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July 27, 2010

My Boys 4.1: "Addition by Subtraction"

TV: My Boys

My Boys is back! Yay! This is one of the few notable exceptions to my no-sitcom rule, so I'm pretty thrilled. Jim Gaffigan is gone this season, but enh. To see what I don't really care, follow the link below . . .

Jim Gaffigan, who plays PJ's brother Andy, left the show to concentrate on his comedy career, and a lot of people were upset about him leaving, but I don't care that much. I mean, sure, he was funny, but for me the core of the show has always been PJ and her relationships with Bobby and Brendan. I really like PJ and Bobby together, and I hope they let that relationship play out for a while rather than just breaking them up to create conflict. On the other hand, Kenny and Stephanie together is still weird, but I guess I can go with it.

The actual plot here wasn't that interesting - obviously Stephanie is the obvious addition to the poker group - but the way they got there was entertaining. I loved seeing all the flashbacks to how they all met, and to college and various game nights. The different versions of the same college memories were particularly interesting, and it was all very How I Met Your Mother, which is, of course, the other sitcom I watch.

The other thing that stood out to me in this episode was the tension between Brendan and Bobby. It was pretty subtle, for this show - lots of little exchanges between the two, but it wasn't belabored, and no one else really commented on it. Is it just about Bobby spending a lot of time at the apartment? Or does it have more to do with Brendan's unresolved feelings for PJ? I'm leaning toward the latter, and I hope they continue with this storyline as the season progresses.

Posted by Kat at July 27, 2010 11:00 AM

Ah! I *so* agree! I never thought PJ and Andy were actually that believable as a brother and sister - maybe that's why they had to put in so many mentions of the fact that they're siblings? And, I actually really like Kenny and Stephanie together. I just find it hard to believe that no one picked up on *any* kind of tension between the two of them. And yes! I'm totally rooting for PJ + Brendan. They make more sense to me as a couple (and also, personally, I think the actor who plays Brendan is way cuter).

Posted by: your cousin Liz at July 27, 2010 01:50 PM
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