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Review: 'Men of a Certain Age' - 'You Gonna Do That the Rest of Your Life'

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 2nd 2010 3:02AM
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.

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I love this show and am glad it got renewed. It's like becoming friends with the characters.

@Jgreenefields - I heard in a Scott Bakula interview that they did not know each other until the first day they met on the set.

February 03 2010 at 5:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This was one of the better episodes so far. I really liked this one. The show strikes a very nice balance between funny and serious. I really liked how Joe stuck it to the investment bankers. If a bookie calls someone a "prick", they most likely really are one.

February 03 2010 at 9:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Now that they are renewed for a second season, WE must write, email or call local and national shows to try and get the actors booked. Scott Bakula was on the Morning News
here in Los Angeles, and the three of them(Romano,Bakula,
and Braugher) are friends of long standing so that is why the chemistry is so great I think.

February 02 2010 at 2:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I wanted to see Annie interact with Owen and Joe's wives more. The age difference between them will be interesting.

February 02 2010 at 8:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm with Carole, love this show and hope it sticks around. All three guys are wonderful character studies and it is easy to see your self a bit in each of them. Congratulations Ray Romano, this is very good work.

February 02 2010 at 7:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
carole del monte

This show is high quality, true-to-life in a way that so many other shows are not. At age 73 I can understand the characters & what they're going through. Each one has become familiar & likeable in a way that makes me hope for resolution to their all too common problems. Great acting talent is displayed. The show needs more publicity especially now that other shows are returning for their new season. Don't let MOACA go the way of Brooklyn Bridge & other great shows of substance of the past.

February 02 2010 at 7:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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