Some comparable episodes: What Are You Gonna Do With Your Life?, For Trying Out Loud, A Penny Earned, Cycle of Fear
*) More Calhouns are introduced; they seem intended to become a new regular Odyssey family, bolstering the show's roster. 'Coach' Calhoun is apparently a medical doctor in his day job. Mrs. Calhoun and her background are explored in this episode.
*) The Jason/Jillian angle continues to be developed in this episode, and, whether you like it or not, it looks like they're going to be seeing a lot of each other from now on.
*) The Jillian job search seems billed as the A-plot, but the B-plot is the stronger (though not more fun) of the two. I guess I'm a softie in my old age, but I teared up. AIO seems to be getting a firm grip on making episodes with emotionally and psychologically hurting characters lately, in a way that really connects with me.
*) Maybe it's the voice, but Mrs. Calhoun reminds me of Elaine Washington. I don't think that will disappoint any Odyssey fan.
*) Jillian seems very reminiscent of Lindsey here. If she's secretly a criminal mastermind (or a spy for an evil major corporation), she should win an Oscar for playing a ditz (that said, given how she seems to consistently maneuver herself into getting where she wants to be, I can actually see it).
*) The details and implementation vary, but this is not a brand new story structure. Some of the comparable episodes are quite comparable. If you expected to learn an original life lesson or experience a great twist of the plot, you're probably going to be disappointed.
Evaluation: Approve - retreads some old ground, but improves on those older episodes in some important areas. Good mix of fun, seriousness, and character development.
Give me ALL the angsty teenagers. I am here for it!Bob wrote:AIO seems to be getting a firm grip on making episodes with emotionally and psychologically hurting characters lately, in a way that really connects with me.
Buck and Jules Shipper
Wooton is the best character on Odyssey ever. Fight me.
"It's not that we don't make sense, it's that we have a different way of looking at things that do make sense." ~Wooton Bassett
As far as names go, I do think "Quad-J Antiques" is more likely than reverting to plain J&J. If Eugene were rechristening the store it could always be (J&J)², I guess, but that doesn't seem an angle Jason is likely to go for, heh.