Let’s readjust our expectations of what PITCH should be going forward. If this was going to be a basic soapy melodrama that’s fine, but they should have sold it like that from the get-go. As it is, they started with too much intelligence and now that it’s not here anymore I feel disappointed with every single episode. “Wear It” is no different in my disappointment, though it is better than the show has been lately.
I am soundly sick of the melodramatic flashbacks to Ginny’s past. They’re either full of predictable, reductionist tropes or they screw up huge things about baseball culture. Sometimes they go all in and we get both. This episode was much better about the flashbacks because the actual story was told through them, rather than some big revelation about her past. They acted like she was in a psychiatric session because of what I thought would be a sex tape but it turned out to be that she just had a nervous breakdown. I feel ya, girl! Ginny’s panic attacks were well done, her anger was well done, and I believed all of the reasons she would have for freaking out. I even loved that she particularly sought out a dude’s New Balance shoes to wear in a video she knew would go viral after she’d signed a deal with Nike. All in all, the psychological aspects of the episode and the controversies created were solid and I believed them. There was even a cameo appearance by a baseball game. Hey, whodathunk! These people play baseball!
Fascinatingly, the part I thought was absurd and overdone this time was Lawson with his ex-wife. I like that he and Amelia broke up because I was sick of them already. They played that out within like two weeks. What doesn’t even make much sense is Lawson going to his ex-wife’s house like a creepy stalker and begging her to take him back. Bless her, she shut him down immediately because she can see through his nonsense. Lawson had already done this exact same thing once before. Is that the only way he can talk to his ex-wife is to beg to have her back? I hope they’re done with that plotline because they’ve already beat it to death. Lawson is usually my favorite part of each episode but here I was like “please stop talking.” I also thought that the social media manager Elliott’s outburst at Amelia was overplayed. He’s barely existed at the periphery of the narrative this entire time, and I’m not saying Amelia treated him well because she didn’t. Elliott deserved to stand up for himself. But, god, it was so dramatic and at such a weird time. I don’t know what about it was off for me but the whole thing was off. I was just like “yup, I like that you’re doing this but I don’t know you well enough to really cheer you on.” He had too little buildup for such a big moment.
The best part of this episode was undoubtedly the waitress whose name they said but I didn’t catch it. She was so nice and I’m really proud that Pitch took a situation that would have been so easy to blow up into drama about people backstabbing each other and using one another just to get ahead and instead told a heartwarming story. This show keeps edging perilously close to soap operatics and I am not here for that nonsense. I’m very particular about the stories that I let into my brain and there’s a reason I give up on what I call “tropey garbage” immediately. Pitch has the potential to be so much more than that and to tell its own tale. They proved it here by telling a nice story of friendship that ended not in explosive drama but in quiet caring. Someone nice taking Ginny around and giving her a taste of what a normal person’s life is like was a great way of juxtaposing her world in the spotlight with what most people deal with. Rather than just telling us that Ginny would rather be a real girl (which they did at the end anyway) she got a taste of what she could never have. I like that Ginny is having the moment of introspection where she realizes maybe he doesn’t want to play baseball, but also maybe let’s acknowledge that her father was a crazy person who drove her too hard and enforced his own dreams on her. I like that she’s recognized that she’s acting out to tear down the image of herself built up in the media. That’s very astute and part of the smarts that I thought I was signing up for at the get go with this show. I’m still going to need her to have a moment where she accepts that her father was not someone she should worship or all of those revelations are going to fall flat.
This was better than it has been but I’m still largely “eh” on this show at this point. As they say in Bull Durham: “I was lured,” and all of that initial intelligence hasn’t really panned out. Sure, I guess this is just a dumb network drama and I shouldn’t have expected so much from it, but I am ever the optimist when it comes to story potential. I’m officially downgrading my expectations of each episode from “it should be amazing!” to “well, that was tolerable anyway.” This was tolerable and had some bright spots shine through.
Season 1, Episode 6 (S01E06)
Pitch airs Thursdays at 9PM on Fox
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