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Dan For Mayor, “Claire 2.0” (2.04)

A review of the fourth episode, written by Carolyn Taylor and directed by Brian Roberts, after the jump…

I have to say, the show is improving on a weekly basis. I like that the show has set up a few situations possible when Dan gets involved:

  • Dan has selfish intentions and wins out, but realises he was wrong.
  • Dan has good intentions and loses out.
  • Dan has good intentions and gets what he wants, but suffers consequences anyway.

This means that, for example, Dan can get the speedoos cut, but only becoming the one to blame for the safety concerns, or here, he can support children’s literacy only to get called on being bad with numbers. And on that last one, Dan was so close to nailing it. If he’s stuck to “We’ll find the money”, well, it would have been fine. Mayors find money for pet projects all the time. But tossing in that last comment killed his credibility as mayor. And watching Dan wrestle with the common elements of municipal politics, taxes and funding, gives the show a much better frame than the campaign.

Also the show gets a fair few chuckles out of wan easy target, as Dan encounters a few people (including best friend Jeff) who are completely dumbstruck at his intention to raise taxes. It made sure to use two of its strongest relationships, in Duffy/Dan and Jeff/Dan, which made the episode breeze along. And the show’s final moment showcased something the show often hides: the easy, happy chemistry between Dan and Claire.

If I have one complaint, it’s continuously plotting Claire and Mike in  scenes together. Ridiculous Mike is fun enough to watch professionally, but whenever he and Claire share a plot, I spend most of it rolling my eyes. This was no different, with Mike playing just outside of reality to make him unbearable. That is the point, but I don’t find it particularly entertaining. It’s just a reminder that the Mike/Claire relationship was the hands-down weakest part of last season, and hasn’t grown in potential since they became exes. And their plots together undo all of the goodwill Mike builds up from his work plots, and makes me annoyed with Claire, an character I enjoy. That said, Melanie was a fun character, and I wish they hadn’t given her an end-of-episode exit just to teach Claire a lesson she won’t remember next week.

Still not hilarious, but much less taxing than last season. Enjoying the learning curve this season is showin.

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