Well, PITCH is over, thank goodness. “Don’t Say It” was a decent attempt to make the sports part of this sports show relevant again but it didn’t entirely succeed. After harping so much for so long on relationship drama, to drop all of it at the end proves that it was just a lazy way of passing time. This episode ended at a point where I’d be fine never hearing from any of these characters again. They’ve all gone their separate ways and gotten their lives into some semblance of an order. May they live well.
Now, if they were going to even bring up all the nonsense between Ginny and Lawson then they should have just gone whole hog and had Lawson retire and become her househusband. As it is it was pointless titillation. The same goes for her billionaire date. I’d be interested to see how Ginny contends with having a relationship in the spotlight. Casting his over-eager entitlement as him trying to white knight for her was a bit much. I am also definitely not okay with Mike and his ex-wife getting back together. They spent an unjustifiable amount of time having her tell him off for being a selfish jerk and explaining why them breaking up was the best course of action. So now she just falls right back into bed with him because he’s having an emotional crisis? Real great there. That was me being sarcastic.
Character-wise, this is when half of them decided to be jerks for no apparent reason. Where Ginny going off about no one ever caring what she wants was a small victory, when Blip did it I just didn’t like him. Blip has no call to be dictating anything to anyone that way. He shamed his wife over not wanting a third child, then took out his anger at her on the team in general by starting a fight with Lawson. Lawson isn’t the brightest crayon in the box himself, but if they wanted me to be sympathetic to Blip’s problems they did a terrible job. First having him whine about no one listening to him and then having him attack Lawson (one of the few developed characters in the series) was a poor idea. If I cared about this show in the least those things would add up to me actually and actively hating Blip just that quick. As it is, I have distaste for him that I can’t quite work up to burning hatred. Additionally, I’m still annoyed by her brother being a jerk. I know that’s the majority of how we’ve seen him at this point but it still feels like it came out of nowhere because they needed something extra to spice up a side of the story that was too normal. I also really liked that Amelia walked out on Ginny. Her character was never very coherent so it’s nice to see her stand up for herself when Ginny constantly pushes back against her.
Structurally, the flashbacks were back in this episode. Here it was just one giant flashback to the previous day which, again, is probably the ideal way to use them if they’re going to be such a major part of the narrative style. Rather than being overblown trashy backstory you just get the whole storyline mildly out of order.
As for the no-hitter plot, I did enjoy that. I thought it was the strongest bit of the episode even though it was much too small a part. I feel like this show does best when the main issue involves some kind of gameplay or strategy. Otherwise, it devolves too quickly into lazy melodrama. I liked all the superstitions and traditions surrounding no-hitters. They got all of those right. I even liked that the stats guy spent the whole episode saying Ginny was going to get hurt and then she did, though that was one of those moments where I rolled my eyes. It’s a limitation of sports stories that the only possible outcomes are triumph or tragedy. In this case the tragedy was injury rather than failure. I’d also like to note that in a medical study it was preliminarily suggested that the screwball doesn’t cause any more undue stress to the arm than other pitches and, in fact, is less strenuous than the fastball. So, you know. Ginny shouldn’t really be having an issue there.
It’s cruel to wish cancellation on a show just because I personally dislike it so I won’t go that far. What I will say is that, if this show comes back, I won’t be watching it anymore. I know now that it’s just average network drama fare hiding under a fascinating feminist premise. I wish it had been better. I wish it had been smarter. I wish it had lived up to everything I wanted it to be. Alas, it did not. I won’t be sorry if it goes.
Season 1, Episode 10 (S01E10)
Pitch airs Thursdays at 9PM on Fox
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