DIVORCE is interesting because we see the dissolution of a marriage. It is funny, sad, unbelievable, and heartbreaking. With so many emotions included, it is sometimes hard for me as a writer to know when it has ended. Well, it’s episode 9, and we see our favorite divorce couple attend “Another Party”.
Diane (Molly Shannon) and Nick (Tracy Letts) host another party at their home. Clearly, they are infamous for them. They have duped everyone into coming because, well, this isn’t just another party. It’s a party to recommit themselves to each other. After lovely toasts to one another, we see Nick getting extra cozy with another guest. What the hell?
Nick and Diane are still my favorite couple because if you can still love each other after an attempted murder, then doggonit, you are meant to be together. On the other hand, it looks like Nick still has wandering eyes. He reads like a 60-something year old man on-screen, but I just IMDB’d him, and he’s only 50. My forthcoming point still remains: why are men in that age bracket still looking? I just don’t get it.
This may be the Carrie Bradshaw emerging, but I can’t help but wonder: Is anyone happy in their marriage? Anyone in this show at least? I mean maybe Nick and Diane are as happy as they can be. Is it too much to ask to not flirt with other ladies? Is it too much to ask to not flirt with other ladies in front of your wife? I think these are all valid questions. It would just be nice to see someone in this show happy. Or am I projecting my own definition of what that looks like? Nah. Diane is clearly perturbed that her husband is getting comfy with another lady, especially in front of her. Now, is this grounds to divorce him? Absolutely not but it is annoying as hell.
Another guy on bad behavior is Robert’s lawyer, Gustav (Olek Krupa). Ugh. Just typing his name makes me want to wash my hands. He is a sleazeball and has no qualms owning that. I don’t think I’ve ever met someone who hates women so much and is proud of it. The thing is that he is attracted to women. He only uses them for sex and discards them as you would when you put gum on a napkin. Dallas (Talia Balsam) knows he ain’t shit, but she decides to get her little sexual itch scratched anyway. And as I said, he drops her back off at the party and zooms away, upset that she dropped some TUMS in his car. Ugh. Why did Robert employ this guy again? He might be a good lawyer, but he is a terrible human.
Gustav’s aint-shitness is a winning quality during this divorce process. He makes Frances out to be a negligent mother, and that is the worst painting a mother needs during this type of thing. Frances attempts to get more involved in the kids’ activities by joining school Committee meetings and sports games. Argh. She tries, but it’s so awkward. In fact, she witnesses her husband being served official divorce papers at her daughter’s basketball game. This is messy.
There is a lot going on in this show. This episode was the least funny. It shows that no one is happy in their situation, and everyone is stumbling to find satisfaction in one-upping each other. Is this what life is like for some 50-somethings? Geez.
Season 1, Episode 9 (S01E09)
Divorce airs Sunday at 9PM on HBO
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