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Monday, March 10, 2014

HBO's Looking, Episode 8: Back in St. Olaf

Posted By on Mon, Mar 10, 2014 at 9:40 AM

click to enlarge Thank you for being a friend... - GOLDEN GIRLS/ WIKIPEDIA

Well it finally appeared, the scene I saw actually being filmed! Hizzah! It's strange to see it now, considering the fact that when it was happening I really had no idea what the greater context was. It's the scene where Paddy shows up at Richie's barber shop (Willie's in the Mission) and Richie tells him he needs space. Yeah, okay, so that's pretty self-explanatory, but in the bigger picture of the show it's a pretty pivotal scene.

Paddy has slept with his amorous boss in this episode, for starters, and then by the end of the show it looks like Richie is actually dumping him. Is there a significance that Paddy allowed his boss to be the "top," when he had been holding off on that with Richie?

This show has the movement of slime mold, and I mean that in a good way. Slime molds don't seem to have any consciousness outside of a single cell, yet they gather and move in tandem with one another to get things done (look for food, spew spores, and freak out hikers because they look like big splats of puke). Each episode of Looking can't really stand on its own, unlike Sex And The City. But all together, perhaps viewed binge-style, the entire drama seems to fuse together nicely.

Something switched and I suddenly care about these guys and what happens to them. The only weak plot involves Dom and his pop-up restaurant dreams. For one thing, he wasn't nearly as frazzled enough as anyone would be who threw something like that together for one night. I've seen Kitchen Nightmares -- I know what I'm talking about. Gordon Ramsay never lies, people. We also weren't given more of an idea of what the restaurant was about except that there was a dish with potatoes and chickpeas. Two starches? Bah.

It helps that this week's episode ended with the Golden Girls playing, one of my favorite shows and a gay staple, with the theme song playing over the end credits. Paddy uses the show the way that I do; to feel a soothing familiarity and to laugh. The perfect way to end a day of banging your boss and breaking up with your boyfriend.

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