lit up the courtyard.